Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26127 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
You won’t need an atlas today for this relatively straightforward Prize puzzle.
Last week I said “One Saturday Cephas will fool us by setting a puzzle that is not a pangram” – how prophetic that turned out to be. Having spotted J, K, Q and X I was looking out for V and Z, but in vain.
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 Thursday, 7th January.
1a One taking steps spotted one pair outside (5)
The one taking steps is constructed by putting the playing card with one spot inside the abbreviation for a pair
15a Trespassers will be charged? (6,2,3,4)
… if they ignore this sign and open the gate
18a Earlier game piece found in treasury (9)
Combine a prefix meaning earlier, as in former partner, with one of the pieces used in draughts to get the treasury that is overseen by a Chancellor
26a Leading climber has breather on summit (5)
Start with the first letter (leading) of Climber and add a breather, as in a break, and you get the summit of a hill
1d Variety of herbal pies liable to go off (10)
An anagram, signalled by variety of, HERBAL PIES gives a word meaning liable to go off, as in liable to rapid deterioration
5d Chancy way of raising money (4-2)
Heads or tails?
10d Unlikely to appeal to pupils for a considerable time (4-4)
This is a part-cryptic double definition of a word meaning concerned with the time ahead as distinct from the immediate present, usually applied to policies
17d Take covers off Sam unduly hot inside (8)
This Sam is the one associated with the U in US (and I don’t mean United!) – put an anagram (unduly) of HOT inside and you get a word meaning to divest of covering
23d Consider this container for body of experts (4)
This body of experts is supposed to think!
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