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:
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
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