Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3122 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, at the beginning of the week, I completed reading Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy – three volumes of his expert ‘weaving’ of fictional characters into real events from the 1910s up to the 1980s.
Keep staying safe everyone.
I’ll let you decide how Dada ‘is’ this week; all I will say is thank goodness I only had to solve half of the puzzle to be able to write the hints
I counted five anagrams (two partials), no lurkers, 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 – 14a, 2d, 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:
9a I’m leaving you symbolically beside a drop (5)
How you might be represented by a single letter (symbolically) placed after (beside) A from the clue and a synonym(?) of drop.
10a Asian in Asia went off with European (9)
An anagram (off) of ASIA WENT followed by (with) the single letter for European.
14a Elaborate alcoholic drink with tea is brewed (9)
A term for (a measure of) an alcoholic drink (often accompanied by wee) and (with) an anagram (brewed) of TEA IS.
16a West Country produce, Cornish-made, ever churned? (10,5)
An anagram (churned) of CORNISH-MADE, EVER.
21a Master, teacher holding me back (5)
A three letter (university) teacher containing (holding) ME from the clue reversed (back).
27a Chapels in gold attended by a group of members in blue? (9)
Heraldic gold followed (attended) by A from the clue and the alternative name for the members of the ‘blue’ party in UK politics – this example is in Montréal.
28a A poetic pattern in progress (5)
A from the clue and a term for a division of a line of poetry (poetic pattern) – straight from the BRB.
1d Smack insect from below (4)
A type of insect reversed (from below).
3d Very quick human, one entering draw shortly (10)
All of a synonym of (a) human and the single letter for one inserted into (entering) a synonym of draw with the last letter removed (shortly).
7d Secured by peg, trousers put on (8)
The brand name of some (denim) trousers contained (secured) by a synonym of peg (as used by golfers).
8d Old European with maiden featured in great news broadcast (4,6)
The single letter for a crickety maiden contained by (featured in) an anagram (broadcast) of GREAT NEWS.
13d Rubbish swimmer’s huge impact (10)
The swimmer including the possessive S that used to be the reason for ‘going to war’ with Iceland and a single word for huge impact.
17d English mathematician has claimed one in America on another planet? (8)
A ‘Russian doll’ charade – the English mathematician (of the illustrated diagram) containing (has claimed) all of the single letter for one inserted into (in) the three letters for America.
18d Feeling good, fastener finally accessing joint, lock securing device (4,4)
A three letter type of feeling, the single letter for Good, and the last letter (finally) of fastener all inserted into (accessing) one of the joints in our bodies.
26d Take out something sticky (4)
Thank goodness, after all that, a relatively straightforward double definition to finish – the something sticky is illustrated.
Quick Crossword pun:
BRAT + WORST = BRATWURST
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Military musicians are very talented and have to be proficient on more than one instrument. To recognise its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Corps of Army Music released a series of music videos to showcase some of the talent within British Army music. This video features Lance Corporal Adrian Calef, principal cellist of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, which was formed on April 1st, 2014, performing one of his own compositions, New Day: