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ST 3195 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3195 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have continued to enjoy warmer (a relative term) than seasonal temperatures, so much so that today is forecast to be a tee-shirt and shorts minus one.

For me, and I stress for me, Dada in a friendly mood with five anagrams (one partial), three lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones, all in an asymmetric 29 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 – 10a, 21a, 26a, 5d, and 17d.

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:

8a Defender of rights ending in prison in Beirut, unfortunately (7)
The last letter (ending in) prisoN inserted into (in) an anagram (unfortunately) of BEIRUT.

10a Double serving of sticky stuff with English sauce (7)
Sticky stuff (used in road building?) repeated (double serving) and (with) the single letter for English.

14a Somewhat inept, unexceptional god (7)
A lurker (somewhat) found in two words in the clue.

17a Relating to food that’s good, in a big way (15)
The single letter for Good and a single word adverb for in a big way.

19a Container holding Greek letter for someone from Lhasa? (7)
A container (that is also a chemical element) containing (holding) a Greek letter.

26a Crispy rind great, learner digging in (9)
An informal synonym of great containing (digging in) the single letter for Learner.

28a Bridge: card game (7)
A double definition – the second involves counting up to twenty-one.


1d Standing stones that are turned upright: Stonehenge, earliest of all (6)
The initial letters (earliest of all) of six words in the clue.

3d Shot of brandy about right after country dance (6,4)
A term for a shot of brandy (or any other spirit) containing (about) the single letter for Right placed after a country (that is part in Europe but mostly in Asia).

5d Gravel and steel (4)
A double definition – the second could be referring to a personal characteristic.

15d Eating out, taking pictures? (10)
As (3,7), an informal abbreviation of picture and a slang synonym of taking.

17d Drive into urban area and make merry (2,2,4)
A double definition – the second refers to having a very good time.

22d Jerk eating Moroccan food (6)
An anagram (jerk) of eating.

25d Follow roller, heading off (4)
A term that can describe an object that rolls with its first letter removed (heading off).

Quick Crossword Pun:


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Guitarist Jeff Beck, who rose to prominence as a member of The Yardbirds in the mid-1960s, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78. This is from a live performance at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 2016:


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  1. I found this very straightforward indeed but enjoyable.
    I’d never heard of the dance at 3d but with wordplay and checkers it couldn’t be anything else. I think 21a could perhaps benefit from a question mark?
    As examples of their clue types I thought 11a plus 1&7d were very good but top spot goes to 18d.
    Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

      1. 21a answer is: if you take the first two letters and the last three as separate words as something a landlord would hope for and put them together they make up a detached bit of land.

        1. Oh dear, would help if my Kindle hadn’t ‘magically’ put in a wrong letter on one of the downs! Thanks for your help though.

  2. 2*/4*. Good Sunday fun as ever with podium places for 28a, 1d & 4d.

    The definition for 24a seems a bit imprecise.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

  3. A very approachable Dada puzzle today with just a few clues thatt required more thought. I liked the long clue aat 17a , which set me up to finish more quickly than usual. 1id was nicely constructed and 8a very sly. 3d made me laugh because I remember a record and ridiculous dance craze of that name in th 1960’s. I can remember us, standing in a line then doing a -funny walk’ with bizarre arm movements. Thanks to Dada for an enjoyable puzzle and to Senf for the hints

  4. A lovely straightforward Sunday puzzle – I did think for a while Dada had managed to make every word in the grid have a T in it, but to be left with only a quarter of the words without a T is quite an achievement, even if it probably wasn’t deliberate

    Thanks very much to him and to Senf

  5. A most enjoyable offering for a Sunday. Having said that, I didn’t get going until I got two thirds of the way into the down clues but it is ever thus with Dada for me. I thought one of the lurkers was very well hidden and it took me a while to see it. 18d is another of those clues that seem to have a myriad ways of being written. I loved the wordplay of 22d but my COTD is 15d, which raised a huge grin.

    Many thanks to Dada for the fun and Senf for the hints.

    Sunny but cold today in The Marches so a wrap up and long walk are beckoning.

  6. Completing this enjoyable puzzle in record time and with no help has left me feeling rather smug. I reckon it must be classed as an easy one? I rated 7d and 22d as favourites.

  7. A couple in the NW corner held me up otherwise fairly plain sailing. As enjoyable as ever for a Sunday, with 15d my favourite clue.

    My thanks to Dada and Senf.

  8. Not my thing at all today, found it all a bit woolly, some answers were guesses that just seemed to fit.
    Last one for me was 22d which I took an age to solve as I misunderstood ‘jerk’, totally my own fault.
    Sorry to our setter, I’m just not on the same wavelength today, perhaps due to celebrating the win for the right side of Manchester too much yesterday, debates on the last goal will go on for ever………..

  9. Slotted in quite nicely with just a slight hesitation when it came to following the roller and being slightly unconvinced by the 24a set.
    Smiles came from 17a & 14d.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the review – thought there would have been more comments about the Jeff Beck clip.

  10. Borrowing from the Quickie (nice pangram!), today’s Dada has a mystique all his own with great lurkers, a fetching wit, and a sense (for me) of ‘having been there’ (Beirut, the dance, the pianist) long ago, but then everything these days seems rather that way. I have enough favourites for at least two podia, but I’ll settle on just one: 15d, 5d, & 18d. Very enjoyable, with thanks to Senf and Dada. **/****

    One of my favourite NFL teams, down 27 points at the half last night, came back and won the game, 31-30! The unheralded Jacksonville Jaguars no less. Yay!

    1. Hi Robert, I may be mistaken (happens regularly) but I see no “D” in the Quickie! It certainly felt like a pangram to me! I wonder if this is a start of a sequence or a “signature”? Maybe just a complete coincidence? As I say, I may be mistaken! I do enjoy your well informed comments on this forum, thank you.
      I thoroughly enjoyed the cryptic today.
      Sorry I have little time to post more regularly.

  11. Memo to self:
    Beware of very dodgy anagram indicators.
    Apart, an enjoyable puzzle in the 3* time range.
    Smiles along the way eg 12a and 3 and 15d.
    Many thanks Dada and Senf.

  12. Managed to complete this puzzle while listening to an album by the slightly racily named Cigarettes After Sex (and no, I don’t smoke), so will be submitting another hopeful competition entry. The NW (1d) and the SE (21a) held me up slightly which is as it should be – I prefer to have to work at a few of the answers. COTD for me was 1d, simply because I had no idea when I first read it – then in an 11a lightbulb moment, I realised the answer was in the clue all the time, staring me in the face, Thank you setter, thank you Senf.

  13. Good, light fun after breakfast out and a bright, blustery dog walk. Many thanks to Dada. Senf, I needed you to untangle my bung-ins 1 & 22d. I failed to spot the acronymic sarcens, and used jerk to get the first three letters of Moroccan loveliness, leaving me stranded halfway.
    I enjoyed the assurance of 11, 26a then 8, 14, 28a.

  14. On first glance I found this impenetrable but once I got going there was no holding back. I did not particularly like 21a assuming I have it right, but only seems to be one option. I thought 12a was going to involve Cockney rhyming slang and wonder if anyone else thought so too. I then thought of another health related word for the answer but happily did not write in. I saw nothing wrong with the set in 24a. The last two in were the long one 17a and 18d. Favourites 10, 12 and 26a. Thanks Dada and Senf. No hints needed but I did have to go through the countries to get to 3d.

        1. I could see an almost triple definition working in this clue. One meaning of brown bread and the Cockney rhyming slang meaning could be synonymous, whilst the former could be with the word word in the clue. Or maybe I’m getting far too complicated. Alternatively I’ll end up on the naughty step.

  15. A bit of a labour of love for me but eventually made it. North came in first. Two simple Favs 12a and 21a. 7d broadly passable. Thank you Dada and Senf.

  16. Red letter day for me today as I solved a Dada alone and unaided….and managed the parsings too. Hurrah!
    Like Jane I paused over the set in 24a and the roller in 25d but they sorted themselves out eventually.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf.

    Bitterly cold up here today with a strong wind which is lifting the tarp the roofers have put over the roof…….here’s hoping it lasts until they get back tomorrow.

  17. Very enjoyable solve, not difficult but lots of variety in clueing. Getting 17a straight away helped me get a good foothold. Particularly liked 12a, 15d and 18d, which amused me. Overall favourite today was 19a even though it needed a degree of general knowledge. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  18. For me this week I found this definitely a quirky offering from Dada.
    Thoroughly enjoyed some of the lateral & warped thinking though!

    For me 1.5*/4.5*

    Podium contenders include 10a, 11a, 6d, 15d, 26d & 23d — with winner 16d

    Thanks for the fun solve and the far too many to mention humorous clues.
    A great puzzle in my opinion.

