Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2531 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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A few hints to get you started on this excellent puzzle from Virgilius.
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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, 16th April.
1a Men captured in error if pawns so arranged (9,2,3)
These captured men are an anagram, indicated by arranged, of ERROR IF PAWNS SO – the surface reading leads you to think this is about chess; it isn’t!
11a One old-fashioned hero (4)
Four-letter answers where only the vowels are checked can be quite difficult – this one is well clued as I (one) followed by an anagram (fashioned) of OLD
14a Short screw secures it for instrument (6)
Here screw refers to someone like Mr Barraclough in Porridge – drop the last letter and include (secure) IT to get a musical instrument
26a Disruption of trade meant less for veteran politician (5,9)
A long anagram, this time indicated by disruption, of TRADE MEANT LESS gives a description of a veteran politician
1d Examining bird admitted by doctor turning up (7)
A word meaning examining is generated by putting a small bird inside a reversal of your local doctor
7d Deem a democracy incomplete if this liberty is destroyed (8,7)
The whole of this all-in-one clue defines an anagram (destroyed) of DEEM A DEMOCRAC(Y) without the last letter (incomplete) and IF
23d Club that’s used to deter attackers (4)
A double definition of a club, as in the ornamental one in the House of Commons, or a spray used to deter attackers
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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