Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26163 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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The return of the pangram! In order to get every letter of the alphabet into this puzzle, there are a few awkward words. A setter that I spoke to last Saturday said that in a proper pangram all 26 letters should be checked – here J, Q, V, X and Z are all unchecked.
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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, 18th February.
1a Frustrate pair going round mouth of river for starter (6,5)
A word meaning to frustrate is followed by a pair of people around the start, or mouth, of River to get a starter, as in the first course of a meal
13a Take off first red garment in sketch (4)
Take the first letter of red away from an item of ladies clothing to get a sketch, as in short dramatic scene
22a Last character from Westminster area first great disappointment (4)
Westminster is in London, SW1
27a Not a certain follower (8,6)
The disciple who famously said: “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails … I will not believe” (John 20.25)
28a It cuts cable’s width off (11)
This type of knife (it cuts) is an anagram (off) of CABLE’S WIDTH
An opportunity for a song by one of my all-time favourite rock’n’roll singers, the late great Johnny Burnette (because the answer is in the lyrics!)
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2d Game’s not finished before Frenchman’s sandwich (6-8)
Drop the last letter from a game that Alice played with a flamingo instead of a mallet (and a hedgehog as a ball) and follow it with the French for Mister and you get the French equivalent of what we would describe as a toasted ham and cheese sandwich
7d Brae (4,2,8)
What and where is a brae?
25d Pack five letters (4)
A word meaning to pack could be described as a range of five letters (1,2,1)
26d Cheek of jay taking another bird (4)
A word meaning the cheek, as in the side of the face, is a combination of the letter jay followed by a wise bird – say no more!
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