Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26295 (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 I’d pass him stumbling towards centre of vessel . . . (9)
An anagram (stumbling) of I’D PASS HIM gives the part of a vessel towards the centre
16a To do with set of principles Ruby found in California (6)
The adjective meaning to do with a set of principles is constructed by putting the colour associated with a ruby inside an abbreviation for CAL(ifornia)
18a Dozen removed from the score (5)
… simple arithmetic!
21a Bright getting bonus, quantity yet to be ascertained (5)
A word meaning bright is built up from an incidental benefit from one’s employment and a letter used to represent an unknown quantity in algebra
28a Cheers to the greatest extent going round court in a diplomatic way (9)
A short word for thank you (cheers) and a word meaning to the greatest extent are placed around the abbreviation of C(OUR)T to get a synonym for in a diplomatic way
2d Thomas rises to give a few words (5)
Reverse (rises, as this is a down clue) the shortened form of Thomas and then add TO and the result is a phrase accompanying a coat of arms
4d The man taking Ecstasy may produce animal sound (6)
My favourite clue in today’s puzzle – the male pronoun is followed by the abbreviation for Ecstasy and the produce of the may tree to get an animal sound
7d Changing one’s mind about leaving (13)
It might look as if there is an anagram or a charade in her, but no – it’s a cryptic definition of changing one’s mind about leaving one’s worldly goods
26d Territorials’ military language in southern Asia (5)
Combine the abbreviations for the Territorial Army and MIL(itary) to get a southern Asian language
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