Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3231: A Review

CEO Tam DT
Unraveling the Charms of Dada's Puzzle Greetings from Kolkata! This Sunday, we have a slightly tougher crossword puzzle from the brilliant Dada. Despite the added challenge, I found the puzzle thoroughly enjoyable. In this review,...

Unraveling the Charms of Dada's Puzzle

Greetings from Kolkata! This Sunday, we have a slightly tougher crossword puzzle from the brilliant Dada. Despite the added challenge, I found the puzzle thoroughly enjoyable. In this review, I will provide a comprehensive analysis of each clue and share my thoughts on the overall experience. Feel free to leave your valuable feedback and comments!

The Origins of 'Birthday Suit' and 'Tutti'

Let's start with the clue for 28a, which led me down an interesting rabbit hole. I was curious about the etymology of 'birthday suit,' which refers to being naked. According to my research, the term originated from the immediate situation when one is born, as one is completely unclothed. Over time, 'birthday suit' has become an idiomatic and often humorous expression for being naked.

Next, let's explore the clue for 22d. The answer, 'tutti,' is an Italian word that has made its way into English and other European languages. Its etymological root can be traced back to the Latin word 'tōtus,' meaning 'all' or 'together.' In a musical context, 'tutti' refers to the entire orchestra or choir playing together, as opposed to a soloist. Fascinatingly, 'tutti' can be used as both a noun and an adjective, illustrating the intricacies of the Italian language.

Analyzing the Clues

Now, let's dive into a few standout clues from the puzzle:

  • 1a: COLD-SHOULDER - This verb means to disrespect or ignore someone. It is derived from the common infection known as a cold, followed by the upper joint of each arm, the shoulder.
  • 9a: OLD MASTER - This refers to a painting by an established master, particularly from the 13th to 18th century in Europe.
  • 10a: GENIE - The answer is a spirit from Arabian folklore often depicted as trapped in a bottle or oil lamp, capable of granting wishes.
  • 16d: INITIALLY - This adverb signifies 'at first' or 'in the beginning' and hints at the phrase, "You've got to be in it to win it," commonly used to encourage people to participate in lotteries.

Puzzle Highlights

Among the array of clever clues in this puzzle, some of my favorites include 1a, 10a, 18a, 19a, 23a, 26a, 28a, 3d, 16d, and 22d. My personal top choice is 1a – an excellent example of wordplay and creativity.

Before wrapping up, I would like to express my gratitude to Dada for the delightful entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Your contributions make solving these puzzles a rewarding experience.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it insightful. Remember to leave a comment sharing your thoughts on the puzzle. Until next time, have a marvelous day, and keep those crossword-solving skills sharp!

Puzzle Image Caption: Isn't it fascinating how words and expressions can take on different meanings over time?

Puzzle Image Caption: The joy of solving crossword puzzles lies in unraveling the cleverly constructed clues and discovering the hidden answers.

Puzzle Image Caption: Let the beauty of language and music intertwine as we explore the origins of intriguing words and phrases.

Puzzle Image Caption: Every crossword puzzle is a journey of discovery, where even the most mundane words can hold fascinating histories.

Puzzle Image Caption: As we bid adieu to this puzzle, let's appreciate the intricate craftsmanship that goes into creating such mind-bending clues.

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