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ST Cryptic No 2476 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2476

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

After a bit of light relief last Sunday, we are back with a hardish crossword.  However, the improvement in the Sunday  puzzles continues as there are no tenuous clues.

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 26th.

Some hints to get you started:


1a A perennial leakage of war secrets (10)
An anagram (leakage) of WAR SECRETS gives a salad plant

6a Regard as an indication the chick has hatched (4)
One part of this double definition is the noise a chick might make

22a The Dalmatian and I left, bound for a holiday resort (5)
This one is an anagram (bound) of (D)ALMAT(ian) (Dalmatian without / left AND I)

30a In which Goldilocks found the three beds? (4,6)
Not strictly correct as the beds were in the house, but a little bit of licence makes for a fun clue


1d I am among the few to knock around with, or consort (4)
I am inside an anagram (to knock around with) of FEW to give a partner (consort)

5d They reveal one gives generously (7)
A tricky double definition – in the plural these people reveal; as a singular word it also means to give generously (in the US they do this for brides and babies, for example)

11d Speaking in French of Paris riots, be very gloomy (7)
A French word for in is followed by an anagram (riots) of PARIS gives a word that means to be very gloomy

26d Meagre tip (4)
We finish with a double definition –  thin (meagre); to incline (tip)

Don’t forget the full review next Thursday.