Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3097 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, in Canada, a third vaccine (AstraZeneca) was at last approved this week. We hope its availability will do something to improve on the glacial rate of getting the stuff into peoples arms. Although, centralised procurement and distribution is under the control of an Army General and based on his performance so far he would have trouble ordering a round of drinks!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this was a slow start until I recognised some oldies but goodies and then with the four long perimeter clues solved it was off to the races. I counted four anagrams (two partials), two lurkers, and two homophones – all in a symmetric 32 clues, with 18 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, 28a, 30a, and 6d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Science prize thus bagged by idiot (12)
A type of prize, often awarded to the winner or winners of a sports competition, and the Latin based three letter synonym of thus all inserted into (bagged by) a three letter synonym of idiot.
10a Outskirts of Russia invaded by Arab country (7)
The first and last letters (outskirts) of RussiA containing (invaded by) a particular Arab person.
12a Upper limit, this person is saying (5)
A three letter abbreviated form of a term for upper limit and a (1’1) term for this person. represented by the perpendicular pronoun, is.
16a Hit many years ago, exact revenge (3,4)
A double definition – the first is a musical hit which was a number one in 1969 – many years ago by Dada’s reckoning.
18a Dull: outside windy (7)
An anagram (windy) of OUTSIDE.
21a Tennis player’s skill pinches prize on the backhand (7)
A four letter synonym of pinches and an informal synonym of the type of prize a tennis player might win all reversed (on the backhand) – Oops, there goes the repetition radar.
23a Spirit in angel angelic! (4)
The first lurker (in) found in two words of the clue.
28a Allowance: gratuity put in post (7)
A synonym of gratuity inserted into (put in) a synonym of post (as in mail).
30a Item on breakfast menu encourages saint (4,8)
A four letter synonym of encourages, usually associated with on, and a well known saint who lived in the fifth and sixth centuries – My favourite breakfast when I am away from home. I would never be able to make the sauce.
1d Reportedly, a condiment that might be common (7)
The first homophone (reportedly) of A from the clue and a four letter condiment.
3d Somewhere remote, travelling then home again? (7)
A three letter term for travelling followed by (then) a four letter term for home again – where one would have to go to see the illustrated feature.
5d A little mathematical challenge, it’s said (4)
The second homophone (it’s said) of a three letter mathematical challenge.
7d Fit man sighted, unfortunately, snacking in secret (8,5)
An anagram (unfortunately) of FIT MAN SIGHTED.
8d Fly’s relative, giant in the family? (5-4-4)
A parental relative and a (4-4) term that could indicate being a giant – I think.
15d Reach safety primarily, and survive (5)
The first letter (primarily) of Safety and a synonym of survive.
20d Wrap item on horse around wife (7)
An item on a horse (that acts as a seat) containing (around) the single letter for wife – a question for all the grandmothers, is this still allowed/recommended? Yes or No answers only please.
21d Snack more delicious, almost inspiring love (7)
A single word for more delicious with the last letter removed (almost) containing (inspiring) the single letter for a score of love (in a racquet game).
24d African country, enclave of Somalia? (4)
We finish with the second lurker (enclave of) found in the last word of the clue – I think this must be Dada’s favourite African country when it comes to his crosswords.
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Steve Harley, English singer and songwriter, best known as frontman of the rock group Cockney Rebel, an English ‘glam rock’ band from the early 1970s, celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday. This was the group’s only number one single and was written by Steve Harley himself, next best was number five and several singles didn’t make the charts at all: