Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2516 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
A pleasant post-Christmas puzzle to solve while eating the left-over turkey!
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 Tuesday, 5th January 2010.
1a Scribbles in first part of diary a great deal (7)
These scribbles are derived from the first letter of Diary followed by a word that means a great deal, as in lots and lots
19a Craft he famously executed (5)
This looks as if you need to drop the initial letter from a word to get a craft, but it’s not! This is actually a double definition – a small two-masted sailing vessel or a former public executioner
28a Turn away and go to other side, crossing line (7)
A word meaning to turn away is constructed from a word meaning to go to the other side, as in transferring one’s allegiance, around the abbreviation for a Line
1d Musical accompaniment needed in Buxtehude’s cantatas (7)
This musical accompaniment is hidden in the rest of the clue
18d Horn, for example, in part of castle (7)
A surprisingly clumsy clue in which a part of a castle is cryptically defined as a component of a male sheep
24d The fellow one put inside as criminal (5)
A nice easy one to finish this puzzle – take THE and the abbreviation for Fellow and insert one to get a criminal
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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