July 11, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25978 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25978 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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A disappointing crossword with some clues, like 17a and 3d, that are past their sell-by date, some, like 15a and 6d, that just don’t work and others, like 10a and 5d that are not worthy of being in a prize puzzle.  And I haven’t even mentioned the proper nouns as, apart from 5d, they are acceptable.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. Peter Biddlecombe should, by now, have returned from holiday ready to do a full review of this puzzle in time for 12.00 on Thursday, 16th July.

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