Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25978 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
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.
1a Taking part in an oral examination (7)
If you’ve written testing in here, then have a glass of wine (but you don’t have to spit it out!) and think again
10a Sorry, nothing works! (4)
One of those silly words that you use when, for example, you drop something
11a Rocky inlet just starting to enter crossing-place (5)
As designed by Slartybartfast!
15a Only small compartment for its driver (7)
A poor clue for a cheap taxi – and there should have been a “?” at the end
22a Work for one’s bread (5)
What you have to do with the dough when making bread
28a Failure to exercise a right by nurse on shift (3-4)
For “failure” read “person who failed”
1d Bar drunken tramp pinching pair of spectacles (7)
In this bar, drunk indicates an anagram of TRAMP should be put around OO, the pair of spectacles
5d Herbert Ramsay’s middle name? (7)
This man is hidden inside two other names
6d Keep channel circumventing it (4)
Read this as channel circumventing the keep and you should find it easier –this clue like I did not, with it’s flavour of the bad old Sunday puzzles
7d How sir gains advancement on board? (7,8)
Was Tennyson writing about a game of chess?
17d Gags owl fluttering over large built-up area (7)
… in Scotland, on the Clyde
25d Protein coming from Zambia, East Indies and Norway (4)
Combine the codes for these three places to get protein found in maize (East Indies is an area, not a country, so it does not have an IVR code but Chambers recognises the rather obvious abbreviation)
If you are stuck on any others, ask and I will see what I can do. The only thing I ask is that you don’t put answers, or part answers, in you comment.