Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3170 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have cooled down to the low/middle 20s.
For me, Dada providing a quirky puzzle of two halves, NW and SE, the latter being the more friendly, with, if I have counted correctly, eight anagrams, seven of them partials, one lurker (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 – 1a, 15a, 25a, 7d, and 19d.
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 Brief, politically, suits premier (7-4)
Part of a Cockney rhyming slang expression for suits (note the plural) and a three letter adjectival synonym of premier.
12a Trace item of underwear, in grey oddly (7)
An item of underwear and the odd letters of all of In GrEy.
15a Pest in male fish (9)
A synonym of male (usually applied to a feathered creature) and a type of (freshwater) fish.
17a Might I prefer half of wood chopped up? (9)
An anagram (chopped up) of I PREFER and half of WOod.
22a Crime a sailor reported (7)
The homophone (reported) of all of A from the clue and a synonym of sailor.
26a Islander, man transporting group back (7)
A four letter synonym of man containing (transporting) a synonym of group reversed (back).
27a Protestant writer travelling to castle (11)
A type of inanimate writer and an anagram (travelling) of TO CASTLE.
2d Potential victims, punched, keel over (3,4)
A synonym of punched and a single word term for keel over (nautically?).
4d Run away, far from criminal! (5)
A (3,2) term equivalent to run away combined into a single word!
7d Stubble forming on adult male initially, obliged to go in – for this? (7-4)
A synonym of obliged inserted into (to go in) the first letters (initially) of the first five words of the clue.
11d That male character will follow infant very closely (2,3,6)
A third person pronoun representing that male and a synonym of character (alphabetically) placed after (will follow) a three letter synonym of infant.
19d Drop fruit on police (7)
The illustrated fruit placed before (on) the informal abbreviated form of the capital’s police force.
20d Unremarkable article in large residence (7)
One of the indefinite articles inserted into (in) a type of large(?) residence.
23d Poisonous beef consumed by little jerk (5)
A two letter type of beef (its tail is what we mostly use) contained (consumed) by a little (nervous) jerk.
Quick Crossword Pun:
WIRE + EWE + KNOT + COMING = WHY ARE YOU NOT COMING
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The second of T. Rex’s four number ones, Mr K included the first in Tuesday’s blog, which reached that exalted position on this day in 1971 and stayed there for four weeks: