Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3164 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where some of us, including me, are head scratching and it’s not because of a challenging crossword. An organisation that goes under the moniker of ‘Economic Development Winnipeg’ has come up with a new slogan/tag line/whatchamacallit for the city – Winnipeg: Made from what’s real.
For me, after last week’s problems induced by imbibing vino collapso, I have returned to the amber nectar from north of the border which seems to have worked a lot better – another anagram fest from Dada, eight altogether (with three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no 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 – 13a, 21a, 23a (well I had to didn’t I), 27a, 20d.
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 Papa in novel tries wit (6)
The letter represented phonetically by Papa inserted into (in) an anagram (novel) of TRIES.
5a Famous songwriter somewhere in Germany (6)
A double definition – for the second, and more specifically, the ‘somewhere’ is a city.
11a French food associate fed to pet (9)
A synonym of associate inserted into (fed to) the pet that ‘owns’ the persons who think that they own the pet – just ask Terence.
13a Number nine, peg between two poles (7)
The Roman numeral for nine and the type of peg utilised by golfers all placed between two poles (of the earth).
19a Wild gorilla snatching at reptile (9)
An anagram (wild) of GORILLA containing (snatching) AT from the clue.
21a Slowing down, top dog in the underwear industry? (7)
Written (3,4) this could indicate an important male person (top dog) in the underwear industry especially for a particular item of ladies’ underwear.
25a To a certain extent, viscount ain’t educated — simple! (9)
The ‘forward’ lurker (to a certain extent) found in three words in the clue – personally, I found the reversed lurker easier to spot.
28a Amount of time, very little (6)
A double definition – each one has a different pronunciation.
2d Odd number observed, divided by five (5)
A synonym of observed containing (divided by) the Roman numeral for five.
5d Revelation, beautiful woman (9)
A double definition – the first would probably be considered a sensational, rather than a run-of-the-mill, revelation.
8d Porter regularly going over lovely, small building (6)
Three alternate letters (regularly) selected from porter placed before (going over – it’s a Down clue) an abbreviated form of a synonym of lovely.
9d Malodorous coloured liquid filling malodorous place (6)
A coloured liquid (used in a writing implement) inserted into (filling) a specific type of animal pen that might smell somewhat and thus itself be malodorous.
16d Endless fruit and a nut in a stew for primate (5-4)
A (citrus) fruit with the last letter removed (endless) and an anagram (in a stew) of A NUT.
20d Appearing more flushed, running up and down just the same? (6)
Start with a term that could describe a person who is flushed (in appearance) and then obtain the answer by adding the same word reversed (running up and down just the same).
23d Encoding device way above top of mountain (5)
A synonym of way (as in method?) placed before (above) the first letter (top) of Mountain.
24d A bit isolated (5)
A from the clue and a synonym of bit.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MISS + TICKLE = MYSTICAL
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Perhaps, this is almost another what were we thinking. The Wurzels were formed in 1966 as backing group for singer/songwriter Adge Cutler with a unique genre of Scrumpy and Western. After Adge Cutler died in a car accident in 1974, The Wurzels continued with their unique style of music. Their most successful record, a parody of Brand New Key, written and sung by American Folk Singer Melanie, started two weeks at number one on this day in 1976: