ST Cryptic No 2472 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2472

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  February 26th.

Some hints to get you started:

Across

1a Train going into the river – awful cries (8).
This is a river in Devon followed by an anagram(awful) giving a way to train

5a Catch “That’s no hadder!” (4)
The key here is the “word” hadder – take the “H” then replace adder with a different kind of snake, giving another word for a catch

23a Open runabout that’s the big attraction (4,4)
A word that means to open, followed by an anagram (about – that’s a clue in itself!) giving the big attraction

Down

4d What made the doggy mad? The moggy, dad! (10)
This is a word meaning the transposition of initial sounds of spoken words as in “moggy dad” for “doggy mad”

16d Court trouble when you refuse French vermouth? (3,3,2)
This is a cryptic definition suggesting that you have made a request for It(alian) vermouth rather than the French variety – Do people still drink Gin and It?  When I worked in a pub (well over 40 years ago) Gin and It and Gin and French (and Babycham) were the drinks of choice of a lot of the young ladies – these days they seem to go for spritzers, alcopops and other such ridiculous drinks


3 Comments

  1. Nigel
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dave,
    Re ST 2472, once again I have struggled but the various help from your blog and others via answerbank have allowed me to finish, provided 9d is ****!
    I am still a novice at Cryptic crosswords, but doing the Sunday Telegraph one can be a trial rather than a pleasure, so I am not sure how I would rate it re your enjoyment meter.
    Anyway I will keep at it till the weather gets warmer and there are more attractive outdoor pursuits.
    Interested to see you are a fellow Old Rutlishian, you preceded my brother and myself by a couple of years although my father and his brothers were there pre war (2).
    One still alive has done the Telegraph cryptic for years.
    Shame about John Major tho!!
    Regards,
    Nigel.

  2. Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Nigel
    I’ve overwritten your answer, but it was correct. I’m writing this up at the moment, and can’t think of anything nice to say about it, apart, perhaps, from 4 down, which I enjoyed.
    Dave

  3. Nigel
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your reply, I wouldn’t have got 4d without your guidance. However I did like that one and 19d.