Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26074 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Anax’s excellent article, titled “From the Top”, on how he put together a whole puzzle will be posted at 12.00 today. You will find this insight into the mind of an accomplished setter extremely interesting, all the more so if you solved the puzzle when it was posted last Saturday.
This puzzle gets three stars for enjoyment mainly because it is a lot better than last week’s Prize Crossword. A couple of iffy clues spoilt the overall effect, but it should please a lot of the Saturday regulars.
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, 5th November (remember, remember!).
3a Protection to put first (6)
Put this protection designed to prevent injury in front of first to get a well-known slogan
10a Drunk on about one and three-quarter pints (5)
A little-used word meaning drunk (which is usually followed by “up”) then crosswordland’s usual short word meaning on, or “on the subject of”, gives a quantity of about one and three-quarter pints – “about” appears at first to be doing double duty here, but the quantity gives the answer away
16a Fellow feller (6)
An attempt at an all-in-one clue which suggests that this person who cuts things down is cutting down a fellow – it just doesn’t work for me
20a Hinder unknown number during difficult times (6)
All you have to do here is to decide which unknown number to put into an anagram (difficult) of TIMES to get a word meaning to hinder – the choice is x, y or z
28a Frenchman repeatedly using the old expression of mild disagreement (2,3)
Put the French equivalent of Mr in front of two occurrences of an old word for “the” and the result is an expression of mild disagreement
30a Remove agent, not Georgia (6)
A word meaning to remove, these days by pressing the appropriate key on your keyboard, is created by taking a synonym for an agent and removing the code for the US State of Georgia
1d Laid up face down (4)
Quite clever – because this is a down clue, up tells you to reverse laid to get a synonym for face when reading down
4d A few snowflakes — blast! (6)
A word which describes a few snowflakes can also mean a sudden blast or gust
13d Not having been in a union for long (4,7)
… because newly wed
14d Flame red jacket? (6)
The question mark indicates that part of this double definition is dubious, and it’s the flame red bit – the genuine definition is a light jacket, often in the colours or with the badge of a school
26d Bird coming from city in Brittany, we hear (4)
This small British bird sounds like (we hear) a city in Brittany
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