Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3103 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are about to ‘catch up’ (I use the term loosely) with our neighbouring Provinces and enter a Third Wave of Covid partly because of Canada’s pitiful vaccination rate – as of yesterday, Canada is 35th, compared to the UK’s 7th, in the ‘league table’ of vaccination rates by country. And, then there’s the 10 – 25 cms of snow we are forecast to get starting this evening and ending on Tuesday morning!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is quirky with a number of Hmms and plenty of ‘?’ to be taken account of while using his own special thesaurus. I counted three 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 – 12a, 15a, 8d, and 19d.
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 Joint not functioning, get to work (7,4)
A (finger) joint and a single word often used when a system, for example, is not functioning.
9a Marketing wickedness has secured a win (7)
A two letter abbreviated form of a type of marketing(?) and a four letter synonym of wickedness containing (has secured) A from the clue.
12a Looking back, what Jack Sprat’s wife did about fine material (7)
From the nursery rhyme, decide what Jack Sprat’s wife did containing (about) the single letter for Fine all reversed (looking back).
15a Secured by belt, reversing down — motorist slower? (5,4)
A synonym of down reversed (reversing) and inserted into (secured by) a five letter synonym of belt.
20a Vital organ — survivor? (5)
A double definition – the first is illustrated and the second deserves its ‘?’.
24a Holiday camp performer acted or juggled (7)
An anagram (juggled) of ACTED OR.
26a Tailored 24 Across, some style (3,4)
An anagram (tailored) of the answer of (or the anagram material of) 24a.
27a Tory privilege and one able to soar? (5-6)
A synonym of privilege and a descriptive noun for one able to soar.
2d In tree house, are becoming most familiar? (7)
ARE from the clue inserted into (in) a tree house (used by a bird)?
4d Stretcher orderly craftily has nicked (5)
The ‘forward’ lurker (has nicked) found in two words in the clue – the reverse lurker not hinted by me is 14a.
5d Worshipped, from above and below? (7)
A palindromic (from above and below as it’s a down clue) synonym of worshipped.
6d Audible greeting for spectator (6)
One of the homophones (audible) of a slang type of greeting – the other homophone not hinted by me is 13a.
8d Female, a little lower? (6)
The term for the illustrated female little ‘lower’.
16d Please access article in container (9)
A synonym of access and one of the indefinite articles inserted into (in) a type of container.
19d Old knight, artist and old actress (7)
The usual two letter artist and the (stage) surname of the illustrated ‘old actress’ (who was married to Larry O).
23d Mammal, foxy dropping tail (5)
A synonym of foxy, as used when referring to behaviour, with the last letter removed (dropping tail).
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A random selection today from Irish singer, songwriter, record producer and musician Enya, recommended to me, not that it needed much recommending, by a friend: