Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2510 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
More excellent fare from Sunday’s Supremo. As I have said before, this puzzle is worth the price of the Sunday paper all on its own.
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, 19th November.
1a Catamaran at sea carrying key historical document (5,5)
An anagram of CATAMARAN is to be placed around a musical key to get an historical document signed in 1215
6a It slows down horses when oats get cut by 50% (4)
To get a command used to slow down horses, take 50% of WHEN and add 50% of OATS
17a Record holder recovered after accident (5,3)
.. to an aircraft – why are they called this when they are usually red?
27a Old-fashioned print worker kind to dog (10)
An old-fashioned print worker is a charade of a word meaning a kind and a breed of dog
1d Low temperature up in the air (4)
A cleverly worded clue disguises that low is a verb rather than an adjective – add the usual abbreviation for Temperature to get a word meaning up in the air
3d Hands are moved thus to adjust for fall (13)
Spring forward, fall back – which way do you move the hands?
13d Colleague in final chess position taking bishop (10)
Tricky for those that don’t play chess, but the final position is one where neither side can win; just insert the abbreviation for a bishop (another chess term!) and you have a word meaning a colleague
23d Attach to river bank (4)
A word meaning to attach is followed by the crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for a river to get a word meaning a bank
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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