Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26110 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Tomorrow afternoon there will be a Charity Rugby match in Upton-upon-Severn. I’ll publish the full details tomorrow, but if you live nearby then please try to come along.
If you do the Saturday Prize puzzles on a regular basis then you will find little here today to surprise you. This is still the easiest crossword in any of the weekend quality papers. And don’t forget that this setter loves his pangrams (all 26 letters in the answers) and we have another 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, 17th December.
1a Gaff someone reproduced while playing badly (3,4,4)
Reproduced signals that an anagram of GAFF SOMEONE is required to get a phrase meaning playing badly
21a Same bet for elderly lady (7)
Start with the two-letter abbreviation used to indicate the same as the above and follow it with a bet to get this elderly widow
28a Replacing neat gun compartment in this room? (11)
Don’t try and find 11 letters to use as the fodder for an anagram! – replacing does signal an anagram, but only of NEAT, which is then followed by a word meaning the compartment of a gun into which the bullets are loaded to get a type of room
2d Discharge female leading light (4)
A word meaning a discharge from a mucous membrane is built up from F(emale) and the unit of illuminance (which is from the Latin for light)
8d Only the second person must be patient with this threat? (4,3,4)
A charade of words meaning only, the second person and to be patient gives this threat
26d Way to cook clam at party? (4)
The way a clam is cooked on hot stones, with layers of potatoes, fish, sweetcorn, etc, at picnic parties in USA
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