Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3188 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the endless e-mails and advertisements promoting that dreadful concept, imported from our Southern neighbours, of Black Friday ‘deals’ is over for another year, but now we have to get past Cyber Monday; I wonder how much rest we will be allowed before similar activity begins for Boxing Day ‘sales’ – yes, we have it and them over here. Bah humbug!
For me, and I stress for me, Dada was quite friendly, although I did have a couple of Hmms, with a generous eight anagrams (three partials), three lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone, all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 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, 12a, 7d, 14, 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 Scent wood inside solid figure (7)
Wood that has been ‘prepared’ for a fire inserted into (inside) a solid (tapering geometric) figure.
9a Hit knowing service easily broken? (9)
A slang term for a hit (on the lowest part of the face?) and a synonym of knowing.
12a Commendation priceless originally, it is beyond praise (7)
The first letter (originally) of Priceless, and then IT from the clue placed after (beyond) a synonym of praise.
16a Some thinner vessel, bottle (5)
A lurker (some) found in two words in the clue.
17a Sweet fighter, cut (5)
A type of fighter (I suppose), but I am not sure in what exact sense Dada is using it, with the last letter removed (cut) – I hope the illustration helps – and, if commenting, remember it’s a prize puzzle so the rules in RED under the hints apply.
21a Ice giant turning around rapidly, awesome initially (7)
An anagram (turning) of GIANT containing (around) the initial letters of Rapidly and Awesome.
26a Old Hollywood actor as central in play (9)
An anagram (in play) of AS CENTRAL for an actor who was apparently ‘initially known for playing tough guys with a tender heart’ – so says Wikipedia.
28a Fine petticoats, firstly, neatly embroidered (7)
The initial letter (firstly) of Petticoats and an anagram (embroidered) of NEATLY.
1d Tilt, then tilt upward, front of plane (7)
A four letter synonym of tilt followed by (then) a three letter synonym of tilt reversed (upward).
3d Slight injury in horses, did you say? (5)
The homophone (in . . . did you say) of the plural of a type of horse.
7d Washer beneath in concrete, lifted up (9)
A synonym of beneath inserted into (in) a synonym of concrete (as in actual) which has been reversed (lifted up).
14d Ceremony before a dreary do (9)
A synonym of (grand) ceremony placed before A from the clue and a synonym of dreary.
15d On camera, I mixed drink (9)
An anagram (mixed) of ON CAMERA I for a source of caffeine.
19d Each number raised, taken down (5,2)
The abbreviated form of each, the first double digit number, and a two letter synonym of raised.
20d Left on ship, fish for show (7)
Nautical left and a type of fish that seems to fly through the water.
24d Large building no longer available to rent, well upset (5)
The reversal (upset) of all of a simple three letter term for no longer available to rent and a two letter interjectional synonym of well.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MYRRH + CURIE = MERCURY
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In the middle of four weeks at Number One on this day in 1968, and, the Dowager Countess of Grantham makes a guest appearance!