Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26205 – 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, 8th April.
1a Short-tempered agent included hot tip (6)
A word meaning short-tempered is derived by putting a secret agent around a hot tip, typically from a horse-racing tipster
17a Near definite spot that’s irrelevant (6,3,4)
Combine a word meaning near, or next to, with a definite spot, or target, to get a phrase that means irrelevant (and therefore inconsequential)
25a This speech is not reported (6)
Speech in the very words of the speaker is described as this
27a Guide personnel to river (6)
A more senior or experienced colleague appointed to guide a junior employee is built up from personnel, as in staff or crew, with TO and R(iver)
1d Old scholar found rudimentary dwelling in southeast (6)
An old scholar is derived by putting a rudimentary dwelling, or a bed of the kind used for Jesus, inside South East
3d Lead about alternative vegetable for flavouring (3,4)
Put the chemical symbol for lead around a word meaning the alternative, i.e. not this or that, to get a vegetable used for flavouring
6d Donated too much during dance (7)
This bit of Yoda-speak is actually telling you to take a word meaning donated and then insert (during) an abbreviation that means too much, or over-the-top, to get a dance, somewhat like a country dance
22d Endlessly courageous going over a Spanish Costa (5)
Take a word meaning courageous, drop its final letter (endlessly), and put it over A (as this is a down clue) and you get a Spanish Costa
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