Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3153 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where Mother Nature has reminded us that the change of Seasons is not a ‘step function’ like turning a light on or off rather it is a gradual process during which there may be some regression to the previous season’s weather such as we have had for the last three or four days!
Keep staying safe everyone. And, I hope that all those members of our company on the RH side of the pond remembered to Spring Forward in the middle of the night.
For me, a slow start and a slightly faster finish so I am not sure how to describe it. I counted a plethora of 9 anagrams (5 partials), 2 lurkers (1 reversed), and no homophones – all in a very asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. You might be pleased to know that I have hinted all three 15-letter clues in the Acrosses.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 13a, 26a, and 6d.
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:
8a Go for each prize — might one be on the table? (6,3)
A three letter synonym of go, a three letter preposition equivalent to for each, and a three letter prize.
11a Christian symbol on floor, oath inscribed — this (9,6)
The most common(?) Christian symbol placed before (on) a synonym of floor (as in flummox) with a synonym of oath inserted (inscribed).
13a With golden river, a small country (7)
Four pieces of Lego in a 6 word clue – a synonym of with, heraldic golden, the single letter for river, and A from the clue.
15a Receptacle: strange item in container for politician (7,8)
A type of receptacle (for unwanted paper?) and an anagram (strange) of ITEM all inserted into (in) a type of (storage) container.
24a Mature bird at sea with fish in Atlantic region (7,8)
An anagram (at sea) of MATURE BIRD and (with) a verbal synonym of fish.
27a See motel breakfast finally cooked — egg dishes (9)
An anagram (cooked) of SEE MOTEL and the last letter (finally) of breakfasT.
1d Great bit of prep I completed (4)
The lurker (bit of) found in three words of the clue.
2d (Very!) high society? (3,3)
The ‘society’ that travels by the means illustrated.
5d Prayer guides an oddball (5,3)
An anagram (oddball) of GUIDES AN – some knowledge of Latin will help!
9d Saw dog restrained by lead (7)
A (familiar) name for a dog contained (restrained) by the chemical symbol for lead – no complaints, we have seen this before and it is BRB verified.
12d Bones found in jar, casually tipped over (5)
The reversed lurker (found in . . . tipped over) found in two words in the clue – but it is my understanding that we only have one of these in our bodies.
16d US return surprisingly offers encouragement (8)
An anagram (surprisingly) of US RETURN.
18d As this day ends, cricket side accommodated in snug (7)
One of the crickety sides (of the pitch) contained by (accommodated in) a synonym of snug.
23d Put in order, administration finally finished off (6)
The last letter (finally) of administration and a single word for finished off (applied to a meal?).
25d Relax when letters read out? (4)
Guess a letter (one of the vowels) then find a word for more than one being read out.
Quick Crossword Pun:
GRISLY + BARES = GRIZZLY BEARS
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A random selection today – The Lawrence of Arabia Theme, composed by Michel Jarre, played at the 2007 Proms by the BBC Concert Orchestra with two timpanists getting a good work out: