Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2529 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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The usual few hints to get you started.
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, 2nd April.
1a Mafia’s activity in central America? (9,5)
The euphemism used, particularly in the USA, to describe the Mafia is itself an instruction to produce the centre of (A)MERIC(A) by means of an anagram – wow, what a start!
11a Almost made it in academic stream? (3)
… this stream runs through a university town
14a Heads off East — or way off course (6)
Remove the initial letters (heads off) from Eastor and way to get a word meaning off course
27a Story of one season’s play (3,7,4)
… in a play by William Shakespeare
1d Like actors, if twice involved in all-out effort? (8,6)
An anagram, indicated by involved, of LIKE ACTORS IF IF gives an action which requests “Everyone out!”
16d End to travel, as Waterloo was (5-3)
A charade of words meaning “end” and “to travel quickly” indicates that the Battle of Waterloo could have gone either way
25d In tug of war, starts to pull (3)
The starts to (initial letters of) Tug Of War give a word meaning to pull
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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