Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26092 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Oh Dear! Just as I thought that I might be able to look forward to Saturday puzzles, along comes this one. If it wasn’t a prize puzzle then I would recommend consigning it to the recycling bin.
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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, 26th November.
1a Can’t be seen from the mountains (3,2,5)
This is a double definition –first: can’t be seen because it is too far away, second: if something is from the mountains it could, at a stretch, be said to be this. Concentrate on the first one, but incorporate a word meaning a mountain chain.
8a Twice as much as a cheap opera? (8)
This will be easier for some than others; take a musical by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill and double the monetary amount in the title. One of the best things to come out of this musical was Mack the Knife, sung here by Lotte Lenya (James Bond fans will know her as Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love).
23a Environmentalist with European author (6)
The environmentalist is a member of a group associated with a particular colour; add E(uropean) and you have the author of a number of well-known books like Brighton Rock
28a Where to find church militant in Wiltshire? (10)
This town in Wiltshire is a terrible charade of a state of military conflict and a type of church, like the famous one in York
1d Block former pupil over the way with curt disposition (8)
A word meaning to block is built up from abbreviations for a former pupil and a way, or urban road, followed by an anagram (disposition) of CURT
3d Fast that is replaced by festival (6)
This is a borderline indirect anagram – find an anagram of FAST and the familiar abbreviation for “that is” that gives a type of festival
5d Increase rapidly or go down the tube? (8)
I never heard anyone describe going down a moving staircase to the Underground Railway as this, but I suppose they could, again at a stretch
22d Periodical taunt is in French (6)
A type of periodical or magazine suitable for Readers (that’s a hint !!) is a charade of a taunt and the French for “is”
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