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ST 3189 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3189

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 4th Dec 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A fairly straightforward Sunday puzzle of Dada that I highly enjoyed and thereafter wrote a full review of the same and would be delighted to have your precious feedback and comments.

I wanted to know more about the speaker that is tweeter, the answer to the clue of 19a, and hence visited the net. I found out that this loudspeaker is actually a treble speaker that has been designed to produce high audio frequencies up to 100 kHz. Modern tweeters are typically different from older tweeters, which were usually small versions of woofers. The soft dome tweeter was invented by Bill Hecht, a celebrated pioneer in the early days of audio engineering. When showing his speaker at various audio shows, spectators often poked at the two-inch dome tweeters of the models that he exhibited, sometimes even cracking them. So he came up with the idea of coating it with a thin rubber and putting noise through it with a signal generator. The soft dome tweeter revolutionised the reproduction of high frequency sound, became an industry standard and was licensed almost immediately by all major audio companies in the world. As tweeter technology advanced, different design applications became all the more popular. Several soft dome tweeter diaphragms came to be thermoformed from polyester film, silk or polyester fabric that were impregnated with a polymer resin. Hard dome tweeters began to rely on aluminium, aluminium-magnesium alloys or titanium. It’s no surprise that the name was derived from ‘tweets’ that are the high-pitched sounds made by some birds, standing in stark contrast to the low woofs made by many dogs, giving rise to the name ‘woofers’ for low-frequency drivers. Tweeters can also work in collaboration with the woofers that are responsible for generating low frequencies or bass.

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1a    Second pain, possible result of using needle? (10)
BACKSTITCH: A charade of BACK (second) as to give financial, material or moral support to someone and STITCH (pain) as a sudden sharp pain in the side of the body, caused by strenuous exercise guides to the definition of a stitch made by inserting the needle at the midpoint of a preceding stitch so that the stitches overlap by half lengths on the back of the fabric and appear continuous on the front

6a    US state that usually is backed, to some extent (4)
UTAH: Part of or hidden inside (to some extent) of tHAT Usually that is made to return (backed) as a reversal in the across clue, taking to the definition of a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States

9a    Flash gift, by the sound of it? (5)
FLARE: FLAIR (gift) as a special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well serving as a homophone heard by the audience (by the sound of it) leads to the definition of a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light

10a    Furious scoter glad, having knocked out a warbler (9)
GOLDCREST: An anagram (furious) of SCOTER GL[A]D having removed (knocked out) A from it, guiding to the definition of a very small Eurasian warbler with a black-bordered yellow or orange crest

12a    Top genius riding the waves? (7)
SURFACE: ACE (genius) as a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity preceded by or following (riding) the SURF (waves) as the surging water or waves rushing up a sloping beach, taking to the definition of a noun referring to the outside part or uppermost layer of something

13a    Character with a ticklish sensation (5)
AITCH: A from the clue and ITCH (ticklish sensation) as an uncomfortable or ticklish sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch guides to the definition of the eighth letter of the modern English alphabet H or h

15a    Person who’s left relationship with large case (7)
EXAMPLE: A charade of EX (person who’s left relationship) as a former husband, wife or other partner in a relationship and (with) AMPLE (large) as abundant or large enough guides to the definition of one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated

17a    Kitchen device that’s old covered in small amount of food (7)
TOASTER: O (old) as the abbreviation for old as OT in Old Testament placed inside (covered in) TASTER (small amount of food) as a small quantity or brief experience of something, intended as a sample, arriving at the definition of an electrical device used in kitchen for making toast

19a    Speaker, one sending message (7)
TWEETER: Double definition; the second being a person who writes and posts messages or updates on the social media platform Twitter that provides an online messaging service that leads to the first a treble speaker that is a loudspeaker designed to produce the high notes in a sound system

21a    Song plays when dancing in company (7)
CALYPSO: An anagram (when dancing) of PLAYS taken inside (in) CO (company) as the abbreviation for Company, arriving at the definition of a song about a current subject, sung in a style which originally comes from the West Indies

22a    Publish bunch of lies, initially ignored (5)
ISSUE: [T]ISSUE (bunch of lies) as a complex accumulation of lies, nonsense etc having shrugged off (ignored) T as its first or initial letter (initially), leading to the definition of a verb meaning to publish or deliver a newspaper, magazine etc

24a    Forward — is one out? (7)
STRIKER: Double definition; the second being a person among the many on strike that is a concerted stopping of work or withdrawal of services of the workers and remaining out of the working premises so as to compel an employer to acceded to their demands or in protest against some harsh terms or conditions imposed by an employer and the first a forward, attacker, especially one whose task is to attempt to score goals in football

27a    General item in biscuit tin? (9)
GARIBALDI: Double definition; the second being a type of biscuit having a layer of currants in the centre that could be an item inside a biscuit tin that leads to the first an Italian general, patriot, revolutionary and republican who contributed to the unification of Italy


28a    Someone in boat, one having an argument? (5)
ROWER: Double definition; the second being a person arguing with someone that leads to the first a person who rows a boat, especially as a member of a racing team

