Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3186 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Thursday evening into early Friday we had the first snow-laden Colorado Low, the second of the season. We were somewhat on the outskirts receiving around 13cms – South and East of us, and South of the border, got the worst of it.
Fortunately, the main Remembrance Day observance that I attended on Friday was held ‘indoors’ and I was privileged to lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada was very friendly with six anagrams (two partials), three lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 21a, 26a, 5d, 15d, 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:
1a Alcohol taster in audition? (6)
The homophone (in audition) of a ‘possible’ synonym of taster(?).
10a Attention-seeker was in front, running well after taking fluid (5)
A two letter interjection sometimes used by someone trying to attract attention and a single word term for was in front.
13a Length, an imperial measure, for cord round neck (7)
The single letter for Length, AN from the clue, and, trying not to confuse, an imperial measure of length.
14a Filthy individual, cause of swine flu in piglets? (9)
Start with a term for (a group of) piglets and add an informal generic term for the cause of swine flu (or many other diseases).
21a Beneficiary back in house after member had dinner (7)
The last letter (back in) of house placed after all of a three lettered member found on a body and a single word term for had dinner.
23a Surprisingly, heart stolen by you and I in 22 Down (7)
An anagram (surprisingly) of HEART contained (stolen) by the plural pronoun that represents you and I – and the answer has been BRB verified.
25a Aide-memoire about a balance (9)
A synonym of aide memoire contains (about) A from the clue.
28a Barking threat, barking character? (6)
An anagram (barking) of THREAT.
2d Packed White House? (5)
A house manufactured from ‘packed white stuff.’
5d Lower luminosity initially in dark — by this (9)
A synonym of lower (as in the sound made by cattle) followed by the first letter (initially) of luminosity inserted into (in) the time of day which is dark .
7d Cream on fruit for chief (3,6)
A synonym of cream placed before (on) a type of fruit.
15d Oojamaflip, insubstantial and tacky (9)
A synonym of insubstantial (as in flimsy?) and a synonym of tacky (as in sticky?).
17d Go everywhere with glass firstly (or bottle when drunk) (5-4)
An anagram (when drunk) of the initial letter (firstly) of Glass and OR BOTTLE.
20d Number fifty though follows forty-nine, ultimately (6)
The Roman numeral for fifty and a synonym of though (often accompanied by if or so) all placed after (follows) the last letter (ultimately) of forty-ninE.
22d Dance revelation (5)
A double definition – the second could be a request to the dealer to provide another card face-up (revealed) in a card game such as Pontoon.
24d Anxious to be perfect, say (5)
A double definition to finish – the second is an example (say) of grammatically expressing the time of the action in the form of a verb.
Quick Crossword Pun:
HEAD + WOOD + LEER = EDWARD LEAR
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