Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2555 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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A reminder that Brian Greer, today’s setter, will be joining myself and Peter Biddlecombe in the Bree Louise, Euston next Sunday from 2.00pm onwards. If you are able to meet us there, you are more than welcome.
If you are interested, there is an excellent video of an interview with Brian here:
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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A full review of this puzzle will be published on Friday, 1st October.
1a Ominous statements from doctors outside hospital (7)
These ominous statements come from a verb meaning doctors outside H(ospital)
10a Small cars assembled by competitors in drive (7)
A double definition – small German cars and insects that are drawn gradually, or assembled, in a progressive series of games called a “drive”, a similar event to a Whist Drive
12a At start of term, four tropical fish (5)
A word that means four when placed at the start of terms like gram and hedron is also a species of tropical fish
28a Characteristic of no subject that’s rewarding for author (7)
A double definition – people who are rulers not subjects and payments made to authors
1d Initial switch for celebrity in Russia a century ago (7)
Switch the first two letters of the state of being well known to get an attribute of the Russia of a hundred years ago
3d A second chance to speak in trial (5)
Combine A with S(econd) and to speak to get a trial
16d Firmness of purpose is going to go very quickly (9)
A word meaning firmness of purpose could, if split (4,5) mean going to go very quickly
24d Dough prepared for bread (5)
A word that means both dough or bread, in the sense of money, and prepared
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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