Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26116 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
A number of you said that you didn’t like having too many four-letter words in a puzzle – well Cephas has delivered on his promise and the shortest answer today is six letters. The result is one of the best Saturday Prize puzzles for quite a while. Remember that most of the recent puzzles from this setter have been pangrams – that is all 26 letters of the alphabet are used – as this may help you with the final few answers.
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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, 24th December.
1a Endorse cards carried by hiker (8)
A charade of a word meaning to endorse an a set of cards gives something that could be carried by a hiker
9a Herb’s divine article (8)
The candied leaf-stalks and midribs of this herb are used as a decoration for cakes and you get there by taking a word meaning divine, in the sense of celestial or heavenly, and adding the indefinite article
10a A fib about artillerymen in part of Nigeria once (6)
About signals an anagram of A FIB is followed by the Royal Artillery to give a part of Nigeria that broke away for a short time and endured great hardship
11a Check joystick (7)
This is a double definition – think about what a joystick does to an aircraft
22a Greatest current asset of the People’s Republic (7)
Certainly one of my favourites is this cryptic definition of a Chinese river [Tilsit has pointed out that there are two ways to spell this answer, and that the ambiguity is on the penultimate, unchecked, letter. I am sure that both will be accepted, but only one of them completes the pangram, and this is the one that CluedUp expects.]
26a May be used by speakers at station? (8)
Someone who is speaking to an audience would often use this, and it can be found at any railway station
1d Local office out on a limb? (6)
This double definition is a bit of an old chestnut – the local office of a large organisation or a limb of a tree
2d Powerful businessman (6)
This charade is concealed by running the two parts together! – split the second word into business and man and it becomes more obvious
4d Light boat providing cover for sea-creature (11)
The light boat was featured in a famous film about the eponymous heroes – and it is also a cover for a seafood that could have been purchased from Sweet Molly Malone
15d Yellow and white container (8)
If you are doing this puzzle over breakfast you may have just broken one of these containers!
18d He draws when one is open-mouthed (7)
The word that has deliberately been omitted from this cryptic definition is “teeth”!
20d Black missile thrown overboard? (6)
Our final charade combines the colour of a rich black highly-polished variety of lignite with a surface-to-air missile to get items thrown overboard from a ship and subsequently washed up on shore
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