Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3106 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are now well and truly into Covid 3.0 (a.k.a. Third Wave), with all the known variants, and probably a few unknown ones, and there are some who are saying that the associated Lockdown 3.0 is not strict enough, and it would be hard to disagree. Meanwhile our Provincial Premier announced a goofy idea to send all the teachers to North Dakota to get vaccinated. The mind boggles. All too painful to think about, where’s the gin?
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this took me back to November 18, 2018 – the first Sunday Dada so the less said about it the better. I counted seven anagrams (four partials), two lurkers, and no 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 – 8a, 16a, and 2d.
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 Care taken with railway initially in possible location of toy train? (12)
A possible location for any train preceded by a four letter term expressing small size becomes a possible location for a toy train and all that contains (with . . . in) the first letter (initially) of Railway.
11a Loose delivery, the ball always ending on wood for batter? (7)
The last letters (always ending) of the first four words of the clue followed by (on) a type of wood (or tree).
13a Subject embraced by author Sewell? (5)
The first lurker (embraced by) found in two words of the clue.
14a Toy daughter held in bed, teary when lost (5,4)
The single letter for daughter contained by (held in) an anagram (when lost) of BED, TEARY.
16a Impermanence convert ultimately found in virtue (9)
The last letter (ultimately) of convert inserted into (found in) a synonym of virtue (not one of the seven virtues).
24a Pen inspiring love with popular invention (7)
A type of, as illustrated, pen containing (inspiring) all of the letter for racquet game love and (with) the two letter synonym for popular – straight out of the BRB if you want to check the answer.
25a South African dead, leader gone, howl in grief (7)
A member of the Nguni branch of the Bantu family in South Africa followed by a synonym of dead with the first letter of the complete ‘string’ removed (leader gone).
26a Illogical dear? (12)
A double definition – the second might be a synonym for dear when discussing the price of something.
1d Rubber erasing underside of coin at bottom of pile (7)
Remember this is a Down clue – A four letter coin that could come into use North of the Border with its last letter removed (erasing underside) placed after (at bottom of) a synonym of pile.
2d Describe Scottish island looking up over peaks on tranquil estate (7)
The seventh largest Scottish island reversed (looking up) followed by (over) the first letters (peaks on) of Tranquil Estate.
6d Cricket side go off (2,5)
Start with one of the cricket sides (of the pitch) and add a synonym of go.
7d Observe notes and take one’s medicine? (4,3,5)
A sort of double definition(?) – the second relates to accepting responsibility for something you have done.
10d No matter: a web spun for insects (5,7)
An anagram (spun) of NO MATTER: A WEB.
18d Fire contained by fireman, I’m at ease (7)
The second lurker (contained by) found in four words in the clue.
19d Upset, try covering tracks up (7)
A synonym of try containing (covering) a synonym of tracks all reversed (up).
22d Gunman originally uses rocks for shot (5)
The first letter (originally) of Gunman and an anagram (rocks) of uses.
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Today’s music choice was prompted by a clue in the latest Rookie which called for a particular pop group with its last letter removed as part of the answer. It turns out that the pop group is Steps, a group I had never heard of probably because they first appeared 5 years after I ‘fled’ to Canada and I don’t think they had any North American presence – perhaps I should be very thankful. Anyway, this was the group’s first number one in 1998: