Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3189 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, at the beginning of the month, we already have enough snow on the ground and appropriate temperatures that will ensure that we will have a White Christmas. It will be interesting to see if we actually get any snowfall on the day.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada gave me several pauses for thought, with four anagrams (two partials), one lurker (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 – 1a, 12a, 22a, 5d, 8d, and 25d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Second pain, possible result of using needle? (10)
A synonym of second (as in support) and a type of pain (experienced during exercise?).
9a Flash gift, by the sound of it? (5)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of gift (as in ability).
10a Furious scoter glad, having knocked out a warbler (9)
An anagram (furious) of SCOTER GLaD with the A removed (knocked out a) – I presume that Dada is using warbler as a generic term.
17a Kitchen device that’s old covered in small amount of food (7)
The single letter for Old contained by (covered in) a single word for small amount of food (as in sample).
21a Song plays when dancing in company (7)
An anagram (when dancing) of PLAYS inserted into (in) the two letter abbreviation for COmpany.
22a Publish bunch of lies, initially ignored (5)
A single word term (collective noun?) for a bunch of lies with the first letter removed (initially ignored).
27a General item in biscuit tin? (9)
It’s that man again – a double definition – the first is an Italian General from the 1800s.
30a European team very angry in America, eliminated (4,6)
A synonym of very, an (inf; orig US) synonym of angry, and a synonym of eliminated.
1d Polish expert (4)
A double definition – the first refers to the act of making shiny.
2d Fellow student unfortunately came last , son claimed (9)
An anagram (unfortunately) of CAME LAST containing (claimed) the single letter for Son.
5d Gather there’s little room after turning round in bed (7)
A little room (used for incarceration?) reversed (after turning round) and inserted into (in) a type of bed.
8d Flip out, as might popped cork? (3,3,4)
A potential result of the release of a champagne cork?.
16d Vacated pub into which brought different fragrant plant (3,4)
The middle letter of PuB deleted (vacated) with a synonym of different inserted (into which brought) into what remains.
18d Cream in prize vessel tipped over (3,6)
A synonym of prize (as in bounty) and a type of vessel (for jam?) all reversed (tipped over).
25d Curry in the morning, right, fine to serve up? (5)
The reversal (to serve up) of all of the abbreviation of the Latin term for in the morning, the single letter for Right, and the two letters used for fine.
26d Classic dealings curtailed (4)
A synonym of dealings with the last letter removed (curtailed).
Quick Crossword Pun:
AUTUMN + ATTIC = AUTOMATIC
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