Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2539 – 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, 11th June.
1a Army post I’m in is so extremely noisy (10)
Start with a post where soldiers used to be based and follow it with I’M inside IS SO and you get the musical term for extremely loud
12a Guys on guard lately when chatting improperly about maiden (13)
These guys on guard for the late shift are an anagram of WHEN CHATTING around M(aiden) – one minor grumble in that Chambers gives the enumeration as (5-8), although the ODE has (13); a quick look on Google shows that (5,8) is also common
19a Minister’s speech based on text message (6)
As heard in church today?
27a Poor but no longer crooked, from what we hear (10)
A word meaning poor sounds like (from what we hear) no longer crooked, or maybe no longer curly
1d Contagious infection reportedly travelled fast (4)
A word meaning travelled fast sounds like (reportedly) the abbreviated form of a widespread contagious infection
3d What’s in Latin sign, if I can translate, is of no importance (13)
Remember that Virgilius is the acknowledged master of the hidden word!
5d Map’s initial creator, originally (8)
An excellent all-in-one clue
18d Predatory female in 50s is embracing one inside (7)
This predatory female animal is created by taking the Roman numeral for fifty, and the S from 50s, placing them around IS (in / inside 50s, IS) and then all around (embracing) ONE
23d Apply stimulus to staff under pressure (4)
A nice easy one to finish – to apply a stimulus (by poking) is constructed from a staff following P(ressure)
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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