Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3119 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it continues to be hot and dry with air quality alerts as the wild fires continue to the North and East of us. This might be a holiday weekend but, because of Covid, it is difficult to differentiate a ‘special’ weekend from all the rest.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is staying quirky this week, especially with the four 15 letter clues, only one of which includes a partial anagram. I counted four anagrams (one partial), one lurker (reversed), and no homophones – all in a symmetric 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 – 13a, 20a, 3d, and 5d – which you might notice are the four long ‘uns.
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:
8a Isle, a state (4)
A three letter abbreviated form of an English island followed by A from the clue.
12a You’ve done well: first violin lesson? (4,1,3)
What a music teacher may say at the start of a first violin lesson?
13a Become very angry when pest released from grip? (3,3,3,6)
A three letter type of pest (often in the kitchen?), a three term letter term for released from, and a (3,6) nounal term for grip including a definite article.
15a Is one charged for crime? (7)
A double definition – the second is a type of violent crime.
20a Lacking position, though (15)
A perhaps slightly clumsy, or even quirky, (3,4) way of saying lacking and a synonym of position (in an organisation?).
25a Leader is between king and a queen (6)
IS from the clue placed between the single letter for King in that board game, A from the clue, and HM’s regnal cypher.
28a Long river in Israel I navigate the wrong way (4)
The reversed lurker (in . . . the wrong way) found in three words in the clue.
1d Possible reason for extra head on everyone (2,4)
A crickety clue to start the Downs – a three letter informal synonym of head placed before (on) a three letter synonym of everyone.
3d Initially up that tree, pals etc playing (2,3,5,5)
A (2,3,3) synonymic phrase for up that tree (a type of conifer) followed by an anagram (playing) of PALS ETC.
5d Fashion presenter in rambling hypocrite! (4,4,7)
It might help if you consider the answer as (4,3’1,7) – a four letter synonym of fashion, followed by a four letter (TV?) presenter inserted into (in) a synonym of rambling (as exercise?).
6d Cook particular course, speciality (6)
A two letter synonym of cook and a particular course (as part of a meal?).
19d Overwhelming disaster, it arising to obscure source of light in the morning (7)
IT from the clue reversed (arising) containing (to obscure) all of our source of daylight and the two letters used for in the morning.
21d Top of wall that is hardest to jump over? (6)
The first letter (top) of Wall and the unabbreviated form of the Latin term for that is.
24d Capital of Turkmenistan erased from geography book, woe is me! (4)
The first letter (capital) of Turkmenistan removed (erased) from the geography book named after this chap.
Quick Crossword pun:
PRINTS + CHAR + MING = PRINCE CHARMING
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Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor Paul Anka celebrate his 80th birthday on Friday. Here he is performing one of his compositions that he wrote for Frank Sinatra, English lyrics set to the music of the French song Comme d’habitude composed and written by French songwriters Claude François and Jacques Revaux: