Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3168 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on Friday, we found out how ‘fragile’ Canada’s wireless network is when a major problem at one provider shut down debit and credit card processing, and associated on-line banking activities, and more, across the country, and a major part of the wireless telephone system was also ‘down’ for over twelve hours.
For me, Dada quite generous with four non-anagram long ‘uns, three anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 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 – 10a, 15a, 23a, 2d, 3d, and 18d.
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:
8a Mouth opening in Iraq, seeing desert (4)
A slang synonym of mouth and the first letter (opening in) of Iraq – if you have never heard of the answer it is in northern China and southern Mongolia.
10a Somehow at home, and otherwise? (2,1,3)
The two letter word for at home and a four letter word which is the opposite (and otherwise) of at home.
13a That tickling must stop — pah! (4,4,2,5)
A request(?) for tickling to stop because of what it might cause to happen.
15a Tempestuous movement split a party (7)
A synonym of split (as a past participle), A from the clue, and our favourite two letter party.
20a Accept that’s what to do with beard-grooming product? (4,2,2,3,4)
Where on one’s face one might ‘apply’ a beard-grooming product.
23a Old coin, item out of reach? (8)
Written as (3,5), a term meaning out of reach and a synonym of item.
28a Unique item of footwear (4)
A double definition – the second is an item which is part of (a piece of) footwear.
1d One touring a cold country (6)
A four letter combining form used to indicate one (or single), containing (touring) A from the clue and the single letter for Cold.
3d American flier looks to cover beaches on holiday (5,3,7)
A synonym of looks (as in with a fixed gaze) containing (to cover) a synonym of beaches (based on what they can consist of) and a synonym of holiday – phew!
5d Ordinary location of jaywalker? (6-2-3-4)
A double definition(?) – the second references where a jaywalker might be, but shouldn’t be.
16d Eggs finished, did you say? (3)
The homophone (did you say?) of a synonym of finished.
18d Outsiders in league have penned type of clue for sport (8)
The first and last letters (outsiders in) of LeaguE containing (have penned) a type of clue (in terms of direction).
21d Net mate almost hauled up (6)
A synonym of mate with its last letter removed (almost) and then reversed (hauled up).
24d Sadly in arrears, a labourer’s given up (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . . given up) found in three words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
ODOUR + CLONE = EAU DE COLOGNE
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