Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26301 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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You will probably have gathered by now that the Wedding of the Year was held yesterday – hence the hints being a bit late.
This was me and the missus yesterday (taken by Tilsit):
And this is the happy couple:
I’ve added a few other pics to the facebook page.
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 Failure encountered in possession of pound, depressed (8)
This failure in the cooling system of a nuclear reactor is built up from a synonym for encountered around the abbreviation for the pound (in money, not weight) together with a word meaning depressed
15a Annexed unsettled state with desire born of experience (8,5)
Easier than it looks – you need a word meaning annexed and an anagram (unsettled) of STATE to get a desire born of experience – like whisky, perhaps!
23a Provided backing as firm was humiliating failure (6)
Probably my favourite today – it’s a simple charade of a two-letter word meaning provided, as in on condition, which is then reversed (backing) and followed by AS and the abbreviation for CO(mpany) to get an humiliating failure
29a Work in the pool shed’s pigeonhole (8)
Combine what people are likely to do when they work in a pool, or team, with to shed, as in to discard, to get a word meaning to pigeonhole or assign to a particular category
1d Person of note (8)
One who plays lots of notes!
4d Caution about hostilities to the north (4)
Be careful here – the definition is to “caution about”
17d With money. Where? (2,6)
An audiovisual hint!
20d Cordial enquiry about my competence (7)
The definition is cordial, as in friendly, and if you split it as (2,1,4) it could be an enquiry about my competence
25d Fast-moving Charlie getting in the money (4)
To get a word meaning fast-moving just put C(harlie) inside the money you get for working
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