Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26319 (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 Teacher drops alternative claim (7)
Start with a top teacher at a university and remove an alternative to get a claim
15a Greek character held by Catherine Jones (4)
… it was her middle name before she adopted it as part of a double-barrel surname!
24a Reported second person who, say, made call to attract attention (3-3)
Combine homophones for the second person pronoun and who to get a call made to attract attention
29a Writing about departure in progress (7)
Combine a word meaning about with a departure to get a word meaning in progress
2d Rouse again when a new rake is broken (8)
To rouse again is an anagram (broken) of A NEW RAKE
17d The Spanish fish coming from fictitious place (8)
Combine the Spanish definite article with a gold-coloured fish to get a golden land imagined by the Spanish conquerors of America – the enumeration is often given as (2,6)
26d Not having a match in clothing (4)
Drop the A (not having a) from a match to get an item of clothing
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