Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2518 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
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Today we have another excellent puzzle from Virgilius, but don’t take my word for it – have a go yourself.
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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, 15th January.
1a Hit second vehicle (6)
A word meaning hit (past tense) is built up from S(econd) and a commercial vehicle
8a Superhuman male slightly disrupting female setter’s work (8)
This is the Roman name for the superhuman from Greek mythology and is constructed by swapping two letters (slightly disrupting) in a two word phrase that describes a female setter’s work – this is very close to the dreaded indirect anagram (an anagram where the some or all of the fodder is not present in the clue)
10a Crew’s quarters reduced by 40% altogether (6)
The full name of the part of a ship under the maindeck, the quarters of the crew, is 10 letters long but is usually abbreviated to this 6-letter answer
25a Means of operating remote home on Caribbean island (6)
The definition here is “means of operating remote” and it is comprised of two parts – a slang word for one’s own home follows a low island or reef in the Caribbean
1d Possible sequence of events in which no race is out of order (8)
This possible sequence of events is a straightforward anagram (out of order) of NO RACE IS
9d Godfather and Titanic, say, getting financial backing (11)
A charade of a godfather, or patron, and the type of vessel that the Titanic was gives a word meaning getting financial backing – nice surface reading that leads you two think of the two blockbuster films!
21d Young woman with old piano for dance (5)
Take a name for a young woman and add O(ld) and P(iano) to get this lively dance in double time
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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