Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3169 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, by comparison to UK standards, we are having a ‘very-warm-wave’ with temperatures in the middle/high 20s and low 30s but then of course there is the somewhat mythical heat index adding an unmeasurable amount of degrees to what can be measured.
For me, Dada quirky and he gives us only one long ‘un this week but it is a good non-anagram, nine
eight, yes nine eight, anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a somewhat asymmetric 29 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 – 16a, 25a, 8d, and 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:
9a Supply on-line gag? (5)
Perhaps a little lateral thinking is required – written (1-4), the single letter that can indicate on-line and a type of gag.
11a Great Swiss hero wearing short Indian garment (7)
The surname of a famous Swiss folk-hero contained by (wearing) an Indian (female) garment with the last letter removed (short).
16a Rise in order to score — and hit the mark? (4,2,2,7)
A double definition (I think?) – the second might refer to achieving a required standard of performance.
19a Fluttering down first, cold particles piled up (9)
An anagram (fluttering) of down first, what cold particles may be combined to become.
25a A shade sinful? (7)
A shade of a colour that may be used as equivalent to sinful (particularly when describing a female).
28a Net empty (4)
A double definition – the first is in reference to business transactions.
1d County plots (4)
A double definition – the first is the abbreviated name of a (ceremonial) county North of London.
5d Craft with art seems crafty! (8)
An anagram (crafty) of ART SEEMS.
8d Bird in web? (10)
What could be an informal and descriptive synonym for the illustrated web.
13d Illicit support on way (10)
A synonym of support placed before (on) a synonym of way (for vehicles?) – not as good a clue as the first time he clued this definition in this manner.
17d Dark novel so solemn (8)
An anagram (novel) of SO SOLEMN.
18d Rite developed in the aforementioned decade (8)
An anagram (developed) of RITE inserted into (in) a demonstrative pronoun equivalent to the aforementioned – and, if you don’t know what a demonstrative pronoun is Google, or similar, is your friend.
24d Something formal on? Attend when on vacation (4)
A two letter synonym of attend and WheN from the clue with the interior letters removed (on vacation).
26d Cutting something for dessert? (4)
A double definition – the first might refer to remarks being said.
Quick Crossword Pun:
PARA + DOCKS = PARADOX
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Lady Mendes*, better known as trumpet maestra, arranger, producer and music educator Alison Balsom performed Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb at the Last Night of the Proms in 2009. This is the First Movement (Allegro):
* Perhaps I should point out that she only became Lady Mendes when film and stage director husband Sam Mendes received a knighthood in the 2020 New Years Honours.