Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3129 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday while our Southern neighbours also have a holiday to celebrate Christopher Columbus not finding the land mass of which part later became The USA.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, with his third anniversary in the ‘Sunday chair’ only six weeks away, I think Dada is experimenting to see how quirky he can get. I counted five anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed), and one homophone – 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. I hope that you find it helpful that I have hinted all four long ‘uns.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 23a, 26a, 4d, and 19d (but I expect RD to be out on his noble steed looking for a windmill).
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:
8a House in Surrey or Kent (4)
The ‘forward’ lurker in found in three words in the clue.
10a Shade aggressive, knight knocked out (6)
A seven letter synonym of aggressive with the single letter chess notation for knight removed (knocked out).
13a Picture blown away? (4,4,3,4)
A double definition – the second is an expression of how one might describe something that has been blown away and is completely lost.
20a I’m on racehorse, in winds, whatever the weather? (4,4,2,5)
An anagram (winds) of I’M ON RACEHORSE, IN.
23a Kind of grey sock dipped in Merlot, say (8)
A synonym of sock (as in strike a blow) inserted into (dipped in) what Merlot is a type of (say) while it is on the vine.
26a Let me think about that boy, briefly, in Italian region (6)
A two letter interjection that could be equivalent to let me think about that and a boy’s (or a man’s) name with the last letter removed (briefly) – just think of one of our favourite correspondents.
28a Sight the four of us recalled? (4)
A (2,4) expression equivalent to the four of us, turn the second word into Roman numerals and then reverse (recalled) all of it.
1d Reporter beginning to judge yours and my denial (6)
The first letter (beginning to) of Judge, a single word for yours and my, and a two letter word of denial – a perfectly horrible word as far as I am concerned.
3d Beastly campaigner ridiculously maniacal, it impresses one during election (9,6)
An anagram (ridiculously) of MANIACAL, IT contains (impresses) the single letter for one all inserted into (during) a four letter term for election.
5d Shocking Russian TV with three Liberian plays (4,3,8)
An anagram (plays) of TV and (with) THREE LIBERIAN.
16d Sign put up in bistro, elevated (3)
The reversed lurker (put up in) found in two words in the clue.
19d Feeling appendage, all toes bandaged by girl (7)
The number that is the quantity of all toes contained (bandaged) by a palindromic girl whose name you have to guess.
22d Person stealing money (6)
A double definition, both slang terms – the second refers to a particular amount of money.
24d By the sound of it, travel destination in Italy (4)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of travel.
Quick Crossword Pun:
REEF + FLECKED = REFLECTED
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Another appearance of Joe Green, a.k.a. Giuseppe Verdi, who was born on this day in 1813. Avoiding his concerti, this is the Brindisi (Drinking Song) from his 1853 opera La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) from a Royal Opera House production five years ago: