Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2577 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Not a difficult puzzle, more a film quiz. You must read the editor’s note first – “In this Oscars Special, some answers include figures. A figure 1 should be input as the letter I.” Only three answers actually contain numbers, and in one of those the numerals are Roman.
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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Not a difficult puzzle, more a film quiz. You must read the editor’s note first – “In this Oscars Special, some answers include figures. A figure 1 should be input as the letter I.” Only two answers actually contain numbers, and in one of those the numerals are Roman.
7a Julia, the actress Duvall and De Niro named (7)
The surname of actress Julia is the plural of the first names of the two actors
16a Unsteady couple of Romans in sequel, first of many (5,2)
A word meaning unsteady is followed by two Roman numerals that indicate, in that typically uninspired American way, this film is the first of many sequels
23a Play leading roles in movie, one about former Spanish colony (5,4)
Start with a word meaning to play a leading, but not the main, role in a movie and follow with I (one) and a two-letter abbreviation for about to get this former Spanish colony
26a Not as fine as Oscar singularly got by ‘The Queen’ (7)
A word meaning not as fine as is an anagram (singularly) of OSCAR followed by HM The Queen
1d Person with managerial role in cinema — one of two characters in Mel Brooks movie (8)
This person with a managerial role in cinema is one of the two characters in a Mel Brooks movie responsible for overselling “Springtime for Hitler”
8d Make indelible impression as nothing short of famous actor (5)
A word meaning to make indelible impression on, for example, cattle is created by dropping (short) the final O (nothing) from the name of a famous actor
17d Prepare to shoot hit about love — it’s on much smaller scale than ‘Titanic’ (8)
Start with what is done to prepare to shoot a gun and follow it with a word meaning to hit, possibly a cricket ball, around O (love) to get this small frail boat – this strange answer looks as if it started off as the second name of the John Wayne character in 13 across and was changed because no answer would then fit 26 across
22d Nominates Connery or Penn, upset about leading part in movie (5)
A word meaning nominates is created by reversing (upset) the first name of either of the actors Connery or Penn around the initial letter (leading part) of Movie
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