Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3158 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we are ‘suffering’ the third Colorado Low in as many weeks. This one giving us another 25-50mm of rain and more flooding.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, nothing like the dark place Dada took us to last week. I counted five anagrams (with three partials), one lurker, and two homophones – all in a very asymmetric 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 – 12a, 24a, 8d, and 19d.
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:
1a Bridge across one country (5)
A synonym for bridge, or part of a bridge, containing (across) the Roman numeral for one.
10a Offensive item in news report (8)
What can be considered an offensive item and IN from the clue.
13a Friendly leaders of African tribe parting eventually (8)
The first letters (leaders) of African and Tribe inserted into (parting) a (2,4) synonymic phrase for eventually.
16a Fancy ‘ooter polished off (6)
A synonym of ‘ooter, also with its aspirate removed, and a three letter term for polished off (as in consumed).
17a Part of song about Egyptian god (6)
The single letter for a synonym of about (borrowed from Latin) and the Egyptian god of kingship and the sky.
22a Drink with tongue, did you say? (6)
One of the homophones (did you say) of a slang or informal term for tongue.
24a Those on trolley perhaps, anxious when lying back (8)
A synonym of anxious reversed (when lying back).
26a Partial input, terrible total (5)
The lurker (partial) found in two words in the clue.
2d Judicious puritan not disheartened (7)
A synonym of puritan and NoT with the middle letter removed (disheartened).
3d Without supposedly responsible adults driving train, pair sent off the rails (2,4,8)
A (2,4) phrase equivalent to driving train (sort of) and an anagram (off the rails) of PAIR SENT.
5d Sport that may be dividing neighbours? (7)
A type of partitioning between adjoining properties.
8d Invasion and occupation: boy on mission to claim crown, primarily (6,8)
I don’t think that we have had ‘guess a boy’s name’ for a while but we have one today. This is followed by ON from the clue and a synonym of mission. The whole phrase then contains (to claim) the first letter (primarily) of Crown.
19d Carefully look boy up, newspaper seller? (7)
A single word for carefully look and a synonym of boy reversed (up).
22d Rich drunkard (4)
We finish with a reasonably straightforward double definition – the first might refer to vegetation.
Quick Crossword Pun:
THIRST + THYME + BYRES = FIRST TIME BUYERS
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Another in the Whatever were we thinking category. Number one for two weeks starting on this day in 1971: