Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3112 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Province has come up with a somewhat innovative three stage reopening plan. We have three holidays coming up – Canada Day (July 1), August ‘Long’ (August 3), and Labour Day (September 6) – three levels of gradual reopening will occur on those holidays provided three levels of (increasing) vaccination rates for both first and second doses are met. It will be interesting to see how it works out.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, about the same as the last two weeks, plus Dada appears to have used some of his personal favourites, probably not the same clues (I don’t think they qualify as oldies but goodies yet). I counted five anagrams (three partials), one lurker (reversed), and two homophones – all in an almost symmetric 30 clues, with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite -1a, 9a, 13a, 27a, and 17d .
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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 Fly down something with a neck (10)
A synonym of down (as in feeling sad) and a (glass) container (something) with a neck.
9a Rubbish salesman a dog perhaps witnessed on the retreat (10)
The three letter shortened synonym of a type of salesman, A from the clue, a three letter term for a dog (perhaps as a domestic animal), and a three letter synonym of witnessed all reversed (on the retreat).
13a So judge has nothing to hide in that place (9)
The abbreviated form of a type of judge (in a sporting contest) followed by (has) the letter that represents nothing all inserted into (to hide in) a single word for that place.
15a Implicit message, obvious one (8)
A synonym of obvious (as in clear) and ONE from the clue.
20a Meat market: drain running back alongside one (8)
A four letter synonym of market and a verbal synonym of drain (energy perhaps) all reversed (running back) and then followed by (alongside) the letter used to indicate one (as a number).
24a Animal in shock, by the sound of it? (4)
One of the homophones (by the sound of it) of a synonym of shock (the illustration should help – the other homophone, not hinted by me, is 6a.
27a Set including rosemary and basil originally in, say — here? (4,6)
A Russian doll charade – a synonym of set (as in cure) containing (including) the first letters (originally) of Rosemary and Basil themselves contained by (in) the two letter Latin abbreviation used for say.
29a Letters sent out after backing of rule in place of financial dealings (4,6)
An anagram (sent out) of LETTERS placed after the reversal (backing) of a synonym of rule.
1d Deliver container for fruit, perhaps? (4)
A double definition – the first is a verbal synonym of deliver (in cricket).
4d In honour of a police operation, raising one’s glass (8)
Written (2,1,5), a word for in honour of, A from the clue, and a type of police operation.
7d Get a little sweet (7)
A synonym of get (a prize) and a single word for a little.
8d Cut red line, not squiggly (10)
An anagram (squiggly) of RED LINE, NOT – exactly what I am having for Sunday dinner today.
14d Power on train affected, without a doubt (3,7)
A synonym of power followed by (on) an anagram (affected) of TRAIN.
17d Writer’s piece screened by channel, might one finish another off? (8)
Part of a writing implement (writer’s piece) contained (screened) by a (navigable) channel – one of Dada’s favourites as I have used this illustration at least twice before.
25d Bird in flight on knife-edge, rising (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . . rising) found in three words in the clue – ditto on my use of the illustration.
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This is the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus, part of which was borrowed and used as the theme for the BBC drama series The Onedin Line in the 1970s which explains why the ‘slide show’ has a nautical theme rather than illustrating the exploits of a slave who led an uprising against the Romans in 72 BC (or thereabouts):