Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26098 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This week we have a much better puzzle to solve. OK, there’s a couple of places and a boy’s name, but they don’t detract from the overall enjoyment. The clues are all fair, with a few smiles along the way. Like several other Saturday puzzles, this one is pangrammatic – which means it contains all 26 letters of the alphabet – and this can help you solve those last few clues.
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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, 12th November.
1a What arable farmer likes to see happen casually (4,2)
The farmer would like to see his harvest has increased
10a Carelessly drive round north and south coast resort for wine (5,5)
Carelessly indicates that you need to place an anagram of DRIVE around N(orth) and a south coast resort near Brighton to get this “green” wine from Portugal
26a Catch the girl below (6)
A charade of to catch a butterfly, say, and the girl, as a pronoun, gives a word meaning below, or lower
2d Find again left-winger one’s to embrace (10)
A word meaning to find again is made up from a left-winger (the kind that hide under the bed !!) 1’s and to embrace, as in to encompass
4d I would be found in part of South of France or in Rhode Island port (10)
Put the abbreviated form of “I would” inside a region in the South of France and the result is a port in Rhode Island
20d Cupholder Elizabeth up in the country (6)
Combine the kind of cupholder word by a lady with the affectionate name for of Elizabeth reversed (up, yes it’s a down clue) to get this country in South America
24d Nimble lizard under bottom of shed (4)
A word meaning nimble is derived by putting a small lizard under (as it’s a down clue) the bottom (i.e. last letter) of shed
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While the large number of comments that we get on these posts are much appreciated, I realise that it must be difficult to find hints for some of the clues.
From today, I am going to summarise the additional help that is contained in the comments.
13d Italian saint with American canticle (10)
The Italian Saint has the same name as the current Pope – just add the usual two-letter abbreviation for an American and the result is a canticle; as with 25a it would be a better clue if the answer was built up from pieces that did not come from the same root – in this case the Latin for “well” and “to speak”
15d Comedian on practice vehicles (5,5)
There is some doubt that this definition should be plural, albeit it consists of a number of separate vehicles. The wordplay is a three-letter word for a comedian followed by ON and a word meaning to practice.
19d Knave, visual and humorous (7)
The knave is the abbreviation seen on the playing card, and visual is a word meaning relating to the eye – the definition is a word meaning humorous; don’t forget that this puzzle contains all 26 letters of the alphabet
23d Bound to miss one out (4)
If you are old enough to remember what the triple jump used to be called (a much better name imho) then you will know the type of bound required in this double-definition clue