Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3111 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we hit the start of meteorological summer at full speed with 36 degrees on Friday and 35 degrees yesterday.
What a delight it was to see Kath commenting on Wednesday. Continued best wishes to her for a speedy and successful recovery and congratulations to your younger lamb and all on the news of another ‘grand-lamb’ joining the family.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, about the same as last week. I counted five anagrams (three partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in an economically symmetric 26 clues, with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues. And, our Don Quixote may feel the need to mount his noble steed and find a windmill to tilt at.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 3d, 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:
7a Accomplishment pocketing gross pay (5,2)
A type of accomplishment, especially if one is in the habit of overthrowing governments, containing (pocketing) a three letter interjection which is a synonym of gross (as in being odious).
8a God leads boy to embrace origin of Holy Ghost (7)
A (Greek) god placed before (leads) a short version of a boy’s (or a man’s) name and containing (to embrace) the first letter (origin) of Holy.
11a Single: piece of vinyl, nostalgic looking back (4)
The reversed lurker (piece of . . . looking back) found ‘sandwiched’ between the words of the lurker indicator.
15a Near feeling of excitement consuming a winger (11)
A (poetic?) synonym of near and a single word for a feeling of excitement containing (consuming) A from the clue.
20a Draw ring circled by the pony, lamely (8)
The letter that looks like a ring contained (circled) by an anagram (lamely of THE PONY.
23a Solid block stuffed with stewed dates, crisp food (10)
A type of solid block (used in construction?) containing (stuffed with) an anagram (stewed) of DATES.
26a Forward, picket (7)
A double definition – the second is someone performing a particular function in association with a work stoppage.
1d Need some grip over tyrant (7)
The forward lurker (some) found in the rest of the clue.
3d Dog riding sheep (6)
A slang, originally US, term for a (probably a mongrel) dog and a two letter synonym of riding.
5d In casual manner, friend currently playing well? (10)
A bit back to front – start with a (2,4) term for currently playing well and add a type of friend.
9d On top shelf perhaps, thinner pen (11)
A four letter term for on top shelf perhaps (often followed by a two letter term) and a synonym of thinner.
13d Unfortunately I step on it, a plant with brightly coloured leaves (10)
An anagram (unfortunately) of I STEP ON IT, A.
18d Nicked, pop getting cut, hurt (7)
POP from the clue with the last letter removed (getting cut) and a verbal (past tense?) synonym of hurt.
24d Realise it’s a bit of wood (4)
A double definition to finish – the second is multiply illustrated below.
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A pop classic, which was number one in June 1967, played in a classical manner (OK we had the original four years ago, but it never gets old). Hungarian born, Canadian organist Xaver Varnus got to a point in his life where he wanted his own concert hall so he purchased an old church, but without an organ, in rural Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. He very quickly found an organ that was available about 100 kms away and the rest is history:
This is a news article that gives his full story with, probably, the longest URL I have ever seen – https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.5823831/world-renowned-organist-buys-a-nova-scotia-church-pumps-out-bach-in-his-pyjamas-1.5828645