Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3160 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have had more of what we don’t need right now!
For me, one word – quirky. I counted four anagrams (with two partials), no lurkers, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 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 – 22a, 8d, 13d, 18d, and 22d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
7a Member of religious body gentleman put down (8)
A synonym of gentleman and a single word synonym of put down.
9a Wicked not having cavities, did you say? (6)
The homophone, but not a very good one (did you say) of a single word for not having cavities – I suppose the quality of the homophone might depend on regional variations in pronunciation.
11a Take cut: receipt doctored, paper printed out (6,4)
An anagram (doctored) of TAKe with the last letter removed (cut) and RECEIPT.
12a Couple of beers for French trip (6)
A term for a beer, or what beer can be contained in, repeated (couple of) – we had this ‘variation’ of trip a few weeks ago.
20a Support mates after revolution, encouraging strike (8)
A synonym of support followed by a synonym of mates reversed (after revolution).
24a Children’s author had tea with Orwell, finally (4)
The last letters (finally) of four words in the clue.
26a Dull, remaining actors (8)
A synonym of remaining and the collective noun for (a group of) actors.
1d Injury caused by birch tree catching lumberjack’s head (8)
A synonym of birch, as a verb (some research might be required), and a three letter tree containing (catching) the first letter (head) of Lumberjack.
4d Unmixed, last of ginger beer stirred into dessert (4-4)
Start with the abbreviated form of a synonym of dessert and insert an anagram (stirred into) of the last letter of gingeR and BEER.
8d Dry rolls glazed with egg, superlatively enjoyable (6)
The synonym for dry (when discussing, for example, vino) reversed (rolls) contained by (glazed with) the type of egg that the school nurse used to, maybe still does, look for.
13d One’s lifted when facing two animals (7,3)
Two animals – one is an insect the other is a flying mammal.
18d Trains on time, household items transported in one? (3,5)
A synonym of trains (in non-athletic or non-travelling ways) followed by (on) the single letter for Time.
22d Top lower (6)
A double definition – an item of clothing and a farm animal.
24d Rollers died on the rocks (4)
The single letter for died and the type of rocks that are frozen.
Quick Crossword Pun:
SCILLY + BILLY = SILLY BILLY
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English actor and singer Dennis Waterman passed away, aged 74, last Sunday. Probably best known for his leading roles in The Sweeney, Minder, and New Tricks, he also sang the theme songs for the last two; here is the one for Minder: