December 20, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2515 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2515 – Hints

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment *****

Four weeks ago Sunsetter hinted that there might be a themed puzzle appropriate to the time of year – well here it is! You are certain to spot the theme very quickly, but in order not to spoil it I have decided not to provide hints for the first and last across clues.

This is quite an easy puzzle, but the five stars for enjoyment reflect the number of clues that made me smile.

If Helen is reading this, I  did try to write to you last week but my email was returned as undeliverable so I answered your question in the Hints post.

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.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 25th December (or thereabouts!).

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