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ST Cryptic No 2474 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2474

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **** Enjoyment ****

The second Sunday in a row that I have enjoyed the puzzle – things are looking up.  Only one minor grumble – the top right and bottom left corners of the grid are a bit isolated from the rest.

As Spring is fast approaching, I have changed the header picture once more.  The intention is to show the same view for the current month of the year – those for January and February are still in the Gallery, along with a few new pictures.  The large van in the centre of the picture is the Mobile Library – a lifeline for Mrs BD.

Some of you may have noticed that The Mine is growing too – Popes and Antipopes are among the new additions.  Later today, following one of the clues in today’s General Knowledge puzzle, I intend to add the Hebrew / Jewish calendar.

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,  March 12th.

Some hints to get you started:


1a This time the game is not in the bag! (5,6)
The time of year when pheasant shooting is not allowed

11a The male will, you say, stay close by (4)
Tell your dog to stay close by, sounds like he will

18a Making the foreigners pronounce “condescends” (5)
Scandinavians who sound like a synonym for condescends

30a Rewards with only useless land (4,7)
My favourite in this puzzle – the reward could be vast expanses of sand


4d Told on pop. Misbehaving in the outhouse (7)
An anagram (misbehaving) of POP inside the kind of outhouse which is often regarded as a man’s second home

17d A race that has its supporters (6)
A horse race for money that has been contributed

Don’t forget the full review next Thursday.