Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3143 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where I have no idea of what is happening or supposed to be happening and I don’t think the Province does either!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada not as friendly as he been for the last several Sundays. I counted four anagrams (three partials), 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.
Candidates for favourite – 17a, 20a, 3d, and 7d.
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 Trump crude, reportedly? (4)
Absolutely nothing to do with The Orange One – a homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of crude – not necessarily an oldie but goodie, but we have seen this before.
10a A peak quantity (6)
A from the clue and a synonym of peak.
13a Rule three was broken touring nick (4,3,8)
An anagram (broken) of THREE WAS containing (touring) a synonym of nick (as in steal).
17a Train heading for Exeter expected to carry animal (7)
The first letter of (heading for) Exeter, a three letter synonym of expected containing (to carry) an animal (of a domestic variety).
23a Left locked in closet, for thrills (3,5)
A lurker (locked in) found in three words in the clue.
25a A meal in odd bits of grub, sweet food (6)
A from the clue and a three letter meal all contained by (in) the ‘odd’ letters (bits) of GrUb.
28a Deity hurting back (4)
A synonym of hurting reversed (back).
1d Strength shown by leaders in Scottish church inspired by cross (6)
The first letters (leaders in) of Scottish and Church inserted into (inspired by) an animal that is a cross(-breed).
4d Relative ignoring a book, fiction (7)
A (female) relative with her letter A removed (ignoring) and a book from the first part of the Bible (OT).
5d Dressmaker perhaps: in fairness he’d go for tailoring (7,8)
An anagram (for tailoring) of IN FAIRNESS HE’D GO.
7d Responsibility no one else’s? (4)
Written as (2,2) a phrase equivalent to no one else’s?
18d Regions free within island (8)
A verbal synonym of free (from bindings?) inserted into (within) one of the spellings of a Greek island.
19d Old weapon broken by the new weapon (7)
An old (mediaeval?) weapon containing (broken by) an anagram (new) of THE.
24d Wicked, with an audience upstanding (4)
A descriptive term for a show, say, with an audience reversed (upstanding).
Quick Crossword Pun:
PLAIT + ÉTUDE = PLATITUDE
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An der schönen, blauen Donau by Johann Strauss, Sohn is the traditional first encore at the New Year’s Day Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This is from this year’s concert with the Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim: