Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3231 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we seem to be have had one last hurrah of Summer before Astronomical Autumn began yesterday with, in the first half of the week, sunshine and temperatures in the middle 20s and even 29 degrees on Tuesday.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada quirky again today – the SE seemed to take as much time as the rest of the puzzle put together, plenty of anagrams which may or may not help – seven (four partials) plus one lurker (reversed), and one homophone – all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues; with 15 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, 19a, 3d, 7d, 22d, and the Pun.
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 the 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 Slight, minor infection on joint (4-8)
A minor (viral) infection followed by (on) a joint of the body.
12a Separate gents are different (8)
An anagram (different) of GENTS ARE.
13a Sketch again in colour, green (6)
Guess a three letter colour and a synonym of green (as in naïve?).
18a Wretched involuntary action (8)
A double definition – the second is associated with the eyes.
21a Colourful writers considered advice (4,4)
A synonym of considered and a synonym of advice.
23a Floating, where I can be found? (3-3)
Where I can be found, indicated by the first part, in the second part of an expression that is related to floating
28a American zip for clothes? (8,4)
The best I can come up with – a slang seven letter synonym of zip in American English and a (Dada) synonym of for which when applied to clothes, taking note of the ‘?’, can mean . . . – not sure if ‘for’ should be part of the definition rather than a (Dada) synonym.
1d Severely criticise attire (7)
A double definition – the second is a slang term.
3d Hunt round shopping centre for gossip (5,4)
A synonym for hunt containing (round) the modern term for a shopping centre.
4d Promise cap in orange and elaborate hat (4)
The first letter (cap in) of Orange and an anagram (elaborate) of HAT.
6d Composer inspired by opera gleefully rising (5)
The reversed lurker (inspired by . . . rising) found in two words in the clue.
14d Sharp and penetrating thing, part of exercise? (5,3)
A double definition(?) – the first is as illustrated.
16d Where one must be to win it, one needing partner first (9)
A two letter term equivalent to where one must be to win, IT from the clue, the Roman numeral for One followed by (needing) a synonym of partner.
20d By the sound of it, trip resulted in misery (7)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a type of trip (going from place to place) followed by a (Dada) synonym of resulted.
25d King Edward perhaps sour at first, then sweet (4)
The first letter of Sour and an abbreviated form of a synonym of sweet.
Quick Crossword Pun:
OAT + QUIZ + SEEN = HAUTE CUISINE
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Actor, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker Anthony Newley was born on this day in 1931. From 1959 to 1962 he had a dozen entries in the Top 40 charts, including two number one hits. One of the number ones, Do You Mind, written by Lionel Bart, featured in the 1960 film Let’s Get Married in which he starred with Anne Aubrey and Hermione Baddeley. I do remember the song, Big Sister may be at least partly to blame as I am sure she had an Anthony Newley ‘phase’ at one time, but I only found out about the film when I was doing the ‘research’ for today: