Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26068 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Today I have a special treat for you. Anax has written an excellent article on how he put together a whole puzzle and at 12.00 today you will have the opportunity to solve the puzzle. I will open up a blog post for discussion of the puzzle and then next Saturday you can read the whole article, titled “From the Top”. I’m sure that even if you don’t actually solve the puzzle you will find this insight into the mind of an accomplished setter extremely interesting.
I can think of nothing polite to say about today’s Prize puzzle, so I won’t bother.
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, 29th October.
1a Word of hesitation in record large sum (4)
Put a word of hesitation (not er, the other one) inside one of those old vinyl albums and you will get a large sum
8a All the food remains as announced in Warwickshire (8)
All the food remains because nothing has been consumed – put that differently and it sounds like this town in Warwickshire which is famous for its associations with the 19th century author George Eliot and little else
22a Bird coming from that French 17 down (6)
This small passerine bird of the weaver family is created from a charade of the French for “that” (or at least one of them) and the answer to 17 down (which is an easy-to-spot hidden word)
26a Clearly it cannot be seen through in the heat (4)
You can’t see clearly through this vapour, mist or shimmer caused by heat
1d Yearns to see fellow in underwear (4,5)
Inside a word meaning yearns put the name of the author of the fourth gospel and you get an item of underwear
5d Make a pig of oneself on the other side each time (7)
A word meaning to make a pig of oneself is a charade of “on the other side”, an abbreviation of each and T(ime)
21d Smoke 101 fish (5)
Something to smoke is a charade of the Roman numerals for 101 and a fish of the family Lepisosteidae
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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