Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3171 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are enjoying a three day holiday weekend, quite what the reason is I am not absolutely certain but I’ll take it anyway.
For me, Dada providing a bit of a head scratcher especially with two in the NE and one in the SW, with five anagrams (one partial), one lurker (reversed), and two homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues; with 13 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 26a, 6d, and 9d.
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 Helmet worn by Irish copper — style! (7)
The two letters for Irish and the chemical symbol for copper all inserted into (worn by) what helmet can be considered to be a type of.
10a Thin piece of wood put behind something identical (10)
A type of a piece of wood placed after (put behind) a single word term for something identical.
14a Anxious, personal pride about office having backfired (2,4)
A three letter word for personal pride containing (about) a type of (home) office all reversed (having backfired).
15a Where one’s heading to India, sent abroad (11)
An anagram (abroad) of TO INDIA, SENT.
22a Great actor resting, by the sound of it? (4)
A homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of resting.
26a Space where Othello, for example, returned on stage (7)
Knowledge of Shakespeare required – a term for Othello’s ancestry (for example) reversed (returned) and placed after (on) a synonym of stage (but nothing to do with theatre).
1d Black taxi in Hackney, say (7)
A three letter synonym of taxi inserted into (in) a female type of hackney (say).
5d Back away, bird having escaped? (7,3)
A type of bird and a synonym of escaped.
6d A diary kept in whatever relationship helping to explain (7)
A from the clue and a three letter synonym of diary all inserted into (kept in) a three letter term equivalent to whatever.
9d Session with nothing for defenceless individual (7,4)
A synonym of session (as in posing for an artist?) and (with) crickety nothing.
13d One of those active during strenuous exercise was tangled in knots (5,5)
An anagram (in knots) of WAS TANGLED – this is probably the longest definition I have had to write a hint for in all the puzzles I have blogged.
18d Biscuit that’s alcoholic? (7)
A particular type of an alcoholic drink that contributes a letter to the phonetic alphabet.
23d Emperor certainly not impressing queen (4)
A two letter term for certainly not containing (impressing) HM’s regnal cypher.
Quick Crossword Pun:
FARED + INCOME = FAIR DINKUM
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Talented actor and singer Bernard Cribbins OBE passed away on Wednesday at the grand age of 93. Very well known as the narrator of the adventures of the furry residents of SW19 he also achieved the most appearances as reader on Jackanory. In films, he is probably best known for portraying Albert Perks, the station porter in the 1970 version of The Railway Children. He also appeared in three Carry On films and in Doctor Who on both the small and large screens. And a whole lot more. In 1962, he had pop chart success with three comic songs – this is one of them: