Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3107 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, as some thought, Lockdown 3.0 was not a strict enough response to Covid 3.0 (a.k.a. Third Wave), so we now have Lockdown 3.1, which is probably what its predecessor should have been in the first place. It has also been announced that, from May 21st, anyone 12 years old and up can get vaccinated although that assumes vaccines will be available which, given the ‘performance’ of Canada’s ‘vaccine procurement system,’ is questionable. More gin please!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, and for the first Post of the second 10,000, all I can say is that Dada is better than last week. I counted three anagrams (one partial), one lurker – reversed, and two homophones – 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 – 22a, 26a, 14d, and 18d.
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 Saw show, rhythm and blues initially? (7)
A synonym of show, as we used to do in Maths all those years ago, and the first letters (initially) of Rhythm and Blues.
10a Leave small stuff (5)
The single letter for small and a synonym of stuff (as in insert into).
11a Productions bringing passion into heart of actress (7)
A four letter synonym of passion inserted into (bringing . . . into) the three letters in the centre (heart) of acTREss.
16a See fit European in the audience? (5)
The first homophone (in the audience) of a European person (from the Southernmost Scandinavian country).
17a A pretence backfiring for old storyteller (5)
A from the clue and a synonym of pretence reversed (backfiring).
22a Something for locks on your bike, a member gaining access (7)
A from the clue and the two letters for member (of parliament) all inserted into (gaining access) a four letter synonym of on your bike (as in go away).
26a Put in again, checks unlikely (9)
A synonym of checks (when riding?) and a synonym of unlikely (when applied to a story?).
28a Dark except when sierra is to the west (7)
The letter represented by Sierra in the phonetic alphabet placed before (when . . . is to the west) a synonym of except.
1d Canine tip (7)
A double definition – the first is the illustrated canine.
2d Strange, off and on (5)
You might think this is a double definition, but it isn’t – a synonym of off and the two letters equivalent to on (as in about) – and for complete accuracy the last letter should be accented.
5d Tool for tidying up back (7)
A double definition – the second is one playing the round ball game, if that term is still used.
8d Fast time, nothing hurt running uphill (7)
A word, ‘borrowed’ from Spanish, for nothing and a three letter term we often ‘see’ as a synonym for hurt all reversed.
14d Secret police probing rookie officer, virtually dismissed (4,5)
The abbreviated form of a former East European secret police force inserted into (probing) a rookie officer with her or his last letter removed (virtually).
18d Old clown, I blunder into drugs? (7)
I from the clue and a three letter synonym of blunder all inserted into a type of drugs – perhaps drug would have been sufficient.
23d Crime in casinos ramped up (5)
The reversed lurker (in . . . up) found in two words of the clue.
24d Quiet man heard? (5)
The second homophone (heard?) of man, perhaps one of those illustrated below.
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From her 1998 album Eden this is singer, songwriter, actress, dancer (who remembers Hot Gossip and Pan’s People?), musician, and the second Mrs Lloyd Webber Sarah Brightman with a song that should require no introduction (apparently, when the video was made, ‘on the face’ microphone technology was at an early stage of development):