Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25906 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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Just as I thought things were getting better it’s back to the bad old ways. This weeks proper name count is five – two places, two boys and one girl. The usual few hints to get you started.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on St George’s Day – Thursday, 23rd April.
1a Everybody leaves superficial exhibition (4)
Superficial is shallow – follow the instructions to get the answer
15a Man gains speed (7)
This famous wartime leader achieves 100 mph
21a Parodist performing in Palermo resort (9)
Be careful with this one – both performing and resort can be anagram triggers, but here performing is ON, which is to be inserted into the anagram of PALERMO
23a Slipper with a zigzag pattern? (5)
And a slippery clue as well: this is a poisonous snake
31a Painters’ skirt? (2-2)
… for two Royal Academicians
2d Temporary accommodation for those who are in the pink (7-5)
Those who stay in this place are more likely to be pursuing deer than foxes, but as a cryptic definition it works well
3d Firmly established after Pentecost in Kent (10)
Pentecost is so named as it is the fiftieth day of Easter – and in the good old days we used to get a Bank Holiday on the following day, before it was replaced by the rather boring Spring Bank Holiday – add a word meaning firmly established and you get a seaside town in northeast Kent famous for its oysters
7d Fascinating inclusion of some enlarged cells (4)
These enlarged cells are hidden in fascinating, but since you have never heard of them you will need the checking letters to find them!
13d From Nineveh do travel to Dutch city (9)
A British seaside town is one thing, but a Dutch city best known for it’s football club is another!
26d Hopeful lady (4)
I do hope she has a bright future as it sounds like Laurie Lee would like to sup cider with her!
28d Welshman with conditional alternative (4)
Our last proper noun can be derived from the wordplay, and I struggled to find a famous Welshman with this forename
Geography lesson over, good luck with the rest of the clues.