Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25930 – Hints
Selected Hints by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Big Dave is taking a well-deserved weekend off, so I’ve been volunteered to provide selected hints for today’s and tomorrow’s prize puzzles. As usual a full review of today’s puzzle by Peter Biddlecombe will appear next Thursday afternoon. I enjoyed doing this one, especially the cryptic clues.
1a/5a Royal flier? (7,4)
You would not want this sort of flier lurking in your wardrobe!
9a Explosive beauty? (6,9)
This is a cryptic definition of a phrase used to describe a glamorous woman with fair hair. It was first used about the film star Jean Harlow in 1933.
10a Fighting military first who are ardent (4)
A word for armed conflict (fighting) is followed by the first letter of military to form an adjective meaning burning or ardent.
12a FBI agent is a good bloke (1-3)
The single letter is G (good) which stands for Government in a term which is the traditional nickname for an FBI agent.
15a He leaves here with Sidney bringing gold back, the parts left over (7)
The definition here is the parts left over. You need to remove the “he” from “here” then add a shortened form of Sidney and the chemical symbol for gold reversed (back).
16a It’s to do with cathedral dignitary coming from French waterway (7)
The French for “from” is DE – add an inland waterway (where you might find locks and barges) to get a word that means “relating to a dean”.
19a Be careful, hunter has sex appeal (5,2)
Hunter here is an imposing looking timepiece with a hinged cover, and sex appeal is IT.
27a A fellow in Newfoundland who is vulgar (4)
Newfoundland is NF – include A F(ellow) to get an adjective meaning lacking in taste.
1d Violent mob were to take shelter (7)
An anagram (violent) of “mob were” forms a verb meaning to take shelter.
2d Off-putting person whose theft is timely, so to speak (14)
Someone who is always putting things off until tomorrow, whose habit was described as being the “thief of time”.
4d Spy coming from cyberspace upset the lady (7)
Take the letters of “spy” away from cyberspace and make an anagram (upset) of the remainder to form a lady’s name which is the title of a novel by Daphne du Maurier.
5d Spoke indistinctly stopping short on Welsh headland with Penny once (7)
The Welsh headland which you want is this one.
7d Bogeyman (7)
This is an amusing cryptic clue which leads us to the rank of the army officer who features in a military march which was immortalised in the film “Bridge on the River Kwai”.
8d Dog European agricultural worker (6,8)
Double definition – the dog required is also known as an Alsatian.
18d Roué has disappointing share (4-3)
(specially for Kram) A synonym for roué is RAKE – add OFF (disappointing) to get a share (usually a disreputable one).
24d Overalls more than covered her (4)
The name of the woman we want is hidden in the clue.
25d A pass at bridge (4)
The answer is the name of a system of bidding at bridge – it’s made up of A and a synonym for a mountain pass like this famous one in the Himalayas.
My clue of the day is 7d. Feel free to leave a comment, but please do not divulge any answers. If there is any other clue which you are stuck on, ask and I’ll try to provide a hint for it (but not while the Guinness Premiership rugby final is on!).