Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3128 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Mother Nature seems to have forgotten that Autumn has begun and we have been enjoying record breaking temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, although I am not so sure about the accompanying record breaking ‘feels like’ from high humidities.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada approaching benevolence with a puzzle of two halves, less complicated in the NE and more complicated in the SW and a first word in the Quickie Pun I had never heard of clued as ‘Blue-green paint (4)’ for those who have not seen the Quick puzzle. I counted a generous seven anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (both reversed), and two homophones (one partial) – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 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, 6d, 9d, and 25d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Award for second fiddle announced after brass (6,5)
A homophone (announced) of fiddle placed after a type of brass (as an informal synonym of money).
10a Follow the track when he has departed (5)
The from the clue with he deleted (when he has departed) and a term for (a piece of) track.
12a It sure rattles carrying tea service! (9)
An anagram (rattles) of IT SURE containing (carrying) a synonym of tea (as a drink).
14a Hidden pavilion in Los Angeles? (6)
A type of (temporary?) pavilion placed after the two letter abbreviation for Los Angeles – so, by placing the pavilion after Los Angeles the ‘in’ becomes superfluous.
23a A motive lacking in each crime (5)
A from the clue and a synonym of motive with the deletion (lacking in) of the abbreviated form of each.
26a Restriction in first of colours, light blue (9)
The first (letter) of Colours, a type of light(ing appliance), and a synonym of blue (when feeling sad).
28a Moving target I pass in events for young men (4,7)
An anagram (moving) of TARGET I PASS.
2d Raised in Africa, a significant biblical figure (5)
One of the reversed lurkers (raised in) found in three words of the clue.
4d Country, one moving fast, by the sound of it? (6)
A homophone (by the sound of it) of a single word for (some)one moving fast.
6d Desert with a river in middle of Qatar (7)
A from the clue and the illustrated river all inserted into in the middle letters of Qatar.
8d Priceless work Somalian lost (4,4)
An anagram (lost) of SOMALIAN.
15d Various patterns in area crossing nave (8)
An anagram (various) of PATTERNS.
19d Seed with long head (4,3)
A synonym of long (as in desire) and an informal synonym of head.
25d Small tree, old as it happens (5)
The single letter for old and a single term for as it happens (in a TV broadcast?).
Quick Crossword Pun:
BICE + SICKLE = BICYCLE
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Gustav Holst was Director of Music at St Paul’s School for Girls, in London, from 1905 until he died in 1930, although he did seem to have very liberal terms of employment at St Paul’s as he was doing plenty of other things while he held that post including being an ambulance driver in WW1. In 1913, he composed the St Paul’s Suite for the school and here is the final, The Dargason: Allegro, of four movements being performed by the New Sinfonia, conducted by Robert Guy, at the 2020 North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph’s Cathedral, South of Rhyl in North Wales: