Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3191 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been ‘enjoying’ a slower moving than usual Colorado Low which, over three and a half days, added 25cms, plus or minus, to our snow on the ground. Back into the deep freeze this week so it might be too cold for snow to fall on Christmas Day.
Well, I hope Dada remembers that it is the Season of Goodwill next weekend! For me, and I stress for me, he provided another head scratcher, with six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone, 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 – 17a (with a groan), 25a, 8d, 16d, and 18d.
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 Maestro adding last of paint to drunken cherubs (8)
The last letter of paint after (adding . . . to) an anagram (drunken) of CHERUBS.
12a Basic article in magazine, say (6)
A single word term for a basic article which, in one form, may be found in a type of magazine (say).
14a Vulnerable writer after extra opportunities, initially (4,4)
A type of writer (as in writing implement) placed after all of a crickety extra and the first letter (initially) of Opportunities.
17a Hollow weapon, it getting loaded with first of pellets (6)
A three letter synonym of weapon and IT from the clue containing (getting loaded with) the first letter of Pellets.
20a Physician, American senior in TV programme (8)
A portmanteau word (which in itself is a dreadful term) created from a familiar contraction of a synonym of physician, the two letters for American, and the three letter abbreviation for a UK senior – not the first time we have seen the answer which is in the BRB.
25a Dust and rock on the beach? (6)
A three letter synonym of dust and another three letter synonym of rock (as a source of minerals).
26a Hot current circling capital of Rwanda (8)
A synonym of current (as in items in the news) containing (circling) the first letter (capital) of Rwanda.
1d Railway staff in station, closer? (8)
A synonym of (railway?) staff inserted into a synonym of (railway?) station – in 214 Dada Sunday Prize Puzzles this must be one of his worst clues ever.
4d Fish: fifty caught by father (8)
The Roman numeral for fifty inserted into (caught by) a synonym of father (as in creator of a new organisation).
5d Sweet gag? (10)
A double definition? – the first is a large sweet (as in a large item of confectionery).
16d Decorative work bagging point, finally — mark on score (8)
Straight out of the BRB – decorative work consisting of intertwined loops, executed in wool or thread with a small hook containing (bagging) the last (finally) letter of poinT.
18d Short jacket on Welsh girl from North Africa (8)
A type of jacket (worn by soldiers?) with the last letter deleted (short) and guess a Welsh girl’s name.
22d Sweetheart wanting gold after diamonds, say (6)
Not Ray T’s sweetheart – heraldic gold placed after the collective noun for thirteen diamonds.
24d Lure, a bit fishy! (4)
An anagram (fishy) of A BIT.
Quick Crossword Pun – Hmm:
PAUL + SAYS + ANNE = PAUL CÉZANNE
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Keith Richards, co-founder, guitarist, secondary vocalist, and co-principal songwriter of the Rolling Stones, is celebrating, presumably, his 79th birthday today. This is the first Rolling Stones number one written by him and Mick Jagger, with a nice guitar solo, being performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show in the USA in 1965: