Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26020 – Hints
Selected hints by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: ***
Saturday’s puzzles have improved since the number of names has been reduced – just the one boy today! Let’s hope that future puzzles are as good or better than this one.
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. A full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 3rd September.
After reviewing the Saturday puzzles for over six months, this week Peter Biddlecombe is taking over the review of the Sunday puzzle. You have already seen that Gazza and Libellule have swapped the Thursday and Friday reviews. Next week Tilsit and I are swapping the Monday and Wednesday reviews. In addition Libellule will be doing his first Toughie review on Tuesday.
1a Carrier with mouldable catch (7,3)
This carrier is one that shops are being discouraged from providing – it’s a charade of a word meaning mouldable and another meaning the catch from, say, a pheasant shoot
12a Pre-eminent spinner has only 50% of the game (7)
This synonym for pre-eminent is a charade of a spinning toy and 50% of the alternative name for a game of table tennis
18a Sister turned up in siding (4)
This is the abbreviation for sister with UP reversed inside giving a word meaning a siding
19a Lad wrong to include doctor (5)
This lad is derived by putting one of seven deadly wrongs around a Medical Officer
27a Fellow with reddish-brown coat reckoned to have hindered (10)
A charade of F(ellow) a reddish-brown coating on metal and a word meaning reckoned results in a synonym for hindered – you might be this if you can’t get this clue!
2d Where in France between both sides there is menacing scowl (4)
You need the French for “where” inside Left and Right to get a menacing scowl
5d There’s no fighting in fortification that’s a huge structure (4)
Here you need to remove WAR (fighting) from a fortification to get a huge structure
14d Understand, say, soaring bird (3,2)
This expression meaning to understand comes from E.G. (for example / say) reversed (soaring, as it’s a down clue) followed by a small bird
25d Fish hung up, salted initially before first smoke appeared (4)
This fish is the initial letters of hung up, salted and then the first letter of smoke – unusual to have two initial letter constructs in the same clue
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.