Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3182 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, with some cool-ish temperatures, we have been enjoying ‘mixed’ precipitation.
For me, a slow start, a quick middle, and a slow finish not helped by a senior moment trying to make 9a (2,7) instead of its (3,6) – seven anagrams (four partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues; with 15 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, 9a, 26a, 1d, and 5d.
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 Do — or do without hot food? (3,3,7)
A double definition to start – the second could refer to the ‘deletion of a condiment.’
9a An unreal plaything with no strings attached? (3,6)
An imaginary (unreal) instrument (plaything).
11a Flipped over say, darkish bug (5)
The reversal (flipped over) of all of the two letter Latin-based abbreviation equivalent for say and a synonym of darkish (which is one of Kath’s favourite words).
17a Word in poem is surprisingly about right (7)
An anagram (surprisingly) of POEM IS containing (about) the single letter for Right.
18a Ex-Wimbledon champ on team (7)
The illustrated ex-Wimbledon champ and ON from the clue.
22a Roman goddess requiring month off, originally (4)
The three letter short form of a (summer) month and the first letter (originally) of Off.
26a Leap over underground chamber (5)
A double definition – the second might refer to a place for the storage of valuables.
28a A stepladder designed to get me on board boat (6,7)
An anagram (designed) A STEPLADDER containing (to get . . . on board) ME from the clue.
1d Political campaign in March, terribly nasty (5,9)
An anagram (terribly) of MARCH and a synonym of nasty.
4d Not entirely uplifting process, it amuses artist (7)
The reversed lurker (not entirely uplifting) found in three words in the clue.
5d Secure wreck (5,2)
A double definition – the first (and the second!) might refer to assembling some IKEA furniture.
8d Mischievous child, one using cane on swimmer? (14)
A descriptive term for someone using a cane to administer punishment placed before (on) a swimmer native to the western Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
14d Opening part, representative (10)
Not a double definition – a facial opening and a synonym of part.
16d Evident getting behind, win at cards (9)
A synonym of evident (as in out in the open) followed by (getting) a synonym of behind.
25d Macho man leaving academic research unfinished (4)
A single word term for academic research with the last letter removed (leaving . . . unfinished).
Quick Crossword Pun:
CEILING + WHACKS = SEALING WAX
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Tissues at the ready perhaps, prompted by Art Garfunkel’s ‘appearance’ in Monday’s back pager – ‘Bright Eyes’ from the 1978 animation of Richard Adams’ novel ‘Watership Down’: