Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26277 – Hints
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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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.
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1a Fancy a ringer took the lead (7)
To get this wild fancy you need A with a ringer that makes a sound like Big Ben in front
12a Wonderful not having short visit by wise men (4)
Take a word meaning wonderful and drop most of CAL(L) – a short visit – from the end to get the three wise men of biblical fame
16a Well-liked turn in part of East London (7)
To get a word meaning well-liked put the kind of turn that Maggie Thatcher refused to make inside a district in East London
22a Leave old capital (5)
A charade of to leave, or give up, with O(ld) gives a South American capital city
26a Forever said to have gone round and round with nurse about where in France? (5,7,3)
This phrase meaning forever or eternally is a charade of a word that sounds like “gone round and round”, like a dervish, then WITH and to nurse around the French for where
28a Tyre oddly having sufficient tread (7)
Take the odd letters of tyre followed by a synonym for sufficient to get a word meaning to tread on and crush underfoot
1d Agreement on tailless aircraft (7)
This agreement is derived from a supersonic aircraft without its last letter (tailless)
2d Medal-winners like ABC? (2,3,5,5)
… where you need to come in a race to win a medal
3d Case quite confusing, not initially (4)
This small case for holding sewing articles is a frequent visitor to Crosswordland – to get it you need to find an anagram (confusing) of (Q)UITE (quite, not initially)
8d Hotel that is right to be more luxuriously elegant (7)
A charade of a world-famous hotel in Piccadilly, the abbreviation for “that is” and finally R(ight) gives a word meaning more luxuriously elegant (kinda like the hotel in Piccadilly!)
25d Most of panel on a Scottish island (4)
Put most of the panel that is sworn to reach a just verdict on A (as this is a down clue) to get a Scottish island famous for its single malt whisky
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