Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2562 (Hints)
Hints and tips from Big Dave
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
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, 19th November.
7a Very hot in steaming April – and October, briefly (8)
A word meaning very hot and sultry is an anagram of APRIL and OCT(ober)
Here’s a hint – and it’s not Barbados!
12a She, say, sticks in authoritative statements (14)
Combine the part of speech of which she is an example with a word meaning sticks or binds to get these authoritative statements
20a Primarily Essex kind of guy learns this? (7,7)
In this brilliant all-in-one clue the language as spoken in Essex and the surrounding areas is derived from E (primarily Essex) followed by an anagram (kind of) of GUY LEARNS THIS
28a Second missile making a lot of unpleasant noise (8)
Combine S(econd) with a controversial missile to get an adjective meaning making a lot of unpleasant noise
1d Foreigner’s wife endlessly cheating (4)
The wife of a foreigner from Germany is a word meaning cheating without its final letter
13d American’s property, as opposed to Spanish castles? (4,6)
How an American describes property or housing is the opposite of Spanish castles – although there are thousands of castles in Spain, nowadays “castles in Spain” means something splendid but non-existent: “fashionable adventurers in France used to impose on the credulous and get money and social advantages out of them by telling tales of their “castles in Spain”, which, needless to say, they did not possess” is the explanation of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
26d Finish line put in first, in advance (4)
Start with a word meaning a finish and put L(ine) in front of it to get a verb meaning to advance money
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!