Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26199 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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A few hints to get you started.
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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,1st April.
4a Recording chap changing gear (8)
Recording seems to me to be a weak definition – Chambers gives reporting, report(s), description, account, investigation, analysis, item, story, reportage – combine a synonym for a chap with an anagram, indicated by changing, of gear
8a River rose perhaps (6)
Crosswordland’s synonym for a river!
13a I am at Alabama port stationary (8)
Combine the contracted form of “I am” with a port in Alabama (which coincidentally came up in yesterday’s Toughie – T 326) to get a word meaning stationary
26a Where rep stood out? (8)
… when he called at your house
1d Book in French — ‘L’Oeuf Blanc’ (7)
Combine a book for storing photographs or stamps with the French for “in” to get the white of an egg
2d Astonished by pronounced success of prospector (9)
Sounds like some ore was found by the prospector!
4d Batsman who is all at sea might be (6,2,3,4)
.. likewise a fish in the ocean might be
14d Shooting case? (3,6)
… for a Kodak Brownie?
15d (A)bridge (8)
This is a clever double definition – to abridge or the game of bridge
22d Man caught short going over river is middle-distance runner (5)
The first name of jazz trumpet player Davis, without its last letter, is followed by R(iver) to get a middle-distance runner like Roger Bannister or Seb Coe – in a way I hope there is a better wordplay than this!
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