Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3245 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
A very good New Year’s Eve morning from Winnipeg where the non-winter continues, probably related to 25a.
For me, and I stress for me, with the assistance of a wee dram of Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt, of indeterminate age, Dada quirkily friendly – six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one 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.
At 6:00pm, my time, this evening, just as I am about to start solving tomorrow’s back pager, I will raise a not so wee dram of the 15 year old Dalwhinnie to wish you all a Happy New Year.
Candidates for favourite – 11a/3d, 22a, 2d, 5d, 8d, and 13d.
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 Heartbreaking redevelopment of Paignton (8)
What’s better to get the brain warmed up than a straightforward anagram (redevelopment of) of PAIGNTON.
11a Outdoor activity, taking pictures? (10)
A slang synonym of taking (illegally) placed after an abbreviated form of picture(s).
14a Fielder desires spinner (4,4)
Written as (5,3), a synonym of desires and a type of spinner (as in child’s toy?).
15a Artist places boy behind bird (6)
Guess a boy (other setters often expect us to guess a Scotsman) placed after (places . . . behind) any one of a variety of small songbirds.
22a Cyclin’, one gear for the beach? (6)
A synonym of cyclin’ written in the same way and the Roman numeral for one – yes, the illustration is in Burberry tartan!
23a Smelly pudding, eat! (10)
A term for pudding which ‘indicates’ where it comes in the order of a meal and a synonym of eat.
26a Seed found in brown loaf (8)
A type of brown (often used in reference to eye colour) and an informal term for the object that loaf is part of Cockney rhyming slang for.
1d Some witches and crawler in agreement (8)
The collective noun for some witches and a six legged ‘crawler’ which I don’t consider actually crawls.
2d With yellow and white, say, grey void (4)
The two letter abbreviation of the Latin term equivalent to say and GreY with the interior letters removed (void).
5d As recess follows raise, express contempt (4,1,5)
AS from the clue and a type of recess all placed after (follow) a synonym of raise (which I did find in an on-line thesaurus).
8d Grab two animals from below (6)
Two three letter animals combined and then reversed (from below) – the first is the second largest species within the deer family and the second we see a lot of on Fridays.
13d An accommodating dish? (7,3)
A dish that is named after a form of accommodation.
19d Quiet stretch, sound off (6)
The letter that indicates musically quiet and a synonym of stretch (as in trying to touch something?).
24d Might one have been pumped up for party? (4)
A double definition perhaps – the first is pumped up (for use in a game).
Quick Crossword Pun:
PUN + CROC = PUNK ROCK
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Hands up all those who know that accomplished stage and screen actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, celebrating his 86th birthday today, is also a composer. In 1964 he composed a waltz entitled And The Waltz Goes On and then it lay forgotten for many years when his good Lady sent it to Dutch violinist André Rieu for consideration. He liked it and it became the title track of an album of waltzes released in October 2011. Here is André Rieu and his orchestra playing the waltz, in his home city of Maastricht, with Sir Anthony and Lady Hopkins in the audience: