Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3042 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, starting on Friday morning with a temperature of minus 26 degrees, we have another blast of winter! And, there is another storm about to leave the Eastern Maritime Provinces heading for . . .
Dada just about benevolent this week, even with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies he still caused some Hmms – I counted five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and two almost adjacent homophones – all in an asymmetric 32 clues, with 18 hints you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 17a, 19a, and 5d.
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 Instrument that may be vital? (5)
A sometimes large musical instrument.
4a VIPs cover undergarments with cardigans, for example (3,5)
Cruciverbalists’ favourite (supporting) undergarments inserted into (cover . . . with) a word that might include cardigans (perhaps).
11a Threesome employed as computer technicians in test (7)
A (2,2) expression that can mean employed as computer technicians inserted into (in) a synonym of test.
14a Slight hiccup over exercise initially for trainer, perhaps? (4)
Stop looking for another word for hiccup and select the first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
17a Don’t panic — and don’t shave! (4,4,4,2)
A double definition – the first is an expression for staying calm
19a One stirring up cream, say, added to fish a little squirt! (14)
A single word for someone stirring up cream vigorously placed before (added to) a type of fish related to the bass family.
23a A Brit somewhere in the Home Counties (5)
A from the clue and a native of one of the countries that make up GB.
28a Escape eagle circling around a kid’s head (7)
An anagram (circling) of EAGLE containing (around) A from the clue and the first letter (head) of Kid.
30a Exist alongside tree, perhaps (5)
A two letter synonym of exist placed after (alongside) a three letter tree.
1d Beat after working out (2,6)
A synonym of beat placed after a two letter synonym of working.
2d In change of gear, metal switched for stone (7)
A three letter metal reversed (switched) and inserted into (in) an anagram (change of) of GEAR.
5d Phenomenal in deep space, perhaps? (3,2,4,5)
An expression that can describe being in deep space.
7d Sound of mild explosion: a shot, I gathered, ending in salvo (7)
An anagram (gathered) of A SHOT I followed by the last letter (ending in) of salvO – I think this should have had a ‘?’ at the end.
8d Approach step that’s pronounced (5)
One of the homophones (that’s pronounced) of a type of step – the other unhinted homophone is 6d.
18d Piano with two notes before first performance (8)
The single letter for piano and two successive notes from the Solfège musical scale placed before a synonym of before.
21d Dominance shown, quick to maintain edge (7)
A synonym of quick containing (to maintain) a synonym of edge.
22d Met up for coffee (5)
A synonym of met reversed (up).
26d Oil found in herbal medicine (4)
The lurker (found in) is a type of oil.
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John Williams, composer and conductor – not the classical guitarist, was 88 on the 8th (yesterday). This is part of a studio session (with Spanish subtitles!) for a Star Wars film – Phantom Menace. I have no idea where the film comes in the sequence as I have not seen any of them: