Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2526 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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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 March.
1a Experiences a blow — it helps provide comfort in prayer (7)
A charade of synonyms for experiences and a blow leads to a firmly stuffed cushion for kneeling on in church
13a Type of European city (5)
If you don’t read this carefully you can puzzle over the answer – it’s a double definition the first one being a type of lettering used in printing and the second is “of European city”
28a Scots knew why, it’s said, this leader was slain (7)
The Scots word for knew (note the past tense) is followed by the letter that sounds like why to give a US President who was assassinated
1d Hard master maltreated one often seen on treadmill (7)
The abbreviation for hard, as seen on pencils, is followed by an anagram, indicated by maltreated, of MASTER to het a small animal often seen on a treadmill (or on Top Gear!)
3d Source of oil, as it happens (5)
All-in-one clues can sometimes look easy but prove difficult – by the time you have combined the first letter (source) of Oil with a TV program being broadcast as it happens to get the definition you must read the whole clue again
14d What Canadian provinces do, in place of political leader (6,3)
Count the Canadian provinces, and then compare the result with the residence of the Prime Minister
24d Collapse, divided by new dispute (3-2)
A word meaning collapse, as in downfall, is dived into two parts and N(ew) is inserted to get a dispute
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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