Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2884 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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How-doo from a sunny and slightly frosty Warrington!
It was a nice day yesterday with some lovely guests, fabulous cakes and macarons and good convivial fun. A slightly messy journey home last night made me decidedly grumpy but the beauty of the day has restored by bonhomie!
Down to busness. I need to ask a favour. Have you ever wanted to set a puzzle but felt you couldn’t? Here’s your chance to have a small go. I have put together a special puzzle which will appear in the near future and all the clues will be supplied by visitors to this site, including you!
If you drop me a mail, or say so in a post below, I’ll send you a word and you can have a go at writing a clue which will be used in the puzzle.I have about twenty words left to offer. I’m also happy to help you with any queries you may have and no-one will be able to identify your clue if you don’t want to be identified. Go on have a go!
Now on to today’s puzzle. Well up to our Sunday Supremo’s high standard and a delightful solve. All of the first three across clues are sort of linked which may or may not help! I have chosen a clue or two from each quarter of the puzzle to try and help and without labouring the point too much, please follow BD’s instructions in red.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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 Workers demonstrating tool first taken from set (6)
The name for a tool used by some outdoor workers, particularly road menders, need to take the word set minus its first letter to what are being seen around lots of US airports today!
10a African citizen that’s so attached to another (8)
The name for a resident of East Africa can be found by taking SO and adding the name of a citizen of West Africa!
11a Set around bit of UK that’s friendly (9)
A word meaning set, as in solidify, usually used with a wound or bleeding goes round the abbreviation for part of the UK that isn’t on the mainland. This gives a word meaning amiable or friendly.
13a Bug a sort of doctor about onset of illness (5)
This was the last one to explain and as I was about to sing for help, it hit me. The answer is fairly obvious – but take A, add the name of the qualification an academic doctor gets and insert I to give the name of a garden pest.
14a Fire in study — get tired helping (13)
Nice simple word sum (though I dd look at an anagram of STUDY GET TIRED to start with!) A word for the sort of fire found in The Towering Inferno (I still haven’t got over the fact that Steve McQueen copped for it!) is found by taking a word for Study, adding one that means get tired and adding a helping or portion of something.
17a Somehow heal it with apt cure having beneficial effect (13)
Ah, here’s the anagram for a long answer clue! Jiggle round the letters of APT CURE and HEAL IT to give a phrase quite appropriate for those words!
21a Ahead of time, be concerned it shows where text is lacking (5)
Another wordsum. Take a word meaning worry or bother about and add T. This gives a mark used by printers.
24a Parrot pointless score by old English composer, we hear (8)
The name for a small member of the parrot family is found by taking the word for zero in some sports and adding a homophone of a composer of dry classical music named Thomas.
27a Brave grabbing European in a nasty way (6)
We finish the acrosses with a word for brave or butch or masculine and putting it round E (for European. This gives a word meaning in a poor-spirited way.
1d With little sound, wild cat making attack suddenly (6)
Take the musical abbreviation for quietly and add the alternative name for the snow leopard to give what my cat likes to do on the little dog when she annoys him. Well one of the things!
3d Like area put right on map as festival quarter (7)
An adjective for one of the directions is found by taking the name of aChristian festiva and adding a compass point in short.
5d Worker otherwise employed as doctor on boat (11)
Another clue in line with the first three acrosses. The abbreviation for a doctor (especially In the forces) goes before a type of small boat to give someone who has a secret or alternative job.
8d Fierce argument that may be heard in church before service (4-4)
This made me smile. What you hear before going into church is the name for an unseemly row. Where have I had one of those recently?
15d Odd if no males could be found in this Crown dependency! (4,2,3)
Probably clue of the day! The name for part of the UK is an anagram of IF NO MALES!
16d Perfectionist inserting line in attachable notice (8)
Take a type of attachable badge (made of Fablon?) and put an L (line) inside to give someone who is a perfectionist. It often goes with “…for punishment!”
18d Live surrounded by opposition in French resort (7)
The name for a lovely French holiday place is found by taking a short word for live or dwell and putting it inside something that means those against or opposing something/
22d Jet flier (5)
You’re looking for the name of a bird that is the colour of Jet, the stone.
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