Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3161 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where it is time to break out the beer, burgers, and hot dogs for the unofficial start of Summer, as we have a holiday to celebrate the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, although those brave enough to party outside will probably need thermal underwear and wellies.
For me, solved with the assistance of a wee dram and a couple of Mr Tunnock’s finest tea cakes – it might have been a mistake to have included the tea cakes. I counted four anagrams (with one partial), one lurker, and one homophone – all in a very asymmetric 31 clues; with 15 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, 26a, 19d, and 23d
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:
7a Area where the race is sabotaged (7)
An anagram (where . . . is sabotaged) of THE RACE.
10a Oxygen inside part of flowering plant for a second (7)
The chemical symbol for Oxygen inserted into (inside) part of a flowering plant (where the pollen is produced, apparently).
15a Fuse ultimately short after setback, peaceful agreement reached (5)
The last letter (ultimately) of fusE and a synonym of short (when related to a person’s behaviour) all reversed (after setback).
16a Where bowler for example hits the ground immediately (2,3,4,2,1,3)
An Oldie But Goodie that I am sure I have hinted before – an expression for something to happen immediately referring to some ‘falling’ headwear.
25a Determined soldier, for example, behind a barrier (7)
A type of 6-legged soldier (for example) placed after (behind) all of A from the clue and a type of barrier (that holds water back).
28a Book, dull shape (7)
A synonym of dull (when referring to surface finish) and a verbal synonym of shape (with an axe perhaps).
1d Island with capital in Indonesia, a country formerly (8)
A (Mediterranean) island and (with) the first letter (capital in) of Indonesia and A from the clue.
4d Reported variety searched for (6)
The homophone (reported) of a synonym of variety.
5d Complete, however approximate (8)
The poetic variation (so says the BRB) of a synonym of however and a synonym of approximate.
8d Desire fellow animal doctor? (5)
This caused some serious thinking on the parsing and this is what I came up with – a two letter combination, perhaps followed by a hyphen in normal usage but not here, equivalent to fellow when discussing combined efforts and the short form of an animal doctor – a four letter synonym for fellow, which might immediately come to mind, cannot be used as that would make it impossible to include anything relating to animal doctor.
9d Old adversary fairly lacking in it (7)
A four letter term that could be a synonym of adversary and a synonym of fairly with IT removed (lacking in).
20d Male aggressor concealing advanced weapon (8)
A variation on guess a man’s or boy’s name, just a male today, and a term for a person acting as an aggressor containing (concealing) the single letter for Advanced.
22d Aerosol perhaps in dirty abode, inadequate (6)
An aerosol or what it might be contained in (perhaps) inserted into (in) a term for a dirty abode.
23d While up, rotate massive spinner (6)
A synonym of while reversed (up) and a synonym of rotate.
26d Place in Idaho, Meridian (4)
Remember the mantra, if all else fails . . . The lurker (in) found in two words in the clue.
Quick Crossword Pun:
WHETHER + VEINS = WEATHER VANES
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German composer Richard Wagner was born on this day in 1813. One of his most famous works is Der Ring des Nibelungen – the four opera Ring Cycle based on Norse legend. The second opera in the cycle is Die Walküre – The Valkyrie. This is The Ride of the Valkyrie from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 2011/12: