Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3167 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, for those of you who are counting, at 1:00pm yesterday in our respective time zones in the Northern Hemisphere, and because of ‘springing forward,’ this year of 2022 became ‘half over’ – I have no idea how it works out ‘Down Under’ although I think they are on ‘Standard Time’ at the moment.
For me, Dada a little more quirky this week with six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a frugally 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 – 7a, 20a, 25a, 5d, 13d, and 24d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
7a China and Japan etc are parting quickly (3,4)
ARE from the clue inserted into (parting) a synonym of quickly.
10a Three quavers by singer good, on the whole (10)
An anagram (quavers) of THREE placed after (by) all of a type of male singer (a.k.a. voice) and the single letter for Good.
15a Covered by dressing, wound site sure to be germ-free (11)
An anagram (wound) of SITE SURE contained (covered) by a three letter type of dressing.
20a Insect burrowed into unremarkable tropical food (8)
One of our favourite insects inserted (burrowed) into a synonym of unremarkable – not what it might look like in the illustration.
23a Type of bridge: brilliant crossing over from the other side (10)
A synonym of brilliant containing (crossing over) a single word term for from the other side (in a debate?).
25a For example, third noise has interrupted exam (7)
A synonym of noise inserted into (has interrupted) a type of exam.
26a Take a holiday? That seems unlikely! (3,4)
A double definition – the second is an interjection expressing disbelief.
1d Negative side effect when Yankees’ season dismissed (7)
Nothing to do with baseball, thank goodness – a season (of the year) where Yankees live and a (crickety) synonym of dismissed.
5d Kid with a state payment on track (10)
A from the clue and an informal term for a type of state payment, all placed before (on) a synonym of track (when following an animal?).
9d Sport bound to feature in broadcast (11)
A synonym of bound contained by (to feature in) a synonym of broadcast – my first thought was that the answer should be hyphenated but the BRB shows it unhyphenated and we all know that the BRB is always right, even when it’s wrong!
13d Liquid carried by boat and coach, source of easy money (5,5)
A liquid poured over a meal from a container called a boat and a verbal synonym of coach.
18d Greek character transported by vessel from the 7 across (7)
A four letter character from the Greek alphabet contained by a type of vessel (that Aussies get beer in).
24d Cheese crafted the wrong way (4)
A synonym of crafted reversed (the wrong way).
Quick Crossword Pun:
HAIR + EIFFEL = AIR RIFLE
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Australian singer, songwriter, and musician Judith Durham, who became the lead singer of the Australian popular folk group the Seekers, is 79 years young today. From 1966, this is one of the Seekers most successful singles, associated with the film of the same name, although this version has different lyrics to the two versions in the film which apparently also had different lyrics for each usage at the start and end of the film (confused? I am):