Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25990 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment: ***
As with most Suturday puzzles, this one is quite easy.
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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, 30th July.
8a Do more exercise when unable to get off at night (8)
… tossing and turning
9a In there Lois expected another lady to appear (6)
She’s hidden in the clue
1d No time uncharged particle is nerve-cell (6)
Remove T (Time) from an uncharged particle to get a nerve-cell
5d Badger with argument propelled by sewer (6,3,6)
To badger someone and a continuous connecting element in an argument combine to give the items used by a seamstress
6d Lottery prize that is a turn-on! (8)
This prize is a charade of synonyms for turn and on, and happens when jackpot is not won
17d Remove an Indian perhaps (8)
North of the border they call this meal a carry-out!
23d Tanner boring several (6)
Another charade – this one combines the source of tanning rays and another word for boring, as in dull to give a synonym for several
If you need a hint for a particular clue, just ask and I will see what I can do. Please don’t give away answers or part-answers in your comment.
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