    Thanks to Dada and Senf

  19. In a great mood today: a nice friendly puzzle for a Sunday morning and basking in a great week for Saints FC culminating in a rare league win. Last in for me was the SE; though I got 21a, I totally missed the subtle anagram for 22d until I was parsing… As a keen runner, I think of 3d as Christmas fun-run rather than a dance. Lots of clues made me smile: 3d, 4d, 17a, 26a with 15d being the standout. I’m fairly sure I’ve picked this word before as a COTD, it must be a setters dream.

    TY to Dada and Senf – though I’m disappointed he missed an open goal for a cute cat picture for 23d.

  20. Pretty straightforward for the most part with some parsings being harder to get than the answers. Good fun though. Favourite was 16d. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  21. When I first looked at today’s crossword I didn’t think I’d ever get started, let alone finish it, but eventually it sorted itself out.
    I don’t think it’s straightforward which lots of people seemed to think it was.
    All my problems ended up being up in the top right corner.
    I couldn’t make any sense of the long 17a – then saw the light but it took it’s time!
    I think my favourite was 15d.
    Thanks to Dada and Send.

  22. Another Dada cracker for a very windy & chilly Sunday morning here in VB ❄️
    Thanks, as ever, to Senf for another great blog ‘n hints 👍

  23. Definitely Dada in friendly vicar mood rather than a member of the Spanish Inquisition. Both my chargeable electronic devices needed recharging at the same time so managed this without help of any sort.

    I have no problem with religious clues but do object to those esoteric culinary clues and especially to those from countries with murderous leaders.

    Thanks to Senf and Dada

  24. Like Ora Meringue, a red-letter day for me – Wordle in 2 and Dada solved without looking up anything, spelling or otherwise. I loved it all, imagining the comments about being too easy! Last in 25d, first in 6d, I just happened to see it after I printed it off. My fave was 15d, good guffaw there, I also liked 18d, so second place there.
    Thanks Dada, best puzzle for a long time, and Senf for his hints and tips. I didn’t know chinchillas were so cute, how can anyone kill them just to get something to wear? I’m such a happy camper today.

      1. Don’t get carried away, the Wordle 2 was a huge fluke, usually 4 or 5, and crash and burn from time to time. I do love Waffle, and the once weekly Waffle Deluxe. I’m not sure I’m clever enough for the ones you mention, perhaps I’ll google and have a look. My aide, Dragon Lady, is agitating for me to spend more time walking around, that’ll cut into my fun time!

  25. I’m a late comer today having been distracted elsewhere. Lovely puzzle, lots to smile at. I too got the long one straight away, it just jumped out at me. How clever was 6d? It was fun all the way. Message for Manders – I see your postcode is noted as ‘cool’ by the Sunday Times and no doubt you are one of the chic grandmothers who live there! Many thanks to Dada and Senf.

  26. Gentle stuff & the fastest finish of the week but enjoyable while it lasted. 25d was the only brief head scratch as my immediate thought had the final consonant incorrect but it wouldn’t parse. Can’t say I knew 3d as a dance but at today’s prices it’s very much a golf club competition worth winning. No particular favourite but I did rather like the surface read at 1d.
    Thanks to D&S

  27. One of the easiest of the week – but with some great clues. Lots of lurkers and anagrams today. Fave clues 11a and 2d Thanks

  28. I found this at the easier end of Dada’s range but still enjoyable. 26a my favourite and could only have been better if we had Pork instead of Chicken for Sunday dinner.
    Thanks to Senf and Dada

  29. Excellent today, I think Dada is lulling us into a false sense of security………thanks to him and for ( thankfully unneeded hints).


  30. There are crossword puzzles for wet days when one has oodles of time to solve and crossword puzzles for days when one has lots to do, but hasn’t the time the spend hours in solving – today’s was one of the latter kind. Great fun, easy to fathom and providing time to solve with loads of time do “one’s other tasks”. Very much enjoyed. It gave me time to clean up the front garden and bin a load of oak leaves, which despite the tree not being ours, still sheds its dead leaves mainly in our direction. Feeling very satisfied with my day – thanks Dada and thanks too to our Canadian helpmate. Just to add, with no relation to the puzzle, the Severn in my neck of the woods is still far too high and flooding many parts of what we locally call ‘Low Town’.

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