Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3163 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the ‘rain numbers’ are in for the three months of Meteorological Spring – 299mm compared to an average of 123mm, the second ‘wettest’ Spring in the last 150 years and most of that fell in April and May as a result of six back to back Colorado Lows.
For me, Dada reasonably gentle with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies and 35% of the clues being anagrams (full or partials), nine altogether (with four partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues; with 13 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, 19a, 25a, 9d, 17d, and 21d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
7a Chip worktop (7)
Who doesn’t like a straightforward double definition to start? The first is used singly or in multiples by a player in any number of games.
10a Turning circle, more or less (10)
Another double definition – the second indicates a, perhaps, rough estimate of a quantity.
14a Pace of horse entering American territory (6)
If all else fails look for a you know what (entering) the last two words in the clue.
15a Container filled with grit, else toxic spirit (11)
A three letter container, used in cookery, containing (filled with) an anagram (toxic) of GRIT, ELSE.
19a For example, a gramophone record artist (6)
Another double definition, I suppose – the first could be applied to a gramophone record as it does do what is implied while it is being played.
25a Member welcomed by man — top, say? (7)
A member, as in a limb, as part of our bodies inserted into (welcomed by) a four letter synonym of man.
26a Blade caused injury to female (7)
A three letter term equivalent to caused injury and a generic type of (young) female – guess a girl comes later.
1d Certainly not a hundred drunk by spy, single glass (7)
A two letter simpler way of saying certainly not and a Roman hundred all contained (drunk) by a synonym of spy.
4d Something to climb over drunk locates round back of pub (8)
An anagram (drunk) of LOCATES containing (round) the last letter (back) of puB.
9d The two are not, I gathered, rats! (11)
A single word equivalent to the two and an anagram (gathered) of ARE NOT I.
16d Fielder’s skill is absent in this sport (8)
Start by removing (absent in) is from THis and add a sport that requires the self-propulsion of oneself, and team-mates if applicable, forwards while looking backwards across a watery surface – Completely re-written after my first attempt, too much vino collapso I suspect. See My respone to Fez at Comment 1.
17d Joke about girl, prude (7)
Guess a girl time is here – when you have guessed, she should then be inserted into the type of joke that we generate from two or three answers in the Quick Puzzle (about) – apparently the people of that ilk like beer and doing what comes naturally!
24d Clever board has sacked leader (4)
A synonym of board with the first letter removed (has sacked leader).
Quick Crossword Pun:
MANE + RHODES = MAIN ROADS
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Another track from the first collaborative album, Raising Sand released in in2007, from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Rich Woman written and first recorded by Dorothy LaBostrie and McKinley Millet in 1955: