Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2563 (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, 26th November.
1a Be held back by girlfriend in argument (6)
Put BE reversed (held back) inside a girl friend that you have arranged to meet to get an argument
18a What offers support and love to a girl? (8)
A semi-all-in-one clue – a charade of a support, O (love / a score of zero in tennis) and the short version of a girl’s name
23a Light that’s seen in the morning sky (7)
A double definition – an archaic word for a match and the name given to the planet Venus when it rises in the morning
29a Cage bird (6)
Two definitions – the second coming from the cockney rhyming slang: bird lime / time
1d Put off key publication without notice (8)
A word meaning to put off or talk out of is built up from a musical key followed by a publication placed around a short word for a notice
8d Europeans who fought the people of Paris (6)
Not Paris, France but Paris, the Trojan prince – beware these Europeans bearing gifts!
16d Evangelist’s cry of support for one who’s charming? (9)
This evangelist is a charade of a stupid cry of support (2) often heard on American golf courses (another stupid cry being “in the hole” – is golf only watched by morons in the USA?) and possibly someone who charms or enchants (7) – the question mark betrays that the agent noun involved in the wordplay is not in the dictionary
24d Morally weak female held up by bar (5)
A word meaning morally weak is a charade of F(emale) and a bar fixed on upright supports, typically serving as part of a barrier
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!