Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3115 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where after several days in the middle/high 30s we are supposed to cool down (relatively speaking) to the middle/high 20s.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, even with two or three oldies but goodies, Dada is staying quirky this week, and is retaining the same grid as last Sunday, with, perhaps, an unindicated Americanism and a clue that might get our Don Quixote out looking for a windmill. I counted six anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (none 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, 17d, and18d (because of the trouble it caused me).
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 Intricate mosaic, but very tiny (9)
An anagram (intricate) of MOSAIC BUT.
10a Wacky winger (6)
A double definition – the second is a (feathered) winger that is too lazy(?) when it comes to building a nest.
11a Butcher hit rope holding lamb’s head, where chopper comes down (8)
An anagram (butcher) of HIT ROPE containing (holding) the first letter (head) of Lamb.
12a South Asian region where boy meets girl (6)
A three letter diminutive of a boy’s (or man’s) name and a three letter synonym of girl.
18a Plant animals rejected (4)
An animal or animals where the plural is the same as the singular (not needing a pluralising S) reversed (rejected).
21a Tackle composer on the radio? (6)
The first homophone (on the radio) of a German composer (who is buried in Westminster Abbey).
24a American friend attending a trial in capital city (8)
A three letter diminutive of an American friend placed before (attending) A from the clue and a synonym of trial gives a city (which used to be two cities on opposite banks of a river).
28a Brilliant throw covering pitch (9)
A synonym of throw containing (covering) a verbal(?) synonym of pitch.
1d Line in letter read out? (5)
The second homophone (read out) of the sound of a letter (of the alphabet) – I wonder if they are waiting for a Covid vaccination.
3d Performance extremely numbing, I’m heading for the exit! (2,4)
A type of performance (performed by one individual) and the first and last letters (extremely) of NumbinG.
5d Smart, salesman dressing up (6)
Our favourite three letter salesman and a type of dressing all reversed (up).
9d Protein gel with nut spread (6)
An anagram (spread) of GEL and (with) NUT
17d Author and pool player? (6)
A double definition – the first is the surname of an author who lived in a house named Hill Top.
18d Round sweet (4-4)
The bête noire of the puzzle for me – a double definition (I think) – the first is probably no longer PC and the sweet is a pudding and I refer you to the illustration below.
20d Clever article in the main (6)
One of the indefinite articles inserted into (in) an informal synonym of the main (as in ocean).
25d In effect, a permanent record (4)
One of the lurkers (in) found in three words in the clue – the other lurker, not hinted by me is 13d.
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One of the leading Italian composers of the early 20th century, Ottorino Respighi is well known for a five movement suite for a small orchestra entitled Gli Uccelli (The Birds). This is the Prelude which some of your may recognise as the theme music for the BBC antiques quiz show Going for a Song broadcast from 1965 to 1977: