Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25942 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
An altogether better puzzle this week, albeit a little easier than last week. The handful of proper nouns are clued reasonably well, and I quite liked the unusual grid.
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 Thursday, 4th June.
1a Hard and fast about Indian (6)
Take H(ard) and put a word meaning fast around it and you get an Native American Indian [I couldn’t resist the link – they don’t make ’em like that any more!]
10a Our coat camouflaged bird (7)
Camouflaged tells you that there is an anagram to produce this alternative spelling of an exotic bird
14a Lady Georgia, with vitality forecasting (7-6)
This lady looks into a ball in order to tell fortunes
28a One with foresight, Edward, to become very angry (3,3)
What the bull does in the bullring!
1d Canny having statue repaired (6)
A word meaning canny is an anagram (having … repaired) of STATUE
3d Tried drove, say (5)
This word meaning tried in court sounds like (say) drove in the sense of to drove cattle
16d Man only partly disgusted (3)
This man is not particularly well hidden inside disgusted
23d She cried, ‘New one on order!’ (5)
This daughter of Tantalus, who wept when all fourteen of her children were murdered, is a charade of new / one / order (of the British Empire) – and popped up in last week’s Giant General Knowledge puzzle as well
If you need help with any clue, ask and I’ll see what I can do. Please don’t say things like “is xyz the answer” – just quote the clue.
I am going to rebuild my workstation this afternoon, so I will be incommunicado for a while.