Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2557 (Hints)
Hints and tips from Big Dave
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I’m off in a minute for the later stages of the Times Crossword Championship and will catch up on my return.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published on Friday, 15th October.
1a Nonsense about coach being tough (6)
Put a word meaning nonsense around a motor-coach to get a word meaning tough or sturdy
10a Organizer of musical entertainment getting a couple of letters (6)
… at a disco, perhaps
13a One-time record total produced by working round the clock (7-5)
A old-fashioned type of gramophone record is also the total of the numbers on the face of a clock – brilliant!
21a Supporting Democrat as president after disgraced Republican (4)
A charade of supporting and D(emocrat) gives the US President who followed the disgraced Republican President
25a From small number of competitors, who will challenge all-comers? (6)
Combine S(mall) with the number of competitors in a race to get someone who will challenge all-comers
1d In theatre, as one doctor performed a brain operation (8)
Hidden inside the clue is a word meaning to think logically
6d Person sampling American writer or minor versifier (9)
If you put someone who samples after an American writer it might look as if it’s a person sampling said writer but it’s actually a writer of contemptible verses
17d Where people work for our rival, on occasions (2,5)
I’m just off to the Crossword Championship of said rival!
21d Fast run, short time (5)
An adjective meaning fast is a charade of a synonym of to run (away) and T(ime) abbreviated (shortened )
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 or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!