Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2493 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
A Sunday puzzle that is tougher than some Toughies. Each answer must be carefully coaxed from the clue.
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 Friday, 24th July.
1a Good example of European fashion included in list (4,5)
A person in the limelight who is expected to set a good example comes from E(uropean) and a fashion included in a list from which names might be called
10a Some Irish sailors needed to get into port (9)
My favourite clue in this puzzle, because it made me smile – a cryptic definition of a complement of sailors from an Irish county gives something that is needed to get into a bottle of port
11a One of the things known by expert about religious belief (7)
An expert is said to “know his ……” – take one of these and put it around a short word meaning religious and you finish up with a belief
22a Mother goes in to cultivate old fruit (9)
Put a word for mother inside TO and a synonym for cultivate, then add O(ld) to get this fruit of a plant of the nightshade family which is used in Mexican cooking
1d Starving birds seen around old university (8)
A word meaning starving comes from some birds who might be helping to guard the crown jewels around O(ld) and U(niversity)
2d Odd parts of life poorly presented here? Rubbish (8)
Another excellent clue – take the odd letters of LiFe and you get L AND F; all you have to do is add a word meaning poorly to get somewhere to take rubbish
6d This kind of competition ‘asn’t ‘ealthy effect on people (4,4)
A Cockney clue that doesn’t quite work for me – you need to drop the aitch from a word that means hasn’t a healthy effect and add a synonym for people to get the kind of competition that usually occurs between superpowers
8d Scientist of note pictured with Queen (6)
This scientist is pictured on a ten-pound note!
18d Head off rabbit or hare’s companion (6)
Take the first letter off a word meaning to rabbit and you get the March Hare’s mad companion
20d Not welcoming American poet unknown here (6)
A word meaning not welcoming that comes from an American poet and an unknown quantity from an equation
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
This is not an easy puzzle. I shall be out most of the day, but I’m sure that others will be on hand to help with additional hints. Please don’t publish answers or part answers.