Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2885 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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Since his first taste of blogging last November, Senf has been asking if he can do more. At the recent Birthday Bash I suggested that he might like to take over the Sunday Hints, and he rapidly agreed. In the eight years of the blog, prior to today, there have been 417 sets of Sunday Hints and I have done 401 of them, so it’s time to hand over the baton. Welcome to the team Senf. BD
Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg. At the Birthday Bash last week, BD offered me a regular ‘spot’ on Sundays, so here I am. Temperatures here are still cycling around ‘seasonal normal,’ a high of -18C today, sunshine during the day, and flurries this evening.
I thought the Rugby yesterday was somewhat disappointing, partially spoiled by the commentators and ‘experts.’ Why is it that it now takes a small army to do what Bill McLaren did amazingly well on his own? Although a little early in the proceedings, England might end up having to give a big thank you to Scotland.
A typical and very enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius which I completed at gentle gallop. Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
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 Info about mature people embracing a middle course , (6,4)
Three letter synonym for info around a three letter synonym for mature and a three letter synonym for people containing ‘A’ give a philosophically desirable middle ground propounded by this chap.
9a Workers’ ill-gotten gains? (4,3)
What an employee receives when he or she is unable to work through illness.
12a Disarming type succeeding with article in university catalogue (13)
A three letter word for university and a four letter catalogue containing a five letter synonym for succeeding in terms of time and one of the indefinite articles.
15a After start of holidays, time-sharing numbers increase (8)
‘H’ from holidays and two numbers that share ‘T’ (time) as last and first letters.
17a Shot finishes off fair rally in court (8)
A synonym for shot in the sense of having a go and the last letters of faiR and rallY give the former court that had jurisdiction over matters of equity.
22a Conservative arranged intro, perhaps, for business association (2-11)
The one letter abbreviation for Conservative and an anagram (arranged) of INTRO PERHAPS.
25a Vegetable, so to speak, carelessly cooked (7)
A homophone of a vegetable that suggests something has been partially burned.
27a Relating to part of body that’s used in certain test in a lab (10)
A gutsy lurker (that’s used in) contained in the last five words.
1d Attempt call for peace, producing surprised reaction (4)
A two letter attempt and two letters seeking peace (and quiet).
2d One who doesn’t have, we hear, glossy coat (7)
A homophone for a person without something is a shiny surface finish.
4d Call requesting help in part of shortest month (6)
The shortest month in terms of length in letters and 24 hours give the international radio call in times of emergency.
8d Check money put into second trip on board (10)
A three letter slang word for money contained in the one letter for second and a relaxing voyage.
11d Revision of attitude that’s produced by major operation (6,2,5)
Or surgery first performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard.
16d Fellow endlessly annoying American statesman (8)
Single letter for fellow and a synonym for annoying, with its last letter removed, give the American statesman who liked to fly kites.
21d Supposedly authoritative source making nothing clear, curiously (6)
One letter nothing and an anagram (curiously) of clear; the Greek one resided at Delphi.
23d Current party line as object of veneration (4)
The electrical symbol for current, the two letter party, and one letter for line.
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