Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2559 (Hints)
Hints and tips from 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 (a few more than usual this week!).
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1a Disengage from the faithful? Awful clues result (10)
A tricky start – a word meaning to transform a society from close identification with religious values and institutions toward non-religious values (disengage from the faithful) is an anagram (awful) of CLUES followed by to result or ensue
6a Conservative, left of centre — what’s the catch? (4)
Put a C(onservative) to the left of a synonym for centre to get a fish – not a famous maker of locks as that has five letters!
15a New café moving a place for waiters (8)
Combine N(ew) with a café (3,4) then shift the A to the front (moving a) to get a place for people who are waiting
17a One making slow progress in French course — bad mark in English obtained (8)
A slow-moving edible French mollusc is constructed by putting a bad mark resulting from an earlier wound in between E(nglish) and a synonym for obtained
22a Soap dispenser? (10,3)
A cryptic definition worthy of Rufus! A device that enables you to watch a soap opera
27a Desired a TV broadcast to be made known (10)
An anagram (broadcast) of DESIRED A TV gives a word meaning to be made known, perhaps on said TV
1d Piece of furniture not finished until now (4)
This piece of lounge furniture is a phrase (2,3) meaning until now without the last letter (not finished)
3d Lots, initially, on this person’s plate (7,6)
Who might have an L (Lots, initially) on a plate?
4d International organization of revolutionary movements (6)
A worldwide charitable society of business and professional people is also a turning like a wheel (revolutionary movements)
7d In very short time, 25% of amount? (4,1,2)
My favourite clue in this week’s puzzle – a phrase that means a very short time is 50% of A MO, which is itself 50% of AMOunt – 50% of 50% is 25%, very clever
8d Cruel queen that may be drunk (6,4)
The sobriquet earned by Henry VIII’s eldest daughter after she had almost 300 religious dissenters burned at the stake is also the name of a cocktail
13d Rich man not drinking with people inside — getting out of habit? (10)
The rich man at whose gate Lazarus lay (Luke 16.19) is followed by the abbreviation for TeeTotal (not drinking) with people inside to get a word meaning getting out of a habit or other item of clothing
16d GOP’s side corruptly spread malicious rumours (8)
This is a relatively easy anagram of GOP’S SIDE – the Grand Old Party (GOP) is the US Republican party
20d Damages highest point on mount (7)
A double definition – humiliates (damages) and the ridge between the shoulder blades of a horse (highest point on mount)
23d I had heard and observed (4)
It’s old chestnut time: Virgilius is allowed one in a puzzle! – a homophone (heard) of I had gives a word meaning observed. Can’t work it out? Try abbreviating I had to I’d
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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