Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2514 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Today the Morton-Foley Memorial Rugby Match will be played at the Upton Rugby Ground in Upton-upon-Severn between Upton Veterans and Severn Vale Barbarians. Kick-off is at 2.30pm and there will be a raffle with some excellent prizes, all of which have been kindly donated, including a boxing glove signed by Joe Calzaghe, items signed by Mark Foster, a signed and framed print celebrating Graham Hick’s 100 centuries, rugby shirts signed by the Saracens and Wasps teams and four tickets to any Worcester Rugby home game. There will also be a pig roast, just in case you get hungry. All proceeds go to St Richards Hospice, Worcester (see link in the sidebar). If you live nearby then please come along.
While today’s puzzle was a bit on the easy side, it still provided the same level of enjoyment as ever. Just as well, as I have a busy day today!
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 clues and provide hints for them.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 18th December.
1a Person who formulated law for King Edward, say (6)
This well-known law is attributed to a person who is also associated with potatoes
12a Kept an eye on some bowling leading to a wicket (7)
Several series of six deliveries are followed by A and the abbreviation for a Wicket to get a word meaning kept an eye on – one for the cricket lovers!
27a State most points at least twice after short time (9)
The name of this US state contains three of the four points of the compass, each at least twice, and all of them are after the short form of Time – and you need this answer to help with
1d Some cream is sour in this state (8)
Remember that Sunsetter is the master when it comes to hiding the answer inside the clue!
6d Poet animated head of American family (5)
This one is for fans of The Simpsons!
9d In troubled state, courage that’ll stop one getting cold feet (3,5,6)
This is a charade of a phrase meaning a troubled state followed by a word meaning courage, and it all leads to something to keep your feet warm in bed
24d Stout or light beer’s moved right into the middle (5)
A word meaning stout can be created by moving the R(ight) from the end to the middle of a type of light beer (not my favourite tipple, I prefer the real thing!)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
For Helen, who wrote to me on Monday, I tried to reply but the address I received was invalid so here are your answers:
20a Liking sculptor’s first piece in gallery (5)
A word meaning liking, in the sense of preference, is formed from the initial letter of sculptor (sculptor’s first piece) inside a well-known gallery
17d Okay, or better than okay (4,4)
This one is a bit more tricky. The definition is okay as an interjection, and if you take okay as being fit and then precede it with an adjective that makes it better than okay then you will be there. The extra checking letter that you get from 20a should make it obvious
Please don’t put whole or partial answers in your comment, else they may be censored!
Some of today’s raffle prizes, and a rare photo of Mrs BD (on the right).
The total raised was over £2100!