Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2556 (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 today 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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1a Break arranged before close of day in food shop (6)
Put an anagram (arranged) of BREAK before the last letter (close) of daY to get a food shop
21a It’ll make one quite inebriated, having knocked back a litre (7)
An anagram (inebriated) of quite followed by a reversal (having knocked back) of A L(itre) gives something that will make you very inebriated!
25a Italian city getting another name when burnt (5)
The Italian spelling of a city famous for the Palio horse race has an extra N(ame) when preceded by burnt
27a Move king to safety in stronghold (6)
Make a special chess move in which the king is transferred from its original square two squares along the back rank towards a rook on its corner square which is then transferred to the square passed over by the king – this move is named after a stronghold
1d Money that is cut at first – could be general (5,3)
A slang word for money followed by (T)HAT without the initial letter (cut at first) gives an officer who wears gold braid – could be a General!
6d Like Eliza Doolittle or Professor ‘iggins, so to speak (7)
A description of Eliza Doolittle – if you add an H to the front it sounds like (so to speak) something said by Professor Higgins about her
7d Large golden retriever’s bark and slow movement (5)
Nothing to do with dogs! – combine L(arge) with the ship used by Jason to retrieve the Golden Fleece to get a slow movement in music
22d Estimate such as “noble six hundred” (5)
A double definition – an estimate or a repeat of some of the words from a poem, like Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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