Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2551 (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.
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 on Friday, 3rd September.
1a Time for new-age celebrations that can make customers smile (6,8)
The time when new-age and neo-pagan types celebrate at Stonehenge is a clever anagram (can make) of customers smile
25a Repeat both sides of festive music, amusing Oxford don (7)
Take some Christmas music and double the R(ight)s and L(eft)s to get the pen-name of an Oxford Mathematics don
26a Honest alien holding flag put under severe restraint (14)
A word meaning honest and Steven Spielberg’s ubiquitous alien are placed around (holding) the Union flag to get a word meaning to put under severe restraint
1d Speaker’s position on raised pay (5,2)
The position of a speaker during a political campaign and a word meaning raised give a phrasal verb meaning to pay or fork out
16d During endless fight, snide comment is demeaning (5,3)
You need a two-letter word meaning during, followed by a four-letter word for fight without the last letter, followed by a three letter word for snide remark or having a go at somebody to get an abbreviation of a Latin term for demeaning or beneath one’s dignity – based on Mary’s tip
19d Middle piece of cotton garment worn long ago (7)
The middle piece of coTTon, when spelt out gives an old garment
23d Part in opera Callas initially rejected (4)
A part in an opera is the first name of opera singer Callas without the first letter
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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