Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3162 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where we have had a very Spring-like start to the weekend but wetter and cooler conditions are on their way for a few days.
For me, reasonably straightforward and solved with the assistance of a wee dram; no tea cakes this week. I did consider ‘dunking’ Walkers Shortbread Fingers but decided against it, I am not sure that Drs Cameron and Finlay would approve (see today’s video). Dada has given us an anagram fest, although one of them involves only three letters (move one letter) as half of an answer, eight altogether (with three partials), one lurker (reversed), and two homophones – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 14a, 18a, 25a, 5d, and 23d.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Change behind counter emptied out, money in the bank (6)
A synonym of change (referring to a document?) placed after (behind) CounterR with its interior letters removed (emptied out).
11a A relation’s skewed thinking (9)
An anagram (skewed) of A RELATION – without the contractive apostrophe and S.
12a Check fly, say, with pants originally buttoned up (7)
What a fly is an example of (say) and (with) containing (buttoned up) the first letter (originally) of Pants.
18a I’d put in stake behind washer! (5)
I’D from the clue inserted into (put in) a synonym of stake – perhaps what HM might do on Saturday.
23a Canine hurt, darling (7)
A verbal synonym of hurt (using a particular device) and a three letter synonym of darling (as a term of endearment).
25a Moment where learner cuts identical card (9)
The single letter for Learner inserted into (where . . . cuts) a term for, say, an identical sibling and a (playing) card.
26a Effect in fact can echo back (5)
The reversed lurker (in . . . back) found in three words in the clue.
28a Bottom three frantic by end of season (6)
An anagram (frantic) of THREE placed after (by) the last letter (end) of seasoN.
2d Background, where tracks heard? (5)
The first homophone (where . . . heard) of a synonym of tracks.
4d Pack first of oranges inside pastry case (5)
The first letter of Oranges inserted into (inside) a single word for a pastry case (usually with the filling as far as I am concerned).
5d Electrical work interrupted by the scornful (9)
A particular type of electrical work (for example, when completing a new house) containing (interrupted by) THE from the clue.
9d Great big toe? (6)
Hmm – when written as (3,3) this could indicate, at least Dada thinks it does, a big toe.
15d Journalist entering fray, cut (9)
Our favourite two letter journalist inserted into (entering) a synonym of fray (not as in material showing signs of wear).
22d In which one might have a straight index finger, perhaps? (5)
A double definition – the second could perhaps refer to an index finger when it is being used as a ‘weapon’?
23d Footballer’s partner riding horse-drawn vehicle (5)
Oh dear – a term for a footballer’s partner, possibly/probably now considered as pejorative, especially with the recent court case which is still awaiting a verdict, and a two letter synonym for riding.
24d Flier unremarkable, by the sound of it? (5)
We finish with the second homophone (by the sound of it?) of a synonym of unremarkable.
Quick Crossword Pun:
NIGH + TOWEL = NIGHT OWL
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Prompted by author A J Cronin appearing in a puzzle two or three weeks ago – in 1959, English composer Trevor Duncan wrote his Little Suite. He probably had no inkling that three years later the first movement of the suite March would be selected as the theme music for the very popular BBC Series Dr Finlay’s Casebook which was broadcast from 1962 to 1971: