Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2521 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
A bit more difficult than last week’s Prize puzzle, but still excellent quality.
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, 5th February.
1a Steps some Londoners take to produce fruit (6,3,5)
Cockney slang for stairs
11a Statement of dismissal on other grounds (4)
… when you team is not playing at home
18a Produce the first shot and so cause anger (3,3)
This two-word phrase can mean to take the first shot to begin play at a hole in golf and it can also mean to anger or annoy
25a European city where many Irish people live (7)
… a German city or an Irish province, as long as you ignore the umlaut
26a Personal stake of setter’s evident when upset (6,8)
Upset is the indicator that tells you that this personal stake is an anagram of SETTER’S EVIDENT
1d Fruit in a case briefly leading to difficulty (7)
This fruit is a charade of A followed by the shorted form (briefly) of the case of a word when a person or thing is addressed and finally a difficulty or trouble
3d Latin and French one got in school (4)
Combine the Latin for “and” with the French for “one”, as a pronoun, to get Crosswordland’s most popular school
5d Spread out from Land’s End whenever ready to set off (8)
For me this was the most difficult wordplay today – a word meaning spread out (past tense) is built up from the last (end) letter of land, and a short phrase saying that an explosive device in this state is ready to be set off (it would have been a lot easy to give the answer!)
8d Strange dramas in Indian city recalled (6)
… no doubt Rishi can recall the former name of the city where he lives!
13d One can provide juice that a presenter may require (5,5)
… the second definition refers to a product in the Microsoft Office package that is (10) not (5,5)!
23d The moment that’s not repeated (4)
If it happens this often, it can never be repeated
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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