Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3105 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the continuing parlous, but somewhat improved, state of the Canadian Covid vaccination programme is perfectly illustrated by the fact that North Dakota, our nearest Southern neighbour, is offering free vaccinations to Canadian long-haul truck (HGV) drivers, who can’t get vaccinated at home, as they are one of the few groups still allowed to cross the ‘closed’ border.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this took a little while to ‘break into’ but once I got going it was reasonably gentle. I counted four anagrams all partials, two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 32 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 – 1a, 19a, 3d, 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.
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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 Bottle — what could be in it? (6)
What could be in a bottle is also a synonym of another usage of bottle.
10a Spring is ending obviously, and summer starts (5)
IS from the clue is placed after (ending) the first letters (starts) of Obviously And Summer.
13a Musician, untrustworthy type (7)
A double definition – the first is an informal term for a musician who plays a stringed instrument.
17a Cart infested with insects (5)
A double definition – the first is illustrated.
19a China behind shocking sport (9)
A brand of (bone) china placed after (behind) a three letter synonym of shocking.
21a Performer, a jazz fan downing mug (7)
A from the clue and a three letter term for a jazz fan containing (downing) a verbal synonym of mug.
25a Last character in tribunal misrepresented, is that hard to swallow? (6,3)
The last character (of the alphabet) inserted into (in) an anagram (misrepresented) of TRIBUNAL.
28a Listed, as are stilettos? (6)
A double definition(?) – the first refers to leaning (nautically?) and the second refers to a feature of footwear.
2d Sauce pots Epicurean’s holding up (5)
The reverse lurker (holding up) found in two words in the clue.
3d Expression of derision that’s fruity? (9)
The slang usage of the illustrated fruit.
5d Old player, fellow’s on pitch (9)
A synonym of fellow’s (including the apostrophised contraction for is) placed before (on) a synonym of pitch (as a playing area).
6d Healthy also underneath masks (5)
The forward lurker (masks) found in two words of the clue.
9d Adrift, like carrier (6)
A two letter synonym of like and a type of carrier (used for carrying food and/or drinks).
16d Woman making first appearance badly taunted about errand boy, initially (9)
An anagram (badly) of TAUNTED containing (about) the initial letters of Errand and Boy.
20d Taunt that may be on record? (6)
The immediate interface (that may be on) with a (vinyl) record.
24d Stop holiday, did you say? (5)
The homophone (did you say) of a synonym of holiday.
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American singer, actress, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand celebrated her 79th birthday yesterday. She has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and is one of the few entertainers who have been awarded Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. This is her greatest international hit written for her by the Gibb brothers, Barry and Robin, as part of their work on her 1980 album Guilty: