ST Cryptic No 2475 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2475

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

The Sunday puzzle really does seem to be changing – this one is a bit easier than those of recent weeks, but still enjoyable.

The Mine is getting still deeper – Musical Terms being the latest addition.

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 19th.

Some hints to get you started: 

Across

1a Having eaten the fish, order waffles in (8)
This is an anagram (waffled) of ORDER inside a fish to give a synonym for rusted

10a Lights that go out (8)
… when they were carried by people in the days before electricity

16a He’ll tell you spring is here (5,7)
A cryptic definition of a dowser – and my favourite clue in today’s puzzle

19a Dump a lot of sand (6)
Last week’s useless land is this week’s lot of sand

Down

2d With ‘It’s in the garden, love,’ I rang off (6)
We are in &lit territory here – this anagram (off) of O (love) I RANG is another name for the wild marjoram

5d In old photos, starting out to be a great swimmer (7)
This great swimmer is an anagram (out) of the first 7 letters (starting) of IN OLD PH(otos)

7d It lifts the lid on a big surprise (9)
One part of this clever double definition is cryptic

13d She’s survived to make a comeback in ‘The Wicked Ladies’ (3-6)
A synonym of survived is to be found reversed (to make a comeback) inside SHE’S – I got this straightaway, and then hesitated because it seemed too easy!

18d Now, now. Remain loyal! (6)
Two synonyms of now are put together to give a word meaning to remain loyal

Don’t forget the full review next Thursday.

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