Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3154 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where Spring has sprung more or less, but we can’t tell if the grass has riz because most of it is still covered by the last vestiges of three months of snow that is reluctant to melt completely, however we do have birdies, mostly the small hardy ones, such as sparrows, that are with us all year round.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Brian can rest easy – just another plain old nothing to get too excited about Dada puzzle. As CS clarified in the Friday blog, proXimal is on Toughie duty today.
For me, back to the cheesy end of the chalk to cheese spectrum. I counted 4 anagrams (3 partials), 1 lurker, and no homophones – 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.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 14a, 6d, and 17d..
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 Rubbish retained includes last of festering trash (9)
An anagram (rubbish) of RETAINED containing (includes) the last letter of festerinG.
11a Singer finding it in first piece of music? (8)
IT from the clue inserted into (in) a (3,3) term that could indicate first piece of music.
12a Weakly fearful, respond to stamp on toe, perhaps? (6)
A (4,2) phrase for how one might respond to being stamped on one’s toe.
14a Country certainly not welcoming king (6)
A (2,3) phrase equivalent to certainly not containing (welcoming) the single (regnal) letter for king.
19a Heap provided for mountainous plateau (6)
A synonym of heap and the two letter conjunction equivalent to provided.
24a Pond-life drinking weak bubbly (8)
The illustrated pond life containing (drinking) a synonym of weak.
28a Call gent’s idea stupid (9)
An anagram (stupid) of GENT’S IDEA.
1d Sad little pony, disheartened (5)
The ‘North of the Border’ synonym for little and PonY with the interior letters removed (disheartened).
3d Gold mine for author (6)
Heraldic gold and a type of mine.
6d A trip from Chelsea to Bath? Great deal! (9)
A from the clue and a verbal synonym of trip (in a ballroom?) containing a type of comestible of which Chelsea and Bath are two varieties.
15d Bird, alas: sort forced to carry burdens for a start (9)
An anagram (forced) of ALAS: SORT containing (to carry) the first letter (for a start) of Burdens.
17d Advertising blurb in flier (6)
A four letter term for advertising blurb (which I think we have seen before) and IN from the clue.
18d Expanding trade in which wife invested (8)
A verbal synonym of trade containing (in which . . . invested) the single letter for Wife.
22d Fashionable way gin served? (4,2)
A descriptive phrase for a cocktail when a fortified wine, known by its two letter informal name, is added to gin.
25d Old horse (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is illustrated.
Quick Crossword Pun:
RECOUP + ORATE = RECUPERATE
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Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the biggest film stars of the 1950s and 1960s, American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist Doris Day (born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff). In 1953 she starred in the Western musical Calamity Jane and sang Secret Love, which was the first of her two UK number ones, written for the film by by Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics):