Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26044 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Class
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment: *****
Yet another relatively easy Saturday prize puzzle, but this one is very different. I spotted a theme within the first few clues, but imagine my surprise when I realised the extent of that theme. Suffice it to say that four of the answers are to be found in the first sentence of the About page of this blog! How can I complain about the names and places in this puzzle when most of them relate to myself!
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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, 1st October.
1a Man welcome after daybreak (4)
How can I complain about having this man’s name in today’s puzzle? – a Latin welcome is preceded by the initial letter of Day
3a Rock’s returned, being oversized (3)
This well-known rock at the entrance to the Mediterranean is reversed to get a word meaning oversized (who me?)
8a In the tube a constant light (6)
This light is usually found on the top of a hill – could it be the Worcester one in the Malvern Hills?
25a Comedian Tommy without daughter in the Potteries (6)
“It’s That Man Again” – drop the D(aughter) fm his surname to get a town in the Potteries (or the first part of the name of a village in Worcestershire)
27a Young lover losing independent bird (4)
Take an archaic name for a young lover and drop the I(ndependent) and you get a Royal bird (which is also the second part of the name of a certain village in Worcestershire)
3d Benjamin’s taking time up in old Indian city (7)
This old Indian city comes from a short form of Benjamin’s, with a period of time which is reversed and placed inside.
16d Relinquishing tax charge (7)
This one is not easy unless you already know it – relinquishing is the definition and it’s a charade of a tax and an electrically-charged particle
19d An offer 31 days afterwards for African port (7)
This charade of A then an offer is followed by January to get the former official capital of Côte d’Ivoire
The Saturday Crossword class will open at 10.00 am (after Sounds of the Sixties on BBC Radio 2). Feel free to leave comments or ask questions before that time.