Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3165 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are experiencing a mini-heatwave – we reached 28 (feels like 32) degrees yesterday, with 36 (feels like 43) degrees forecast for today, and 32 (feels like 42) degrees for tomorrow.
For me, slightly quirky with some Dada-esque synonyms but a reduction in anagrams, six (with one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 30 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 7a, 17a, 2d, and 15d.
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:
7a Extraordinary bird gathering first of twigs (9)
A common bird, which collectively flies around in murmurations, containing the first letter of Twigs.
10a Note in trill? (6)
A double definition(?) – the first is a musical note (which is half of a crotchet).
11a Published, legal entitlement clear (8)
A three letter synonym of published and a five letter legal entitlement.
12a Flop, tax-free scheme rejected already (2,2,2)
A synonym(?) of flop (as in take up a position in a chair?) and a (UK) tax-free scheme all reversed (rejected).
17a Couple prepare for impact (5)
A double definition – the second is one of the things that flight attendants will tell you that you need to do ‘in the unlikely event of an emergency.’
19a Quiet moment for comedy routine (6)
We have seen this before so no complaining – The two letters for (be) quiet and a synonym for a moment (in time).
26a Bird briefly seen beside father in tree (6)
Another common bird with its last letter removed (briefly) placed after (beside) a three letter synonym of father.
28a Cut on a girl, it needs treatment (9)
An anagram (needs treatment) of ON A GIRL, IT.
1d Substantial drink (5)
Another double definition – the second is a type of beer.
3d Served up in decanter, alcoholic drink (6)
The reversed lurker (served up in) found in two words in the clue.
9d Heavy food dogs eat, not a liquid (6)
An anagram (liquid) of DOGS EaT with the A removed (not).
13d Playwright left piece of material for wrapping up (5)
The illustrated playwright and the single letter for Left – with the definition, Dada is obviously not a fashion expert.
15d Bear using pose (9)
A synonym of using and a (not the usual) synonym of pose.
17d Cup of tea inspiring family activity in kitchen (6)
A three letter term for cup of tea (which I can’t find justification for anywhere, but it’s what tea leaves come in these days) containing (inspiring) a three letter term for family.
25d Agent has pocketed a cut (4)
A three letter abbreviated term for agent (not a secret one) containing (has pocketed) A from the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun – one for Star Wars fans, which does not include me:
CHEW + BACKER = CHEWBACCA
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