Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3178 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is just about time to get the pullovers out and hope that the moths haven’t been munching on them, the woollen ones that is, during the summer.
For me, Dada back to being friendly, with his version of an anagram fest – seven altogether (four partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidate for favourite – 15a!
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 Comfortable seat Conservative surprisingly held: it’s free (12)
The single letter for (politically) Conservative and an anagram of HELD: IT’S FREE.
9a Character with edge in game (9)
A synonym for character (in a play?) and (with) a synonym of edge (as a geographical feature?).
15a North American princess in ancient civilisation (8)
The two letter abbreviated form of the name of a princess inserted into (in) an ancient civilization in the Ancient Near East during the late 2nd millennium BC.
18a Weaken soil in land (4,4)
Soil which comes from the ‘third rock from the sun’ inserted into a synonym of land (as in gain?).
21a Shoe: lose it, disaster! (4-4)
A single four letter word for lose it and another four letter word for disaster.
27a A soldier, say, filling new crate easily (2,1,6)
A from the clue followed by a six legged soldier (say) inserted into (filling) an anagram (new) of CRATE.
28a Immediately at that place, further in the past (5,3,4)
A single word for at that place followed by a (3,4) phrase for further in the past.
1d Super money (7)
A double definition – the second refers to money that might be invested.
4d Offensive letter you read, polite last of all (4)
The last letters (last of all) of four words in the clue.
6d Enjoy young setter from Hollywood, say? (3,2)
The two letter abbreviated form of the US city that Hollywood is part of and a three letter four legged young setter.
14d Stop cutting allowance in bank (8)
A three letter verbal synonym of stop contained by (cutting) a synonym of allowance (that students used to get when they went to university – I’m not sure if they still do).
16d Man spared wrong sign in text (9)
An anagram (wrong) of MAN SPARED.
18d Breakfast nonsense? (6)
A double definition – the first is a breakfast item that is probably more popular over here.
22d Scottish runner just out of the medals, we hear? (5)
The homophone (we hear) of the position (in a race?) that is the first not qualify for a medal.
25d Some ruler, a Jaipur prince (4)
The (forward) lurker (some) found in three words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
VARNISH + SHIN + POINT = VANISHING POINT
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Ronald Binge (1910 – 1979) was a British composer and arranger of light music. In 1951 he composed a piece that was simply titled Andante cantabile. A year later, the name was prophetically changed by the composer to The Elizabethan Serenade to reflect the post-war optimism of a New Elizabethan Age that began with the accession of HM Queen Elizabeth II in February 1952 (from Wikipedia):