Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26235 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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The usual few hints just to get you started. I’m off to the White Horse soon so I will leave you all in the more-than-capable hands of the other bloggers. If you fancy coming along to the pub today, the directions are on the Cruciverbalists’ Convention post.
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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, 13th May.
1a Difficult to understand Jack’s real point that had been accepted (8)
The definition is “difficult to understand” and is built up from Jack’s (sailor’s), and a word meaning real, as opposed to false, placed around (that had been accepted) a compass point
13a Attempt at mother’s Latin hymn (6,5)
Combine an attempt (as in have a **** at), AT and the Latin for mother to get a Latin hymn commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary
26a Proceeding taking the low road (8)
A word meaning proceeding, or in progress, could be a low road – low as in below
1d Aid musician starting late (6)
A word meaning to aid comes from a musician who plays a large stringed instrument, without the first letter (starting late)
15d Fish and fruit expert (5,3)
This species of sole differing in its markings from the common sole is a charade of a sour fruit and an expert
20d Absolutely tunelessly (6)
A double definition – the first definition is often followed by refused, the second means tunelessly in the sense of singing or playing which is below the right pitch
Painstakingly composed on my kid sister’s laptop!
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