Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2520 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
If you’ve never tried the Sunday Prize puzzle before, this one is a gentle introduction
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, 29th January.
1a Rejected, we hear? It’s all over (10)
This synonym for all over, in the sense of everywhere, sounds like a word meaning rejected, in the sense of chucked away
6a Having little time off, that is — it used to be one day a month (4)
Take T (little time) off the Latin phrase meaning that is to get a day to beware in the Roman month
12a Change of trees into a wasteland, ultimately? (13)
This is the answer that many wanted to squeeze into 13 across in DT 26144! – it’s an all-in-one /&lit clue where the whole clue is the definition and change indicates that the wordplay is an anagram of “OF TREES INTO A” and D, the last letter / ultimately of wastelanD
27a Musical director also featured in British editorial (10)
To get this musical director you need to insert another word for also between B(ritish) and the main editorial article in a newspaper – how do you know whether to abbreviate British to B or BR? Only the number of letters in the answer can help!
1d Inaccuracy in document held by security police (4)
A frequently encountered inacuracy (sic) in a document is hidden in the last two words
4d Legal term used to name male or female (6)
There are four legal terms – this one, that can be a boy’s name or a girl’s name, together with Easter, Trinity and Michaelmas
23d Wild animal repeatedly said to be a bother in South Africa? (4)
This wild animal sounds like either spelling of a Dutch colonist in South Africa – do you have a better explanation?
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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