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ST 2482 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2482 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Sunday puzzles always used to be predictably bad, full of awkward constructs – now they are predictably good!

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, 7th May.

Some hints to get you started:


1a Stresses that may be produced by hairdresser (10)
Overlays text with a bright colour, for special attention, or do something similar to one’s hair

11a Like short stay in hotel, completed near West End (9)
A clever charade of a synonym for completed, another for near and then the end of WesT

14a Southern politician with powerful relations (5-7)
Another nice charade combines S(outhern), a Conservative politician and a word meaning powerful to get the narrating of tales (relations)

23a Swindled young lady, one of the Irish county set (7)
A word meaning swindled and a shortened form of girl give this county, town and bay in Ireland

24a A pot again broken in part of South America (9)
Broken is your signal to look for an anagram of A POT AGAIN to find this part of South America which includes parts of Argentine and Chile

26a Forcefully close big contract (4)
A double definition; on the one hand to forcefully close a door and on the other to bid for a big contract in bridge


1d Problem about East being advanced in electronics (2-4)
Put E(ast) inside a problem to get HIgh TECHnology electronics!

2d Undistinguished pair making sign (6)
Identical twins make up this Zodiac sign

3d Movie such as Ali? (4,2,3,5)
This Multi-Academy Award winning film could have been about Muhammad Ali, but isn’t!

4d Left-winger supporting theatre means to travel a lot (9)
A Trotskyite supports Shakespeare’s theatre to travel a lot

7d Support arranged, being without advocate originally? (5,3)
This all-in-one clue puts a part of the body that acts as a support and a word meaning arranged, as in set the table, around A(dvocate) to give a term used for financial assistance given to those unable to pay the full costs of proceedings in court

17d Non-alcoholic drink teenager oddly ordered (5,3)
Some cunning misdirection here – oddly ordered is an anagram indicator and not an instruction to take the odd numbered letters from somewhere

22d Sail from where Columbus started (5)
This type of sail is named after the Italian port where Christopher Columbus was born

If you had abandoned the Sunday puzzles of the past, or if you have never tried them, now is the time to have a go.

This is what I wrote about ST 2471:

I never look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and I’m seldom surprised.
This is another one that takes quite a while to complete, but leaves you wondering why you bothered.

How things have changed!