Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3110 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from a windy Winnipeg.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, compared to the last couple of weeks, Dada is somewhat benevolent today. I counted six anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (both reversed), and two homophones (one partial) – all in a symmetric 28 clues, with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. Be careful, the instant ‘write in’ answer for 14a may be one letter short and therefore incorrect
Candidates for favourite – you know what, no standouts for favourite this week.
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 Musician obtains novel about origin of jazz (8)
An anagram (novel) of OBTAINS containing (about) the first letter (origin) of Jazz.
11a Set in stone, evil I suspect (10)
An anagram (suspect) of STONE, EVIL I.
12a Well, one takes a risk (6)
A double definition – the first could relate to being well medically after, say, surgery.
17a Rejected figure in group, bigot (6)
A three letter figure, numeral that is, reversed (rejected) and inserted into (in) a three letter type of group.
20a As fish may be served, celebrate catching one (8)
A synonym of celebrate containing (catching) ONE from the clue.
24a Top dog on the phone? (4)
The first homophone (on the phone) of the abbreviated form of a breed of dog.
26a Row of houses? (8)
A term frequently used by police for a row (pronounced appropriately) that occurs in homes (houses).
1d Chief in one way demonstrating Churchill’s reserve? (3,5)
A four letter synonym of chief contained by (in) one way (as in direction), – and don’t ignore the ‘?’ at the end of the clue.
4d During escape, rescuer ascending fissure in glacier (8)
The reversal (ascending) of all of a five letter synonym of rescuer contained by (during) an abbreviated form of escape (especially on computer keyboards).
8d Spanish city coming up in postcode lottery (6)
One of the reversed lurkers (coming up in) found in two words in the clue – the other reversed lurker not hinted by me is 25a.
16d Catch some cricket in this location, reportedly? (8)
The ‘some cricket’ completed in turn by each bowler and the second homophone (reportedly) of a single word for in this location.
18d Simple shot catching stray reptile (8)
From cricket, we change to golf – a term for a simple shot (for the completion of a hole) containing (catching) a three letter synonym of stray.
21d Old fool grabbing tail of Siamese cat (6)
The single letter for old and a four letter type of fool containing (grabbing) the last letter (tail) of SiamesE.
24d I don’t know academic success (4)
A double definition, that must have achieved oldie but goodie status, to finish – I don’t think I need to say more than that.
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This is the Barcarolle – Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour from Jacques Offenbach’s opera The Tales of Hoffman. It is being played and sung by what I consider is a very talented Polish school orchestra, full details in the before and after credits. One memory I have of hearing this live was during a tour of Las Cuevas de Drach on the Island of Majorca – played while being ‘boated’ across a large lake, apparently Europe’s largest underground lake, inside the caves, as far as memory serves there were only four or five musicians on that occasion.
But, because of a restriction placed by the video owner, you will have to select the Watch on YouTube button in the bottom left corner and not the Play button in the centre of the screen: