Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2548 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
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Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 13th August.
1a Complaint coming from one woman after another (6)
Difficult to get without checking letters – an illness is a charade of a possibly titled woman following a mother
12a Being abroad without money leads to self-denial (10)
Take a word meaning being away and insert a slang word for money to get self-denial
25a Final portion used in sample, either hot or cool (6)
Put the final portion inside a word meaning to sample and you get an adjective meaning hot or cool in the fashion sense
1d Patient of mine getting better cosmetic treatment (8)
Split this as (3,1,4) and it could read as a patient of mine is getting better, but the full definition is a cosmetic treatment
6d Local employee’s counter-proposal (9)
Someone who works in your local pub is a charade of a long flat-topped fitment across which business is conducted in a shop or bank or refreshments are served in a cafeteria (counter) and a proposal
7d Start believing in different cause for flaw (6)
… not an insertion clue but a double definition!
15d Labour’s end, in a manner of speaking (8)
A double definition – the first part being the product of a task
21d Noble piece of music being broadcast (5)
This nobleman is a charade of a short piece of music and a word meaning being broadcast
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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