Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3187 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on the fourth anniversary, two days ago in reality, of Dada as our Sunday setter and even after occasional head scratching on a Saturday evening, I still have more hair on my head than my baby brother and my son put together.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada was reasonably friendly, and very doggy, with five anagrams (two partials), one lurker (reversed but not hinted), and three homophones (one partial which sounds familiar), all 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 – 19a, 21a, 23a, 4d/5d, 7d, and 10d.
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 Flock is going to race madly round back of pen (12)
An anagram (madly) of GOING TO RACE containing the last letter (round back) of peN.
9a Sum up about problematic situation that’s paid much respect (7)
A single word term for sum up (mathematically) containing (about) a single word term for problematic situation.
12a Old king with day on his own? (7)
An abbreviated form of a day (of the week) placed after (on) a term for on his own – I can’t quite decide if ‘on’ is doing ‘double duty’.
16a Ball: fast player has passed one, nearly scoring initially (9)
Oh dear, sorry Kath and others – a mixture of cricket and football – a fast player in either the oval or the round ball game placed after (has passed) all of the Roman numeral for one the first letters (initially) of Nearly and Scoring.
21a Person who criticizes a door-to-door salesman, perhaps? (7)
A double definition(?) – the second is based on what a door-to-door salesman might do to announce his arrival.
23a Certainly beyond yours truly, a limit (7)
A synonym of certainly placed after (beyond) all of the objective pronoun that represents yours truly and A from the clue.
26a Small creature in scary West Sussex town, did you say? (6-6)
A synonym of scary and a homophone (did you say?) of a West Sussex town (which is almost in Surrey).
1d Wonderful family rescued by dog, shortly (7)
The three letter synonym for family contained (rescued) by a breed of (famously royal) dog with the last letter deleted (shortly).
2d Very often gallant, by the sound of it? (7)
A homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of gallant describing the behaviour of the illustrated character.
7d Use force getting sovereign and five cents for bread (12)
A single word verbal term for use force followed by (getting) the regnal cypher of two of our (female) sovereigns and the N Am Inf term for five cents.
10d Long time in awful dry season: important to plant in it (7,5)
An anagram (awful) of DRY SEASON with a three letter synonym of important inserted into it (to plant in it).
17d Beauty, one taking snuff? (7)
A double definition(?) – we all need a copy of Dada’s personal thesaurus, although I do believe that I have heard the answer as a nounal synonym of beauty but it is probably no longer PC; as well as one taking snuff, the second may refer to someone using a recreational pharmaceutical.
20d X-certificate, like nothing one’s heard? (7)
A homophone (one’s heard) of a single word for like nothing?
22d Out of practice, easily relied upon to lose lead (5)
A single word term for easily relied upon with the first letter deleted (to lose lead).
Quick Crossword Pun:
PILAU + TORQUE = PILLOW TALK
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On a recent University Challenge, a team from Southampton University (average age 25) had a set of bonus questions on London in Popular Music and one of the three questions was:
Holloway Jail and Waterloo Sunset are songs by which band formed in North London in the 1960s?
Answer here – a number two in 1967: