Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2500 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
We asked for a special crossword for number 2500, and here it is. The best single tip for solving this puzzle is to read the clue for 25 across first, then you will have an idea of the theme and where it is featured. And don’t forget to heed the warning given:
(WARNING: Two answers in this special 2500th puzzle require numbers as well as letters. The figure zero must be entered as a capital O.)
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.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 11th September.
1a Time off for good behaviour? (6)
… like going to church!
28a This is it! See headline at 1, 11, 13, 14, 18 across, 21, 25 (6)
In its inimitable way, ScrewedUp has the word across in the middle instead of at the end of this clue [the word across is placed next to the only number that could also be a down clue!]- this is an ordinal number (like 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.) and if you have read the warning you will be in no doubt of the answer
18d Sailor and a soldier finish off fish paste (6)
You need a three letter word for a sailor followed by A and a three letter word for a soldier, but only use the first two – we are used to soldiers being men, well this is only one soldier! – the result is a fish past that Mrs BD had never heard of, so what chance did I have?
23 Part of pitch and time he used with catchy number? (3,2)
If you have been reading these hints carefully you will have realised by now that the answer to this clue must end in a number – in fact it is two numbers, and they are the closest that you can get when converting the 25-yard line in Rugby to the metric equivalent that is now, sadly, used – by the way the clue itself is a clever charade of an abbreviation for Time with HE and the catchy number from the book and film by by the American author Joseph Heller
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