Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3190 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, at the beginning of the week, we ‘experienced’ our first (weakened) Polar Vortex of the season and, on Wednesday, we had a minimum temperature of minus 31 degrees and the maximum for the day, reached at 11:00pm, was minus 19 degrees. But, it has warmed up since and yesterday we had a balmy t-shirt and shorts day of minus 1 degree.
For me, and I stress for me, Dada provided quite a head scratcher, with four long ‘uns, seven anagrams (three partials), one lurker, and one partial homophone, 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 – 1a, 17a, 23a, 1d, 17d, and 20d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Good old fashion designer, stimulating (7)
One of the usual sets of two letters for good (which also make a Greek letter) and an old fashion designer – apparently she is so old, at 92 years young, that the only decent photos provided by Google are in B&W.
9a Our hero in a state unfortunately, appear distraught (4,4,4,3)
An anagram (unfortunately) of OUR HERO IN A STATE.
11a Choose stout (5)
A double definition – the second relates to body shape(?).
16a Builder of muscle in feeble editors (7)
In the last day or so, someone commented about the ingenuity of setters with anagram indicators. Well, here’s one I haven’t seen before – an anagram (feeble) of EDITORS.
17a Colourful band in front introduced by artist (7)
IN from the clue and a three letter term for describing front (of a house) all placed after (introduced by) the two letters for a noted artist.
19a Study country’s borders on arrival (7)
Here’s a variation on the ‘guess a’ theme – guess a (South American) country include the possessive S and finish with the outer letters (borders on) of ArrivaL.
26a Dizzying flight from Paris, as articles flying all over the place (6,9)
More ingenuity – an anagram (from . . . flying all over the place) of PARIS, AS ARTICLES.
28a Just punishment is required after revolutionary observed stealing millions (7)
IS from the clue follows (required after) a reversed (revolutionary) synonym of observed containing (stealing) the single letter for Millions – a definition of the answer that is new to me, but it’s in the BRB.
1d Track circuit breaker? (3,4)
A cryptic definition that could apply to Silverstone?.
2d District record broken by bit of a swimmer, a competitor as yet unbeaten? (7-8)
A synonym of district (as in a ‘specialised’ area of a city?) and a (1,4) type of record containing (broken by) a (dorsal?) bit of an (aquatic) swimmer.
4d Training device still wobbling, on being secured (7)
An anagram (wobbling) of STILL containing (being secured) our favourite two letters equivalent to on (as in concerning).
5d Noises made by animals importing meat in island country (7)
The noises made by the animals that provide us with wool containing (importing) a type of (salted and dried) meat.
7d Long time to wait for June’s ice cream, might you say? (1,5,2,7)
A (1, 5) description of June as part of a year and a pluralised homophone (might you say) of a type of ice cream.
18d Thingummy with a hollow shaft, broken (7)
An anagram (broken) of WITH A and ShafT with the interior letters removed (hollow)
20d Drunk missing the stage? (7)
Written as (3,4) a synonym for stage (of a race?) and a term that can indicate missing.
25d Unfinished theatrical production shot (4)
A type of theatrical production with the last letter deleted (unfinished) – what I need after completing these hints.
Quick Crossword Pun – Hmm:
BURGHER + RAND + SHIPS = BURGER AND CHIPS
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Little Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee is 78 years young today, this is her ‘famous’ Christmas hit from 1958 still heard today: