Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3070 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, with my 186th Sunday blog, I have something of a milestone today – equal numbers of Virgilius and Dada puzzles blogged, 93 of each.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Dada somewhat quirky this week generating some Hmms but no Groans – I counted seven anagrams (five of which were partials), two lurkers (one reversed, not hinted but it’s an oldie but goodie), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 7d, 9d, and 21d.
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 It helps manoeuvres in crazy naval game (11)
An anagram (manoeuvres) of IT HELPS contained by (in) a synonym of crazy.
11a Country manor as elaborate, in parts (3,6)
IN from the clue inserted into (parts) an anagram (elaborate) of MANOR AS.
12a Many lads initially captivated by lady (9)
The first letter (initially) of Lads contained (captivated) by a (titled) lady (such as the one illustrated below).
14a Only a little relief for terrorist, shot (6)
The (forward) lurker (only a little) found in the rest of the clue.
16a Queen in frenzy having lost lead — charge! (8)
HM’s regnal cypher inserted into (in) a synonym of frenzy with its first letter removed (having lost lead).
20a Capital seemed unpleasantly cold, looking westward (6)
A three letter synonym of seemed and a three letter term for unpleasantly cold all reversed (looking westward).
24a Resolve to hug new head (9)
An anagram (new) of TO HUG and one of the geographical types of head.
28a Yellow flower existing with cherry (4-7)
A four letter flower, an adjectival synonym of existing, and (with) a generic term for cherry as a colour.
2d Something rolled in gold for so long (5)
An item which is rolled (in games) contained by (in) the chemical symbol for gold.
5d Big fine (8)
A double definition – the second describes appearance.
7d Insect main issue when bats come out? (7,6)
An insect, what is sometimes referred to as the main, and a male issue (offspring).
8d Vehicles requiring some time to catch terrible Russian (8)
An abbreviated form of some time (but less than an hour) containing the name of the first Tsar of Russia who had the nickname of Terrible.
15d Steering mechanism rates extraordinarily beautiful work (4,4)
A three letter steering mechanism and an anagram (extraordinarily) of RATES.
19d Show two under bottom of gravestone in old burial site? (7)
A synonym of show followed by the Latin numeral for two placed after (under) the last letter (bottom) of gravestonE.
21d Might one be going for gold teeth, almost all being rotten? (7)
An anagram (being rotten) of TEETH and AL
l with the last letter removed (almost).
25d Best books in central Greece (5)
The abbreviated form of a collective term for books inserted into (in) the central letters of GrEEce.
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Something different this week, written in 1956 by Renato Carosene, Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano (You want to be an American) – only the music here, a combination of jazz and swing, but the song is generally considered to be a satire of the Americanization that occurred in the early years after World War II, when southern Italy was still a rural, traditional society. The lyrics are about an Italian who affects a contemporary American lifestyle, drinking whisky and soda, dancing to rock ‘n roll, playing baseball and smoking Camel cigarettes, but who still depends on his parents for money! Played by Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti conducted by Beatrice Venezi, with a very good clarinet solo: