Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3130 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, from Wednesday morning to Friday morning, we were under the influence of the first Colorado Low of this Autumn/Winter season. In a couple of months time such a weather event would mean two days of the fluffy white stuff but this time we got some very welcome wet stuff to help replenish our drought diminished water table.
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, another one I will reserve judgement on, especially the Quickie Pun. I counted four anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a symmetric 30 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 – 17a, 19a, and 13d.
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:
7a Robust binder (9)
A double definition to start – the second might refer to material used to bind together.
10a Little devil in crisis (6)
Another double definition – the first might refer to troublesome offspring.
12a Marked with dots, plans ultimately something to go on! (6)
Some ‘mild’ toilet humour – the last letter (ultimately) of planS and what an infant may use to go on (as illustrated below).
16a Treasure sold for a pretty penny (4)
Yet another double definition (it makes a change from insertions) – the first might relate to a term of endearment.
17a Rubbish fine, picked up by drone (5)
But, now we have an insertion – the two letters that can be equivalent to fine inserted into (picked up by) a three letter synonym of drone (gives some North American slang).
19a First of tendons pulled from bone in dish (6)
A reverse insertion! The first letter of Tendons removed (pulled) from a bone of which we have two in our bodies (and the result is one of my favourites).
24a Verbal, when rioting inmates caught (8)
An anagram (when rioting) of INMATES and the single letter for caught.
28a Scariest, a bumpy flight (9)
An anagram (bumpy) of SCARIEST, A.
1d Grave didn’t move, by the sound of it? (5)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a single word equivalent to didn’t move.
3d Happy with extraordinary pub lunch? (6)
An anagram (extraordinary) of PUB and a verbal synonym of lunch.
5d Figure welcoming a very generous act (6)
A four letter figure (numeral) containing (welcoming) A from the clue and the single letter for very.
6d Game on date following a battle (9)
A three letter (card) game followed by (on) a verbal synonym of date all after (following) A from the clue.
9d Ball of yarn with tangle of hair twice brushed up (6))
A three letter term for a tangle of hair repeated (twice) and all reversed (brushed up).
13d Canadian territory that welcomes island nation (5)
A poetic synonym of that contains (welcomes) the two letter island nation (in which most of our correspondents reside).
18d Problem is masked in subtlety (8)
IS from the clue contained by (masked in) a synonym of subtlety.
25d Musical account written up: Eliot, say? (4)
The two letter abbreviation of account reversed (written up) and the two letter initials of one named Eliot (say) who provided the inspiration for the musical.
Quick Crossword Pun:
SIGHED + BORED = SIDEBOARD
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No suggestions from my on-line resources this week, so here is one of my Dad’s favourites – Fascination, composed in 1904 by Italian composer Fermo Dante Marchetti. Here it is being performed by the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, with soloist Katica Illényi, in the Bela Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Ms Illényi is also a very talented singer and (tap) dancer and can also play that weird instrument the Theremin: