Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25960 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Our Saturday setter shows what can be done, with the best prize puzzle for quite a while. Put the atlas away, and those books of baby names, all you need this week is to sip on a cocktail.
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, 25th June.
1a Away team falling into this trap? (7)
A charade of away and team leads to a type of trap on the football field that is hard to explain
13a Too much stress arranging reservation without internet (10)
Look for an anagram, but don’t forget to delete the e as in e-mail!
16a Company car? (9)
Three’s a crowd where this car is concerned!
22a Without water swallow single drink (3,7)
Shaken, not stirred
29a Label having no strings attached? (5-2)
… just glue!
2d Polly fragments? (8)
This little Polly:
Sat among the cinders,
3d Seven days out of date (8)
An out-of-date term for a week
8d Discreet but ill-mannered in non-U boat (7)
Gordon Brown claimed to be this discreet
17d He goes to right in endless full-toned speech (8)
Full-toned in music is RIC(H), insert the opening charade and you have a speech
23d Topless lady hides gold at dawn (6)
It’s an interesting thought that Little Polly’s mother would end up in court in today’s world!