Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3118 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had some, but not enough, welcome rain. We have also had three or four days of Air Quality Alerts caused by drifting smoke from more than 130 wild fires in Manitoba and more in NW Ontario. When the sun was visible through the smoke haze it was an orange disc; it reminded me of my four visits to Beijing seven years ago.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is somewhat quirky today and he seems to have used his personal thesaurus a couple or more times. At least, he just about redeemed himself on The Battle. I counted eight anagrams (four partials), two lurkers (none reversed), and two homophones – all in an asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 12a, 23a, and 16d.
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.
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Some hints follow:
7a Grating, where scattering of dirt sent (8)
We start with an anagram (scattering) of DIRT SENT – ‘where’ appears to be nothing more than ‘padding’.
11a Perfect drama Eliot conjured up (6-4)
An anagram (conjured up) of DRAMA ELIOT.
12a Writer of examination for dog (6)
A double definition – the first is the ‘creator’ of the examination not the person who is being ‘examined.’
17a Lighten lingerie originally in maroon (6)
The first letter (originally) of Lingerie inserted into in a synonym of maroon (as in to isolate on a remote island?).
20a Battle beyond party, that’s clear (8)
A famous battle placed after (beyond) the abbreviated form of a (political) party.
23a Cut material, fixed amount (10)
A four letter type of material and a single word for a fixed amount (or helping).
26a Ignore frantic second cry of parachutist (8)
An anagram (frantic) of IGNORE and the two letter abbreviated form of a synonym of second (in time) – I would really like to know if parachutists really do cry this as they leave the aircraft, perhaps Dada tried parachuting and he did.
1d Dark without famous people? (8)
A synonym for a type of famous person (rather than famous people) then add a suffix which would create a single word for being without famous people.
2d Old Briton selected for audition? (4)
One of the homophones (for audition) of a synonym of selected – the other homophone not hinted by me is 22a.
4d America in song for party (8)
The three letters often used for America contained by (in) a type of song (think Christmas in particular).
8d Whatever it’s called requires a bit of strength in gymnastics (6)
One of the lurkers (requires a bit of) found in three words in the clue – the other lurker not hinted by me is 21d.
16d Mark and Don trained raider (8)
A (punctuation) mark and an anagram (trained) of DON.
19d Spelling nigh impossible, old flame claimed (6)
An anagram (impossible) of NIGH containing (claimed) the two letters often used to indicate an old flame.
24d Refuse boat (4)
A double definition to finish – the first depends on pronunciation and the second is illustrated below.
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I think this is the Quick Crossword pun, but remember as an on-line solver I do not get the benefit of italicised clues:
ROWS + GUARD + INNING = ROSE GARDENING
In response to King George I’s request for a concert on the River Thames, George Frideric Handel composed a collection of orchestral movements, The Water Music, often published as three suites. It was first performed 304 years and 8 days ago on July 17, 1717. Perhaps the most easily recognised movement is the Alla Hornpipe from the (second) Suite in D major (HWV 349). Here it is being played by the Festspiel Orchester Göttingen: