Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3185 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather but it has started cooling down and the weather forecasts are beginning to include the four letter word that begins with ‘S’!
For me, a Dada puzzle which took a while to get going then it was off to the races with four anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and two homophones all in a symmetric 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 – 11a, 19a, 2d, 9d, 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:
7a Extraordinary thing, word complete (9)
An anagram (extraordinary) of THING, WORD.
11a Struggling for breath, whoopee vitality! (8)
A synonym of whoopee and a synonym of vitality.
16a Fairy tale with a little slimy thing (4)
The lurker (with a little) found in two words in the clue.
18a Jumper knitted for grandson, originally (4)
An anagram, if one can have an anagram of three letters, (knitted) of FOR and the first letter (originally) of Grandson.
21a Beauty, one sealing bottle? (6)
A double definition – the first might not be PC and the second inserts a sealing device into a bottle.
24a Monster plant brought back by you and I (8)
A type of (ornamental) plant, found in many gardens, reversed (brought back) and placed after (by) the pronoun that represents you and I.
28a Crime concealed by attendant where parish priest lives (9)
A flammable crime contained (concealed) by a (young?) attendant.
1d Class hosting university meeting (5)
Another term for a class in a school containing (hosting) the single letter for University.
2d Where night-time photography seen instantly? (2,1,5)
Reference to the illustrated device needed for night-time photography.
5d Takeaway favourite passed around a square (6)
A favourite type of takeaway food, originating in Italy, containing (passed around) A from the clue.
6d Fruit in lemon, gone off (4,5)
An anagram (off) of LEMON, GONE.
17d Marker underlining first of howlers in school (6)
A type of marker used to indicate or show the position of something placed after (underlining) the first letter of Howlers.
18d Time, in making a run for it, passing swiftly (8)
The single letter for Time inserted into (in) a single word equivalent to making a run for it.
23d Stoop when Hamlet, say, mentioned? (5)
One of the homophones (mentioned) of the nationality (when . . . say) of Hamlet.
25d New-born animal, filly’s offspring appearing little, first of all (4)
The initial letters (first of all) of four words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
BRASS + ZILLIONS = BRAZILIANS
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From the ‘original’ Top Gun film in 1986, a number one hit for American new wave group Berlin. I remember it more because it seemed to be being played every lunch time in the cafeteria during my MSc year at Cranfield Institute of Technology: