Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3101 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the glacial progress of Covid vaccinations continues. As a septuagenarian, 10 days ago, I was allowed to make an appointment for a first ‘shot’ of Pfizer to be administered on April 6th and there seems to a proud boast from our Federal Government that some time this week we shall have received a total of 3.2 million ‘doses’ (for a population of 38 million).
Meanwhile, an entertaining Pro 14 Final yesterday between Leinster and Munster, predictably won by Leinster, with, interestingly, no TMO calls and no cards.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada ‘leaning’ towards benevolence but not as benevolent as our esteemed editor was yesterday. I counted six anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), 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, 18a, 23a, and 27a.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Cleaner reprimands mourner (6-7)
Ignoring the hyphen in the enumeration temporarily, a seven letter synonym of reprimands and a six letter synonym of mourner.
11a Playwright featuring in one’s biography, retrospectively (5)
The reversed lurker (featuring in . . . retrospectively) found in two words in the clue – the ‘forward’ lurker, not hinted by me, is 13a.
12a By the sound of it, viral disease went quickly (4)
The first homophone (by the sound of it) of the abbreviated name of a viral disease that we used to worry about before Covid-19 came along.
17a Space available, or filling arena? (7)
OR from the clue inserted into (filling) a synonym of arena?
18a Hands down, palms dry evidently? (2,5)
An alternative phrase to hands down, when referring to the (lack of) difficulty of a task, which could indicate that one’s palms are dry.
21a Girl built for audition? (4)
The second homophone (for audition) of a synonym of built – for a generic girl RD.
23a Birdie — another one better? (5)
One better than a (golfing) birdie.
27a Negative reaction about small mark (9)
An eight letter negative reaction containing (about) the single letter for small.
28a Helper in white revised political order (5-4,4)
An anagram (revised) of HELPER IN WHITE.
1d Church official, less sensitive figure (8,6)
An RC official and a single word for less sensitive (as in sensation of touch perhaps).
4d Case of somebody bandaging cut, drunk (7)
The first and last letters (case) of SomebodY containing (bandaging) a type of (hair) cut.
5d Very many lacking purpose? (7)
A double definition(?) – the first might refer to the length of a queue of people waiting for a Covid vaccination.
8d Where contents of overturned trolley might roll, in every direction (3,4,3,4)
Another double definition, I think – the first is when you reach the checkout with your overloaded supermarket trolley and it overturns, where the apples, oranges, cans of beans, etc might roll.
14d After pass, don seems remarkably gracious (8,2)
An anagram (remarkably) of DON SEEMS placed after a two letter synonym of pass.
16d Dry, missing quaffing amount of beer? (9)
A six letter synonym of missing (from school) containing (quaffing) an amount of beer (in a container)?
24d Cut around base of iron grate (5)
A type of cut (on the body) containing (around) the last letter (base) of iroN.
25d Source of light lead (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is a dramatic lead.
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A random selection today. Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer who has written a lot of music for films and TV. This is piece that he composed for a Channel 4 drama mini-series This is England ’88 which from the synopsis on Wikipedia sounds a little macabre – the drama that is. I am advised that it sounds really good when listened to with some decent headphones: