Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26157 – Hints
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Big Dave is off on a jolly researching the latest developments in crossword theory today, so I’ve put together a few hints for the prize puzzle.
BD and Tilsit have complained often that the Saturday prize crossword, which should be the flagship product for the Telegraph, is not up to the standard of the other quality papers, and all I can say is that I agree.
Leave a comment with your views, and if you’re really stuck on a clue let me know and I’ll see what I can do. But, please don’t put any full or partial answers in your comments or they may be censored.
As usual, the full review of this puzzle will appear next Thursday, after the deadline for submitting entries has passed.
12a About fifteen in charge included are competent (9)
An anagram (about) of FIFTEEN includes the standard abbreviation for in charge to produce an adjective meaning competent.
17a Beds Scotsman (5)
This sounds a bit risqué but it’s a double definition. The name of a market town in Bedfordshire (just off the A1) is also what many Scottish men are called (think of Mr Lyle the golfer).
20a Convenience call? (3,1,5)
Cryptic definition of a coy expression meaning go to the loo.
28a Worker on short time gets a wrong mark — it’s a disease (7)
If a worker in crosswordland is not a bee then it’s probably an ANT. Follow this with an abbreviation (short) for a period of time and finish with A and the mark the teacher used to put against your homework if you got it wrong. The answer is a serious bacterial disease of animals which can be transmitted to humans.
1d Good girl in northwest Spain (7)
Put together G(ood) and a girl’s name (think of the Hollywood actress who starred as Batgirl in the film Batman and Robin) to get the name of an autonomous community and ancient kingdom in northwest Spain.
6d Tree French novelist climbed (5)
This small tree is a reversal (climbed) of the name of a French novelist, who was born in Algeria (and who regular features in quizzes because he played goalkeeper for his university team).
7d You reportedly found in entrance Alma reconstructed in the country (9)
You reportedly is U (i.e. a sound-alike of you). Put this inside an entrance (to a field, for example) and then add an anagram (reconstructed) of ALMA to get the name of a Central American country.
21d Cross river in outer limits of Valladolid (5)
The definition is cross or annoyed. Put the name of a Devon river between the outside letters (outer limits) of V(alladoli)D.