Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26038 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Class!
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: ***
Once again the Saturday prize puzzle just about creeps into 3-star difficulty. The handful of proper nouns are all well known and there is no need this week for an atlas. One minor quibble concerns the long down answer – this is a saying with which not everyone will be familiar, so the combination of a cryptic definition and two double unches (two consecutive squares without a checked letter) will make it a struggle for some.
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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. A full review of this puzzle by Tilsit will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 24th September.
1a Number having necessary skill and power to be defended (10)
Just combine the number of commandments and a word meaning having the necessary skill
6a Priest entered a southeastern part of church (4)
Here you need to put an abbreviation for Priest inside A South Eastern to get a part of a church
13a Pretty girl or Soviet leader? (7)
Are all girls with this colour hair pretty?
17a Extremely precarious situation, having been hung over in court (5,2,8)
Not so much a double definition, more the same definition twice of this event in which a Syracuse courtier was forced to sit through a feast with a weapon suspended over his head by a single hair
27a Cork area where congestion might occur (10)
In what part of what container would you find a cork?
1d Note I would be in season (4)
Take a note from the tonic sol-fa and put the abbreviated form of “I would” inside to get a poetic name for a season – time and this wait for no man!
4d Amusing way to maximise the pounds (5,3,4,3)
One of those sayings that you either know or you don’t! – what you do when you are amused is accompanied by what you do when you put on weight
24d Top speaking part (4)
The top of a mountain is hidden inside (part) speaking
If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do.
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