Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3172 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had all sorts of Prairie summer weather this week including on Tuesday a (very) small tornado about 50 km North of the city with, thankfully, no harm done.
What better way to solve a Dada puzzle on a Saturday evening than with Walkers shortbread and a single malt, one from the Glenlivet family today.
For me, Dada providing another bit of a head scratcher with seven anagrams (two partials), no lurkers, and one homophone – all in a somewhat asymmetric 29 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 – 13a, 24a, 27a, 16d, and 22d.
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 BD’s 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:
8a One touching prickly thorns briefly (2,5)
The Roman numeral for one followed by (touching) an anagram (prickly) of THORNS.
12a Large mammal with cry that’s audible? (5)
The homophone (that’s audible?) of a synonym of cry.
13a Green water, ebbing (5)
The brand name of a mineral water, named after the French town it comes from reversed (ebbing) – perhaps the answer applies to those who buy the water.
17a American writer in West Germany, he travels (6,9)
An anagram (travels) of IN WEST GERMANY, HE – one of this writer’s claims to fame is that he was a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.
24a Mark part of the intestine (5)
A double definition – the first appears in a sentence.
26a Large vessel left empty, article scoffed by pig (3,6)
An informal or slang name for a pig based on the onomatopoeic sound that it makes containing (scoffed) all of LefT with the interior letters removed (empty) and one of the indefinite articles.
28a Revolutionary queen I love for so long (7)
A four part charade to finish the Acrosses – our favourite South American revolutionary, HM’s regnal cypher, I from the clue, and the letter that represents love as part of a score in racket sports.
1d One line redacted in documents, working for old PM (6)
Documents that give away all of our belongings when we pass away with one of the single letters for line removed (redacted) and the two letter synonym for working.
3d Virtue has come after loss of business, I say! (8,2)
A synonym of virtue with (has) coME with the two letter abbreviation for business removed (after loss of).
6d Stick together — or split (6)
Dada has obviously been reading his BRB – one of those double definitions where the word in question has opposite meanings, I am more familiar with the second one.
15d Item of jewellery, article for troublemaker (10)
A four letter item of jewellry (worn on a finger?) and a perhaps thought provoking article appearing in a newspaper.
16d Cane and single bullet for collection (4-5)
A synonym of cane (associated with punishment?) and one word for a single bullet.
18d Hairy spider’s ending in drink (8)
The last letter of spideR (‘s ending) inserted into (in) an alcoholic drink that is made in Ireland or the USA but not in Scotland.
22d Hideous thing where no rum and water served up (6)
NO from the clue and a drink that is a mixture of rum and water all reversed (served up).
25d Christmas book, middle torn out (4))
A five letter term for a book (of fiction) with the middle letter removed (torn out) – I wonder if Dada is practising for the Christmas Day puzzle as it falls on a Sunday this year?
Quick Crossword Pun (about a month late):
WHIM + BULL + DON = WIMBLEDON
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Something quite different this week. Even though the video title says 2003, this was probably recorded in 1996, part of an Italian folk song about a young man going down to the sea to look for a new love – the full lyrics and a translation can be found here – https://lyricstranslate.com/en/tiritomba-tiritomba.html-5#songtranslation .
The singer is talented Belgian tenor and singer-songwriter Helmut Lotti: