Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3104 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we had our 25cms of snow starting last Sunday evening and ending on Wednesday morning. Apparently, that amount of snow is equivalent to 2.5cms of rain so the farmers will be less unhappy for a while.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I know that it cannot be planned, but, after yesterday’s gentle SPP from our esteemed editor, guess what, Dada is anything but gentle. I counted one anagram which is a partial, two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 30 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 – 11a, 17a, 24a, 5d, and 23d.
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:
7a Reckless daughter, a communist, wicked (4-5)
A simple step by step assembly of four pieces of Lego – the single letter for daughter, A from the clue, the colour that is used to identify a communist, and a synonym of wicked.
10a Couple of shakes, very little (6)
A double definition – the first is a not very well defined period of time.
14a Almost nothing about it, hard instrument (6))
A synonym of nothing with its last letter removed (almost) containing (about) all of IT from the clue and the single letter for Hard.
17a Sailor, I nearly forgot to say, returning for fish (5)
A three letter term for a sailor and the two letters for a last minute addition to a letter (I nearly forgot to say) all reversed (returning).
19a Let me see rose cut in Italian region (6)
A two letter expression (of hesitation?) that could be equivalent to let me see and a generic term for a rose (bush) with its last letter removed (cut).
21a Weed remaining on empty lake (6)
A four letter term for remaining (financially) after deductions from a total amount before (on) L
akE with the interior letters deleted (empty).
26a Preserve guts (6)
A double definition – the second relates to being courageous.
28a Combine treating complex with medicine, ultimately (9)
An anagram (complex) of TREATING and (with) the last latter (ultimately) of medicinE.
1d Instant blow over documents (5)
A three letter synonym of blow placed before (over) the favourite two letter documents
2d Place for drinkers to get into scrap — France perhaps? (8)
A three letter informal term for a place for drinkers inserted into (to get into) a synonym(?) of scrap.
5d Seal petition in bag (6)
A verbal synonym of petition inserted into (in) a verbal synonym of bag.
6d Half of tree, flower and cherry stolen (9)
The (first) half of the letters in TRee, a river (flower) – select one of four that go by this name in England – and the colour that may be called cherry.
15d Awkward, fake jewellery? (9)
A synonym of fake and a slang term for jewellery.
20d Chance hurried complete with header from midfielder (6)
A three letter synonym of hurried, a two letter verbal synonym of complete, and (with) the first letter (header from) of Midfielder.
23d Note on instrument one’s played (5)
The objective is to turn one (musical) instrument into another – one of the single letter musical notes placed before (on) the illustrated instrument.
25d Number going into eighteen I notched up (4)
The reverse lurker (going into . . . up) found in three words in the clue – the ‘forward’ lurker not hinted by me is 13d.
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My Italian does not extend much beyond ‘Due birre per favore.’ and ‘Grazie.’ when they are served. However, I was able to more or less understand the details in the text below the ‘full’ YouTube version of this video of Va, pensiero (otherwsise known as the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Guiseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco. The performance was in an arena in Verona on May 24th, 2015 and there were 4,600 choristers from 25 choirs in 18 regions: