Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2509 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Sunday has come round again, and here is yet another in this long run of excellent puzzles.
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, 13th November (lucky for some!).
1a Tailor cuts up curtains for needleworkers? (14)
Tailor indicates that you need an anagram of cuts up curtains to get these people who use needles to cure illness
18a Moves very slowly during endless board game (6)
A word meaning moves very slowly is built up from a word meaning during followed by a board game minus its last letter (endless)
25a Trying to sell West End excursion (7)
The definition is trying to sell, and it’s the last letter (end) of West followed by a type of excursion
26a Rope popular band into dance — he compiles critical notes (9,5)
Take a charade comprising synonyms for rope, popular and band and put it all inside a Scottish dance to get this celestial bookkeeper
1d Curved structure was nice but pointless and obsolete (7)
Take a curved structure and add “was nice” without all the compass points and the result is a word meaning obsolete – a very clever construction
7d Finding fault with foreign currency hard to get in part of London (15)
A word meaning finding fault with is built up from Russian (foreign) currency and H(ard) inside a part of South London
16d Got together again about eleven in Manchester or Leeds (8)
The eleven here are a football team – like the Reds of Manchester
23d Area covered by green reporter in red state (4)
The usual abbreviation for area is preceded by a name for a junior reporter to give a communist country in the Caribbean – “covered by” here means under, and “in” is padding that serves only to confuse
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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