Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2523 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment *****
This is not a difficult puzzle, but one that should bring quite a few smiles along the way. The theme, which you should spot fairly quickly, is present in every clue and a lot of the answers.
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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, 19th February.
1a To teasingly excite desire is a talent, in a way (9)
A word meaning to teasingly excite desire can be found as an anagram (in a way) of IS A TALENT
11a & 22a Nothing accomplishes global revolution – so people romantically suppose (4,5,3,5,2,5)
A part-cryptic double definition of the motto for today
26a Brother ogling and being playful (9)
This brother lives in a monastery, add a synonym for ogling and you have word meaning being playful
29a Valentine from Verona, for example, for a courteous chap (9)
One of two in Shakespeare’s play!
1d Originally try love as novice (4)
This one doesn’t seem to work, unless I’ve missed something – an anagram (originally?) of TRY is followed by the usual crosswordese for love to get a novice
2d Rose’s sweetness isn’t dependent on this, according to 9’s lover (4)
“What’s in a ____? that which we call a rose
By any other ____ would smell as sweet”
12d Notice a couple of points warning they could be femmes fatales? (10)
To notice, as in to take note of, followed by two compass points and a warning (that Damien is around, maybe) gives these femmes fatales of the Wild West
25d Juliet, for one, in passionate entanglement (4)
Juliet’s age group is hidden in the clue!
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