Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2517 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Once again a well-constructed puzzle from Virgilius (the name by which Brian Greer is best known these days). Very few easy clues, but all the answers should be within the vocabulary of the average solver, with the possible exception of 20 down.
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, 8th January.
1a Study about carbon dioxide that’s broken down protective cover (6)
A word meaning to study is to be placed about the chemical formula for Carbon Dioxide, broken down [where it sulphur dinitride, SN2, this would be broken down as SNN – I hope that’s clear!]. The result is a protective cover for an insect lava.
12a Court action that is faulted by judge if too long, say (7)
… while playing tennis!
24a Impressive contract secured by the Irish last year (5,4)
In bridge this contract means you have to win all thirteen tricks – but in Rugby Union you only have to win five games
27a Plagiarised something from German cookbook, we hear (6)
As has been remarked many times, one man’s homophone is another man’s complete bewilderment! Here a word meaning plagiarised (like the plot of most of the books written by a disgraced former Tory politician) allegedly sounds like a rich, sweet German bread made with raisins, etc. and coated with icing sugar which is particularly popular at Christmastime.
1d Sort that’s stylish provided inside (8)
A word meaning to sort into categories is constructed from a synonym for stylish with a short word meaning provided, in the sense of “on condition”, inside
8d Awfully untidy feature of some colonies (6)
My favourite clue today is an anagram (awfully) of UNTIDY – then think about where those who practise this might go!
18d Derby’s starter had one old mare put out (7)
According to legend, if the toss of a coin had gone the other way the famous horse race would have been called the Bunbury Stakes – the title held by the winner of the toss is an anagram (put out) of OLD MARE
20d A huge number go surfing – but not in ocean, we hear (6)
When the setter says huge he really means it – 1 followed by a hundred zeros, or 10100 – which sounds like (we hear) the world’s best known search engine
22d A humorous writer or two (5)
The name of the author who famously said “The report of my death was an exaggeration” can also mean two
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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