Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3125 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on Friday night, we had a thunderstorm with some welcome, but not enough, rain. Meanwhile, in the early hours of yesterday, Hurricane Larry ‘hit’ the city of St John’s and the surrounding area of SE Newfoundland – fortunately, no casualties, just downed trees and power outages, etc. So, I wonder what Larry’s, or its remnants, next landfall might be in, say, a week’s, plus or minus a couple of days, time?
Keep staying safe everyone.
Quirky! I counted four anagrams (no partials), one lurker, and two homophones (one partial) – 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 – 12a, 21a, 17d, and 18d.
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 Put to death, one died, canonised apparently? (6)
ONE from the clue and the single letter for died preceded by the two letter abbreviation that indicates canonisation.
5a Reportedly, sovereign power knocked for six (6)
Not a crickety clue! A homophone (reportedly) of a single word to indicate sovereign power.
11a Inexperienced magician with no time for London Town (9)
A (colourful) synonym of inexperienced and a (female) magician with the single letter for time removed (with no) – now, whether the answer meets the definition could be up for discussion.
12a Look at Pakistan’s opener in cricket, for example? (7)
Another not a crickety clue! The first letter (opener) of Pakistan in what a cricket is an example of in the animal kingdom.
14a Leaders cutting advantage (4,5)
This begins as (5,4) – a synonym of leaders and a synonym of cutting (as in taste?).
21a Wine drunk by little man before daylight (7)
A (very) generic type of wine contained (drunk) by the illustrated little man.
25a Restriction after period of time for entrance (9)
A type of restriction (which one might find oneself in) placed after a single word for a (nonspecific) period of time.
28a Cad knocked over, achieve objective (6)
A synonym of cad reversed (knocked over) and a synonym of achieve.
2d Flags prepared, raised round Ireland (5)
A three letter synonym of prepared reversed (raised) containing (round) two letters for Ireland (which is not its IVR code).
4d Figure like playground chaser (5)
A three letter synonym of like and the two letter term for the ‘chaser’ in a playground game – so, not The Beast or The Governess, etc.
6d Clean water in several houses (5)
The lurker (houses) found in three words in the clue.
9d Corny as Lancashire, perhaps? (6)
An adjectival term for a dairy product that can come from Lancashire (perhaps).
15d Disbelief at fitting in puzzle pieces (9)
AT from the clue containing (fitting in) a type of (labyrinthine?) puzzle and a plural term for the illustrated piece at 21a.
17d Aficionado hosting fashionable banker (9)
A seven letter aficionado containing the two letter synonym of fashionable.
20d Canopy in street, fabricated (6)
We have seen this before, but not for some time as far as I am aware – an anagram (fabricated) of STREET.
24d Jog is good to take part in altogether (5)
The single letter for good inserted into (to take part) a single work for in (the) altogether.
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):
PACE + TREES = PASTRIES
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Another fine example of the versatility of the UK’s Military Musicians – Lance Corporals Hannah Smither and Kirsty Haines of the Royal Marines Band Service performing The Flower Duet from French composer Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé (which some of you may recognise from a British Airways commercial sometime in the 1980s):