Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3109 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where some of you might recall that last Sunday I said that we were in Extreme Drought conditions. Well, one of the best ‘cures’ for such conditions is ‘typical’ weather for a three day holiday weekend which is what we have this week. Tomorrow, we are celebrating, to the exact date, the 202nd anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday and we have had a few days of cool wet weather to go with it.
On the ‘Covid front,’ on Friday, our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proudly boasted that Canada has surpassed the USA in first ‘shots’ – 49% of the population compared to 48% down South while carefully ignoring the fact that the USA has 38% of its population fully inoculated compared to Canada’s dismal 4% (that is four per cent).
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me and for the second week in a row, and there is a good reason why that is underlined, today’s Dada is on a par with yesterday’s Cephas. I counted four anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 32 clues, with 18 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 9a, 22a, 7d, and 13d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Expert on defending old fool (7)
A four letter, perhaps less commonly used, synonym for expert and ON from the clue containing (defending) the single letter for old.
9a Device diminishing the writer? (6,9)
When used to prepare a (graphite based) writer this device usually makes said writer smaller (diminishes).
11a Open mouth consuming first of ripened fruit (5)
A four letter verbal synonym of open mouth containing (consuming) the first (letter) of Ripening.
15a Spring exam official in the city? (7)
A month in the season, not the complete season, of Spring and what is probably our favourite cruciverbal exam.
16a Often heroic, opener dismissed (7)
An adjectival synonym of heroic (when considering a chivalrous person of old) with the first letter deleted (opener dismissed).
19a Saw covered in roundish marks (7)
A double definition – the illustration should help.
22a Massive pair of soldiers (5)
Two (pair of) soldiers – the first is from ‘across the pond’ and the second is illustrated.
26a Pa miscounted and played joker (5-2,8)
An anagram (played) of PA MISCOUNTED AND.
28a Check on boy reversed — outrage (7)
A synonym of check followed by (on) a synonym of boy reversed.
1d Religious ceremony requiring bread is held in outskirts of Trondheim (7)
A type of bread roll/bun followed by IS from the clue contained by (held in) the first and last letters (outskirts) of TrondheiM – other than ‘linking’ the definition and the wordplay ‘requiring’ does not seem to be needed for anything else.
2d Aficionado totally fab, so amazing in supporters’ game? (7,8)
A three letter synonym of aficionado and an anagram (amazing of) TOTALLY FAB SO.
5d Fallen container, dry (7)
A synonym of fallen (when, perhaps, fallen is used for military personnel who ‘don’t come home’) and a type of container (perhaps used for cooking).
6d Some urchin, a perfect scruff (4)
The ‘forward’ lurker (some) found in three words in the clue.
7d Picture where straw house would be after hurricane? (4,4,3,4)
A double definition(?) – the first was a cinematographic extravaganza (picture) made in 1939.
13d Primp up or primp down? (5)
A double definition(?) – the first probably applies to a female person and the second applies to a winged animal.
17d Fourth Estate prepared for exercise (5-2)
What is commonly referred to as the Fourth Estate and a two letter synonym of prepared for.
19d Like snakes, four having shed skin inside hole (7)
FOUR from the clue with the outer letters deleted (having shed its skin) inserted into (inside) a type of hole (in the bones of the skull) – it took me a while to convince myself that the answer ‘matched’ the definition, but I did find a close enough ‘match’ in an on-line thesaurus.
26d Greek character in private blew up (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . . up) found in two words in the clue.
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Someone who shares his birthday with Queen Victoria, although I doubt that she would be amused, is Whatsisname who is 80 tomorrow. This is one of his best selling singles and is from a performance at the Newport, RI Folk Festival in 1965. I wonder if he still wants to be like Mick Jagger or Keith Richards