Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2505 – Hints
Are They Getting Harder?
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
If you’ve woken up this morning feeling a bit under the weather you’ll probably need a good supply of caffeine to give you the strength to tackle this puzzle. It’s a real challenge, and it seems to me that it’s approaching the standard of a Toughie, but all the clues are impeccably constructed and I really enjoyed battling with it.
As usual, we don’t publish answers for the prize puzzles until the entry deadline has passed. Below are a few hints for some of the more interesting clues, to help you get started.
All comments are appreciated, but please do not include any full or partial answers.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 16th October.
1a Hoards, in a way, trophy for excelling in some tests (7)
A verb meaning hides away (hoards) is constructed from an abbreviation of a road or way followed by the name of a sporting trophy, currently held by England, which goes to the winner of a series of tests.
15a Person getting, in Rome, 2% off (9)
The definition is person getting – you need an anagram (off) of the Roman numeral for 2 and the word PERCENT. A clue that is definitely Toughie material!
25a E.g., Hillary Clinton, initially flexible (7)
What was (Sir Edmund) Hillary? Take the first letter (initially) of Clinton and add a synonym for supple or flexible.
26a Something sweet returned, for example? Surely not! (7)
According to the saying getting your own back is sweet. Put together EG (for example) and an exclamation meaning surely not or “no way!” and then reverse (returned) the whole thing.
28a What’s done about cancelled service? It’s taken out (7)
For cancelled service think about what the umpire calls in a tennis match if a serve has to be retaken.
14d Nothing can inspire such fear for very long (9)
This word means a fear of new things, and of course nothing stays new for very long.
16d Something that may bounce, like ball in test, up and down (9)
If you write one of these when your funds are too low it may bounce and you may get a stiff letter from today’s robotic equivalent of Mr Mainwaring. Now add the colour of the cricket ball used in test matches.
If you’re absolutely stuck on a clue leave us a comment and Libellule or I will see what we can do. But please do not include full or partial answers in your comments, otherwise they may have to be censored.