Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3121 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had some rain, somewhere between 30mm and 40mm but a mere drop in the bucket compared to what we actually need, then a couple of strange days which started off with single digit temperatures, and now we are back in the 30s!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada is quirky this week with his personal thesaurus in use again – but 17a should be a ‘write in’ for just about everybody. I counted six 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 – 17a, 3d, 16d, and 17d.
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 Error’s back due to a false display of data (4-3)
The last letter (‘s back) of erroR followed by an anagram (false) of DUE TO A.
11a Frightening figure in bank after vehicle impounded in half a tick? (9)
A three letter synonym of bank placed after all of a three letter vehicle which has been inserted into (impounded in) half of a single word for a tick (of time).
13a Greek character is absent in this Greek letter (5)
Delete (absent in) IS from THis and follow what remains with a Greek letter to give another Greek letter (character).
14a Massage round edges of brow, vigorously (7)
An anagram (vigorously) of all of ROUND and the first and last letters (edges) of BroW.
19a Cat hair covering wig, trimmed at the front (7)
A lock of hair containing wIG with the first letter removed (trimmed at the front).
27a Pick up figure in lift (7)
A single word for pick up (as in the use of the otic organ) followed by a three letter figure (as in numeral).
28a Life earnings originally spent (7)
A synonym of earnings (not necessarily from employment) with the first letter removed (originally spent).
1d First of nails pulled from gift fixed earlier (6)
A synonym of gift which includes the first letter of Nails which has to be removed (pulled from).
3d About to fill in puzzle, jumbo, say (3,7)
The two letter term for about inserted into (to fill in) a three letter verbal synonym of puzzle (which we have seen before) followed by a synonym of jumbo.
4d OK in the main, others way different (9)
An anagram (different) of OTHERS WAY.
6d Mexican, say, in Lisbon, Italian heading north (6)
The reversed lurker (in . . . heading north) found in two words in the clue – the lurker, not hinted by me, is 7d.
15d Lovely sense of humour, feature required in request (10)
A three letter term for sense of humour and a four letter (facial) feature all inserted into (required in) a synonym of request.
18d Phone signal gone in outskirts of Tadcaster, unfortunately (8)
An anagram (unfortunately) of all of GONE IN and the first and last letters (outskirts) of TadcasteR.
23d I become faint after lifting skirt (4)
I from the clue and a three letter term for become faint all reversed (after lifting).
25d Bear: little one ending in cave (4)
A three letter term for little one and the last letter of (ending in) cavE.
Quick Crossword pun:
THYME + PEACE = TIMEPIECE
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A probably lesser known work by Igor Stravinsky, Scherzo à la Russe, originally written as part of a film score in 1944 after he had moved to the USA in 1939. When the film project was aborted, Stravinsky decided to re-orchestrate it as a jazz piece for the Paul Whiteman Band. Then, Stravinsky decided to arrange it again in 1945 for symphony orchestra for it to be published and premiered in 1946 at San Francisco. I came across it as the closing bars of the Main Theme are often used in a CBC Radio music programme as ‘filler,’ with some Classical DJ (if there is such a thing) voice over, leading up to an ‘on the hour’ News Bulletin. This is a particularly good rendition by The President’s Own United States Marine Corps Band, and, yes, the ending is very abrupt: