Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2540 – 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, 18th June.
1a Carefully analysed, however twice needing extra time, right? (7,7)
To get a phrase meaning carefully analysed take a synonym for however and repeat it – then add T(ime) to the first occurrence and insert R(ight) into the second
10a Flower I planted in middle of stable, oddly (7)
This perennial of the family Saxifragaceae, with clusters of red or white flowers, put I in the centre (planted in the middle) of an anagram, indicated by oddly, of STABLE
12a What identifies us in explosive competition (10)
My favourite of today’s clues requires you to insert what identifies us inside a high explosive to get a competition
26a Leader of movement who delivers evening paper? (8-6)
This leader of a movement, literally and metaphorically, could be someone who delivers London’s evening paper – which is now given away free!
1d Works for school in set-up without a head (7)
To get what someone who works for a school does (unless, of course, they are an administrator) put SET reversed (up) around a word meaning per head
3d Attack a lecherous man (4)
A double definition where the enumeration of to attack is (2,2)
6d Monarch quickly emerged, excelling as officer (10)
Split this as (3,3,4) and it could mean that a monarch quickly emerged – the definition is being a more important officer
23d Take off small jumper, say (4)
To run away or take off sounds like (say) a small jumping insect
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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