Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3233 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we and our Southern neighbours are enjoying a holiday weekend. For us, it is our version of Thanksgiving and for our Southern neighbours it is the annual celebration of Columbus not finding, on any of his four voyages, the land mass that became Canada and the contiguous 48 states of the USA. In any event, the Vikings were the first Europeans to discover North America some 471 years before Columbus didn’t.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada quite friendly with a soupçon of quirkiness – seven anagrams (five partials), one lurker reversed, and no homophones – 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 – 7a, 11a, 23a, 1d, and 22d.
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:
7a Insect burrowing into unremarkable fruit (8)
A type of three letter insect being inserted (burrowing) into a synonym of unremarkable.
11a Part of timer used (6-4)
A double definition – the latter one is a descriptive term for an item that has been used (by a previous owner).
12a Grave punch-up in tavern? (6)
Another, perhaps more modern, term for tavern followed by a three letter term that could mean punch-up.
14a Super activity on court? (8)
A double definition – the second may refer to activity on a court in SW19.
20a Meeting outside of college, set off (8)
A type of meeting (usually involving only two people) placed around (outside of) a well known college (across the Thames from Windsor).
23a In prodding damp flower, one enjoying bouquet? (4,6)
IN from the clue inserted into (prodding) a synonym of damp and a type of flower of which there are around 170 species, all but one of which are restricted to Eurasia.
26a Massive weight originally on one foot (8)
The single letter for weight and (movement when) on one foot.
1d Hit fly — messy! (8)
A synonym of hit (often on one’s face) and a synonym of fly (as in move quickly).
2d Join some unit in Kenya on the climb (4)
The reversed lurker (some . . . on the climb) found in the words ‘sandwiched’ by the indicator.
4d Very old goat seen on the rocks (5-3)
An anagram (on the rocks) of GOAT SEEN.
6d Marker certainly not for the French flag (6)
A type of marker and the French for certainly not – we have seen this type of flag before so no BMW!
18d Toxic substance with carbon monoxide in it, figure will claim (8)
The chemical symbol for carbon monoxide inserted into (in) IT from the clue all inserted into (will claim) a figure (as in number less than ten).
19d Gift set newly secured by tied ribbon? (6)
An anagram (newly, move one letter) of SET contained (secured) by a single word for tied ribbon.
24d Input category (4)
A double definition – the first may relate to processing data.
Quick Crossword Pun:
DEAR + VENICE + URN = DEER VENSION – at least, that is what I think it is; I am happy to be corrected.
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American-British actor and singer David Soul, he became a British citizen in 2004, probably best known for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the television series Starsky & Hutch, had two UK number ones in his singing career. The second was Silver Lady which began three weeks at number one on this day in 1977: