Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2508 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This one is not quite as challenging as several recent Sunday prize puzzles, but still a very enjoyable one to solve.
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, 6th November (Peter Biddlecombe is still on holiday).
1a Second falling building is obstacle (9,5)
This is a charade made up from S(econd), a word meaning falling and a large building usually containing flats or offices – and the result is an obstacle
12a Fatal detachment (6,5)
This is an excellent cryptic definition of a detachment detailed to shoot a condemned prisoner
27a Impromptu new composition for a trumpet? Indeed (14)
Here new composition indicates that to get this word meaning impromptu you need to find an anagram of A TRUMPET INDEED
1d With swimming group, I’m lifting tension as instructor (14)
This swimming group contains a number of fishes – add I’M reversed (lifting) and a synonym for tension and you have a lady instructor
16d Players without a move for game (4,4)
… because they are not playing away!
25d Sailor one may pay on deck (3)
An informal word for a sailor; but did you know that to pay can also mean to smear a wooden boat with this bituminous substance? – I didn’t, but guessed and looked it up in Chambers
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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