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ST 3265 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3265 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the soaking rains have continued, with thunder and hail included for good measure – the grass is growing and so are the dandelions!

For me, and I stress for me, Dada still quite friendly, but I did have a couple of Hmms, with nine anagrams (five partials), two lurkers (at least I think its two), and no homophones all in an asymmetric 29 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.  And, remember, the Naughty Step is OPEN!

Candidates for favourite – 12a, 15a, 27a, 28a, 6d, 16d, and 17d.

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:


1a State of shock from upset in sport, United being held (6)
An anagram (upset in) of SPORT containing (being held) the single letter for United.

9a Inhabitant of ancient Britain, a long, woolly horn on (5-5)
An anagram (woolly) of A LONG, the short name of a musical horn, and ON from the clue.

12a Is able to preserve cabaret entertainment (6)
A single word for is able and a synonym of preserve (fruit?).

13a Legendary monster, strange being, one on peak in Yangra (4)
A strange being, appearing in a film, represented by two letters, and the Roman numeral for one placed after (on) the first letter of (peak in) Yangra.

18a Something sweet and unusual recalled in extraordinary mead (8)
The reversal (recalled) of a synonym of unusual inserted into (in) an anagram (extraordinary) of MEAD.

23a Crack hard to find in freshly pierced shell? (8)
The single letter for Hard inserted into (to find in . . . shell) an anagram (freshly) of PIERCED – Hmm.

26a Drink in a company car required by first of passengers (4,6)
IN and A from the clue, the abbreviated form of company, and a make of car (from behind the Iron Curtain (when it existed)) all placed after (required by) the first letter of Passengers.

28a Cast, cast or cast! (6)
An anagram (cast) of CAST OR or an anagram (cast) of OR CAST!


2d This needs two, little bit over zero (5)
A term for a little bit placed before (over) the letter that represents zero.

5d Texan maniac, he’d set out to arrest leader from Cancun – steps taken there? (7,3,5)
I have no idea what the hieroglyphic between Cancun and steps is, it doesn’t seem to have any great effect on the clue, but I would be interested to know if what is in the paper is any clearer – An anagram (set out) of TEXAN MANIAC, HE’D containing (to arrest) the first letter of (leader from) Cancun.

7d Bird, another one missing a note! (5)
Is this a lurker in disguise? – remove (missing) a note in the form of ANOT and E from another one and what remains is the answer.

14d Choose mouth for sort of roll? (9)
A synonym of choose (a representative?) and a synonym of mouth.

17d Defender’s leg imparted effect on ball (8)
A defender (in the round ball game?) with the possessive ‘S and an informal synonym of leg.

20d Shrub appearing cold, as climate is Arctic initially (6)
The first letter (initially) of six words in the clue.

24d Colour that is uplifting in duck (5)
The reversal (uplifting) of all of guess a (three letter) colour and the abbreviated form of the Latin term for that is.

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English singer of traditional pop in the 1950s and early 1960s Alma Cogan was born on this day in 1932.  Sadly, she had a relatively short life succumbing to stomach and ovarian cancer in 1966. She was dubbed the Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice and was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era.  Here she is providing the musical interlude on The Arthur Haynes Show (remember him?) on ITV in 1963 with ‘both sides’ of a newly released single – ‘B-side first’:

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  1. That was a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday and no mistake. It took me a while to get going but I often find this with Dada. Plenty to like such as the strikers at 5a and the defender’s leg at 17d. The one up for trial at 16d raised a smile but my COTD is the very neat 28a.

    Thank you, Dada for the fun challenge. Thank you, Senf for the hints. The clue for 5d is fine in the dead tree version.

    Beautiful in The Marches today so I think I’ll take the chilli plants out for an airing.

  2. The printed version of 5D just had a hyphen instead of the special characters.
    Very pleasant romp this morning, a distraction from looking outside and wondering when Spring is coming. Shame it is no better in Canada 😒

  3. 2*/4*. Dada on top form today with a most enjoyable puzzle.

    Although all the wordplay elements are present, I can’t quite parse 6d.

    In the paper 5d has a hyphen.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf.

      1. Thanjs, Sue. That’s exactly what I did when solving but I rejected it as too weak. If that’s what it is, then I don’t think it’s a particularly good clue.

  4. I’d like to explain the parsing of 6d, RD but I can’t think of a way to avoid the Naughty Step. 😳

    I now see CS has done it. 👍

  5. Not quite up to yesterday’s very high standard but enjoyable nevertheless. Lots of clever clues that required a bit of head scratching esp my last in 18a (all vowels as checkers, ugh!).
    Thx to Dada for a good run out.

  6. Had to nibble round the edges of this one until I had a few checkers in place, after which the solving moved forward far more swiftly. Smiles for 27a (oh – that sort of peer!) plus 6&24d.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints – like the description of Ms Cogan being the girl with a giggle in her voice, also admired her wonderfully extravagant dress which she looks to be very happy wearing.

  7. Fortunately this was a very gentle offering today as I have a busy sofa afternoon watching the F1 in Emilia Romagna, followed by the last match of the season for the mighty Chelsea!
    Many thanks to Dada for the entertainment; plenty to enjoy here. 1.5*/4*.

  8. For those of you who are avid readers and, like me, have the problem that you read faster than your favourite authors write I have a suggestion. If you have not come across her books already, in addition to several ‘series’ (like Val McDermid), Rhys Bowen, originally from Bath now living in the USA, has written seven ‘stand-alone’ novels, with an eighth being published in August, which I can highly recommend –

    I have found books from her series, while entertaining, are ‘easy readers’ (= for me, read in hours not days) while the ‘stand alones’ are ‘more meaty.’

    1. Thank you, will visit my Kindle store. I’m just finishing George Stephanopolous’s “Situation Room”, an eye-opener!

  9. Good fun with a generous supply of anagrams – thanks to Dada and Senf.
    For my podium I’ve selected 5a, 16d and 17d.

  10. For me, and I stress for me (™ ® © Senf), this was quite jolly. Solving 5d earlyish helped open the door to this guzzle, with 8a my glue of the day.

    Delighted that I don’t have to bring THE LIST committee together today as time is short.
    We head orf to Stamford Bridge in a little while for the final game of this roller coaster of a season. We are playing the Cherries from Bournemouth and they are often a tricky opposition.
    However, I shall be rather tearful all afternoon as we bid farewell to the colossus that is (Oh) Thiago Silva. It has been worth the enormous sums spent on ‘orspitality seats at Chelsea over the last four years simply to watch this master of his craft in action. A lovely man with an equally delightful family. Oh, how I shall miss him.

    Thanks to Da-doo-ron-ron and The Man From Manitoba.

  11. Thanks to Dada for an enjoyable crossword. For some strange reason, 15A defeated me for ages until the penny dropped with an enormous clang!

    Thanks to Senf for the hints.

  12. A lovely crossword on a beautiful day. The only one that held me up was the parsing of 23a which although I know I have the right answer I cannot completely understand the word play, it looked to me that you were also not entirely convinced Senf. Otherwise lots to like and for me an easier solve than many Sundays.

    Many thanks to Dada and to Senf for the hints.

  13. Excellent puzzle, thanks to Dada. Completed without needing the hints, but struggled with the parsing of some – thanks Senf for putting me out of my misery.

  14. Great guzzle. Completed over a ripe avocado after nipping (we do not actually ‘nip’) down to The Hub for our Covid booster. I liked the ancient Brit and 11, 23, 26a. Many thanks to Messrs Setter & Senf and I shall sit back and await the arrival of the pen.

  15. When Dada is on form, he’s a super treat. I loved this, only needing two word searches to help me along. I didn’t want this to end. 12a was worth a giggle, and 28a was very clever. I can’t choose a fave, it was all so good.
    Thank you Dada, that was perfect. I haven’t read your hints yet, Senf, so I’ll do so now, especially as I need to understand 7d … though I’m guessing that hasn’t been hinted! Looking forward to reading the comments.

  16. We agree with the concensus that this was both straightforward and enjoyable with many good clues, the best of which was 28a. Thanks to Dada and Senf.

  17. Another super puzzle today but the damn sea fret is back so its quite chilly outside. My last one was 18a because I have obviously spelt it wrong my entire life so the parsing made no sense until I looked it up. Message to self: don’t wash the kitchen floor wearing Crocs – I very nearly had an awful accident as they are so slippy. Thanks to Dada for the fun and to Senf whose hints I didn’t need today. See you all next week.

  18. Delightfully straightforward and perfect for this wonderfully sunny afternoon in Shropshire. The simple yet elegant 28a was my favourite.

    My thanks to Dada and Senf.

  19. Really glad of the hints to get me to the finishing line
    Has anyone seen the 5d?
    Think I now deserve a 26a or something stronger

  20. Golf ⛳️ (watching the PGA, working at Centurion & playing at South Herts) playing havoc with guzzle time – I’ve 3 Silvanus ones to get round to. Enjoyed today’s prize though, like Brian, I’d give Donny’s one yesterday the edge. Pretty straightforward today with 28a my favourite.
    Thanks as ever to D&S

  21. Conveniently gentle from Dada (thanks) completed before breakfast, as the 11-year-old and I were off to Headingley for the England v Pakistan cricket match. Danni Wyatt was clearly the [still-embargoed-word] of the day.

    12a, 15a, 26a, and 27a all impressed, but like others my favourite clue is 28a. (Though I feel it was also in a Cross Atlantic recently with the same definition and wordplay, albeit not quite so elegantly expressed.)

    Like Merusa, I needed Senf’s hint to explain the 7d bird ­— thank you for that.

    And as for the â in 5d, there is actually a technical reason for how it got there: as you probably know, computers store all characters as different patterns of zeros and ones. And there has to be a conversion table listing which specific arrangement of 0s and 1a should be displayed as which character. The standard for this (‘Ascii’) was created by Americans, who allowed for 95 different characters (the 26 letters of the alphabet in upper- and lower-case, the 10 digits, space, and the standard punctuation symbols found on keyboards). But, being Americans, they didn’t allow for accented characters used in other languages. Other standards then appeared, extending the original with extra characters — but they made different, incompatible, choices. One of these (‘Latin-1’), uses 11100010 to mean the â character (lower-case a with a circumflex accent on it). A different standard (‘UTF-8’) uses the same 11100010 as the start of the pattern that indicates a – character (an en dash, longer than the hyphen/minus sign that’s on most keyboards).

    So basically the clue was typed with a dash in it (the one that correctly appears in the printed paper). That was saved using the standard where the dash got converted into 11100010 (plus some more 0s and 1s). Later it was read in by another piece of software which used a different standard, where 11100010 means circumflex-a. The computer systems failed to agree which standard they were using when communicating with each other, and so got it wrong. But only that character, because all of the other letters, digits, and punctuation marks used in the clues are the original American characters that everybody agrees on.

    I don’t supposed anybody actually wanted to know all that, but it happened to be in my brain anyway and needed to escape somewhere …

    1. I doubt anyone will be quoting that back to you anytime soon, but it was interesting to know

    2. I am the feeblest, untechie one here, but, strangely enough, I found that interesting. I presume it’s something like the old teletype we used to have, a tape with a bunch of holes it it, with little metal fingers that pushed up and read “hole or not”, “on or off”, for want of techie way of saying it. I’ll forget all about it tomorrow. Thank you.

  22. Not often I make a comment here, as I don’t usually do the crossword until Monday! However, I’m on holiday in St Mawes, Cornwall, enjoying the amazing weather, and just for once decided to spend the day basking in the sun, watching the world go by (mainly in a boat) and reading the Sunday Telegraph…..which meant I was able to do the crossword a lot earlier than usual. I thought Dada was very lenient today, so much so that just for once I was able to complete without needing help from Senf….though I still enjoyed reading the blog. No particular favourite, though I was relieved to finally get 28a, very clever indeed!!! An all round pleasure. Thanks to Dada and Senf

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