Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2513 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
This was harder than the average Sunday Prize puzzle but as enjoyable as ever. Some of the wordplay was a bit tricky, which tipped the difficulty from three to four stars in my book.
Sorry I’m a bit late today, but it took the whole of the morning to recover from yesterday’s session in London. There were too many people there to name all of them, but from a Telegraph perspective Elgar, MynoT and Notabilis were present and I was particularly pleased to meet, for the first time, Derek Harrison from The Crossword Centre – see the link in the sidebar.
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, 11th December.
1a Gym equipment one left out finally for swimmer (6)
Take this piece of gym equipment and leave out one of the “L”s (one left out) to get a freshwater fish of the carp family with beard-like appendages at its mouth
5a Insult on Wellington’s part is blow for fighting man (8)
A tricky charade is comprised of a three-letter word for an insult preceded by part of a wellington boot to give an upward short-arm blow from a boxer
11a Medleys with verve, for example, turned into potential book (8)
These medleys are constructed by another tricky clue in which a word meaning verve is followed by crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for “for example” reversed (turned) all inside a manuscript (potential book)
24a Costume worn by female relative, one in Daisy’s family (8)
Take a costume, or outfit, follow it by a word meaning worn, in the sense of showing effects of wear, and precede it with a female relative (abbreviated) to get a flower of the daisy family
2d Pointed article about rising in intellectual circles (8)
This is an interesting clue in which a straightforward charade – pointed, as in pointed a gun at a target, the indefinite article and a two-letter abbreviation of a word meaning about (nor RE this time!!) – is all reversed (rising – yes, this is a down clue) to get these intellectual circles
5d Thing in use is dud, awfully mediocre (15)
The setter has given you an obvious anagram (awfully) of THING IN USE IS DUD to give you the key answer – a sure sign that he has recognised that this puzzle is harder than usual
8d With new organisation, there’s about a hundred staff (8)
A lot simpler than it looks at first sight – an anagram (with new organisation – one of the longest anagram indicators I can remember) of THERE’S is placed around (about) A and the Roman numeral for a hundred to get the staff of, for example, a school
19d E.g. attacking castles simultaneously, in support of monarch (7)
A chess term for attacking two opposing pieces simultaneously (for example two castles), which means that the opponent can only move one of them to safety, is a charade of words meaning “in support of” and “monarch”
It was more difficult than usual to select the troublesome clues today, so if you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do. I look forward to see Peter’s review this coming Friday.
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