Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3139 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I have heard a totally illogical Covid fact – while care workers in residential care homes are not required to be fully vaccinated, subject to frequent testing if they aren’t, ‘care workers’ looking after the ‘residents’ of the Winnipeg Zoo are required to be fully vaccinated – never has my flabber been so gasted!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada might have forgotten that it is the Season of Goodwill. I counted eight anagrams (seven partials), no lurkers, and two homophones – all in a symmetric 32 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 – 15a, 24a, 3d, and 6d.
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:
1a Group of waiters prompt, did you say? (5)
One of the homophones (did you say) of a synonym of prompt (given to a forgetful actor?) – and the waiters may not be what you are thinking of.
4a Acid test: Ireland shuffled mess around (9)
An acid test (or should it be the result of an acid test?) followed by an anagram (shuffled) of IRELAND.
11a King referring to case of mogul in citadel (7)
Four Lego pieces required – the chess notation for King, the two letters used for referring to, the first and last letters (case of) MoguL, and IN from the clue.
15a Morning sickness beginning to grate in house (8)
The first letter (beginning to) of Grate inserted into (in) a former Royal house.
23a Fruit a necessity, as on the counter (7)
A (1,4) phrase equivalent to a necessity and AS from the clue all reversed (on the counter).
24a Male has broken tool person held (7)
A term for a four-legged male (hunted in Scotland?) inserted into (has broken) a type of (garden) tool.
28a Go and strip in game (9)
A synonym of go (as in leave a relationship?) and a synonym of strip – both of the required synonyms appear to come from Dada’s personal thesaurus.
29a River runs through marquee (5)
The single letter for (crickety) runs contained by (through) a term for what a marquee is a type of.
1d Sucker bringing fleet onto beach (9)
A synonym of fleet (as in speed) and a synonym of beach.
3d Slope in squiggly foreign letter (7)
An anagram (squiggly) of SLOPE IN – I had to include this one just for the anagram indicator.
7d Dread playing with wicked, reckless type (4-5)
An anagram (playing) of DREAD and (with) a synonym of wicked.
14d Red spike in root, twisted (5,4)
A type of spike (perhaps quite small) and an anagram (twisted) of IN ROOT.
16d Works performed by company, object to show (9)
The short form of works performed by a (travelling?) company and a synonym of object.
19d Second ruled out, begin to crumble (7)
A two letter term for second (as in a short period of time) and an anagram (out) of RULED.
23d Sour note (5)
A double definition – the second is musical.
25d A group of players whispered remark (5)
A from the clue and the single word for a group of (sports) players.
Quick Crossword Pun:
MUSE + SICKLE = MUSICAL
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Close enough for government work! In the Northern hemisphere, Astronomical Winter begins when the Winter Solstice occurs at 15:58Z on Tuesday. So, here is the first movement, Allegro non molto, of Tony V’s fourth concerto of the suite known as Le Quattro Stagioni played by by Cynthia Miller Freivogel and the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music (who we have seen before):