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DT Cryptic No 25876 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25876

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

This is a moderately difficult puzzle, with one or two difficult words and a lesser known town in Somerset.  The usual few hints to get you started.

A full review of this puzzle,  by crossword blogging veteran Peter Biddlecombe, will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 19th March.


1a Break off and attend to faulty wiring (4,5)
This double definition means that you should prevent a new and unwanted path of comparatively low resistance being accidentally created between two points of a circuit, often causing damage to components – don’t you just love some of the definitions in Chambers

9a Coming from galleon with attachment to bill of exchange (7)
An anagram (coming from) of GALLEON gives a little-known word for an attachment to a bill of exchange

10a Second present (7)
This is a double definition – a very brief period of time (second); the present moment of time

27a Notable burden (7)
A burden is an old-fashioned word for the part of a song that is repeated at the end of every stanza

28a Look out heard near Minehead (7)
This harbour town near Minehead sounds like (heard) a request to look out


2d Made sure of a good reception (5,2)
… by having done this to the radio

3d President’s one association with Ruth (7)
The use here of P as an abbreviation for President is arguable, as it is not in Chambers; ruth is an old-fashioned word meaning remorse or sorrow

7d In French class, music that ís uncoded (2,5)
The French for “in” is followed by an abbreviation of class and a piece of music that could possibly be played on a G-string to give a phrase that literally means in clear, i.e. uncoded, not in cipher

Don’t forget the full review next Thursday.