Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26241 – 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. Gnomethang’s full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 22nd May.
1a Server receives tip in exchange (9)
This server of drinks is derived by putting a tip, or extremity, inside a word meaning to exchange or swap
11a According to notice put at risk by chance (12)
A charade of according to, or through, with a short word for a notice and a risk, or speculation, gives a word meaning by chance, or perhaps
16a Made new impression in pool? (2-5)
… the secretarial pool
17a Cut most of the reference lines (3)
… on a graph, typically x y and z- drop the last letter (most of) to get a word meaning to cut
29a Soldiers protected natural revolutionary predator (9)
Put these volunteer soldiers around (protected) an anagram (revolutionary) of NATURAL to get an eight-legged predator
1d Go off booklet at regular intervals (4)
A word meaning to go off, as in to flee, is found in the odd letters (at regular intervals) of booklet
2d Hotel documents for auditor (4)
A posh hotel sounds like (for auditor) legal documents
5d Well now (9)
… having previously been ill
13d Unreal game of cards? (5,5)
Combine unreal, or sham, with a card game to get a variation of the same card game
15d Type of PIN on the web provides means of protection (6,3)
… ignore the capitalisation!
23d Back gnasher (5)
… a not-very-cryptic definition of a tooth at the back of the mouth
25d Not entirely perfect notion (4)
Regular solvers will have seen this construct quite a few times – most of a word meaning perfect gives a notion or thought
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