Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3179 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Thursday, the last (partial) day of astronomical summer, we started off the day at a chilly plus 1 degree.
For me, Dada sort of friendly, although it took me a little while to ‘get going’ – six anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one (doubtful) homophone – all in an asymmetric 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 – 10a, 13a, 19a, 3d, and 8d.
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 Cord with bits pulled back (5)
A synonym of bits reversed (pulled back).
10a Evening wear exactly right, laic surprisingly impressed (4,4)
An anagram (surprisingly) of LAIC inserted (impressed) into a (2,1,1) synonymic phrase equivalent to exactly right.
11a Wicked without gaps, did you say? (6)
The (doubtful) homophone (did you say) of a single, or perhaps hyphenated, word equivalent to without gaps.
14a Sadly, animal knocked over wine (7)
A synonym of sadly and a male (farm) animal all reversed (knocked over).
19a Vegetable, standard crop (7)
A three letter synonym of standard (commonly used in golf, for example) and a synonym of crop (but nothing to do with farming).
21a Clutch very bad, fragile thing (8)
A synonym of clutch, or what can be found in a clutch, and a single word for very bad (as in – it was . . . ).
22a Thug from Los Angeles in pool (6)
The two letter abbreviated form of Los Angeles and a synonym of thug.
26a Seize unlicensed stock, unloading remaining packages first of all (5)
The initial letters (first of all) of five words in the clue.
2d Where brew served up to me, or a fancy (3,4)
An anagram (fancy) of TO ME, OR A.
3d Where shelf stackers may be seen, everywhere (3,4,3,4)
Assuming the ‘supply chain’ is functioning correctly where, generally, shelf stackers may be seen carrying out their assigned duties.
5d Month before it turns up south of an island (7)
The abbreviated form of the month before the present one and IT from the clue all reversed and then placed under (south of), as it is a down clue, AN from the clue.
8d An egg that’s scrambled kept by Victor and girl in vessel (9,5)
An anagram (that’s scrambled) of AN EGG that is contained (kept) by a slang abbreviated form of a synonym of victor and a synonym of girl (not guess a name).
19d Beer bottles finished off, German exercises (7)
A type of beer that is a light coloured, flavoursome variety of lager contains (bottles) a three letter term equivalent to finished off – and if you are wondering where German comes into it – the exercises are named after their German inventor.
22d Upward spin for eye (4)
A synonym of spin reversed (upward).
Quick Crossword Pun:
CALIPH + HORN + NEON = CALIFORNIAN
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I could not find any decent birthdays or number ones for today’s date, so this is a number 3 from the Spring of 1978: