Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2981 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where it is getting cooler.
Hmm – 3 weeks ago – 102 comments, 2 weeks ago – 133 comments, last week – 62 comments, this week – ??
Joint favourites – 26a and 3d.
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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 Bit of a nag and that’s the whole thing summed up, so to speak? (12)
A homophone (so to speak) of a descriptive term of a number of fractions that summed up make unity.
9a Book is written on characteristic units (7)
IS from the clue after (written on) the characteristic units that define us individually .
13a Disturbing the peace, louder hi-fi console by all conclusions (5)
The last letters (by all conclusions) of five words in the clue.
16a Stunner or shocker? (9)
A double definition, the second could be considered metaphorical.
19a Meat and gravy brought home? (5)
A second double definition – a type of meat or a synonym of gravy when it is ‘brought home.’
23a Out to lunch — as setter might be? (7)
The setter is the four legged variety.
25a Almost everyone sent back, call for strike (4,3)
A synonym of everyone with the last letter removed (almost) and reversed (sent back) and a synonym of call.
26a Big fish — try to catch majestic lot by old boat (7,5)
A synonym of try containing (to catch) the plural (lot) of a majestic person and an old boat that contained pairs of animals.
1d Waste food (7)
Another double definition – the second is a type of fried food.
3d Dance in yard, about to come over unwell (9)
An abbreviated synonym of yard and the familiar two letters used for about containing (over) a synonym of unwell.
4d Needle nipping top from sausage (5)
A slang/informal synonym for sausage with the first letter removed (nipping top from).
7d Token expletive in aggressive response (12)
A synonym of token when it is an item used in a board game and a mild expletive.
15d Approaching cups, might these be chipped? (4,5)
What are hit by a particular type of shot when getting close to (approaching) one of eighteen ‘cups.’
18d Some beer belly toned? (3-4)
A quantity (some) of beer that can also refer to a toned belly.
19d Person trained to serve in Italian city’s territorials (7)
A (southern) Italian city (no geographical error this week) including the possessive S and the two letter abbreviation for territorials.
22d Make money, as most experienced member (5)
A synonym of make and an Asian currency.
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The Christmas number one from 1977, it started a 9 week run at number one on December 3 of that year: