Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3152 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the thaw has begun, but that means all the dirt, rubbish, and goodness knows what else in the road-side snow banks becomes visible and adds to the clean-up requirements!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this was chalky. I counted 3 anagrams (1 partial), 1 lurker (reversed), and one (partial) homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 24a, 6d, 7d, and 8d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Meeting finding improbable treatment for software? (11)
Start with the abbreviated name of a type of software (that we eagerly download to our smart phones) and follow it with a type of treatment (in a tube) that may be prescribed by a doctor which would make it improbable for software.
10a Chatterbox adoring senseless babbling, initially breaking silence (6)
The first letters (initially) of Adoring Senseless and Babbling inserted into (breaking) a verbal synonym of silence.
12a Stop chorus (7)
A double definition – the second refers to a part of a song that is repeated.
15a A rave gone mad, usually (2,7)
An anagram (mad) of A RAVE GONE.
22a Snacks primate found in tins (7)
A primate animal contained by (found in) a synonym of tins.
24a Container seen through opening, illuminated (7)
A type of container (used for cooking?) contained by (seen through) a narrow opening.
27a Originally –
Items here collected by mum and dad, afterthoughts (11)
A demonstrative adjective or pronoun for items here inserted into (collected by) a plural noun for mum and dad. [This clue is flawed as one letter in the answer is clued twice.]
New items here in spare ground, afterthoughts (11)
So – the single letter for New and a demonstrative adjective or pronoun for items here inserted into (collected by) an anagram (ground) of SPARE.
2d Narrated story of wolf blowing houses down? That’s hairy! (7)
Written as (3,4), a homophone (narrated) of a synonym of story that related to the owners of the houses that the wolf blew down.
6d A steeplechaser at the back, once more upended, falls (7)
A from the clue, the last letter (at the back) of steeplechaseR, and the single word that means once more all reversed (upended).
7d Every diamond, for example, in area on ship? (11)
Written as (7,4) how one might describe, for example, a set of every diamond card as a proportion of all the cards.
11d Big names born in Leicester, I gathered (11)
The single letter for born inserted into (in) an anagram (gathered) of LEICESTER, I.
16d Comic operas, brilliant atmosphere (9)
An anagram (comic) of OPERAS and a synonym of brilliant – verified, to my amazement, by the BRB.
20d Word in mantra brought into force (7)
A two letter word, which, in Hinduism and other religions chiefly of India, is a sacred syllable that is considered to be the greatest of all the mantras inserted into (brought into) a synonym of force.
23d Separate city in Croatia (5)
We finish with a double definition – the second is a coastal resort city.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MATTER + DOORS = MATADORS
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Some lateral thinking required – Norwegian playwright, he of crossword fame, Henrik Ibsen was born on this day in 1828. One of his well-known works is Peer Gynt which was written in verse and published in 1867 but not premiered until 1876. Ibsen asked Edvard Grieg to write some incidental music to accompany the play, which he did. One of the most recognisable pieces from the incidental music is In the Hall of the Mountain King’ played here by the Seattle Symphony with a more and more animated conductor, Thomas Dausgaard: