January 9, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2570 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2570 (Hints)

Hints and tips by 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.

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NTSPP – 048 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 048

A Puzzle by Qix

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A warm welcome to Qix with his first NTSPP crossword; although as Big Dave pointed out he has previous form being a setter for the Glasgow Herald.  This was an enjoyable and not overly difficult puzzle with lots of references in the answers and in the clues to chess and bridge.

The grid was not the most friendly for the solver with 6 double unches and 2 (shock) triple unches.  Fortunately, the clues for the triple unches were not the most difficult in the puzzle.

As befits a setter from Scotland there were some Scottish references though not at the level of deviousness employed by John McKie in his guise as Myops.

Favourite clues for me were 1d, 9a and 4d.

Hopefully, Qix will entertain us again in the not too distant future.

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