Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26271- Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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A few hints just to get you started – more than usual this week as some of the wordplay is a bit tricky.
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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, 24th June.
1a Currently in operation? (8,2)
A phrasal verb meaning that an electrical device is connected to the power and ready to be used
6a Neglected child with a condition (4)
This neglected child is built up from W(ith) A and condition or uncertainty
10a Secret no fix for family (4)
Take an eleven-letter word meaning secret or undercover and drop the last seven letters (a word meaning to fix or to intend for a particular purpose) and you get a Scottish family
20a Free French translation (6)
A synonym for free that means the same in French, as long as you use it as an adverb – it comes from a Latin root meaning “favours”
27a Disgraceful Charlie took item of footwear round lousy centre (10)
A word meaning disgraceful or shameful is built up from C (Charlie in the NATO phonetic alphabet) inside (took … round) an item of footwear with the sole bound to the foot by straps and finally the middle three letters (centre) of lousy
1d Test out beastly place (4)
An anagram (out) of TEST gives a home for a badger
4d Old message out of Rome? (15)
A charade of a prefix meaning old together with a message results in the act of expelling from the communion of the Church of Rome
7d Somewhat brisk — notedly so (10)
A musical term meaning light and moderately quick – it’s in The Mine!
8d Imagine female doctor in unusual costume (5,5)
A charade of a word meaning to imagine is followed by the setter’s idea of a female doctor – take the standard abbreviation for a doctor and add a suffix that is used to denote the female of an occupation – and you get an unusual costume that is suitable for a party- or maybe a fun run
23d Headlight (4)
… for an angel!
24d Bridge players gathering intelligence (4)
Rearrange(gathering) the four points of the compass that are used to denote bridge players into intelligence about recent events
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