Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26259 – 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, 10th June.
6a Remove half a stone, it’s the trend (6,7)
An anagram, signalled by remove, of HALF A STONE IT’S gives the trend
9a Martha with an extraordinary bloomer (8)
An anagram, here signalled by extraordinary, of MARTHA and AN gives a plant of a chiefly tropical family that includes love-lies-bleeding (bloomer)
20a Jack’s bag is a song with punch (5,3)
A sailor’s bag for personal belongings is a charade of a short, simple song and to punch
27a Rocket with satnav? (6,7)
A cryptic definition of a rocket-propelled projectile carrying a warhead and electronically directed to its target for the whole or part of the way by remote control
1d Inflexible remnant on said stream (8)
A word meaning inflexible or obstinate is a charade of a remnant, maybe in a chequebook, and what sounds like (said) a small stream, especially one that flows intermittently or seasonally
5d Kay with one young lady at island capital (6)
Run together K(ay) I (one in Roman numerals) a young lady and an I(sland) to get the capital of Rwanda – nice misdirection here making you think of the capital of an island
13d First man in Cleopatra’s embrace (3)
… the second man hidden inside Cleopatra is Pat
21d Poison, sound the alarm (6)
An alarm bell that sounds like a poison
22d Shell not in report (6)
To get this shell used in a firearm drop the IN (not in) from a report of a patient’s progress
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