Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26086 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
This prize puzzle is even easier than usual, so there should be a lot of happy people today!
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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 will be published on Thursday, 19th November.
2a Making a smashing entrance (12)
… by going to a party without an invitation
16a Side of hill cut in London area (5)
You could ski down this side of a hill – it is built by putting a synonym for to cut inside either the area of England in which London is situated or a London Postal area (take your pick)
21a Discharge which Parisian? One caught outside (6)
A word meaning to discharge from an accusation in court is derived by putting the French for “which” inside a synonym for one and the two-letter abbreviation for caught
25a Remove coarseness if found in the way (4)
You need this one in order to solve 19 down! – a word meaning to remove coarseness is derived from IF inside an abbreviated way
26a What one hopes to have in hospital after being unwell, abuse! (3-9)
Put a process which hopefully leads to a cure (what one hopes to have in hospital) after a synonym for being unwell to get a word meaning abuse of, for example, prisoners
1d A paramour for the most part taking large number into secluded place (6)
Take A and most of a synonym for a paramour, insert a moderately large Roman number and the result is a secluded place
4d Cold beef many people have (6,9)
A cold is an example of this – just put a word meaning a beef, or grievance, after an adjective that means possessed by many people
5d Chemical compound, highly explosive and deadly potentially going round (8)
To find this chemical compound, take an abbreviation for High(ly) Explosive and DEADLY and find an anagram (potentially) – I’m not entirely happy about this one; it seems to be an unwritten rule in th Telegraph that indirect content, like abbreviations, cannot be part of the anagram fodder – if “going round ” is a reversal then it is a very odd construct. You comments are, as ever, welcome.
22d A Parisian female with sex-appeal is not suitable (5)
The French indefinite article is followed by the usual abbreviation for female and that crossword favourite synonym for sex-appeal to get a word meaning not suitable
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