Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3155 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we have been having April showers with most varieties of precipitation!
Keep staying safe everyone.
For me, Dada seems to have upped the ante compared to the last couple of weeks. I counted 5 anagrams (2 partials), 1 lurker, 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 – 9a, 20a, 4d, 7d, and 10d.
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 Supporting pipes, very hot features turned off (11)
A single word for very hot (in reference to a liquid?) contains (features) OFF from the clue reversed (turned).
11a Sense organ is aware, by the sound of it? (4)
The homophone (by the sound of it) of a single word for is aware.
13a Weaponry secure when turned over (4)
A synonym of secure (in reference to fit?) reversed (when turned over).
19a Fat sovereign in store (6)
A four letter fat (used in cooking) and sovereign in the form of HM’s regnal cypher.
23a Country that’s fragile (5)
Items found in the home can be fragile.
27a Yes! Trick entertains us, good day for object of schoolboy humour (7,7)
A seven letter word that can be equivalent to Yes! as an exclamation of delight, and a synonym of trick contains (entertains) all of US from the clue and a two letter term equivalent to good day (as a greeting) – perhaps there should be a ‘?’ at the end of the clue.
28a One’s cut after two are joined (7,4)
2d Team player after little time runs SUV (7,7)
A round ball team that resides in SW6 and a (stage) player placed after the single letters for Time and (crickety) Runs.
4d First test in which I drink (8)
An (unwritten) test containing (in which) I from the clue and a drink (that goes with 15d).
7d Where hands go incessantly? (6-3-5)
Not hands at the end of our arms but the hands on an analogue time indicating device.
8d Sharp pegs or otherwise for small jumper (11)
An anagram (otherwise) of SHARP PEGS OR.
10d Joint wretched, get to work (7,4)
A type of joint of which we have several in our hands and a synonym of wretched.
15d Note refreshing substance (5)
A double definition – the first refers to the first note of a scale.
26d Fashionable, some kitsch, I confess (4)
We finish with the lurker (some) found in three words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
WHEEZE + HILLS = WEASELS – I think
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We have had this tune before, about four and a half years ago, but not a full orchestra version. Ennio Morricone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly played as part of a Film Music Prom during the 2011 Prom Season. The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Keith Lockhart who is perhaps better known as the conductor of the Boston Pops but, from 2010-2017, was also principal conductor of this orchestra. Another occasion when the percussionists are having fun. I wonder what Sir Henry Wood thought of it from his ‘bust’ position behind and above the orchestra: