Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26062 – Hints
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
As Saturday Prize puzzles go, this one is about the same difficulty as you have come to expect. What is different is that there are none of those names – boys, girls, obscure places, they have all been given a rest this week. OK there is a name involved in the wordplay, but that’s all. I am not too happy with the anagram indicator, or rather the lack of an anagram indicator, in one clue but the rest of the puzzle is an excellent introduction to cryptic crosswords.
By the way, the only palindrome on view today is the number of the puzzle – a missed opportunity?
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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, 22nd October.
1a Carbon copy for head (4)
The chemical symbol for Carbon is followed by a word meaning to copy to get a headland
11a Gareth, go inside with the continental grotesque figure (8)
Start with a shortened form of Gareth, put go inside and follow this with the French definite article and you get a grotesque figure projecting from a roof-gutter and acting as a rainwater spout
17a Reported poet, one working in hospital (8)
A word that sounds like the surname of the poet who wrote The Shropshire Lad describes a recent graduate in medicine holding a junior resident post in a hospital
21a Remove cattle from Ulster (6)
A word meaning to illegally remove cattle is an anagram of ULSTER – “from” just doesn’t work as an anagram indicator; how easy it would have been to say something like “from a troubled Ulster”!
1d Protection of original work, imitation being correct (9)
Here a word meaning the protection of original work is a charade of an imitation and being correct
3d Use printing machine with feeling? (5-4)
… without looking at the keys
13d Jet-propelled weapon? (6,3)
… which is better known in the UK as a water pistol
18d Meantime not starting arranging performance (7)
Arranging tells you that an anagram of (M)EANTIME will give you a performance at the theatre that sounds as if it ought to be in the morning but is usually in the afternoon
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