Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26265 – 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, 17th June.
1a Fish for each companion (5)
This fish is a charade of a synonym for each and a Companion of Honour
4a Persuade that underwear is being laundered (9)
A reworking of one of Crosswordland’s famous clues – “Bust down reason (9)” – a word meaning to persuade, when split (3,2,4), could be an item of female underwear being laundered
11a Bird to be cooked, willow-warbler perhaps (4-3)
A dialect name for various birds, including the willow warbler, is built up from where food is cooked and a small bird
23a Manager’s one of the band, one played quietly inside (7)
To get the name of the current England football manager, put an instrument in the string section of an orchestra around A (one) and the musical abbreviation for “play quietly”
29a Simpleton I name in northern New York (5)
A simpleton is built up from I and N(ame) inside N(orthern) and New York
1d Official in favour of jailbird smugly offering the odds (9)
This official is a charade of a prefix meaning in favour of followed by the usual jailbird and the odd letters of SmUgLy
3d The pale shimmering last drop (7)
Here shimmering is used to indicate that an anagram of THE PALE leads to the a small quantity of liquor left in the glass after drinking
8d 51 in wizard spiral (5)
Put the Roman numerals for 51 inside a wizard (or a witch)
25d Priest losing his head, it’s a crime (5)
Remove the first letter (losing his head) from a priest to get the crime of maliciously and feloniously setting fire to property
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