Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2502 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
I was surprised that Peter Biddlecombe thought that last Sunday’s puzzle was quite easy, but then he is a former Times Crossword Champion. I found this one moderately difficult but very enjoyable. I have added a few hints, but I rather expect that some of you may be struggling with a number of these clues.
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, 25th September.
7a Vessel going West in trip for so long (8)
A large jug is to be reversed (going West, as this is an across clue – had it been a down clue it would have been going North) inside to trip, as in stumble, to get a word meaning so long, as in goodbye
10a Communicates with monarch what Don was going to say? (6)
The monarch is the abbreviation for Rex, a King, and when Don is going he says goodbye in Spanish – together they give a word meaning communicates wirelessly
28a Citizen pronounced insane after jumping off bridge? (8)
My favourite clue today plays on an old joke – if this person jumps off a bridge over the river in his home city where does he finds himself (clue – it sounds like insane)
1d Priest holding a mass in Hollywood location (4)
This priest is built up from A M(ass) inside the abbreviation for the city in which Hollywood is located
3d Exemplarily fit jumper (4)
Quite why you would describe someone as being as fit as one of these jumping insects is a mystery
13d Knock out supporter — that should clear the air (7,3)
This is a charade of to knock out and, say, a football supporter – together they create a device for clearing the air
26d His passengers were diverse, but never odd (4)
… because they came in twos to escape the flood
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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