Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3196 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the un-seasonally warm January continues although more seasonal temperatures are forecast to return in three or four days time.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada not so friendly today, with a not too friendly grid, with five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers, and no homophones, all in a symmetric 30 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 12a, 19a, 24a, 17d, and 23d.
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 Mark is cool with men on manoeuvres (9)
An anagram (on manoeuvres) of IS COOL and (with) MEN.
11a Old coin, item from a long way back? (8)
A synonym of item placed after a three letter term equivalent to from a long way back.
12a Part of eye with ear, ear cut (6)
A synonym of ear (in a cereal crop?) and (the second) EAr from the clue with the last letter deleted (cut).
16a Pot with lid off spilling coloured fluid (4)
The first letter (lid off) of Spilling and a type of coloured fluid – Dada at his best or his worst – I can’t decide which.
21a Entertain girl in green, removing coat (6)
A three letter synonym of girl inserted into (in) gREEn with the first and last letters deleted (removing coat).
24a Japanese dish I’m returning, nothing special, finished (4,4)
I’M from the clue reversed (returning) ignoring the apostrophe, a (2-2) term equivalent to nothing special, and a two letter synonym of finished.
27a 20 Down dog? (5)
A double definition(?) – the second is well known for pulling sleds.
28a Flier over southern oceans, rare bird on course? (9)
A double definition(?) – the second can occur on a (golf) course.
1d Champion traps a wild animal (5)
A synonym of champion contains (traps) A from the clue.
3d Cushion regularly found under head of sleeper (6)
A synonym of regularly placed after (found under) the first letter (head) of Sleeper.
5d Smashed, drunkard as he drinks bottles (6)
A lurker (bottles) found in four words in the clue.
15d Savage biting arm briefly suffered as if the victim? (9)
A synonym of savage containing (biting) ARm from the clue with the last letter deleted (briefly).
20d Rough, rocky ground in which article is buried (6)
An anagram (ground) of ROCKY containing (in which . . . is buried) one of the indefinite articles.
22d Language very similar, though not entirely (6)
A single word term equivalent to very similar with the last letter deleted (though not entirely).
25d White stick (4)
A double definition – the second can be used in a type of fencing.
Quick Crossword Pun:
PIE + NAP + PAUL = PINEAPPLE
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