Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3176 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had a mini-heatwave to end August and begin September at the start of a holiday weekend which is considered to signal the end of Summer mostly because the schools start the ‘new year’ on Tuesday.
For me, Dada back to friendly with seven anagrams (five 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, 25a, 7d, 9d, and 17d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Not much of a difference for coppers (5,6)
A double definition to start – the second refers to currency.
11a Food processor undergoing trial in back of cafe (9)
A (2,4) synonymic phrase for undergoing trial, IN from the clue, and the last letter (back) of cafE.
16a Weirdly porcine, old cheese from sheep (8)
An anagram (weirdly) of PORCINE and the single letter for Old.
18a Article pains ham actor (8)
A definite article and an anagram (ham) of PAINS.
24a Father dead-headed rose in garden plot (9)
A synonym of rose (as in flower) with the first letter removed (dead-headed) contained by (in) a single word term for garden plot.
27a Broadcasting in Bulgarian, old revolutionary (2,3)
The reversed lurker (in . . . revolutionary) found in two words in the clue.
28a Ridiculously hot man, dense to put it mildly (3,4,4)
An anagram (ridiculously) of HOT MAN, DENSE.
2d Wash second baby (3,2)
A two letter synonym of second (in time) and a term for a baby (animal?).
3d Express didn’t have crew, they said (7)
The homophone (they said) of all of a single word for didn’t have and a (rowing) crew.
7d Modern nation frequently requiring compassion (5-2-3-3)
A synonym of nation (as a country), a three letter synonym of frequently, and (requiring) a synonym of compassion.
9d Rural county: cars let out south of this place (13)
Cars that originally came in any colour as long as it was black and a single word for let out all placed after (south of) a single word for this place.
17d Twist isn’t cosmetic (8)
A synonym of twist and an informal contracted form of isn’t gives an informal synonym of cosmetic(s).
19d Nerve required to climb over brave person in passenger seat (7)
A three letter synonym of nerve (as in impudence) reversed (to climb) placed before (over) a single word for a brave person.
25d Domain: actual kingdom, ultimately (5)
A synonym of actual and the last letter (ultimately) of kingdoM.
Quick Crossword Pun:
PARR + ROTS + KETCH = PARROT SKETCH
Perhaps Dada was thinking of this:
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I was bereft of ideas for some music for today so I ‘asked’ YouTube for ‘Music for September’ and top of the list was Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Pop, EDM, Latin, and Afro pop band Earth, Wind & Fire with its number 3 hit from 1978 appropriately titled September: