ST 3011 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3011 (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have experienced the driest (and it’s nothing to do with beer consumption) first half of the year since records began in 1873 with rainfall around 40% of ‘normal.’

Dada as benevolent as ever, but a little quirky, with six anagrams (two partials), one lurker (not hinted, it’s so obvious), and one homophone.

Candidates for favourite – 10a, 17a, and 15d.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


1a           Ray is so suspicious (5)
A double definition to start – the first is an adjectival description of what a ray can be a type of.

10a           Sad sort of crossword clue thrown out (8)
There are two sorts (lists) of crossword clues, choose one and follow it with a single word for thrown out.

13a         Bogus debtor’s note held by London players (8)
A three letter term for a debtor’s note inserted into (held by) a team of players of the round ball game based in London.

14a         Bargain by the sound of it? I’m off! (7)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a (4,3) term for a bargain.

19a         Sugarcoat introduction to song, little number (7)
The first letter (introduction to) of Song, a synonym of little, and a cardinal number.

21a         Summit entertained by serenade at the lectern? (8)
A synonym of summit inserted into (entertained by) a synonym of serenade.

25a         Promise bit of corn from Cornwall? (5)
The regional designation that includes Cornwall and a single word for a ‘bit’ of corn.

26a         Silly idiots, ninnies and nincompoops: empty heads (5)
The initial letters (heads) of five words in the clue.


2d           Housework decreasing, apparently? (7)
A type of housework that ‘de-creases.’

6d           Lucky swimmer, showing strength on the outside (9)
A particular type of water dwelling cold blooded vertebrate contained by (showing . . . on the outside) a synonym of strength.

8d           New suit I own in a state — dilemma? (2-3,9)
An anagram (new) of SUIT I OWN contained by (in) a synonym of a state

9d           One of five children from the south-east? Sparkly little thing (6)
The abbreviated form of South-East and the abbreviated form of a term for one of five children from a multiple pregnancy.

15d         Curved feature in tail of hound, dog bites (3,6)
A childish synonym of dog contains (bites) IN from the clue and the last letter (tail) of hound.

20d         Warning will be in the present at that time (3,4)
Single words for in the present and at that time.

22d         Sheep drops on mongrel (4)
Hmm – an obsolete or jocular (straight out of the BRB) synonym of sheep which includes ON which has to be removed (drops) to get the answer.

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13 Replies to “ST 3011 (Hints)”

  1. Thank you Senf, for the explanation to 25a, it’s obvious now you parse it, but I couldn’t for the life of me see where corn or Cornwall came into it.

    Very enjoyable, many thanks to all.

  2. By far and away, I found this to be the easiest Sunday I have attempted. I got exactly half the across clues on my first pass, then all the downs in order. Revisiting the across clues got the rest, except 4a which took a bit of thought.
    A very good one for novices, in my view.

    Many thanks to all.

    1. Having started doing these in the 70s, minus the 80s when we sailed across the pond and access was difficult in pre internet days, I can’t claim to be a novice, but thoroughly enjoyed, as I am sure many others have today. Being able to finish without help is always a smile raiser. Oh and thanks to Big Dave for this back up site and all his Herculean efforts.

  3. 1a and 2d needed a hint but after the fact I can’t see why. Just a bit of brain fade I expect. I did like 8d but confess to bunging it in and reverse parsing.
    Thanks to Senf and Dada.

  4. OK – trying again, must be doing something wrong!
    As Senf commented, this was a benevolent and slightly quirky puzzle – I rather enjoyed it! Slightly worried about the tenses used in 12a but that was a minor issue.
    The dog in 15d made me smile so that gets my vote today.

    Thanks to Dada and to Senf for the blog. Shame we can’t have the illustrations but so good that BD can keep us going with this back-up page.

    Right – fingers crossed that I manage to get this through………..

  5. I enjoyed this pleasant challenge today. It required a certain amount of my concentration but not too much. Several nice clues including 4 and 13a, the latter of which I think I’ll make my favourite.
    Thanks to Dada, and to Senf for the hints.

  6. What a lovely puzzle today, thank you Dada and Senf. Hoping my comment takes, wouldn’t let me yesterday. Must have been right on wavelength, plus nothing sporty or obtuse. Very enjoyable. Loved 2d, closely followed by 14a.

  7. Echo BusyLizzy! Loads of fun, that translates to “I could solve it!”
    Fave was 14a, nice guffaw with that.
    Thanks to Dada and to Senf, and to BD for all his efforts to keep us connected.

  8. Pleasantly straightforward for a sunny Sunday. I liked 22d best of all with 17a my last entry for some reason. Thanks Dada for a friendly challenge and to Senf.

  9. Oh good, thanks to BD special service I can comment. Dada’s puzzle today was a pleasant solve if not amongst my most entertaining DT/ST Cryptics. Still struggling to find Dada’s wavelength. South fell first. Amongst others 12a a bit weak. Lack of any valid alternative 14a (chestnut?) is an almost Fav. Thanks Dada and Senf.

  10. All a bit Rufus-esque, but that’s not a criticism.
    Some very obvious definitions, including 11a where we have a ‘move one letter’ anagram!
    Thanks Dada, Senf and BD – hope the rebuild is going smoothly.

  11. A lot of write-ins which were fun clues. I went completely off piste with 17a. Can’t give too much away but wonder if anyone else did the same. Wrong sort of present with another word shortened which, to me anyway, gave me a word for most excellent. Changed it when I got 18d. Could not parse 15d even after I had changed the first word, having bunged in a more familiar term. Loved 2 and 9d and 1, 4 and 14a. Was not fazed by 4a which was a common name for a foreman in these parts particularly in the pits. Thanks BD for the alternative site and to Senf for the help with parsing and to Dada if he is really the composer

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