Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25966 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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A disappointing Prize Puzzle from our Saturday Supremo. As long as you know the London Underground system you should have no problems today.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 2nd July.
1a One time in Italy revert to previous speed (1,5)
A (one) is followed by the Italian for time to give a musical instruction to revert to previous speed which comes from, yes you’ve guessed, Italian
25a Rudd’s colourful feature (3-3)
An alternative name for this fish which refers to one of its features
2d Sycophancy to dismay eccentric (8)
Eccentric tells you that you need an anagram of TO DISMAY to get a synonym for sycophancy
7d A new growth Henry, sailor, and I found in the capital (3,5)
A gentle charade of A then a new growth on a plant, the abbreviation the Henry (the SI unit of inductance), an Able Bodied seaman and I lead us to the capital of the United Arab Emirates
19d Magazine found on the Piccadilly Line (7)
A place for storing military weapons that is also a station on the Piccadilly Line – this station is named after the second best football team in North London, which moved there from Woolwich in 1913
I though I would take a moment to explain how I decide on the clues to go in this hints-only post. I always do the first across and down clues, then any that refer to names of places, girls or boys, and finally any that are particularly tricky. Today that formula results in a mere handful of hints. If you need more, add a comment and I will see what I can do. Please don’t give away any answers or your comment may be censored.