Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26008 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: ***
You still need to keep your atlas handy for the Saturday puzzle, but at least there are none of those girls’ names to contend with.
If you are using CluedUp today, the quick crossword is a little tricky to find. The one offered up is actually last Sunday’s Quick GK 108, but if you go to the main puzzles screen and click the right arrow, you will find Q 26008.
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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, 20th August.
1a See odd perennials sprouting (5,3,5)
To get this you need to see that a see is a diocese ~ this one is an anagram (sprouting) of ODD PERENNIALS and it’s in Yorkshire
9a Merchant, stop expressing reluctance (9)
This merchant who sells paper and envelopes, among other things, is a charade of a stop on a railway line together with a word that indicates reluctance or hesitation
15a Dance in Hungary as cards collapse (7)
This little-known, in the UK, Hungarian dance is an anagram (collapse) of AS CARDS
20a Sin and latitude in south-eastern city (7)
You get this Spanish city by combining a synonym for sin with an abbreviation for Latitude, and putting them both inside South-Eastern
23a Arabs transporting port (5)
An easy anagram (transporting) of ARABS gives this Iraqi port
1d One has a job to discover the facts (8,6)
The job for which an MP used to be able to employ his mistress!
6d Semi-continental kangaroo (4)
If you know that this kangaroo is half of the name for someone from the home continent, then it’s easy
16d It is mainly between Greece and Turkey (6,3)
Which is the same as saying that it is the name of the sea between those countries
24d Promises to pay maiden inside coming up from Scandinavian country (5)
What you need here is the Finnish name for Finland!
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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