Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3184 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Monday with 30mm plus of, thankfully, rainfall from our first Colorado Low of this Autumn/Winter season, and with two months of the year left, 2022 became the wettest year on record with a total, so far, of 740mm.
With the end of BST, I hope all the UK residents enjoyed their extra hour of sleep. Ours is next weekend.
For me, a friendly anagram fest from Dada with 8 of them (3 partials), no lurkers, and one homophone 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 – 9a, 20a, 24a, 26a, 16d, and 23d.
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 Mark, comedian, probable loser? (11)
Synonyms of mark and comedian plus assistance from the illustration.
9a Result of stepping into boiling water in haste (7)
Written as (3,4) a descriptive phrase that can be applied to a part of the body after stepping into boiling water.
13a Lot more shaky — this sound? (7)
An anagram (shaky) of LOT MORE.
15a Nothing in paste’s OK when spread, as it were (2,2,5)
The letter that represents nothing inserted into (in) an anagram (when spread) of PASTE’S OK.
17a Comedy hit gets criticism (9)
A synonym of hit (with the hand) followed by (gets) a synonym of criticism.
24a Sneeze: and what I need for it when heard? (7)
A homophone (when heard) of a (1,6) term for what is needed for a sneeze.
27a Country music player in Terence animated old show (3,3,5)
A Middle Eastern (Persian Gulf) country and the abbreviated form of a (human) music player all inserted into (in) the familiar or informal form of Terence.
2d Refurbishment of loos etc, most sophisticated (7)
An anagram (refurbishment)of LOOS ETC.
5d Old ships, clippers (7)
A double definition – the first is illustrated.
7d Brief during political campaign the pits, slow unfortunately (7-4)
An anagram (unfortunately) of THE PITS, SLOW.
11d A little regular cash kept economy moving (6,5)
An anagram (moving) of KEPT ECONOMY.
19d Sovereign for fruit? (7)
A double definition – the first is a female sovereign and the second is a dried fruit.
20d Cheerful person carving block? (7)
A double definition(?) – the second could be a sculptor (in Dada’s personal thesaurus!).
23d Give in all that’s harvested (5)
Yet another double definition – the first is a form of surrender.
Quick Crossword Pun:
TENNER + SACKS = TENOR SAX
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I know thinking can be dangerous, but, in the middle of the week, I had a thought ‘out of nowhere’ and the result is, from 1969, the opening sequence of The Italian Job, without the titles overlay, but with the dulcet tones of Matt Monro: