Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3116 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on Tuesday and almost 4 weeks early, we reached the August 1st vaccinations target, 75% one dose, 50% two doses, to ‘activate’ the second level of re-opening which will be announced in the next few days.
Now for some trivia – two Sundays ago (ST 3114) there was a clue (25d) that required a river to be ‘guessed’. In my hint I said that there were four rivers in GB with the required name and illustrated the hint with this picture:
As Cryptic Sue told us on Wednesday, the river is the DEE, but which one of the four Rivers Dee in GB is in the illustration? The answer is after the hints.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, except for 18d, Dada is somewhat benevolent this week with a sprinkling of oldies but goodies one of which, as I recall, is a homophone that has caused considerable discussion in the past. I counted four anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and three homophones – all in a symmetric 32 clues; you won’t find me as generous as Tilsit was yesterday as I have provided 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid from which you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 24a, 6d, and 20d.
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:
1a Opening bit for spokesperson (10)
The singular facial opening and a synonym of bit.
11a New leaf let go in French bean (9)
An anagram (new) of LEAF LET GO.
12a Lecturer boarding cutter, forgiving type (8)
A university lecturer inserted into (boarding) a synonym of cutter (as in cutting vegetables?).
15a Two rugby union teams perhaps imbibing swiftly initially — as this? (7)
Some simple arithmetic – the total of two rugby union teams (perhaps and those on the pitch at any one time) containing (imbibing) the first letter (initially) of Swiftly.
19a Spectacle seeing insect on leaf (7)
A type of three letter insect placed after (on) on a type of leaf (found in a book).
24a For example, fine writer is into beer (8)
A type of writer (as in writing implement) followed by IS from the clue inserted into a type of beer.
28a Base failing, reportedly? (5)
That homophone (reportedly) of a nounal synonym of failing.
30a Some printed text allowed by Queen in the public notice (10)
A three letter synonym of allowed, HM’s regnal cipher inserted into (in) THE from the clue, and a two letter abbreviated form of a public notice.
1d Duck caught by male grouse (4)
The letter that represents a crickety duck inserted into (caught by) a three letter synonym of male.
3d Picked up by the ears, number of cows, it’s said (5)
A homophone (it’s said) of a term for a number of cows – the third homophone not hinted by me is 22a.
5d Burnt fish, like snapper say? (7)
A freshwater fish (of the salmon family) and a descriptive term often used with (like) snapper (as another type of fish).
9d Sew name originally on right shirt or trousers, say? (8)
An anagram (originally) of SEW NAME before (on) the single letter for right – I can’t recall seeing originally as an anagram indicator before.
14d Corking line about conversion of pope (10)
A type of line (used for tying items) containing (about) an anagram (conversion) of POPE.
18d French novelist’s sound rock (9)
The surname, including the possessive S, of a male pseudonym adopted by the illustrated 19th century female French novelist and a synonym of sound.
23d Half came, one in twelve descended from French colonists (5)
Half of CAme from the clue and the abbreviated form of one in twelve (in a year).
26d Some bar I drank dry! (4)
The lurker (some) found in three words in the clue – the reversed lurker not hinted by me is 29a.
Trivia answer – The picture is the manmade Horseshoe Falls, near Llantysilio Hall (Llangollen) in Denbighshire, on the River Dee that rises in Snowdonia and flows through Chester into the Irish Sea in an estuary between Wales and the Wirral Peninsula.
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Staying with the TV theme theme, part of the fifth movement, Allegro Giusto, of the Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 by Franz Schubert, popularly known, in English, as The Trout Quintet, was used as the theme music for the BBC sitcom Waiting for God that ran on BBC1 from 1990 to 1994. Here is the complete fifth movement: