Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3156 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where those fine(?), very generous(?) people in Colorado sent us one of their famous Low Pressure weather systems which meant, thankfully not as bad as the original forecast, over 48 hours and 30cms of fluffy white stuff with no way for us to send it back! (With more, from a different system forecast for today).
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, all I can say about today’s Dada is that when completed my reaction was an overall Hmm. I counted 7 anagrams (5 partials), 1 lurker, and two homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 28 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 – 10a, 20a, 28a, and 14d.
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 Fighter beaten up was hot (8)
We start with an anagram (beaten) of UP WAS HOT.
11a Drop, then fix, mug (8)
A three letter synonym of drop (as in gently, into a liquid?) and (then) a five letter synonym of fix (as in put parts back together).
12a Cold ice on can sprayed around middle of dirty dish (6,3,5)
A nounal synonym of a (medical) cold followed by an anagram (sprayed) of ICE ON CAN containing (around) the middle letter of diRty.
17a Flower in back of plot, unwanted plant (5)
This all depends on the pronunciation of the definition – the last letter (back) of plot and the term for an unwanted plant.
20a Comprehensive where castle may have gone? (6-3-5)
This clue will probably get one of our company mounting his noble steed and riding off to look for a windmill – the castle is a piece that is named something else and can move a long way.
25a Failing, move to the other side (6)
A double definition – the second used to happen quite a lot during the Cold War.
28a Article stopping tooth decay in birds (8)
One of the indefinite articles inserted into (stopping) a single word term for tooth decay.
1d Pit animal working in extremes of poverty (4)
The two letter synonym of working contained by (in) the first and last letters (extremes) of PovertY.
3d Outstanding poem recited? (4)
One of the homophones (recited) of a type of poem.
6d Old capital lifts heart of Dutch queen (10)
A synonym of lifts (mechanically), the middle letter (heart) of DuTch, and HM’s regnal cypher.
8d Loyalist group kept in touch (7)
A small (musical?) group inserted into (kept in) a three letter synonym of touch.
13d Penny in Angola, the new 50p is like this (10)
The single letter for Penny (coin) inserted into (in) an anagram (new) of ANGOLA, THE.
21d Icy edge in sight (6)
A three letter edge inserted into (in) a verbal synonym of sight.
22d Rowing crew steer ahead of bridge (6)
A two letter type of steer (animal) placed before (ahead of) a type of water crossing that may not be a bridge.
26d Cook a little quiche, finally (4)
We finish with the lurker (a little) found in two words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
KNIGHT + MAYOR = NIGHTMARE
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES OR HINTS in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully – they are not subject to debate or discussion. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted. In all cases the administrator’s decision is final.
If you don’t understand, or don’t wish to comply with, the conventions for commenting on weekend prize puzzles then save yourself a lot of trouble and don’t leave a comment.
Chris Barber, jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist, was born on this day in 1930. The video is of a live performance for a long running Dutch Radio show from 1997. The tune is Just A Closer Walk With Thee, a traditional gospel song which was included in the soundtrack for the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. I like the nickname of the drummer shown in the credits at the beginning and it is interesting to note the technique of the players of the reeded instruments: