Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3126 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, unlike some other Provinces, Manitoba is more or less ‘holding its own’ against the Fourth Wave with the majority of new cases occurring in a region that has the lowest vaccination rate where the residents presently prefer to rely on Ivermectin, a horse de-wormer (absolutely true), and most of the other bogus remedies coming from our Southern neighbours.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, this was quite hard work and not a lot of fun, a lot of geography and I counted six anagrams (four partials), three lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones – 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.
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 Moment back (6)
A reasonably straightforward double definition to start – the first is a moment in time.
10a Fish isn’t swimming, ashen in Florida? (8)
An anagram (swimming) of ISN’T and a synonym of ashen (as spelt) in Florida or anywhere else South of the 49th Parallel, or Alaska, or Hawaii.
13a Directors twiddling thumbs, reportedly? (5)
One of the homophones (reportedly) of a term that might indicate that the only thing that one has to do is to twiddle one’s thumbs.
17a Lacking good judgment, mad using dinner to welcome leader of Conservatives (12)
An anagram (mad) of USING DINNER containing (to welcome) the first letter (leader) of Conservatives – a ‘slightly ugly’ word for me which I did find in the BRB eventually.
20a Painting, say, expression of enjoyment in hold, performing acrobatics (12)
What painting can be considered a type of (say) and a four letter expression of enjoyment (on a fairground ride?) all contained by (in) a synonym of hold – now one of our young ladies can do ‘the splits,’ I wonder if she can do this as well.
23a US state without a hope’s captured (4)
One of the lurkers (captured) found in three words in the clue.
28a Cooler hugs with energy in dance (8)
A type of cooler contains (hugs) a synonym for with then this is followed by a synonym of energy.
31a Hard work, an advertising phrase (6)
A four letter term I would have used to describe my experience with this puzzle if it was not part of the answer to this clue and AN from the clue.
1d Tidy tree aloft (6,2)
A type of (coniferous) tree and a two letter synonym of aloft.
2d Bill’s partner has carried peer around a US state (8)
A ‘Russian Doll’ charade, a three letter term that ‘partners’ with bill when considering intimacy between lovers containing (has carried) a peer (of the realm) which itself contains (around) A from the clue.
5d Pub with ale gone unfortunately, last of bitter drunk (8,4)
An anagram (unfortunately of WITH ALE GONE containing (drunk) the last (letter) of bitteR.
8d Two articles supporting chap in South American country (6)
Two indefinite articles placed after (supporting) a synonym of chap gives a (Commonwealth) country in South America.
11d Place above hand for last stretch (4,8)
A (domiciliary) type of place placed before (above) a type of hand (in a card game).
19d African eating crusts on pasty, remarkably (8)
An anagram (remarkably) of EATING and the outer letters (crusts) of PastY.
22d Loud weapon standard, by the sound of it? (6)
The other homophone (by the sound of it) of a type of (ecclesiastical) standard.
27d Those eventually attacked, lowering heads, duck (4)
Something simple to finish, well I think it is, the initial letters (heads) of four words in the clue.
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):
STAIR + AISLE = STERILE
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Meteorologists, at least those in North America, believe, and would have us believe, that Autumn started on the 1st of this month, while Astronomically it actually begins on this coming Wednesday the 22nd. So, close enough for government work, this is the first movement Allegro of the third Concerto of that well known Suite by Tony V: