Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2536 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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The usual few hints to get you going.
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, 23rd May.
1a As a consequence, one is thrown out of the French resort (6)
A word meaning “as a consequence” is derived from THE and a French resort without the I (one is thrown out)
11a Princess rescued by legendary hero from rock stars (9)
This Princess, who was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to Cetus, the sea monster, and was saved from death by Perseus, is also the name of a constellation
21a Blow up mine, finally, wearing uniform at the front (7)
A word meaning to blow up, for example, a tyre is awkwardly constructed from the last letter of minE preceded by (at the front) a short word for wearing and a synonym of uniform
23a One needs a blower to make off-peak calls (7)
… from a mountain peak in Switzerland
26a Art patron’s daughter, say, making error (8)
… this error could be, if split (4,4), the daughter of the sugar magnate who had laid the foundations for the collection in a famous gallery!
27a Remained in position, supported by guys (6)
A double definition – the guys are ropes!
1d How bookies communicate, taking little time on course (4-4)
A simple definition that should give you the answer on its own – combine a small amount of time with the course of a sailing ship with respect to the side of the sail against which the wind is blowing – I always thought this was (3-3) but Chambers gives both spellings
9d Contraction in political group (6,8)
A double definition – the contraction is experienced during childbirth!
22d Ominous sights at sea around one — that’s how movie may end (5)
The ominous sights at sea could be caused by friends of Jaws! – insert I (one) and you have one way of indicating that a movie had ended
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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