Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26032 – Hints
No whingeing today!
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: ****
I actually enjoyed this one! The best Saturday prize puzzle in a while just about creeps into 3-star difficulty. The only proper noun is a Biblical character who is considerately clued as an anagram.
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, 17th September.
1a Oddly silly hotel employee, cunning person (8)
You need to combine the odd letters of silly and a hotel employee, whose duties include cleaning shoes and running errands, to get this cunning person
10a Like stay-at-homes at heart (6)
To get the cryptic part of this double definition, think about where and when stay-at-homes are to be found; if they are out least of the time then they must be .. ….
14a Huntsman travelling on Metro (7)
This word meaning a huntsman, which is of Spanish origin, is an anagram of ON METRO
24a Arachnid, say, coming in towards end of day onto open framework (7)
This arachnid is a tiny blood-sucking parasite, and you need a three-letter word that sounds the same as one to insert into a word meaning towards end of day (the opposite of early) to get an open framework that is often used to support plants
2d Meat served at midday meal? (8)
This processed meat is moulded into a loaf and served sliced and is most likely to be found in a sandwich!
7d Wife’s easy, removing top veil (6)
Wife in crosswordland is W; add a word meaning easy, after removing the first letter, and you have a veil usually worn by a nun
17d Don’t take so long to rescue the enemy? (4,4)
We are all fighting this enemy
25d Hebrew leader snapped cable (5)
Snapped here tells you that this Hebrew leader’s name is an anagram of CABLE
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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