Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3166 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I am now double boosted or should it be quadruple vaxed – the terms appear to be interchangeable.
For me, as for last week, slightly quirky with some Dada-esque synonyms with five anagrams (four partials), two lurkers (none reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 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 – 12a, 25a, 2d, and 5d.
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 Two alcoholic drinks, I say, for game (3,5)
Two three letter alcoholic drinks and a two letter interjection equivalent to I say also being used as an interjection.
11a Increase number within layer (8)
A five letter number contained by (within) a feathered layer.
12a Supporting part of garment, spare tights apt when elasticated (9,5)
An anagram (when elasticated) of SPARE TIGHTS APT.
17a Canine eluding odontologist’s embedded (5)
One of the lurkers (embedded) found in two words of the clue.
20a Man squeezed into lift closer, unfortunately, for the present (8,6)
A regal man, of which there are two among thirty-two men on a board, inserted (squeezed) into an anagram (unfortunately) of LIFT CLOSER.
25a One making marks and so forth, that woman (6)
The abbreviated form of a term borrowed from Latin that is equivalent to and so forth followed by the female genitive, dative, and accusative pronoun.
28a Further into sea, offered care and protection (8)
A synonym of further contained by (into) the abbreviated form of the name of a sea.
1d Penalty nothing to worry about (4)
A double definition – the second may be a somewhat irritated response to persistent requests for progress on a project.
2d Loose sovereign, round item (6)
The regnal cypher of HM and a round item gives a term that may be an indication of behaviour.
5d Joiner keeping job, held down (8)
A conjunction (joiner) containing (keeping) a household(?) job.
13d Step ahead of dog, one temporarily leading (4-6)
A synonym of step placed before (ahead of) a type of dog bred as a gundog.
18d Unusual, not on strike (7)
Not a double definition – a single word for not on and a synonym of strike.
22d Beaten, as ninety-nine may have been? (6)
A double definition(?) – the illustration should help for the second – OK, I admit that I included this one so that I could use the illustration.
26d Somewhat neglected, English garden (4)
The second lurker to finish (somewhat) found in two words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
COURT + OFFISH = CAUGHT A FISH – well, that’s my guess, if anyone has any better ideas please make a suggestion in the comments.
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I have no recollection of this, although I have been told I should have – apparently it started three weeks at number one on June 26, 1976 (probably around the time of the start of the summer of ’76), British Soul (which seems to be an oxymoron) group The Real Thing: