Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3124 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are awaiting the full onset of a fourth wave.
Keep staying safe everyone.
Another puzzle where I will reserve judgement (with an ‘e’ notice). I counted five anagrams (three partials), one crickety clue (not hinted by me), two lurkers, and two homophones (not hinted by me, but the indicators are reasonably obvious) – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 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:
1a Opening plan (5)
A double definition to start – the first is illustrated.
11a Up the creek, where fox lives? (2,1,4)
Another double definition – the second is a generic location of where a fox lives, hence the ‘?’ at the end of the clue, rather than the normal three letter term.
13a European city in Antwerp or Toulouse (5)
The first lurker (in) found in three words in the clue.
17a Good speller? Just gory method, unfortunately (5,9)
A synonym of just followed by an anagram (unfortunately) of GORY METHOD.
19a Keep food for sandwiches (5,3,6)
Another double definition (better than a ton of insertions and containments I suppose) – the first relates to basic necessities.
23a Boot in source of water, soggy in the end (5)
A four letter source of water followed by the last letter (in the end) of soggY.
27a Clear something viscous that’s blocked crack (7)
A three letter viscous product inserted into (that’s blocked) a synonym of crack.
30a Churchgoers not wholly in European city (5)
A six letter collective noun for churchgoers with the last letter removed (not wholly).
1d Something else, stolen goods? (3,5)
Another double definition – the second is more obvious than the first.
2d Is this writer fired up about British capital? (7)
IS from the clue, the perpendicular pronoun that represents this writer, and a three letter synonym of fired all reversed (up) containing (about) the single letter for British – yes, it’s that capital.
5d I’d find a girl, out to save boy, modest (4,2,8)
An anagram (out) of I’D FIND A GIRL containing (to save) one of RD’s irritatingly ‘vague’ boys.
7d Moving one book up, only covers seen on volume (7)
The single letter that represents one and a synonym of book all reversed (up) followed by the first and last letters (only covers seen on) of VolumE
9d Fashionable, irrational surrealist painters acting as if related (2,4,8)
The two letter synonym of fashionable, a four letter slang, perhaps US, synonym for irrational, and an anagram (surrealist) of PAINTERS.
18d Republican visiting a state — this one? (8)
The single letter for Republican inserted into (visiting) the combination of A from the clue and a US state results in another US state.
22d Rare shot taken in pyjamas, sexy (5)
The second lurker (taken in) found in two words in the clue – strictly speaking, the last letter of the answer should be accented – it is in the BRB.
26d Fund set up for ring (4)
A type of fund, perhaps associated with a workplace lottery, reversed (set up).
Quick Crossword pun (if there is a third word indicated in the dead tree version of the Quickie, please let me know in a comment):
HAIR + WRING = HERRING
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Leroy Anderson was an American composer well known for short, light concert pieces. One of his best known works is The Typewriter, which features an actual typewriter as a percussion instrument, composed and first performed in the early 1950s. This rendition is by the Brandenburger Symphoniker at a concert in Brandenburg in 2012: