Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2527 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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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 March.
1a Noted mountaineer, perhaps, disoriented after losing head (6)
One of these famous mountaineering people from East Nepal conquered Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary – it’s an anagram of (P)ERHAPS without the P (losing head) that is indicated by disoriented
12a King, one leader of crusades with considerable force (7)
This is an example of an all-in-one (or &lit) clue – string together an abbreviation for a king (not K), crosswordese for one and the initial letter (leader) of C(rusades) and follow them with a word meaning indicating considerable force and you get a King famous for his involvement in the Crusades
17a Rate of inspiration given chance to pause (9,5)
If you split this phrase meaning a chance to pause as (9’1,4) then it could, cryptically, mean the rate of inspiration
27a Girl’s fruit that’s selectively picked (6)
A girl’s name that is also a fruit associated with selective picking
1d Without question, holding leaders of evil conspiracy in custody (8)
A word meaning without question (very familiar to fans of Airplane – the movie!) is placed around (holding) the initial letters of Evil Conspiracy to get a word meaning custody or safe-keeping
20d Euphemism about Test side, initially, in Australian city (6)
A euphemism is defined by Chambers as “a figure of rhetoric by which an unpleasant or offensive thing is described or referred to by a milder term” so you need a word that you might say in polite company, like sugar, instead of something more offensive – then you need to put this around the abbreviation for a Test cricket side from the Caribbean to get a city in Australia
22d Flourish report about learner (5)
A word meaning to flourish, as in to blossom, is derived by putting the report from a supersonic aircraft around L(earner)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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