Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26002 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: ***
A better-than-usual prize puzzle that, for me at least, was a little spoilt by cluing a place as “in France” when the place concerned has historical significance that surely could have been worked into the clue.
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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, 13th August.
1a Behind health centre, place for allotment (10)
Just put a place, for example one where films and documentaries are made away from the studio, behind, i.e. after, the centre two letters of health and, Hey Presto! you have an allotment, but not the kind in which to grow vegetables
10a Pair always ask earnestly (4)
The short answers are often the hardest to get – here you have a charade consisting of the abbreviation for pair followed by a Northern word for always giving a word meaning to ask earnestly (in church maybe)
13a Heel Patty injured during thoughtful communication (9)
I don’t think the surface reading of this one will deflect you from realising that the first two words are anagram fodder!
18a Read cut-out article by excellent tabloid (3-3)
What colour is the banner, and where is it on a tabloid?
27a Abstract style of revolutionary patriot going round California (7,3)
An abstract style using geometrical forms precisely executed and so arranged that movement of the observer’s eye, or inability to focus, produces an illusion of movement in the painting – if you don’t understand that then join the club! – it’s an anagram of PATRIOT placed around CAL(ifornia)
28a Think well of Liberal president! (4)
The president is Dwight D Eisenhower – how are you going to fit that into a short wordplay?
1d One accepted first neurotic complaint (4)
The one here is on a playing card – insert the first letter of neurotic to get a complaint that mainly affects teenagers
3d Complete transport from end to end (5,7)
Here a word meaning to complete is a charade of to transport or convey and a synonym for end to end
7d Heather almost trapped deserter, wandering (7)
Erica is another name for heather – that’s a hint, not the answer!
11d Just soft, not grand (but loud?) (7,5)
A charade, this time of words meaning just, as in law-abiding, and soft, as in music, leads you to an instrument which could be grand, but not here
19d Dingy church in France (7)
Combine synonyms for dingy and a Scottish church to get this place in France that thousand were desperate to leave in 1940
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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