Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2498 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
There are some really excellent clues, yet again, today. I’m a little puzzled by the part played by “wanting” in the homophone at 21 across – if you have any ideas, please add a comment but, as Basil Fawlty might have said, “Don’t mention the Word”.
1a Confused supporter of monarchy, we hear (6)
In this double definition, the second part sounds like a support, or seat, for the monarchy
8a Great warrior’s prominence shown in top honours (8)
This great warrior had a fatal weakness, and the honours referred to in the wordplay are playing cards not knighthoods!
11a Time for visiting supporter (4)
As with all double definitions that contain more than two words, you need to decide where the break comes – here it is cunningly set between visiting and supporter
13a Kind of mental treatment one never gets (5,7)
… because it involves several people!
21a Ill-fated climber wanting some water, we hear (4)
One of the two who went up a hill only to fall down – but I’m not convinced by the homophone; is it ¼ pint of water or a membranous organ on a fish for breathing in water?
23a Produce at steady, fast rate — OK? Just the opposite (5,3)
When you realise that KO is the opposite of OK, you are nearly there!
1d After 3, I become uncommunicative (8)
You should try to solve 3 down first as the answer to that one defines an anagram which is the first three letters of this one; the rest of it comprises the I and a synonym for to become in the sense of to become cold – the definition is uncommunicative, and you may be able to guess the answer to this and then work backwards towards 3 down
3d Fierce person not having approval of union (7)
The cryptic part of this double definition describes an unofficial strike called at short notice
7d Boy named in public — shown up, right? (6)
To get this boy’s name you need to reverse a word meaning in public and then add the r(ight)
9d Desperate to act when son’s trapped between vehicles (5-6)
This description of someone who is desperate to become an actor is built up by trapping S(on) between an old horse-drawn coach and a type of lorry
15d The writer in France with a dreadful suspicion of rival (8)
The writer in English is I, so translate this into French and add A and a word meaning dreadful to get this suspicion or resentment of a rival
19d Prefer a verse found in number of gospels (6)
A word meaning to prefer comes from putting A V (A Verse) inside the number of Gospels in the New Testament
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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