Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2519 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Once again one of the best puzzles of the week. Although this particular grid has four three-letter words, Virgilius has taken great trouble to provide clues that are a bit different.
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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, 22nd January.
1a Constant evil distasteful in sycophantic campaign (5,9)
A charade of C(onstant) and synonyms for evil and distasteful leads to a sycophantic campaign, or as Chambers says “a method of trying to get what one wants by overwhelming with reasonableness, attractive offers, etc“
23a Fool that represents American party (3)
This fool actually represents the Democratic Party – the Republicans, of course, have their own called Dubya!
27a After dreadful stir, public transport’s convenient for unconventional hero (8,6)
A compound clue that puts together an anagram (dreadful) of STIR, an old-fashioned form of public transport that has been recently revived in some cities, the S from ‘s, and a word meaning convenient for the unconventional hero of the series of novels by Laurence Sterne
1d Letter is covering idiosyncrasy – typical! (14)
Another charade, this time combining a letter or distinctive mark with IS and an idiosyncrasy or mannerism to give a word meaning typical, or indeed an idiosyncrasy
8d Unkempt boxers, say, venture outside ring – it’s a joke (6,3,5)
Nothing to do with the noble art, but scruffy animals are followed by a venture, or attempt, around the ring-shaped letter to get a phrase describing a type of joke
25d Holiday island often associated with sin and tan (3)
This Greek holiday island (alternative spelling) is also a geometric function, along with sin (sine) and tan (tangent)
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