Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2497 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
I really look forward to Sunday’s puzzle every week. Excellent surface reading has become a characteristic.
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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, 21st August.
1a Out of debt, having a little money in store, initially (6)
Clever misdirection makes you want to look for initial letters – but this one is a word meaning out of debt that is also money put in the till at the start of day
11a Noble types opposed to screening one’s tally (9)
These noble types are built up from a two-letter abbreviation for versus (opposed to) around (screening) 1’S (one’s) and a tally
14a Ill-feeling people still do not suffer from (6,8)
Excellent surface reading for this cryptic definition of this illness felt by people who are moving
25a King leading state, such as George III (5)
King is often represented in crosswords by R (Rex) and to state is to say, so you need another synonym; combine these to get a word that could describe King George III, who went mad!
1d A message about temperature I had, providing remedy (8)
Put a short message around T and I’D (the abbreviations for T(emperature) and I had) to get this remedy
2d Lights falling on part of costume and painted scenery (9)
Just as flight means stairs in crosswordland, lights means alights, or comes back down to earth
6d He, for example, is supporting no multinational organisation (7)
And just what is “he” an example of? – if you don’t know, then work it out from the charade of supporting + NO + a multinational peace organisation
9d Second time I’m into greedy behaviour, being highly mistaken (14)
My favourite in today’s puzzle – S(econd) T(ime) and I’M go inside this greedy behaviour of consuming too much food to get a word meaning highly mistaken
15d Edges up to sweetheart, as an unexpected consequence (9)
Often sweetheart represents the middle letter of swEet, but here you just need a synonym – precede it with a word meaning edges, but spelt backwards (up – don’t forget this is a down clue) to get this unexpected consequence
18d Mythical beast presenting no dilemma? (7)
Another one that I loved is an allusion to the idiom “on the horns of a dilemma” – think about it!
Feel free to ask for more help, but try not to give away actual answers – they could be censored!