Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3114 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we achieved the Province’s vaccination target for the first phase of reopening a week early, 70%+ of all Manitobans age 12 and above to have received their 1st vaccination dose, and 25%+ to have received their 2nd vaccination dose, so, yesterday, we cautiously ‘first phase reopened’ a week early. Yours truly made a contribution by having my second shot on Tuesday and in 9 days time I can apply for my ‘Vaccination Card’ (not a passport!).
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, having ‘gone quirky’ last week, Dada is staying quirky this week. I counted three anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones – all in a symmetric 30 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 27a, 2d, and 6d.
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 A tome then awfully shabby (4-5)
We start with a relatively straightforward anagram (awfully) of A TOME THEN.
10a Queen inside of hive back in capital city (6)
The last Stuart monarch followed by the inside letters of hIVe all reversed (back).
14a Literary group unravels in recital? (6)
The first homophone (in recital) of a synonym of unravels.
17a Rest in Munich, in Germany (5)
The lurker (in) found in three words in the clue – the reversed lurker not hinted by me is 3d.
21a Bird is away from this fly (6)
THis from the clue with IS deleted (away from) and a synonym of fly.
24a A hormone, something orbiting larger body (8)
A from the clue and a type of hormone – this is a case of all ******** are hormones, but not all hormones are ********.
27a Feline in pool? (5)
A double definition – the second may relate to a pool as a form of (perhaps informal) wagering.
28a Air even circulating around article stuffed in crack (9)
An anagram (circulating) of EVEN containing (around) all of one of the indefinite articles inserted into (stuffed in) a synonym of crack (as in ‘having a go’?).
1d Get lost, as might bunny? (3,2)
An expression which may reflect how a bunny moves.
2d Tempestuous, when your trousers down (8)
An archaic synonym of your contains (trousers) a synonym of down (when is just ‘padding’) – clue of the day!
4d Streak narcissistic, by the sound of it? (4)
The second homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of narcissistic.
6d Drinking house left, I lost out (9)
Lego time! A three letter drinking house (or establishment), the single letter for Left, I from the clue, and synonym of lost.
13d This person inspired by extremes of minimalist artist (5)
A three alternative to the perpendicular pronoun when referring to ‘this person’ inserted into (inspired by) the first and last letters (extremes) of MinimalisT.
17d Popular culture of the 1980s, in spring (3-3)
An informal synonym of in (as in fashionable) and a synonym of spring (as a movement).
20d Dozens and dozens work around hospital department (6)
A three letter verbal synonym of work containing (around) our favourite hospital department.
25d River Plate originally measuring many fathoms? (4)
A three letter river name, of which there are four in Great Britain, and the first letter (originally) of Plate.
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Canadian pianist/composer Frank Mills is 79 today. He is probably most well known for his composition from 1974 which features an arpeggiated piano theme in C-sharp major (enharmonic to D-flat major) designed to resemble a music box (I am sure that there are some musicologists out there who can explain that to us, although arpeggio did appear in a crossword recently):