Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2512 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****
Being used to the style of our Sunday setter I found this to be quite easy – those less familiar may take longer, hence the dual difficulty rating. Either way, it is well worth the effort.
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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, 4th December.
7a Fellow engaged in it flipped Indian pancake (8)
This charade consists of a synonym for fellow, or bloke, followed by a two-letter word meaning engaged in and finally IT reversed (flipped) – much easier to work backwards from the Indian pancake
10a New driver attached to museum is Germanic type (6)
Put the type of plate displayed by a new driver after (attached to) a famous London museum, with the “&” usually seen in its name expanded, and you have a member of a Germanic people who overran parts of Europe in the 5th century
20a Resorting to train, invariably one must enter inside this (7,7)
This all-in-one (&lit) clue is one of my favourites – you may well guess the answer from the surface reading but to get the full pleasure you need to unravel the wordplay – rather like those famous Russian dolls you need to insert 1 (one) inside (must enter) a word meaning invariably and then put the whole lot inside an anagram (resorting) of TO TRAIN – on my initial examination of this clue I took “enter inside” as a single insertion indicator but they are in fact two indicators
23a Cause of ill-feeling not allowed back inside — that’s good (8)
This cause of ill-feeling does not respond to antibiotics – put a word meaning “not allowed” reversed (back) inside and the result is a synonym for good – having cured the swine flu maybe!
28a Unexpected bonus some players got before season (8)
This unexpected bonus is a charade of a section of the orchestra (some players) in front of (got before) autumn in North America
1d In poorer health, bird unable to fly (4)
One of crosswordland’s favourite birds is hidden inside this clue
2d Passed out as a major (6)
Tricky if you don’t play bridge – an anagram (out) of PASSED gives one of the two major suits in a pack of cards
13d Religious work of bishop, say, supporting convert, we hear (10)
This religious work of art is derived by placing a bishop, or perhaps a knight or a rook or any other chessman under (supporting – it’s a down clue) a word that sounds like (we hear) to convert, or change
21d Trying to win, side secures scoreless draw (6)
If you are trying to win a young lady, put one side of a large house around a nil-nil (scoreless) draw
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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