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.
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, 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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40 comments on “DT 26002 – Hints”
Enjoyed this especially 8d and 11d
Hi BD – Any ideas about the wordplay on 23a? We got it right but have no idea why- just about to have one with lunch, just to test the truth of the clue! Cheers!
Well, drink my health when you raise that *********, Nana
silly me!! Always do, Big Dave!
I think you drink to somebodys health in a ********* ????? is it that simple??
completed about 3/4 without your help but got stuck on the bottom lefthand corner..didn’t like 19d or 28a but liked 8d, 11d and 20a, thanks once again for all the help
Either this was really an easy one or I have learned more than I thought. Broke my own personal record on completing it.
My favourite was 11d.
I liked the clue, but did it really need the two words in brackets as the “forte” bit is not in the answer?
mmmmmm that’s what my brother said, but I liked it the way it was
BD – I agree – bit superfluous.
BTW – thanks for the site and for all the good help (plus good comments from other people). It has raised my enjoyment and understanding.
Didn’t know 2d was a word other than for my children. But lots to like here.
I was not aware ******* was a real word, although it is a surname.
Chambers gives both of the comparitives and the corresponding superlatives.
Once again the easiest of the week by miles and done in less than 15 minutes.
Pretty easy but quite enjoyable, liked 19d. I do these crosswords week in and week out but never submit them, am I daft or what, I just like doing them.
High bigboab. I have been religiously entering the prize crossword for about 13 years – I even used to post them when overseas when I knew there was no chance of the entry arriving in time!! I have had two letters printed though!
Enjoyed today’s but stuck on the *** *** tabloid! What is the second word, hot, dog, rod?
Hi Peter and welcome to the blog.
Whereabouts on the front page of a tabloid do you normally get a splash of red ?
Yes we figured it out eventually, with a little help from Mr Chambers! Thanks.
An enjoyable crossword that wasn’t to difficult. My favourite clues were 8d, 18a and 27a. I did not like 23a.
Great blog but am still stumped by 15a…
Thanks – I have it now !
Welcome to the blog Chris
Obviously I used 13 across to transmit the answer!
Thanks for your hint(s). Got 1d & able to verify by your words.
Seemed a bit easier, but maybe I am honing the technique?????
Dumb or what?…can’t see 26 across at all.
I like the fact that you give clues as to the answer without actually giving it…makes me feel less of a cheat!!
Welcome to the blog alzima
In 26 across, the definition is to leave, and it’s a charade of a short word for a former partner and “the very item”.
BTW The hints-only posts are for prize puzzles.
Thanks!…Now why couldn’t I see that.Grrr!!
avast i loved 15a!
And a hearty welcome to you Raz
I love this site, thank you so much!
I enjoyed 26002. Loved 9a and 29a.
Still stuck on 25d, though. Can you help, please?
And I love new people coming to the site Geekgirl
25 down is a double definition. To tarry is to wait, and a guy is a rope used to hold a tent in position. It’s probably better to think about the first definition.
“To bed, to bed” said Sleepy Head,
“No, tarry awhile” said Slow.
“Put on the pot” said Greedy Guts,
“Let’s sup before we go.”
I can’t get 14d. No-one above seems to have struggled with it. Any help out there. I’m pretty sure what the second word is, but the first is beyond me.
Don’t worry – two seconds after posting plea for help it came through to me. Spooky – could even be 13a!!!!
Stuck on 6a telegraph 26002
Welcome to the blog john
It’s always the short words that cause the most trouble.
This one is a double definition. Might as in power, muscle and one interpretation of Ian Botham’s nickname. Complain as in moan, grumble.
It’s difficult to say more, but I hope that helps.
Pretty obvious realy
Must have still been asleep Sunday morning
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