Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2524 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As with Saturday’s Prize puzzle, no assessment or comment from me, starting this week.
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, 26th February.
7a Single member of team with limited facilities (3-5)
A charade of words meaning single and a member of a team pulling a carriage leads to a description of a town, for example, with limited facilities
12a Task-oriented groups improperly taking power, sir? (7,7)
These groups are an anagram, indicated by improperly, of TAKING POWER SIR
17a Race in which neighbouring teams compete (5)
A horse race or a match between local teams
28a How teams changed, up to a point (8)
A straightforward anagram, indicated unambiguously by changed, of HOW TEAMS gives a word meaning up to a point
1d South American ruler popular with Guatemala, etc. (4)
This South American ruler is built up from a word meaning popular, especially in Crosswordland, with the abbreviation for the area of which Guatemala is a part.
4d Score century, possibly? Not in this game (6)
… because the highest ever score in this game was Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord!
21d Relative gains by unions at work before left was corrupted (2-4)
The definition here is “relative gains by unions” – the relatives you gain when you get married!
22d Indian doctor, aggressive high-flier (6)
I thought you had to say Native American these days to be politically correct!
26d Unkind people hiding answer — one’s covering end of clue (4)
You get two clues here for the price of one! – a word meaning unkind is derived by putting people (male people in particular) around one of the abbreviations for A(nswer) – put one of these people around the final letter of cluE and you get the same word
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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