Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3230 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Wednesday, my duvet came out of the closet!
For me, and I stress for me, Dada quirky today, four long ‘uns and plenty of anagrams which may or may not help – seven (four partials) plus one lurker, 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.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 23a, 4d, 6d, 16d, 19d, 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 the 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:
8a Finish off 1970s music for record (4)
A generic term for 1970s music (and where it was played?) with the last letter deleted (finish off).
10a Lolita originally penned by English author? I don’t think so! (6)
The first letter (originally) of Lolita contained (penned) by an English author (who, in part, wrote about tragic characters).
11a Something to keep locks in use where artefacts kept (6)
Something that can be kept (in reference to a secret?) contains (locks in) USE from the clue.
13a A tangle centrally, a main internal passage (10,5)
A from the clue and an anagram (tangle) of CENTRALLY, A MAIN.
20a Title to order, cost left out (6,2,7)
An anagram (out) of TO ORDER, COST LEFT.
23a Frosty, relative has admitted — it’s difficult to get on! (8)
A three letter synonym for frosty contained by (has admitted) a (male) relative.
28a Plate smasher (4)
A double definition – the second may not be PC these days but refers to a good looking person.
1d Unusual trial covering university ceremony (6)
An anagram (unusual) of TRIAL containing (covering) The single letter for University.
3d Fraud at Gloucestershire trials? One’s brought to court (9,6)
A synonym of fraud which may be found at the location of trials (at a stately home) in Gloucestershire.
4d Residence offering wine, two similar drinks added to menu, finally (7)
Two three letter terms for drinks made by infusing dried and prepared leaves in boiling water followed by (added to) the last letter of menU.
5d Young adult in gym is hotter, working out to keep slim (6-9)
The definition could be considered to be a relative term and some of you may not agree with Dada’s interpretation, but beware redaction – an anagram (working out) of GYM IS HOTTER containing (to keep) a synonym of slim.
16d One’s paid for (3)
A double definition – the second could be an indication of support.
19d Wrong about barrier (7)
A two letter synonym of about (not the usual ones) and a type of barrier (surrounding a garden?).
24d Usual thing, choice of extremes in naturism? (4)
If one was offering a choice between the extremes (outer letters) of naturism, one would say . . .
Quick Crossword Pun:
ROBIN + BANKS = ROBBING BANKS
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