Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2541 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I have selected a few of the better clues and provided hints for them.
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.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 25th June.
1a Misleading details in plans covering promise of redemption (8)
To get a synonym for misleading you need to put an informal shortening of detailed descriptions of requirements (details in plans) around (covering) a promise of redemption that is usually scribbled on a piece of paper
9a King and I joining a publisher in social activity (5-3)
Put K(ing) and I after A and the publisher of newspapers to get a social activity indulged in by visitors to, perhaps, the Alps
13a English writer, going by railway, leaves (8)
… the English writer wrote Brighton Rock
28a Menacing relative outside home (8)
To get a word meaning menacing, put a female sibling around a word that means you are at home – left-handed people were once regarded as menacing!
2d Doubly supporting mother, as a matter of politeness (3,5)
A charade of two separate words meaning supporting or in favour of and a shortened form of mother leads to a Latin adverbial expression that means as a matter of politeness – more often encountered hyphenated as an adjective describing a type of invoice
4d Having a few degrees, and intelligent? Not so, not so! (6)
You might describe this as a double antonym! – read it again as an angle with a lot of degrees or unintelligent / thick
8d Broadcast airing after six in original state (8)
Put an anagram (broadcast) of AIRING after the Roman numerals for six to get one of the original United States of America – and be careful to actually look at the anagram fodder as there is an eight-letter word that means in an original state that is incorrect (guess how I knew that!)
25d Gratuitous advice? (4)
Gratuitous advice or gratuities or advice!
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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