Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2507 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Another delightful Sunday prize puzzle – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 30th October (Peter Biddlecombe is on holiday).
1a Scattered the rice, initially, in all directions (6)
This is a word meaning scattered that is made up from the initial letters of The Rice inside all four points of the compass
4a Piece of oak, say, used in old ship (6)
A word that sounds like (say) a piece of oak, or any other tree, gives a name for an old ship – I’m not sure about “used in” which appears to be padding
11a What differentiates man and many people in general? (4)
Answer the question “What differentiates man and many?” and you have the answer
25a Habitual user of commercial reference book, in short (6)
This habitual user is derived from a short word for a commercial followed by an abbreviation of a reference book that is invaluable when solving crosswords
1d Sky viewer delighted by brilliant late show? (8)
An excellent cryptic definition of this person to whom a red sky at night is a delight
5d Country included in international ban I activated (7)
… it wouldn’t be a Sunday puzzle without a hidden answer!
17d ‘Watch closely,’ I shout, as you can hear (7)
A word meaning to watch closely sounds like (as you can hear) a combination of I and a synonym for shout
!f you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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