Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26121 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I hope you all enjoyed Christmas yesterday and that you are not suffering from a hangover this morning.
One Saturday Cephas will fool us by setting a puzzle that is not a pangram, but not yet! This one is relatively easy, but with one or two slightly tricky clues. The construct used in 16 down will be unfamiliar to many of you as it is usually only found in the more difficult Toughies.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
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 Wednesday, 6th January 2010.
1a Judges inquire before one’s second act of treachery (5,4)
Start with the abbreviation for the Book of Judges in the Bible and follow that with a word meaning to inquire, an abbreviations for one, the S from ‘s and finally Second and the result is an act of treachery under the guise of kindness – note how Judges requires a capital J in this context and this is disguised by placing it as the first word in the clue
13a Most important building to see in Devon (6,9)
In crosswordland a see is a diocese, so you are looking for the most important building in a Devon diocese
25a Consider what hostess should do (9)
There are two definitions here – to consider and what a hostess should do
1d First person in France included extraterrestrial chart for high flier (3,5)
The French for “I” surrounds (included) everyone’s favourite extraterrestrial and a chart for something that flies high
16d Cecilia’s former country in Africa? (8)
This slightly unusual construct tells you to find a famous Cecil and then add IA to get the country in Africa that he founded – today it is split into Zambia and Zimbabwe
21d Mad rush that starts after finishing one’s education (6)
This double definition can be either a mad rush or what you take up after finishing your education
If you haven’t come across the term before, a pangram is a puzzle in which all 26 letters of the alphabet are present in the answers.
The Saturday Crossword Club will open at 10.00 am (after Sounds of the Sixties on BBC Radio 2). Membership is free and open to all. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions before that time.
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