Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3133 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, by the time you read this, the autumnal element of the semi-annual hiatus caused by a week’s difference between the UK and North America in Springing Forward and Falling Back, which causes havoc with my crossword solving, will be over. Thank Goodness!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, and overall, Dada in a benevolent mood this week although the SE held me up for a while and I expect some comments on 11a. I counted six anagrams (one partial), one lurker (reversed), and three homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 28 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 18d, 21d, and 22d.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
7a One drink like another? Two can play at that game! (3,5)
Two (alcoholic) drinks with a ‘qualifier’ on the second which suggests that the first might be like it.
11a Braless predators of South America? Huge number! (8)
A (6,5) phrase, country first, that suggests that the illustrated predators might come from a South American country (which they don’t unless they are in captivity). Then remove the first three letters from the 6 letter country (braless) and combine what is left into an 8 letter term for a huge number – if you were like me, it was bung in the answer and work backwards.
12a As here, initial letters ordered so? (14)
How the words in the clue are ordered based on initial letters.
17a With narrowest of leads in cricket match, build hastily (3,2)
A double definition, reasonably obvious I think, although I am not sure that cricketers would use the term.
20a Engineer putting in a seal, strip of sticky material (10,4)
An anagram (engineer) of PUTTING IN A SEAL.
25a Deliberately miss Italian title, having thrown away lead (6)
The Italian male honorific with the first letter removed (having thrown away the lead).
28a Superficial wound comes with it, first of cuts (8)
An anagram (wound) of COMES and (with) IT followed by initial letter (first) of Cuts.
1d Huge pile of cash, unused (4)
A double definition – the second describes the condition of an unused item.
2d Break part of arm, did you say? (6)
A homophone (did you say) of part of a (fire)arm.
3d Cry from attention-seeker stuck in maze, youngster going the wrong way (4)
Wow – a ‘war and peace’ clue for a four letter lurker, OK it is reversed (stuck in . . . going the wrong way) found in two words in the clue.
4d Bulb glowing and radiating light is coruscating, first of all (6)
Fortunately, the meaning of coruscating is not required. All that is required is initial letters (first of all) of 6 words in the clue.
16d Exploding, no star is lighter! (8)
An anagram (exploding) of NO STAR IS – I am sure that Cryptic Sue will be pleased to see that a clergyman (clergyperson?) is not required to solve this clue.
21d Pioneering surgeon one catalogues, might you say? (6)
A single term for a compiler of catalogues (might you say) – although Dada may be trying to be a neologian creating a new usage for a word that has a completely different usage and meaning.
22d Sunbed, possibly, in old money (6)
The slang term for some old money that ceased to exist on February 15th, 1971.
26d Free to defend a surprise attack (4)
A three letter verbal synonym of free containing (to defend) A from the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
FACT + SIMILE = FACSIMILE
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The alter ego of Downton Abbey’s Countess of Grantham (a.k.a. Elizabeth McGovern), although, in fairness, Sadie and the Hotheads entered the music business 3 years before we, at least some of us, got engrossed in the upstairs/downstairs ‘goings on’ of somewhere in Yorkshire. This is Nothing New, probably written by Elizabeth McGovern herself, from a 2012 album How Not To Lose Things, apparently the music genre is Americana: