Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2501 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
These Sunday puzzles just keep getting better. This one is somewhere between a standard daily puzzle and a Toughie in terms of difficulty.
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, 18th September.
1a Without taking offence, actor would like to be this (2,4,4)
A phrase which means without taking offence could also be a desirable role for an actor
9a Irrelevant, I observe, backing member of the old school (7)
A very clever reversal of the charade irrelevant, or not applicable, I and observe, or pay attention to, which results in a member of a famous old school
17a Some drinks I spilled turning round … (8)
This hidden and reversed word is defined by the three dots at the end of the clue – somewhat difficult if you are doing it on ScrewedUp as they are missing from the online version – as discussed recently, although you may often ignore punctuation, you must never forget that it’s there!
27a On an individual basis for each boyfriend (10)
Here a word meaning on an individual basis is build up from synonyms of “for each” “boy” and “friend”
1d One thing, or a couple (4)
When two people, particularly celebrities, go out together for a while tey are described as being this
16d Music for church service (3,5)
Wonderful surface reading for this charade of music + FOR + church which gives one of the armed services
23d Hail, at sea, a boat (4)
A word meaning to hail at sea comes from A and a small sloop-rigged coasting ship which we last saw 6 months ago in DT 25871
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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