Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3174 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to experience Summer Storms with a funnel cloud here and there but nothing more serious than that (fingers crossed).
For me, Dada being quite friendly with seven anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a very slightly asymmetric 27 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 – 20a, 23a, 6d, 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 Punt taken on fish shop (6)
A three letter term equivalent to punt taken (nothing to do water craft or kicking balls of various shapes – more to do with losing money) placed before (on) a type of fish (that ‘flies’ through the water).
4a Start of May, end of three months for elected representative (6)
The first letter (start) of May and the common end to three months of the year – easy enough to identify.
11a A picnic eaten at seaside, yummy first of all (4)
Selection of the initial letters (first of all) of four words in the clue.
12a Perfectly chaotic boarding jet (10)
A synonym of chaotic (as applied to the Wild West perhaps) inserted into (boarding) a verbal synonym of jet.
21a Company surrounded by money (4)
The usual two letter abbreviated form of company and a two letter term equivalent to surrounded by.
23a Item of clothing stolen by boy or dog (8)
An item of clothing (ladies intimate apparel) inserted into (stolen by) a synonym of boy followed by OR from the clue.
Poor old mum – 13 pups all of the black variety, but I expect dad had something to do with that!
25a Top island (6)
A double definition – the second is famous for its potatoes.
1d A French girl in East London location, small house (8)
A from the clue translated into French and a three letter synonym of girl all inserted into (in) an East London location (famous for its bells).
2d Minute within fifteen years (5)
The second, and real, lurker (within) found in two words in the clue.
6d Restaurant in old club welcoming queen (9))
An old (golf) club (equivalent to a modern 2 wood) containing (welcoming) HM indicated by her regnal cypher.
7d So, that seems unlikely (6)
A double definition (I think) – the second is an interjection expressing doubt.
15d Bitterness one day encapsulated by a lament (8)
The Roman numeral for one and the abbreviated form of a day of the week all contained (encapsulated) by A from the clue and a synonym of lament.
17d Rich, say: odd million invested in wine that’s brought over (7)
One of our popular synonyms for odd and the single letter for Million all inserted (invested) in a generic type of wine that has been reversed (that’s brought over).
21d Vulgar, vacuous character, fool (5)
CharacteR emptied of its interior letters (vacuous) and a three letter synonym of fool.
Quick Crossword Pun:
HANDY + WORE + HOLE = ANDY WARHOL
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A random selection for today – a Scottish tune composed by two Germans ( Highland Cathedral – Wikipedia ) being played by Australians – The Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band: