Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26151 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Next Saturday Tilsit and I plan to be in the White Horse on Parson’s Green between the hours of 11.00am and 7.00pm. Feel free to join us there for some or all of the time. If the last session is anything to go by then you can also expect to meet some or all of Elgar, Jetdoc, Notabilis, MynoT and Derek Harrison. For Listener fans, there will be a large contingent of setters and others connected with that puzzle. I’ll try and get a more accurate idea by next Saturday
That’s the interesting bit. Today’s Prize puzzle offered very little. Both of the enjoyment stars were earned by 16 across.
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, 4th February.
1a Ham awkward to carve (7)
Ham in this context is something someone does on the stage and awkward tells you that it is an anagram of TO CARVE
16a Drink enjoyed by hypochondriac one hears (9)
My one and only favourite today – this fizzy French wine sounds like something that a hypochondriac might enjoy (4,4)
24a New books on churchyard having indentations (6)
A slightly unconventional word-sum: put together abbreviations for new, books of the bible, church and yard to get a word meaning having indentations or nicks – the use of words like Birkenhead to indicate B is considered incorrect by many purists so what would they make of churchyard indicating abbreviations of church and yard?
29a Change one’s habit, that’s the remedy (7)
The first, cryptic, part of this double definition means to put clothes on again
2d Sound container in larynx (5,3)
Even Mrs BD got this one, and she doesn’t do cryptic puzzles!
4d Happen to arrive at the mountain route (4,2,4)
Be careful with the tense – the clue says happen not happened
6d Leaving second book (6)
… of the Old Testament
18d Same ship coming to prominence (8)
The use of “coming to” as an anagram indicator fooled me for at least 5 seconds!
20d Our imprisoned heart (7)
Another construct that will annoy some and defeat many: put OUR inside a slang term for a prison to get a word meaning heart, as in bravery
26d Single night, only part of it, spent in valley (4)
When part of the first two words is spent, as in wasted, you are left with a valley
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