Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2492 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Once again, the highlight of the week. Excellent clues, and some tricky wordplay, for a puzzle that is ideally suited to a lazy Sunday morning.
A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Friday, 17th July.
1a Gold components used in circuits (6)
… of planets around the sun, for example
4a Artist carrying back very old pie (8)
Find a famous British artist, and insert the abbreviations for Very and Old, but reversed, and you get a British dessert
10a Divided about drug being not serious (9)
Out of interest, this answer is one of a handful of words in the English language that contain all five vowels in alphabetical order! Abstemious is probably the best-known of the others.
11a Politician and his party damaged by charge (5)
This American politician was Vice President under Bill Clinton; add the abbreviation for his party and you could get damaged by a charging bull in Pamplona
18a Curse old woman put on every article (8)
This curse is built up from the indefinite articles (both of them) and the definite article, all before MA (old woman)
20a Educational achievement, so elementary (5)
An Arts graduate, followed by the Latin for so gives a word meaning elementary
29a Old star you heard has gone – he was worshipped at one time (6)
A charade of O(ld) and the Dog Star, but without the U (you, heard, has gone) gives an Egytian god
1d A bit of a bad egg, and somewhat yellow, perhaps (3-5)
A pair of cryptic definitions of a slightly yellow colour!
7d Medicinal plant short-lived king used without success? (7)
This one has been puzzling us all morning. The answer is the easy bit! This explanation, from dr b, is the best so far:
The short-lived king is Edward V, who reigned from 9 April – 22 June 1483, and is believed to have died before his fifteenth birthday; without success is in vain.
Put ER V in V..AIN to get a medicinal plant that was believed to have been used to treat Jesus’s wounds.
8d Cheap drink provided by fly-by-night operator? (3-3)
This double definition of American slang has a poor-quality whiskey on the one hand and an overnight aeroplane journey on the other – either of these could result in you looking like this
A few weeks ago, Phil McNeill, Puzzles Editor for the Telegraph Media Group, said:
“The Toughie setter Jed has indeed been setting our recent Sunday puzzles. …. He did tweak some of his unpublished Toughies to realign them for Sunday”
It looks like this was one of them!