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ST 3177 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3177

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 11th Sep 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A slightly tougher than the usual Sunday puzzles of Dada, but overall an enjoyable one and I have the pleasure of presenting to you once again a full review of the same and would be delighted to have your precious feedback.

This time, I was inquisitive to know more about a waltzer, part of the wordplay to the clue of 16a. Although I, along with members of my family, did enjoy a waltzer ride in Singapore, I now became interested to now about its origin. The waltzer was invented by Dennis Jefferies of Congleton, Cheshire around 1920. He originally called the ride ‘The Whirligig’. Interestingly, the first passengers were his nieces, Phyllis and Dolly Booth. The manufacture of the ride was passed to Jackson of the same city. The waltzer is a variety of ‘Noah’s Ark ride’, a fairground ride first imported from Germany in 1930. The first complete waltzer of its kind was, however, made by Lakins for Thurston in 1933 and the ride became strongly associated with the Scottish firm Maxwell and Sons of Musselburgh who later built many of the classic waltzers in the 1970s. At first, each waltzer had ten cars. Later, several Ark rides have been converted into waltzers having nine and eleven car variations. Some waltzer cars had brakes that activate automatically when the safety bar is open. Newer models are bedecked with complex braking technique that halts each car, making them face outwards automatically once the car is stationary. Today, waltzers are more popular at travelling and small seaside funfairs rather than at static amusement parks. The ride consists of a number of cars which spin freely while rotating around a central point. As the cars revolve, the floor of the ride undulates over a track so that the cars rise and fall as the ride spins. The riders enjoy various levels of gravitational force from the spinning of the car to the rotation of the ride itself. Strikingly, a waltz refers to a dance in triple time performed by a couple, who as a pair turn rhythmically round and round as they progress around the dance floor and the name waltzer is also given to each of the two persons who dances the waltz.

Penny and farthing, as coins in the wordplay to the clue of 8d, took me down memory lane when I was in Joseph Day School, which was then a primary level school and taught students upto Class IV only. I remember that at the age of nine, I was well-versed with mathematical sums based on farthing, penny, shilling and pound and could easily do the conversions getting cent per cent correct.

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1a    Bottle that’s cold swigged by wife the same age as us (5,7)
DUTCH COURAGE: C (cold) as the abbreviation for cold taken inside (swigged) by a combo of DUTCH (wife) as the cockney slang for a wife and OUR AGE (the same age as us) as referring to the age that is same as ours leads to the definition of artificial courage induced by drinking alcohol

9a    Person going downhill after trip on the inside, more dangerous (7)
RISKIER: SKIER (person going downhill) as a person who goes downhill while skiing is placed after (after) the inner letters (on the inside) of [T]RI[P], arriving at the definition of an adjective in the comparative degree meaning more dangerous or perilous

10a    Horrible lot and he is unfriendly (7)
HOSTILE: An anagram (horrible) of LOT and HE IS guides to the definition of an adjective meaning unfriendly or showing or feeling opposition or dislike

11a    A pot slightly open (4)
AJAR: A from the clue and JAR (pot) as a wide-mouthed cylindrical container made of glass or pottery and typically having a lid, used especially for storing food takes to the definition of an adjective meaning slightly open, referring to a door or other opening

12a    Weapon
hunt (5)
RIFLE: Double definition; the first being a noun meaning a type of firearm that leads to the second a verb meaning to search or hunt through

13a    Thread of story? (4)
YARN: Double nounal definition; the first being spun thread or one of the threads of a rope or these collectively that leads to the second a sailor’s story, spun out to some length and often having incredible elements or, colloquially, a story in general

16a    Foxtrot not just where waltzer found? (7)
FUNFAIR: F (Foxtrot) as the letter represented by Foxtrot in the NATO phonetic alphabet and UNFAIR (not just) as unjust or not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice guides to the definition of an amusement event held in an open ground like park or field at which people go on rides that include waltzer, a type of fairground roundabout in which customers are spun while revolving

17a    Person looking back feels differently having joined cricket side (7)
ONESELF: An anagram (differently) of FEELS preceded by or following (having joined) ON (cricket side) as the on side in cricket on which the batsman stands and normally the bowler’s right takes to the definition of a pronoun referring to the emphatic and reflexive form of an individual

18a    American politician initially in cult, accused (7)
SUSPECT: A combo of US (American) as the adjectival abbreviation for the United States or belonging to the United States and the initial or first letter (initially) of P[OLITICIAN] placed inside SECT (cult) as group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs, typically regarded as heretical, from those of a larger group to which they belong, taking to the definition of a person thought to be guilty of a crime or offence

21a    Hit
stuff (7)
CLOBBER: Double definition; the second being a noun meaning clothing or equipment that leads to the first a verb meaning to strike very hard or attack or cause to suffer

23a    Bird, the wren, regularly spotted (4)
TERN: The alternate letters (regularly) noticed (spotted) in ThE wReN guides to the definition of a long-winged aquatic bird of the subfamily Sterninae, related to the gulls but usually smaller and with a long forked tail

24a    Jockey in condition? (5)
RIDER: Double nounal definition; the first referring to a person who rides, especially professionally, in horse-races that leads to the second meaning a clause or corollary added to an already complete contract or other legal document

25a    Potato remains with first bit of mustard (4)
MASH: ASH (remains) as the dust or remains of anything burnt preceded by or following (with) the initial or first letter (first bit) of M[USTARD] leads to the definition of a colloquial term for a mashed potato

28a    Tower where inmate festers, last of four locked up (7)
MINARET: An anagram (festers) of INMATES having confined (locked up) the last or final letter (last) of [FOU]R guides to the definition of a mosque tower, from which the call to prayer is given

