August 30, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2499 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2499 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

This is the latest in a long run of excellent Sunday puzzles.  Excellent surface reading and an underlying humour are two of this setter’s trademarks.  Make sure that you don’t miss the allusion to Virgil’s Latin epic poem The Aeneid in 13 down that led to the popular saying “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” among others.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

Starting this week, Peter Biddlecombe is going to be reviewing the Sunday puzzles instead of the Saturday ones.  His full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 4th September.

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