Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25996 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment: ***
Once again we are presented with an easy prize puzzle. Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
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, 6th August.
1a Work to locate resistance (10)
This is a simple charade of the short word for work that is much used in crosswords and a word meaning to locate, as in GPS; put them together and you have a synonym for resistance
9a Do nothing on behalf of pessimistic investor (7)
Another charade in which a synonym for to do nothing is built up from words meaning “on behalf of” and a “pessimistic investor” on the stock exchange
10a Framework round hatchway opening said to be difficult to handle (7)
This little-used word for a framework round a hatchway opening sounds like something that is difficult to handle, particularly for those of us with larger fingers!
12a Jenny Turner? (8-5)
I always used to forget the name of Jenny Seagrove until I built this mental picture of this item in a grove by the sea. I used to rubbish that technique but it does work.
I did meet her once, at the theatre with Michael Winner and I still have the autographed program. I have never seen anything like it, she walked from one side of the bar to the other and every pair of male eyes followed her. Truly stunning.
1d Some superior female fish (4)
This fish is hidden in the clue
4d High chair (6)
… fit for a King or Queen, but not for a baby
7d Extraordinary Israeli composer (7)
This composer’s name is an anagram of Israeli
18d Transport unwieldy cases round Thailand before end of day (7)
This frequently misspelt word meaning transported into a state of exalted pleasure or happiness, often by using a drug of the same name, is an anagram (unwieldy) of CASES around T(hailand) and followed by the end of daY
20d Permit His Excellency, a knight, being oblivious (7)
This is a charade built up from a synonym for to permit, His Excellency, A and N (knight) – it’s an adjective based on the river of the underworld causing forgetfulness in all who drank of it.
It may have been easy, at least for some of us, but there were several clues with excellent surface reading – I particularly liked 8 down – Kingly fellow with excellent hand (5,5)
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