29a    Bird or mouse? (7)
CHICKEN: Double definition; the first being the young of birds, especially of the domestic fowl that leads to the second referring to a timid or faint-hearted person

30a    Go and live in a refuge (4,1,7)
BEAT A RETREAT: BE (live) as to stay or live, AT (in) as expressing location or arrival in a particular place, A from the clue and RETREAT (refuge) as a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax take to the definition of a verb meaning to leave a place quickly in order to avoid an embarrassing or dangerous situation


1d    Dad is upset, in feeling of contempt (7)
DISDAIN: An anagram (upset) of DAD IS followed by IN from the clue leads to the definition of a feeling of contempt, generally tinged with superiority

2d    End with story being recited? (4)
TAIL: The definition of the final or end, more distant, or weaker part of something is arrived at from the homophone that is heard by the audience (being recited) as TALE (story) or a fictitious or true narrative or story

3d    Dog, annoying type? (7)
HARRIER: Double nounal definition; the first being a medium-sized keen-scented dog for hunting hares that leads to the second as someone who, or something which, harasses or annoys persistently

4d    Old misery comes in to play (7)
OTHELLO: O (old) as the abbreviation for old as OT in Old Testament followed by HELL (misery) as a situation, experience or place of great suffering that enters (comes in) TO from the clue, leading to the definition of a tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare

5d    Bloom
came up (4)
ROSE: Double definition; the second being a verb in the past tense meaning came up to the surface that leads to the first referring to the flower of any species of the genus Rosa, that is the national flower of England

6d    Ugly expression as I’m introduced to class (7)
GRIMACE: I’M from the clue brought inside GRACE (class) as any unassumingly attractive or pleasing personal quality takes to the definition of an ugly, twisted expression on a person’s face, typically expressing disgust, pain or wry amusement

7d    Shatter personal best, perhaps, early on? (9,4)
BREAKFAST TIME: BREAK FAST TIME or to do better than or surpass the earlier best time taken by oneself, especially in an athletic event; where BREAK (shatter) as to shatter or crush to pieces or to break a record and FAST TIME (personal best) as the personal best or fastest time, arriving at the definition of a time that is perhaps in the morning or rather quite early during the daytime when the first meal of the day is required to be taken

8d    Old method of transport requiring change before 1971? (5-8)
PENNY-FARTHING: The definition of an old-fashioned bicycle with a big wheel at the front and a little one at the back is arrived at from the similarity between the relative sizes of its wheels and the relative sizes of the old PENNY and FARTHING (change) as change or coins, rather than paper money, used in circulation until 31 December 1960 when the farthing ceased to be a legal tender in Britain and Northern Ireland but continued to be so in the Falkland Islands, the Falkland Islands Dependencies and the British Antarctic Territory until 31 October 1970 (before 1971) and further, the Decimal Day of 15 February 1971 in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland brought a change in the value of pence when each of the countries had to decimalise its £sd currency pounds, shillings and pence; the shilling phasing out of the British system of coinage and the old system of 12 pence to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound, that is 240 pence to a pound, was replaced by a decimal system based on 100 new pence to a pound

14d    Ending in suitcase, a number put away (5)
EATEN: The ending or last letter (ending) in [SUITCAS]E, A from the clue and TEN (number) as a cardinal number one more than nine lead to the definition of a verb in the past participle meaning stored something in an appropriate or usual place

15d    Lair occupied by second evil spirit (5)
DEMON: DEN (lair) as the hollow lair of a wild animal entered and stayed inside (occupied by) MO (second) as an informal term for a short period of time, leading to the definition of an evil spirit or a devil

19d    Way higher than Himalayas, say, surreal (7)
STRANGE: ST (street) as the abbreviation for street that is a type of paved way in a city, town or village placed above (higher than) RANGE (Himalayas, say) as an example of a line or series of mountains in the down clue, taking to the definition of an adjective meaning unusual, surprising or bizarre

20d    Laugh about wag’s first tweet (7)
TWITTER: TITTER (laugh) as to giggle, snicker or laugh furtively or restrainedly placed around (about) the first or beginning letter (first) of W[AG] (wag’s), providing the definition of a verb meaning to utter successive chirping noises or give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds, especially of a bird

21d    Team members laid off in style (7)
CREWCUT: The definition of a style of haircut in which the hair is cut so close to the head that it stands upright is arrived at from a charade of CREW (team members) as the oarsmen or oarswomen of a racing boat and CUT (laid off) as separated or discharged from an organisation or employment as an economic measure

22d    Frame held by stake, securing device (7)
BRACKET: RACK (frame) as a framework, grating, shelf etc on or in which articles are laid aside taken in (held) by BET (stake) as to lay or stake money etc against someone else’s on the basis of the outcome of an unpredictable event such as a race or game, arriving at the definition of a right-angled support attached to a wall for holding a shelf, lamp or other object

26d    Worry
where guitarist might put finger (4)
FRET: Double definition; the second being a noun referring to any of the wooden or metal ridges on the fingerboard of a guitar or other instrument on to which the strings are pressed in producing the various notes that leads to the first a verb meaning to worry or be unhappy about something

27d    A little straw in every drink (4)
WINE: Part of or hidden inside (a little) straW IN Every guides to the definition of an alcoholic drink made from fermented juice of grapes or from other fruits or plants

There were several clues that I liked in this puzzle such as 1a, 9a, 16a, 24a, 30a, 4d, 7d, 8d and 21d; 7d being the best of the lot. Thanks again to Dada for the entertainment, to BD for the encouragement and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a pleasant day.

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