Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2546 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Another excellent puzzle from Virgilius – enjoy!
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, 30th July.
1a Unusual quality seen in all today’s answers (7)
Very clever! All of the answers are either 5, 7 or 9 letters long – what quality does this demonstrate?
12a Part of flight in helicopter is erratic (5)
… part of a flight of stairs!
13a Race that goes to American’s head (5)
A famous horse race that is also a bowler hat in America (pronounced badly in typical American fashion!)
23a Craft encountered rescue ship carrying bird back (9)
… the rescue ship was captained by Noah!
28a Issue for year, filled with information (7)
Issue here refers to offspring – take a word meaning for or in favour of and the abbreviation for Y(ear) and fill the gap between them with a short synonym for information
1d Asked for whisky, for example, neat (7)
A double definition – asked for a drink (whisky, for example) and neat and tidy
2d Person who locates liquid assets, more capital (7)
… the liquid assets are located underground
4d Author, nevertheless, seen in street before noon (9)
The author of such classics as Treasure Island and Kidnapped is built up from a two word phrase (4,2) meaning nevertheless being sandwiched between ST(reet) and N(oon) – I hadn’t until today realised that he was only 44 when he died in Samoa
24d Line in essay in foreign language (5)
Doesn’t look at first like a charade, but it is! – L(ine) IN and an essay or attempt combine to give a general word for a foreign language
Sorry the hints are a bit late, but I was watching one of the two Spanish cheats that have been “victorious” today.
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