Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26181 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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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, 11th March.
1a A way to join the union? (8,7)
You both need to attend this to become man and wife!
18a Dealer smelt rat suspiciously (8)
This dealer in an essential ingredient of whisky is an anagram of SMELT RAT, indicated by suspiciously
26a Like the one that spoils the barrel? (6,2,3,4)
One apple like this is all that it takes
1d Staff included a question about monkey (7)
Put A QU(estion) inside the staff that was once wielded by Michael Heseltine to get a monkey of the genus to which the rhesus and the Barbary ape belong
3d Now detaining a shady criminal (2,4,3,3,3)
A phrase meaning now is an anagram, indicated by criminal, of DETAINING A SHADY
5d South American youngster, he was betrayed (6)
… by Delilah
21d One cannot sit still and do this (6)
Move about restlessly – with ants in your pants!
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