Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3131 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, this week, we had a number of days that started in sub-zero temperatures!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada approaching benevolence; I thought I recognised some oldies but goodies but the Quickie Pun generated another Hmm this week. I counted four anagrams (one partial), one lurker, and three homophones – all in a symmetric 26 ‘Ray T-like’ clues, except for 3a, and plenty of containments; 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 – 23a, 3d, 9d, 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 Drink: case of daiquiri in shade of pink (7)
The first and last letters (case of) of DaiquirI inserted into (in) a (maritime) shade of pink.
8a Ghastly horse circling vehicle (7)
An adult horse containing (circling) a type of vehicle (that can be hired).
12a A feature held by gear wheel for guidance (8)
A from the clue and a (facial) feature all contained (held) by a type of gear wheel.
14a Cut in magnitude, reportedly? (6)
IN from the clue and a homophone of a synonym of magnitude.
19a Intimate clothing is reborn, quite possibly? (6)
A 6 letter word which, when pronounced in a particular way, could be equivalent to (quite possibly) is reborn?
23a Criminal activity: kind inspiring knave (10)
A synonym of kind (as in looking after) containing (inspiring) another term for knave (in a pack of cards).
26a Glue, perhaps, joining two animals? (7)
Perhaps the illustrated animal followed by (joining) a type of 6-legged animal.
1d Lack of satisfaction in bedroom, unfortunately (7)
An anagram (unfortunately) of BEDROOM.
3d Middle Eastern country importing endless tat from the south? (6)
The reversal (from the south) of all of a country (which is also in the Middle East) containing (importing) TAt with the last letter removed (endless).
5d Fussy point (10)
A double definition – the second is a nounal synonym of point (as in detail).
9d Live wire possible cause of ignition? (6,5)
A possible cause of ignition (in an internal combustion engine?) that is extra powerful.
16d Not a soul has kept dry in front of aircraft (4,4)
A (2,3) or (2-3) term equivalent to not a soul containing (has kept) a ‘synonym’ for dry (in relation to wine).
17d Very old article, quite flexible (7)
One of the indefinite articles and an anagram (flexible) of QUITE.
24d Vegetable in stock, a leek (4)
We finish with the ‘solo’ lurker (in) found in three words of the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
PARR + TITIAN = PARTITION
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Recall that last Sunday I said that the violin soloist Katica Illényi’s talents including playing that weird instrument the Theremin. Well, here she is playing Maria from West Side Story on said instrument: