Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26211 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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The usual 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, 15th April.
1a One making religious ceremony sound different (6)
The definition here is, rather cleverly, “one making”, and is usually preceded by a word that tells you what they are making – it sounds like a religious ceremony
14a Still like peas in a pod (3,3,4)
A phrase that means still, in the sense of nevertheless, describes peas in a pod
26a Army craftsmen have 24 hours without a cure (6)
A charade of a four-letter abbreviation for the Army craftsmen followed by a synonym for 24 hours without the letter A results in a cure
2d Winger from Real Madrid (3,7)
This winger is a butterfly! – indicated once again by that weakest of indicators, from, it’s an anagram of REAL MADRID – but the surface reading is excellent
15d Term of endearment by one consuming bird (10)
Combine a term of endearment with someone who is consuming food to get a bird that consumes the term of endearment!
24d Crawler with no backbone (4)
A creature that crawls can also be used as a description of a mean, grovelling or contemptible person – the entire clue also reads as a non-cryptic definition!
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