Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26080 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Yesterday’s popular puzzle from Giovanni is followed today by one from Cephas that should prove to be just as enjoyable. A good cross-section of clues and only the one, well-known, place name. I await, with some interest, your comments.
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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, 12th November.
1a Betting before and afterwards (4-4)
Betting before the runners’ numbers are given is made up of two words, one meaning before and the other afterwards
9a Plant hairs as you might say (5)
This plant sounds like (as you might say) the plural of the thick, soft, fine hair of certain animals
15a Fly, one of ten suspended (11)
A type of fly, or one of ten hanging on the wall in the children’s’ song
27a Score five boundaries (6)
… none of them sixes!
28a It beats pal’s tour round (8)
This machine that throbs is an anagram of PAL’S TOUR
1d Pretend to touch another’s feelings (6)
A double definition – to make a show or pretence of on the one hand and to touch another’s feelings on the other
3d Frenchman’s engagement in secondary lodging (4-1-5)
Put an engagement or assignation inside a common forename for a Frenchman to get this secondary lodging
7d Lone whale swimming at the end of last month (9)
… the end of last month was 31st October, time for trick or treat
15d Present stallion shouldn’t be taken to dentist (4,5)
… because you shouldn’t look one of these in the mouth!
25d Stare endlessly into space (3)
Drop the last letter (endlessly) from a word meaning to stare to get an unfilled space
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