Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3177 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.
For me, Dada not so friendly, perhaps my afternoon nap wasn’t long enough, with a sprinkling where it seemed that a synonym of a synonym was required, also known as Dada’s personal thesaurus – only four anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 16a, 24a, 4d, and 7d.
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 Bottle that’s cold swigged by wife the same age as us (5,7)
The single letter for Cold contained (swigged) by the Cockney slang for wife and a (3,3) phrase equivalent to the same age as us where the first three letter word is the first person plural possessive pronoun.
9a Person going downhill after trip on the inside, more dangerous (7)
A person who enjoys going downhill (on snow) placed after the interior letters (on the inside) of tRIp.
12a Weapon hunt (5)
A double definition – the second is possibly a synonym of a synonym that I referenced in my preamble.
17a Person looking back feels differently having joined cricket side (7)
You can’t make this stuff up, it’s in the BRB – a reflexive (looking back) pronoun found from an anagram (differently) of FEELS placed after (having joined) the two letter crickety side (of the pitch).
21a Hit stuff (7)
A double definition – the second is a slang term for clothing – synonym of a synonym again?.
24a Jockey in condition? (5)
Another double definition – the second is a clause that is, for example, added to an already agreed and signed contract.
29a Bird or mouse? (7)
Another double definition – the second is in the sense of being afraid.
30a Go and live in a refuge (4,1,7)
I thought this might be yet another double definition but I don’t think it is – consider it as (2,2,1,7) – our favourite two letter synonym for live, a two letter synonym of in, A from the clue, and a synonym of refuge.
1d Dad is upset, in feeling of contempt (7)
An anagram (upset) of DAD IS followed by IN from the clue.
3d Dog, annoying type? (7)
Another double definition – we have seen the dog, which is a type of hound, before, how you can distinguish it from other hounds of a similar size I have no idea.
6d Ugly expression as I’m introduced to class (7)
I’M from the clue inserted into (introduced to) a synonym of class – Hmm, another one.
7d Shatter personal best, perhaps, early on? (9,4)
A five letter synonym of shatter and a (4,4) term equivalent to personal best (in an athletic event?).
8d Old method of transport requiring change before 1971? (5-8)
Dada is actually referencing a particular day in 1971, February 15th I believe, although the second part of the answer ceased to be legal tender in December 1960 – a self propelled method of transport.
19d Way higher than Himalayas, say, surreal (7)
A two letter abbreviated form of a type of way (for getting from one place to another) placed before (higher than) a collective noun for what the Himalayas are an example of (say).
21d Team members laid off in style (7)
A general term for (waterborne?) team members and a single word for laid off – interestingly the BRB shows the answer as (4,3).
27d A little straw in every drink (4)
We finish with the lurker (a little) found in three words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
POOR + CHEW + GIRL = PORTUGAL
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Some inspiration from I don’t know where – the first movement Allegro of J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 3 played by Early Music ensemble Voices of Music: