DT 25942 – Hints

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.


  1. Greenhorn
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    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?

    • Greenhorn
      Posted May 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Next time I’ll thoroughly read the hints -6d already given -sorry!

      • gazza
        Posted May 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        4a. Think of workers as “men”.

    • Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      4a Take the first letters from station and then add men (workers)giving a term for a part of a flower.

  2. Kram
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink


  3. Little Dave
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    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.

  4. Paul Mepham
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • gazza
      Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      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”.

      • Paul Mepham
        Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        7d Completely out of medicine when covered with swellings (6)


        • gazza
          Posted June 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

          Sorry – I got mixed up with the Sunday hints.

          If you’re out of medicine then you haven’t got a single dose.

          • Paul Mepham
            Posted June 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

            Many thanks gazza………it wasn’t what I thought it would be and that’s a new word on me.