Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3157 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have been ‘blessed’ with another Colorado Low but warm enough that it was mostly rain, at least 50mm, enhanced by thunder, for the three days it was here.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, it seemed like Dada is almost turning the clock back to November 18th, 2018. Another anagram-fest with 7 (6 partials), no lurkers, and one (partial) homophone – all in a symmetric 26 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 – 12a, 1d, 6d, 18d, and the Quickie Pun.
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 Long snakes crushed by serpent somewhere in Italy (7)
An anagram (snakes) of LONG contained (crushed) by a three letter serpent (snake).
8a Fitness system good, least bad (7)
The two letter term for good, that we are all familiar with, and an anagram (bad) of LEAST.
12a An acknowledgement of minor explosion? (5,3)
An acknowledgement (or response) that one might give to another who has experienced a minor explosion (in the form of a sudden, involuntary, and audible expiration – straight out of the BRB).
14a Conservative figure (6)
A double definition that is a bit of an oldie but goodie – the first probably dates back to the 1950s and 1960s when teenagers used it to describe their parents.
20a Lesson sorted out in test (8)
An anagram (sorted) of OUT (as much as we can have an anagram of three letters) inserted into (in) a type of test.
23a Break, then pull on plant (10)
A synonym of break followed by (then) a synonym of pull and ON from the clue.
26a Electronic images bound to fill shopping trolley (4,3)
A three letter nounal synonym of bound (I think) inserted into (to fill) a four letter term for a shopping trolley.
1d Extra large, large round cherry (7)
Four pieces of Lego in a five word clue – a synonym of extra, the single letter for large, the single letter for large, and the letter that can represent round.
3d Popular group of twelve hurt (6)
The two letter term for popular and a term for a group of twelve good people.
5d Contact artist in fascinating book (4-6)
A synonym for contact (when wishing to pass a message) and a particular artist well known for the painting below.
9d Meaty serving, microscopic share for the auditor? (6,5)
A synonym of microscopic and a homophone (for the auditor) of a synonym of share.
13d Flat not in need of exorcism? (10)
A double definition(?) – the second is a term that might indicate what is absent and therefore there is no need of exorcism.
17d Semi-precious stone, one stored in unusual red pot (6)
The Roman numeral for one contained by (in) an anagram (unusual) of RED POT.
24d Range and location probably sensed, first of all (4)
The initial letters (first of all) of four words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
AUTHOR + DOCKS = ORTHODOX
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In ‘celebration’ of the 50mm of rain from the aforementioned <em>Colorado Low</em>: