Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3113 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the Province’s reopening plan could be under threat from the Delta variant – it seems that I have heard of that happening elsewhere.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada’s ‘gone quirky’ today, especially in his choice of anagram indicators. I counted four anagrams (no partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and no homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 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 – 17a, 28a, and 15d.
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:
8a Further belligerent action entertained by US president (7)
A three letter term for belligerent action contained (entertained) by a US President (who was the fifth one never to be elected as President).
11a Train seen going off the rails, seriously (2,7)
An anagram (going off the rails) of TRAIN SEEN.
12a Piano: one for each musician (5)
The single letter for piano (when used as a musical term for soft or softly), the letter that represents (the Roman numeral for) one, and the three letter preposition equivalent to for each.
17a This promise kept by irascible fox (9,6)
A synonym of promise (promise made, ********* given) contained (kept) by a synonym of irascible and a synonym(?) of fox (as in confuse?).
19a Semi-precious mineral that’s terrible put back in container (7)
A four letter synonym of terrible reversed (put back) and inserted into (in) a type of container (especially for two types of warm liquids).
27a Russian dynasty with country in range, dropping back (7)
Cruciverbalists’ favourite ME country inserted into (in) a verbal synonym of range with the last letter removed (dropping back).
28a Bird has fight after fight (7)
A verbal fight placed after a term for a pugilistic practice fight.
1d Where one could be at work, away from work cooler! (6)
A three letter term for away from work and a type of cooler.
3d Step in road when buggy backed (10)
An anagram (when buggy) of STEP IN ROAD.
4d Articulate team in the US (9)
A synonym of articulate and a synonym of team.
7d Stir Scottish dish (8)
A double definition – the first relates to ‘being inside.’
15d Inform about a communist agreement that’s fair (6,4)
A synonym of inform containing (about) all of A from the clue and a three letter term for communist.
17d Spade perhaps gathering up most of box, food container? (8)
(A) spade as one of fifty-two (perhaps) containing (gathering) all of UP from the clue and BOx with the last letter removed (most of).
23d Glass fallen, smashed, though not entirely (4)
The lurker (though, not entirely) found in two words in the clue – the reversed lurker not hinted by me is 20d.
25d Relative fool (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is a ‘pet name’ for an older relative.
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In Manitoba, the Summer Solstice occurs at 10:31 pm this evening, close enough for government work in my book. One of Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works is the suite of four concerti known as The Four Seasons. If you can get past the first concerto, in particular its first movement, you get to the first movement, Allegro non molto, of the second concerto, Summer, played here by The Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra based in Tromsø and Bodø, Norway: