Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3150 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, while the meteorologists believe that Spring began on the first of the month, Mother Nature knows that there are two more weeks of Winter to go and plenty of time for more snow!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, back to the chalky end of the chalk and cheese spectrum, but we are all different. I counted 4 anagrams (1 partial), 2 lurkers (1 reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 30 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. The lurkers are not hinted so you will have to remember the mantra – if all else fails, look for a . . .
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 4d, 6d, and 23d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
7a Former leader of Christian body in a bad way (9)
A single word for Christian body (of people) and a single word for in a bad way.
11a Number of boards where leader gets behind strategy (8)
A leader (of a country) placed after (gets behind) a synonym of strategy.
14a Canine attached to sheep (6)
A slang synonym of canine (animal) and a two letter term for attached to.
16a School finished off, reportedly? (4)
The homophone (reportedly?) of a single word for finished off.
21a Wood where coloured egg rolled over (6)
Let’s start with egg – the sort of egg that the school nurse used to, still does for all I know, look for preceded by a colour used as an adjective all reversed (rolled over).
24a Very hot always inside cold-blooded animal (8)
A synonym of always placed inside a cold-blooded animal (one with fins rather than legs).
26a Flap cut back in marsupial (6)
A type of flap and a synonym of cut (grass) all reversed (back).
28a Slicer: one formed marks on board (9)
An anagram (formed) of SLICER: ONE.
1d Feature covering a series (5)
A (facial) feature containing (covering) A from the clue.
2d Tories welcomed by peer turned up in seaside resort (8)
A term for which ‘side’ the Tories are on contained (welcomed) by the reversal (turned up) of an informal nounal synonym of peer.
6d A strong drink, then pursue battle (9)
A from the clue, a ‘strong’ three letter drink, and (then) a synonym of pursue (romantically).
13d Swimmer gave off nasty odour (5)
A double definition – the second is a past participle.
15d Fastener fixing plugs, neat! (6,3)
An anagram (fixing) of PLUGS, NEAT.
23d For a start, sinner isn’t — one of these? (5)
The first letter (for a start) of Sinner and an informal equivalent of isn’t.
25d White joint (4)
A double definition to finish – the second could be found in a butchers.
Quick Crossword Pun:
GIN + JERK + ACHE = GINGER CAKE
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