Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3173 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are in our longest rainless period, apart from a millimetre or two here and there, of the summer. Thankfully, nowhere near as hot as last year and not as hot as most of the UK. The farmers ought to be less unhappy as it should give them the magic amount of ‘Growing Degree Days‘ they need for crop ripening.
For me, after a 22d dinner and with a very nice 2016 Bordeaux at hand, Dada being reasonably friendly although his personal thesaurus might have been used a couple of times with eight anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one homophone – 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, 21a, 1d, 17d, and 20d.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
7a Artificial image, latest captured (7)
A synonym of latest contained (captured) by an abbreviated synonym of image.
10a Theological studies topical in periodical (9)
The two letter abbreviation for (school) theological studies and a synonym of topical that is often used in conjunction with affairs.
15a Carrying Roo initially, Winnie the Pooh’s friend set off (7)
One of Pooh’s friends containing (carrying) the first letter (initially) of Roo – trivia time – Winnie the Pooh is actually named after a real bear named Winnie by a WW1 Canadian Army veterinarian who came from Winnipeg.
17a Parent tries playing aces (7)
The two letter form of a (female) parent and an anagram (playing) of TRIES.
21a Large animal like that filling waste basket (5)
A two letter term equivalent to like that inserted into (filling) a single word term for waste basket.
24a Calm priest introduced to half-cut reverend (7)
Our favourite three letter (biblical) priest inserted into (introduced to) half of REVEREND – but which half.
25a Terribly pleased — passed! (7)
An anagram (terribly) of PLEASED.
1d Striker takes position for game’s critical moment (5,5)
The illustrated striker followed by (takes) a synonym of position (in a discussion/argument or in cricket?).
3d Headline, one making a lot of noise? (8)
A double definition(?) – the first is a slang term for one that is sensational (so says the BRB).
6d One girl edges away from another! (4)
Oh dear, well here we go – a palindromic girl’s name with the first and last letters removed (edges away from another) – and, no surprises, what is left is also palindromic.
7d Six, say, tense before anaesthetic (7,6)
One of the verb tenses placed before a, probably informal, synonym of anaesthetic which we see quite often – if you want a good explanation of the answer find the first ever episode (Series 1 Episode 1/Pilot) of Lewis on YouTube and fast forward to 1:22:00. Dare I say that if Lewis could understand it anybody can.
14d Laboratory experiment, content of chemical it must establish (6,4)
The lurker (content of) found in the rest of the clue.
17d Teller of literary tale about popular hatter (8)
The occupation of the person telling a tale, about a carpenter and his wife, while travelling in a fictional group SE from London containing (about) a two letter synonym for popular.
22d One fish (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is illustrated.
Quick Crossword Pun:
EGGS + PLAIN + YOURSELF = EXPLAIN YOURSELF
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RIP – Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE
September 26, 1948 – August 8, 2022.
A recording from last year with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi: