Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2530 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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If you were lucky enough to get into CluedUp this morning, or perhaps you purchased the Sunday Telegraph, here are some hints and tips to get you started.
Thought for the day – how long does a company persevere with an outsourcee that consistently delivers below-standard performance? Answers on a postcard to The Telegraph Group!
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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, 9th April.
1a Cons with PR? Do it deviously as this (4,6)
Deviously suggests that an anagram is in the offing and all we need to do is to identify the fodder – CONS PR DO IT gives you the required number of letters to get this political advisor who cons with PR and does it deviously!
6a Man briefly named to occupy position announced (4)
This man’s name sounds like (announced) what you do to a staff vacancy when someone is appointed
9a Within bars modern composer put in final part (7)
The composer is the one who famously composed four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence – put him inside the final part to get a word meaning within bars
17a With nothing visible in dark, possibly, I will produce this? (4,4)
Put Crosswordland’s nothing inside an anagram (possibly) of DARK and add the shortened form of I will to get creatures that have been run-over, often in the dark!
27a Left seat by taking this off? (6,4)
If you can excuse the weakish indication of an anagram of LEFT SEAT BY, in return you get excellent surface reading in this all-in-one clue
1d Eliminated a large number (4)
A double definition that will make you think! – eliminated by bumping off an opponent, as David did to Goliath, is the easier definition but the use of this word as a large number, Chambers says it is North American slang, is less common
4d Bloke such as Morse, good at heart (6)
This bloke comes from a description of Samuel, not Endeavour, Morse being placed around G(ood)
20d Person living highly ascetic life — it’s in fashion (7)
Ray T based a clue on this eccentric Saint and his followers in DT 26189!
23d Split in political group can be a blow (4)
Double or triple definition? The choice is yours – you can read the first part as split, as in departed and political group, as in a group of socialists, or you can read it as a faction of a party that has leanings to a particular side. The blow is a punch delivered with this hand.
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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