Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2553 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Regular followers of the blog may have seen a comment from Brian Greer, the setter of the Sunday Telegraph Crossword, for a meet while he was in London. This has now been arranged for 2.00pm on Sunday, 3rd October at the Bree Louise in Euston. Fuller details will be published nearer the date.
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, 17th September.
7a Where chest may be found with gold for person seeking wealth (8)
Where one’s chest may be found (2,4) together with the heraldic term for gold results in a person seeking wealth by putting money into a business
12a For whom lowering weapon in trap is a dangerous act (5,9)
This person lowers a weapon inside the mouth!
15a Astonish trio in front of VW heading north (4)
A word meaning to astonish comes from the three letters that precede V & W in the alphabet followed by N(orth)
28a People watching interview (8)
A double definition – people watching a show or an interview with, for example the Pope
1d Old American from main cabin calling repeatedly (4)
Very clever! This member of a South American people before the Spanish conquest is hidden not once, but twice, in the clue
13d Comedian with point on TV as place for swearing, initially (7,3)
A clever charade of a comedian (3), a point or headland (4) and a TV (3) leads to a place where the first thing you do is to swear on the bible
14d Man supporting a vote that’s assumed to be valid (5)
The fact that Man in this context requires capitalisation is cleverly concealed! Put the abbreviation for this place after A and a vote to get a statement that is assumed to be valid
26d Shake foundation (4)
A double definition – to shake or a strong foundation
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put whole or partial answers in your comment, else they may be censored!