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
6d One in Germany went to island first for plant (7)
Put the German for one after the Scottish island where Balamory was filmed to get an plant in the figwort family
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.
11 comments on “DT 25942 – Hints”
Oh the unfairness of life! I already had every clue you have given a hint for. I’m stuck in Tyneside.
4a would help.”Bit of a bloomer from station workers”. I’m assuming answer is part of a flower which may be my first error and have thought of st and ants -but wrong.
6d “One in German went to island first for plant” In German one= ein and ein would fit at the end of the answer.Does “went to” signify that it appears at the end of the answer despite being mentioned at the start of the clue? If so presumably I want an island to which I tack on ein to get a plant?
Next time I’ll thoroughly read the hints -6d already given -sorry!
4a. Think of workers as “men”.
4a Take the first letters from station and then add men (workers)giving a term for a part of a flower.
WHAT A FANTASTIC LINK TO 1a, MADE ME DELVE INTO MY ‘SHADOWS’ ALBUMS. WISH THAT THIS CROSSWORD WAS UP TO THEIR FANTASTICLY HIGH STANDARD WITH LOTS OF STRINGS ATTACHED!.
Found this one the easiest this week by a long chalk. Save 6a I got through it quickly. 12a is another new word for me.
I’m stuck on 7d in so far as I think i know what the answer has to be but am struggling to see why.
Many thanks in advance for any help.
7d. expert helping one see a topic in a different way (8 )
Try putting a full-stop after “see”. It’s an anagram of “a topic in”.
7d Completely out of medicine when covered with swellings (6)
Sorry – I got mixed up with the Sunday hints.
If you’re out of medicine then you haven’t got a single dose.
Many thanks gazza………it wasn’t what I thought it would be and that’s a new word on me.
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