Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3102 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Easter Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Monday, at 3:00 pm, we were enjoying a balmy and record high temperature, for the date, of plus 19 degrees when 24 hours of what is euphemistically called Active Spring Weather arrived – high winds up to 90 km/hr, snow, and, on Tuesday, at 3:00 pm, a high temperature of minus 7 degrees!
Meanwhile, yesterday with the miracle that is the Internet, I watched an England XV show a Scotland XV how to play the oval ball game while winning by 52 points to 10 (an explanation underneath the hints below). And, I gather that France scored a few points against Wales.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is somewhat quirky today and I had a few tea-tray sized PDMs. I counted four anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and two 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 – 17a, 19a, 4d, and 8d.
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 Right steal (11)
We start with a double definition – the first relates to suitability (right), and the second has a different pronunciation, at least in my part of the world, to the first.
9a Abhorrent conclusion, bane evil (14)
I don’t think we see a single word 14 letter anagram very often, but we have one here – an anagram (evil) of CONCLUSION, BANE.
13a Opener removed from fielding position for spell of bowling (4)
A (crickety, off-side) fielding position with the first letter (opener) removed.
17a Nick is residing in flat, briefly (6)
IS from the clue contained by (residing in) a synonym of flat (when lying face down) with the last letter removed (briefly).
22a Soft drink: I’m going without one on the counter (4)
A single word used in Mexico, say, when one is leaving (I’m going) with the Roman numeral for one removed (without) and reversed (on the counter).
23a Last of all in kingdom, prince without biggish debts, solvent (5)
The final letters (last of all) of five words in the clue – but I would not classify it as a solvent.
27a Mentioned a drab drunk that will pick your pocket in Vegas? (3-5,6)
An anagram (drunk) of MENTIONED A DRAB.
28a Item on list, killer objective (6,5)
The illustrated ‘killer’ and a synonym of objective – thanks to jean-luc for pointing out my, now corrected, error in identifying the definition.
2d Does sewer have those? It’s an uncomfortable feeling (4,3,7)
What a sewer might have in a type of cushion is an uncomfortable feeling.
4d Document I don’t know on drink (8)
A four letter word that has become the standard term for ‘I don’t know’ in a quiz and a fortified wine.
5d Flowers in roses I rightly pulled up (6)
The reverse lurker (in . . . pulled up) found in three words in the clue – the ‘forward’ lurker not hinted by me is 25d.
7d Better than hint, obviously faultless? (5,9)
A single word for better than in, say, a league table and a synonym of hint.
8d Use river with bit of salt water (4,3,4)
A river in NE England (that flows past Durham Cathedral), a synonym of with, and a bit of salt water (that comes from the eye).
18d What begins with a beat, pal improvising around Beethoven’s Fifth (8)
An anagram (improvising) of BEAT, PAL containing (around) the fifth letter of BeetHoven.
21d Possible breakfast TV show announced? (6)
One of the homophones (announced) of a type of TV show – the other homophone not hinted by me is 3d.
26d Dope working for government department (4)
When written (2,1,1) an indication that one would be working for the UK government department headed by Dominic Raab.
Explanation – The first match of this year’s (delayed and shortened) Women’s Six Nations tournament.
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A bit of fun today – sledging, not the crickety kind, to a waltz not composed by a Strauss but by a Frenchman, Émile Waldteufel – even though his surname looks very German, he was born and raised in Strasbourg which, as part of Alsace, has changed hands a few times. A pity that the video does not have skaters but it is one of a series, this is number 23, in which sledders have fun: