Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26026 – Hints
Weekend Whinge by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment: **
I have been thinking for some time now of having “Weekend Whinge”, and today has offered me a good opportunity to start. This was very nearly a good puzzle, but a few issues completely spoiled it for me. Afrit, one of the founding fathers of the cryptic crossword, wrote “I need not mean what I say, but I must say what I mean”. In my opinion, the first three clues in today’s puzzle fail that simple test. I would like to know your views on this subject, so please leave a comment.
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 by Tilsit will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 10th September.
1a New penny found above old one in pool (4)
Take the abbreviations for new and old pennies and then put one above the other – although “found” has been inserted into this clue in an attempt to rescue it, this construct just doesn’t work properly with an across clue; just imagine it is a down clue! [I did not expect my comment to provoke the reaction that it has, and on re-reading I agree that this clue works as a charade .]
9a Hot under the collar? On the contrary (2,1,4,5)
Some of you may not be familiar with this construct; “on the contrary” tells you to reverse the instruction given by the clue, so think of the state you would be in if you were the opposite of hot – not a good day today, because although this state involves the opposite of hot it is not the opposite of hot under the collar
10a If it’s good there isn’t any (4)
Fill in the blank – No ____ is good ____ – this is very nearly a clever cryptic definition, but it’s a bit like saying a horse is an animal therefore all animals are horses; “It’s good if there isn’t any” would be much better
6d Sturgeon roe Tess removed (7)
This type of sturgeon, of which I have been unable to find a picture, is an anagram of ROE TESS
Thanks to Peter Biddlecombe (see comment #17 below), here is a picture, a bit like before and after!
In the article associated with this picture (click on the picture to go there) it says that there are alternative spellings [osetra, scietra, asetra, osietra, ossetra and other variations, after the Russian osiotr] but not one of those given is the one used here.
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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