29a    Mature response is particularly effective, initially (4)
RIPE: The first or initial letters (initially) of R[ESPONSE] I[S] P[ARTICULARLY] E[FFECTIVE] guides to the definition of an adjective meaning fully grown and developed

30a    European team very angry in America, eliminated (4,6)
REAL MADRID: A charade of REAL (very) as very or existing in fact and not imaginary, MAD (angry in America) as a colloquial term for an adjective that originated in the United States meaning furious with anger and RID (eliminated) as completely removed or got rid of something takes to the definition of a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid


1d    Polish expert (4)
BUFF: Double definition; the second being a noun meaning a person who is enthusiastically interested in and very knowledgeable about a particular subject that takes to the first a verb meaning to polish and making shiny by rubbing

2d    Fellow student unfortunately came last, son claimed (9)
CLASSMATE: An anagram (unfortunately) of CAME LAST having S (son) as the genealogical abbreviation for son taken inside (claimed), leading to the definition of a fellow member of a class at school, college or university

3d    Fine, very steep (5)
SHEER: Double definition; the second being an adjective meaning marked by great and continuous steepness or especially of a cliff or wall as perpendicular or nearly so that leads to the first also an adjective meaning diaphanous or of very thin or transparent texture, especially of a fabric

4d    Person not appreciating another carving of granite (7)
INGRATE: An anagram (another carving) of GRANITE guides to the definition of an ungrateful person or a person who does not show proper appreciation or thanks for something

5d    Gather there’s little room after turning round in bed (7)
COLLECT: CELL (little room) as a small room in which a prisoner is locked up or in which a monk or nun sleeps after coming from the opposite direction (turning round) as a reversal in the down clue is placed inside (in) COT (bed) as a small bed with high barred sides for a baby or very young child, arriving at the definition of a verb meaning to bring or gather together

7d    Crime in newspaper? (5)
THEFT: The definition of the action or crime of stealing is seen in THE FT (newspaper) as The Financial Times that is a British daily newspaper printed in broadsheet and published digitally that focuses on business and economic current affairs

8d    Flip out, as might popped cork? (3,3,4)
HIT THE ROOF: The probable effect of a cork popping out of a bottle of bubbly wine or champagne while being opened and going up to and hitting the ceiling quickly or for short time leads to the definition of a verbal phrase meaning to suddenly become angry

11d    Artist, name inspiring witch (7)
CHAGALL: CALL (name) as to name or describe someone or something taking in (inspiring) HAG (witch) as an old, ugly woman with evil powers, guiding to the definition of a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin known for his distinct abstract style that merged cubism, fauvism and surrealism

14d    Socialist dumped flier (4-6)
LEFT-WINGER: A charade of LEFT (dumped) as abandoned or deserted and WINGER (flier) as a flying footballer who plays a wing position guides to the definition of a person who supports or belongs to the left-wing, socialist or progressive section of a political party or system

16d    Vacated pub into which brought different fragrant plant (3,4)
POT HERB: P[U]B having its inner content come out (vacated) and into which OTHER (different) as that which is different from or opposite to something is brought, leading to the definition of any of various herbaceous plants whose leaves or stems or flowers are cooked and used for food or seasoning

18d    Cream in prize vessel tipped over (3,6)
TOP DRAWER: A combo of REWARD (prize) as a thing given in recognition of service, effort or achievement and POT (vessel) as a rounded or cylindrical container, typically of metal, used for cooking turned upside down (tipped over) as a reversal in the down clue, leading to the definition of a person having a high social standing or a think of very good quality

20d    Fix crack after rathole empties (7)
RESOLVE: SOLVE (crack) as to find an answer to, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with a problem or mystery preceded by or following (after) R[ATHOL]E takes out its inner content (empties), arriving at the definition of a verb meaning to settle or find a solution to a problem or contentious matter

21d    Warm drink (7)
CORDIAL: Double definition; the first being an adjective meaning warm and friendly and the second a noun referring to a sweet-flavoured drink

23d    Bandage bits up (5)
STRAP: PARTS (bits) as the plural form of an amount or section which, when combined with others, makes up the whole of something taken upwards (up) as a reversal in the down clue, arriving at the definition of a narrow usually flat strip or thong of a flexible material and especially leather used for securing, holding together or wrapping

25d    Curry in the morning, right, fine to serve up? (5)
KORMA: The definition of a mildly spiced curry dish of meat or fish marinaded in yogurt or curds is arrived at from a combo of AM (in the morning) as the abbreviation for the Latin phrase ante meridiem meaning before noon, that is, in the morning, R (right) as the abbreviation for right and OK (fine) as in a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent that is made to go up (serve up) as a reversal in the down clue

26d    Classic dealings curtailed (4)
TRAD: TRAD[E] (dealings) as the action of buying and selling goods and services that has been shortened with the removal of its last letter (curtailed), leading to the definition of a shortened form of traditional jazz, a style of early twentieth-century jazz which originated in New Orleans, characterised by improvisation against a regular rhythmical background

Clues that I liked in this puzzle were 1a, 12a, 22a, 27a, 30a, 5d, 7d, 8d, 11d, 14d, 18d and 25d; the topper being 12a. Thanks once again to BD for the encouragement, to Dada for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.

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