Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3232 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg and welcome to October – a few weeks ago it was ‘what jacket do I wear today?’, this week, in mostly very pleasant early Autumnal weather, it has been ‘do I need to wear a jacket today?’
For me, and I stress for me, Dada the friendliest he has been for quite a while – six anagrams (four partials), no lurkers, and no homophones – all in an economically symmetric 26 clues; with 13 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 19a, 26a, 4d, and 21d.
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:
7a Football club magazine (7)
A double definition to start – the first is in North London.
12a Line of bushes that man would expand round rear of house (8)
The abbreviated form of that man would (using the male form of the third person pronoun for that man), and a synonym for expand containing (round) the last letter (rear) of house.
14a More than one flower is seen around spring (6)
IS from the clue containing (seen around) a synonym of spring.
19a Gentle sound when strange drink knocked over (6)
A synonym of strange and a three letter (alcoholic) drink all reversed (when . . . knocked over) – and you should notice some similarity between the synonym for strange and the drink.
23a Lost at first, search in a different county (10)
The first letter of Lost and an anagram (different) of SEARCH IN A.
26a Wine secured by company credit cards (7)
The abbreviated name of our favourite sparkling wine contained (secured) by the three letters that indicate a company that offers shares to the public.
1d Carelessly throw away food (7)
A double definition – the first is often applied to money.
4d Five lines in wood pile (8)
A type of wood (tree) and a synonym of pile (that may be made up of hay) – the first of the five lines may be ‘There was a young man from . . .’
5d In disagreement, a certain VAR almost entirely inaccurate (2,8)
An anagram (inaccurate) of A CERTAIN VAr with the last letter deleted (almost entirely).
9d Immediately, party hosted by Carol getting hugely out of control (11)
A three letter synonym of immediately and a formal party contained (hosted) by a verbal synonym of carol (the upper case C in the clue is/could be deliberately misleading).
13d Common sense, something of concern to elderly people? (4,6)
A double definition(?) – the first can also be used for the active part of the brain.
18d Country in a state? (7)
A country which is also a state in another country.
24d Gardening implement into which fed small tube (4)
The single letter for Small inserted into (into which fed) a three letter gardening implement.
Quick Crossword Pun:
THESIS + BOAR + RING = THIS IS BORING
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French composer, critic, scholar and teacher, Paul Dukas was born on this day in 1865. His best-known work is the orchestral piece The Sorcerer’s Apprentice popularised by being included in the Walt Disney classic animated musical anthology Fantasia. Here are just under the first four minutes of the piece (parts 2 and 3 can be found by searching for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in YouTube: