Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3117 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, as a two dose vaccinee, I now have several ‘freedoms,’ but masks are still de rigeur, such as being able to go to the cinema – if only there were some decent films to go and see . . .
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is somewhat benevolent again this week although I do have quite a large Hmm on 21a. I counted four anagrams (one partial), 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 – 5a, 15a, 3d, and 8d.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Wife ready to answer question in practice (4-2)
The single letter for Wife and how one might indicate being ready to answer a question (especially in school).
9a Stupid, happy band (10)
A synonym of happy (as used in the title of a well-known play) and a synonym of band.
12a Symbols: children carrying them briefly (6)
A four letter synonym of children (remember it needs to be plural) containing (carrying) a shortened (briefly) informal version of them.
15a Home in tree guarded by blessed good Lord! (8)
A type of home in a tree contained (guarded) by a synonym of blessed.
19a Way a little torpedo moves backwards (4)
The reversed lurker (a little . . . backwards) found in two words in the clue – the forward lurker not hinted by me is 22d.
21a Artist in Somme trench, virtually? (6)
A (3,4) term that could be considered to be a Somme trench with the last letter of the second word deleted (virtually) – a big Hmm for probably Mr Halpern’s worst clue ever – even the ? at the end does not ‘save’ it for me.
26a Value of prose for poet? (10)
A descriptive nounal synonym for prose and a synonym of value.
28a Latest tip embraced by judge (6)
A synonym of tip contained (embraced) by a verbal synonym of judge.
2d Nothing out, it’s inferred, drained (3,2)
A double definition – the second considers exhaustion.
5d Put the flags out, with pattern done another way (5,3,4,3)
An anagram (another way) of WITH PATTERN DONE.
8d On your bike, drained, hurried to aeroplane (9)
A five letter term equivalent to on your bike and a synonym of drained (perhaps in terms of an old medical treatment).
14d Sour fruit, half of plum eaten by two animals (4-5)
The first half of PLum contained (eaten) by a marine decapod crustacean and a primate (two animals).
16d Signalling plan, heroes excited about that (9)
A three letter plan (or chart) contained (about that) by an anagram (excited) of HEROES.
20d Wow, group stays part of this? (6)
A three letter informal interjection equivalent to wow and a three letter synonym of group.
24d Known — as is music? (5)
A double definition(?) – the second is how music is written down.
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Martha Reeves, American R&B and pop singer and former politician, she served on the Detroit City Council, is 80 years young today. Here she is with The Vandellas with their signature song Dancing in the Streets. However judging by some of the ‘long faces’ in the audience it looks as if a ‘Covid-like’ lockdown has just been announced: