Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2552 (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, 10th September.
1a Old card-game’s popular still (8)
Combine a children’s card game, the ‘S and a word meaning popular to get a still photograph
15a Good partner – one may have a hand in his work (6)
Combine G(ood) and a sweetheart to get a tradesman who makes items to wear on the hand
23a Blunt physicist dismissing first one scientist whose experiment went wrong (12)
A word meaning blunt or honest is followed by the physicist responsible for relativity theory after removing the first I (dismissing first one) to get a fictional scientist whose experiment went wrong
28a ‘Twist and Shout’ – a great number (8)
An anagram (twist) of AND SHOUT leads to a large number
2d Narrow lead in race on river – it could be a tie (8)
A narrow lead in a horse race is placed over a river in the Northeast to get an item of clothing that could be a tie
3d Placing environmentalist in location for final shots, mostly (7,5)
… one for the golfers!
5d Uninspiring team-mate’s first or second half substitution (4)
A word meaning uninspiring is an anagram (substitution) of either half of TEAM-MATE
12d Notes how bus, in essence, includes this entertainment to make money (4,8)
Virgilius is the master at hiding long words!
25d To preserve food, it’s put in cellar (4)
A double definition of a food preservative that is kept in a cellar – but not an underground room!
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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