Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26307- 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 Conservationists after ten years in decline (8)
In crosswords conservationists are usually the National Trust – put their abbreviation after a period of ten years to get a word meaning in decline
11a Mournful linesman’s mood? (7)
A word meaning mournful could describe a poet’s mood
12a Fully dressed American vocalist? (7)
Pause between the two syllables of the name of this American bass-baritone and it sounds like fully dressed, like a member of the House of Lords
23a New editorial aid in bits, missing from lounge (6)
New indicates that an anagram of EDITORIAL, without the letters making up AID will give a word meaning to lounge
26a Transfer revolutionary energy scheme (8)
A word meaning to transfer from one area to another is a charade of a Communist revolutionary, E(nergy) and a scheme, as in a cunning plan designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage
1d Label — cut it, do you hear? (6)
A label listing the contents of a consignment sounds like to cut, or remove, it
2d One living with intent, say (6)
Say “with intent” out aloud and then think about who might live there
8d Friend in few lines produced rare recantation (8)
A charade of a friend, IN and a few lines of poetry gives a rare or unusual word for a recantation
20d Inferior not even in cast (6)
A word meaning inferior is built up by putting a synonym for not even inside to cast or throw
The Saturday Crossword Club will open at 10.00 am (after Sounds of the Sixties on BBC Radio 2). Membership is free and open to all. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions before that time.
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