Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26050 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
After last week’s major surprise, today’s puzzle was bound to be an anticlimax for me. I found this one easy, even though I hated the grid.
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, 8th October.
1a Issue period return (4)
A word meaning to issue is obtained by reversing a period – regulars will have seen this a few times before!
3a Sculptures that over the Channel are possessing formal dignity (10)
A charade of some sculptures and the French for that (that over the Channel) results in a word meaning possessing formal dignity
9a Start what I did in restaurant (8)
My favourite in today’s puzzle – a word meaning to start can be divided up as (2,2,1,3) to give what I did in a restaurant
23a Lorry began transporting fruit (10)
Take a LORRY and insert an anagram (transporting) of BEGAN and the result is a fruit
1d Previous European member Edward granted immunity (8)
String together a previous partner, a E(uropean), a Member of Parliament, and an affectionate form of Edward – result a word meaning granted immunity
5d Muse of terrible repute, fifth-rate (7)
If you don’t know the Muse of music and lyric poetry and can’t work it out from the anagram (terrible) of REPUTE plus the fifth letter of the alphabet then you can find her in The Mine under Mythological Characters
19d In journal I believed it was defamation (5)
This defamation is hidden in the clue
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