Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3236 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where the 4-letter ‘S-word’ arrived on Wednesday, more or less on the forecast schedule, and continued on and off until midnight on Friday, fairly light, with a total of 15cms (plus or minus). Worse in the West of the Province and further West into Saskatchewan and Alberta. More of the same forecast for today and tomorrow and it looks like we are going to stay ‘negative’ (in terms of temperatures) for a while.
I hope that UK residents remembered that BST ended with a return to GMT at 2:00am this morning. Now, we ‘across the pond’ have the customary week’s hiatus of puzzles being available an hour later than usual until we ‘fall back’ next Sunday.
For me, and I stress for me, once again Dada not quite as friendly as he has been recently, personal thesaurus in hand, with six anagrams (three partials), one lurker reversed, and no homophones, in a somewhat NW-SE grid which I think we have seen before giving us 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, 13a, 23a, 7d (brilliant!), and 15d.
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 the 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 Broadcast very lively sport (11)
A four letter synonym of broadcast and a single word term for very lively.
9a Extraordinary in alien territory? (3,2,4,5)
A double definition I think – the second indicates where one might be to be in alien territory.
17a Touching action by nurses with last of patients (6)
A verbal synonym of nurses and (with) the last letter of patientS.
20a Jab, rare cure for impresario (8)
A synonym of jab (as in poke in the chest?) and an anagram (rare) of CURE.
22a Goddess in Greek, I never retreated (4)
The reverse lurker (in . . . retreated) found in the three words ‘sandwiched’ by the indicator.
27a Venus observed at night in folk tale? (8,6)
A ‘generic’ synonym of Venus observed doing what lots of people do at night.
28a Gifted student appearing in a flash? (6,5)
A two word term that is equivalent to flash.
2d Pain in the leg as hideous snake winds round me from below (10,4)
An anagram (winds) of HIDEOUS SNAKE contains (round) the reversal (from below) of ME from the clue.
4d Best team, until beaten after losing lead in Newcastle (8)
An anagram (beaten) of TEAM UnTIL with the first letter of Newcastle deleted (after losing lead in).
7d Film mee? (5,9)
Quite brilliant – a crosswording term to indicate that MEE in the clue might come from a word with a letter deleted followed by a synonym of what the complete word that starts with MEE might be – brilliant the clue might be but not easy to hint clearly without giving too much away so here’s an illustration to help (or not).
14d Flatten a guy (5)
A synonym of flatten (as in trees?) and A from the clue.
15d Problem initially with a Far Eastern animal (5)
The first letter (initially) of Problem, a synonym of with, and A from the clue (again, in successive clues!).
21d Something warming for Christmas decoration that’s put up, for example on top (6)
A slang term for a (military?) decoration that is reversed (put up) preceded by (on top) the Latin based abbreviation of for example.
26d Theatrical party (4)
A double definition – the first might be theatrical in an exaggerated manner.
Quick Crossword Pun:
THIEF + HAIR + OWES = THE PHAROAHS OR THE FAROES – take your pick.
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American comedian, illustrated song model, singer, and actress Fania Borach better known as Fanny Brice was born on this day in 1891, passing away in 1951. Her life story was loosely adapted into the musical Funny Girl in which Brice was famously portrayed by Barbra Streisand in both the original 1964 Broadway production of the musical and its 1968 film adaptation. Here is Ms Streisand singing one of the most recognisable songs from the musical: