Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2489 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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I know that recycling is considered highly desirable these days, but this seems to be a step too far!
See statement by Phil McNeill, Puzzles Editor for the Telegraph Media Group, below.
A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 27th June.
While solving today’s puzzle I was struck by a strong sense of déjà vu, so when I finished I checked Toughie 110. There I found 22 out of the 28 answers, mostly with the same, or similar, clues . I had strong suspicions that Jed was the new Sunday setter – now I know for sure!
Phil McNeill, Puzzles Editor for the Telegraph Media Group, has been in touch to say it was, quite evidently, a mistake. At his request I have temporarily withdrawn the review of Toughie 110 [now reinstated]. He says:
“I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone who found Sunday’s Cryptic Crossword familiar.
“The Toughie setter Jed has indeed been setting our recent Sunday puzzles. He is a brilliant crossword setter but, unfortunately, his administrative skills don’t quite match up. This was a completely innocent confusion on his part, and certainly not an attempt to recycle a puzzle. He did tweak some of his unpublished Toughies to realign them for Sunday, but this was never intended to be one of them!
“As it happens, Toughie 110 was virtually the first one that I edited when I took on this job and, looking back at my notes, I see that I thought it was on the easy side (as you did too when it was published). If it came my way now as a Toughie, I would definitely ask the setter to toughen it up. I remember that it made me think Jed’s puzzles would be ideal for Sundays — I just wish I had remembered the puzzle itself…”