Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3096 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it has gradually warmed up since last Sunday and tomorrow we are ‘promised’ a T-shirt and Shorts high temperature of plus 6 degrees.
Last Sunday I reported that Worldpay had processed my puzzle subscription correctly and on time and now it would appear that they have managed to communicate that occurrence to the Daily Telegraph and my subscription is continuing uninterrupted – wonders will never cease.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada was quirky this week with a sprinkling of Hmms. I counted five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, 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 – 14a,18a, 3d, 4d, and 7d.
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 Plan for site (11)
A three letter synonym of for and a synonym of site.
11a Cried — like whales? (9)
A sort of double definition(?) – the first is the past tense of a verb and the second is an adjective that could be used to describe a feature of whales – note the ?
12a Group in nightgear messed around (9)
An anagram (messed around) of NIGHTGEAR.
16a Exercise component, boring thing (5,3)
A type of (military) exercise and a synonym of component.
18a Make-up collection in powder room writer, say, recalled (4,4)
A three letter informal synonym of powder room, a type of writer (as in writing implement), and the two letter Latin abbreviation that is equivalent to say, all reversed (recalled) – worthy of our esteemed editor’s Newsletter Clue of the Week.
24a Pain contained by nurse, person at the back (4-5)
A three letter synonym of pain inserted into (contained by) a six letter synonym of nurse – Hmm – but they are in the Chambers Crossword Dictionary.
26a Language modulations adopted by staff (9)
A synonym of modulations contained (adopted) by a type of staff (not the human kind).
28a Awful, as words of those silenced? (11)
If people have been told to be silent then their words are a single term for cannot be spoken.
1d Slam chicken or turkey in oven? (5)
A double definition(?) – the first relates to slamming verbally.
5d Violence in outskirts of Turkey, within which one getting a grip? (8)
Take the first and last letters (outskirts) of TurkeY and insert a word that can describe the action of one person getting a grip of another – not in the BRB, so it gets a Hmm.
7d Howling animals, target of derision (8,5)
A synonym of howling and the collective noun for some (farm) animals.
9d Film review intact, I argued (9,4)
An anagram (review) of INTACT, I ARGUED.
15d Dancing, one kidnapped by band of criminals? (8)
The Roman numeral for one inserted into (kidnapped by) a (3,4) band of criminals undertaking a particular crime.
17d Don’t release Spirit in the Sky? (6,2)
A type of container for an alcoholic spirit and a two letter word that could indicate that something is in the Sky – I thought about making this a double definition, but I decided that the second part was too much of a stretch and merited a Hmm instead.
22d Pictures a little basic in emails (6)
The lurker (a little) found in the rest of the clue.
24d Attractive thing, Latino’s principal accent (5)
A single four letter word for something that is attractive (as in attracting a lot of interest) and the first letter (principal) of Latino.
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Today is the 88th anniversary of the birth of American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who passed away in 2003. This is from a concert in London in 1968 with a song that reached number 2 in the UK in that year: