Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26056 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Tilsit is spending the weekend with me and we will be in Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon at the Kemble Brewery Inn and later at a nearby curry house. The following day we will be cheering (very quietly) for Peter Biddlecombe and John “Elgar” Henderson at the Times Crossword Championship. This all means that I will not be available from lunchtime today, but our very own double act of Gazza & Libellule will do their best to answer your queries and maintain law and order.
Latst update: Unfortunately Tilsit has had a bad fall – that alone would not have stopped him from coming but he broke his spectacles as well and can’t get a replacement pair until Monday at the earliest. I will at the pub from about 4.00 pm onwards.
Those of you that like your Saturday puzzles to be easy are going to be very happy today. This one is responsible for me having a very early night!
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, 15th October.
1a Plum post at the end of the line (8,7)
A charade of a type of plum and one’s post or position in life gives you the point of disembarkation for many travelling into London from the south
11a Pressing one bloke once earlier (7)
A word meaning pressing is derived from replacements for “one” and “bloke” preceded by the person who was once your partner in life
17a Emotionally shocking nervous reaction follows wound (9)
This word meaning emotionally shocking is found by putting a nervous reaction after the wound that may have caused the condition in the first place – there’s not a lot of difference here between the wordplay and the definition
25a A foot’s growth by bed in American building (8)
A veruca-like growth on the foot is followed by an old-fashioned type of bed for a baby to get this North American ventilated building for storing maize – work it out from the wordplay and then look it up; look out for a feature about obscure words which is scheduled for publication at midday today
27a Beastly hair under one’s nose? (6,9)
1d It can come as a forceful blow (7,5)
… from a very strong wind
7d In haste he went over to put sword in place (9)
An anagram, indicated by “went over”, of IN HASTE HE is required to get an obscure spelling of word meaning to put a sword in the place where it is usually kept
19d Where in France, West Indian went before reindeer (7)
The French for where is preceded by another obscure word, this one means a member of a race of Native Americans inhabiting parts of Central America and northern S America (which covers the West Indies) – the sea in this area is named after them – the result is a reindeer from the frozen north
The Saturday Crossword Club will open at 10.00 am (after Sounds of the Sixties on BBC Radio 2). Membership is free and open to all. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions before that time.
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