Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3099 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg and I wish all the UK Mothers a Happy Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day; unfortunately, in Canada we have long ago adopted the USA Hallmark Holiday version, some time in May I believe. Plus, we had the annual irritation of Springing Forward at 2:00am this morning.
Keep staying safe everyone.
After yesterday’s straightforward Cephas SPP, I would not have been surprised if we had a stinker from Dada today but I did not find as challenging as I thought it might be. I counted five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and two homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues, with 17 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, 21a, 2d, and 25d – although the last two got Hmms.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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 Bandaged by feathers and straw, that man in good health (4,3,5)
The third person male singular pronoun representing that man contained (bandaged) by a collective term for feathers and the illustrated usage of straw.
11a Traditional UK general election time bound to be chaos (6)
The month (time) in which general, perhaps more correctly local, elections take place followed by a term for bound (in relation to working with fabric) – which doesn’t quite work for me – there appears to be a mixture of noun and verb and/or tenses.
13a Cut ends off old sausage roll, the worst piece (6)
The last letters (ends off) of six words in the clue.
15a Wrap up certain short series (8)
A synonym of certain with the last letter removed (short) followed by a synonym of series.
21a Hero getting cold in water, on the retreat (8)
A five letter synonym of cold inserted into (in) a body of water reversed (on the retreat).
26a County pack members overheard? (5)
The first homophone (overheard) of one quarter (members) of a pack (of cards) gives an abbreviated county.
27a Bully sees girl is pinioned by rubber ring (9)
A three letter girl and IS from the clue all contained (pinioned) by a type of rubber ring (perhaps manufactured by Dunlop or Goodyear).
28a Bird demolished pretty morsel (6,6)
An anagram (demolished) of PRETTY MORSEL.
1d Brought into disrepute, fed up getting made wrong (7)
FED from the clue reversed (up) followed by (getting) an anagram (wrong) of MADE.
2d Big effort, one going on foot (5)
A double definition – for the first, when hoping for a big effort, one might say ‘give it some *****’.
5d Eminent American ruler of empire (8)
A synonym of eminent and the two letters that can indicate American – apparently the first ruler of a particular empire.
8d Part of chest, one drawer out of it (6)
The lurker (part of) found in three words of the clue.
16d American flower in Rhode Island, giant swallows also (3,6)
The two letter abbreviation for Rhode Island and an (ugly?) type of giant contains (swallows) a synonym of also – don’t forget that flower can be pronounced in more than one way.
17d Creator of new design put hole in wrought iron (8)
A type of hole (providing airflow) inserted into (put in) an anagram (wrought) of IRON.
20d Bad leg I gathered, who cares? (3,4)
An anagram (gathered) of BAD LEG I – the ‘?’ is probably an integral part of the definition.
22d Virtuoso with record on the radio? (5)
The second homophone (on the radio) of a type of (written) record.
25d Huge number of limbs, arguably? (4)
The ‘wacky’ use (arguably) of a well known word that could indicate a large number of a particular limb.
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Composer Johann Strauss Senior was born on March 14, 1804. This is arguably his most well known work; this performance from the 2016 Vienna New Year’s Day Concert with Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducting the audience rather than the orchestra: