Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2522 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
I’m still recovering from yesterday’s excesses, and still away from home struggling to master my sister’s laptop so this will be a very brief post. Tilsit and I both enjoyed the meet (I put that bit in to annoy Giovanni – see the Crossword Centre Forum) and had a nice day (I put that bit in to annoy Elgar – see the same forum). We were particularly pleased to see Prolixic and Kcit – the latter being over here from New Zealand.
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, 12th February.
1a British going into pub I preserve in centre of London (8)
Put B(ritish) between a pub on the one hand and I preserve, as in put in a tin, on the other and you have a part of Central London famous for it’s theatre.
16a Form of narrative, extremely banal and ongoing? (4)
The outside letters of the last two words give you the kind of narrative that you are currently reading!
28a Skill in figuring out what’s spicy on peculiar menu (8)
The skill of figuring out is created by putting a word meaning spicy after an anagram, indicated by peculiar, of MENU – I still haven’t worked out how “on” means to put after!
2d Toughest opponent losing second rook, as recorded (8)
The toughest opponent here is (4,5) and you need to drop the second occurrence of the symbol used in chess notation for a rook to get a word meaning recorded, as in chronicled.
7d Mostly permeate with pessimism, ultimately, in 2012, say (4)
Quite a tricky clue for a four-letter answer – most of a word meaning to permeate, as in to put in and occupy the whole of, is followed by the final letter of pessimism to give a production of which 2012, starring John Cusack, is an example
25d Manner in which people entertain India on radio (4)
We finish on a fairly easy note – this manner is built up from people in general, males in particular, around (to entertain) the letter represented by India in the NATO phonetic alphabet
If you need further help then please ask and I, or more likely one of the other contributors, will see what can be done.
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