Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2535 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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I really enjoyed yesterday, and it was great to meet three cyberfriends for the first time. I have a few pictures to put up on the blog soon (unless the people concerned send money in a plain brown envelope!).
A 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, 14th May.
1a Make intelligible point , after censure (7)
To make intelligible, in the sense of to unscramble a code, is a charade of a two-letter abbreviation for a point after a word meaning to censure or disparage
5a Error that’s dangerous on flight (7)
… of stairs
11a Monies distributed, including record coinage (9)
Put an anagram (distributed) of MONIES around a record or journal to get a word meaning coinage, in the sense of a new word
28a In a suit, oddly, in African country (7)
An anagram (oddly) of IN A SUIT gives this North African country
1 Diabolical arrest shortly after protest (7)
A synonym for diabolical is built up from a colloquial term for an arrest without its last letter (shortly) after the kind of protest that might be attended by 9 across
6 E.g. bloody weapon hidden in clothes? Just the opposite (5-4)
Clever surface reading can send you off in the wrong direction here – bloody is an example (e.g.) of this, as are many other words I can’t use here! – then you have to reverse the wordplay (just the opposite) and, instead of putting a weapon inside clothes, put clothes inside a weapon
7 One vehicle or another heading North on peak (7)
To get this farm vehicle put a horse-drawn vehicle reversed (heading North, a down-clue only construct) before (on, again a down-clue construct) a mountain peak
18 Be in supervisory role, as bishop is (7)
A bishop supervises a diocese – which in Crosswordland is a three-letter word
24 Stop working for nobleman (5)
A charade of to stop, as in to block, and a synonym for working gives this nobleman
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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