Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26325 (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 Ruddy duck that’s pink (8)
Combine a red colour with O (duck) to get a pink bird
11a Torch songs? (5,5)
A cryptic definition of what was played on Radio 2’s predecessor!
17a Try to play an ace (5)
… in tennis
22a Not notice tradition moved by anthem (7)
An anagram (moved) of TR(AD)ITION after removing a notice gives this anthem sung at the beginning of Mass, immediately after the Confiteor
29a Tale one cadet spun (8)
This tale is an anagram (spun) of ONE CADET
2d Means of escape from rising water covering unpleasant place (8)
This means of escape from a contract is built up from some water reversed (rising, as it’s a down clue) and an unpleasant place
8d Money from American wrong at pay-desk (8)
The American spelling of an order to a bank to transfer money is followed by wrong, in the sense of a set of figures not balancing, to give the pay-desk at a supermarket
15d Mother country? (2-4-4)
… because there are only women here?
25d It is still produced in Russia (5)
A cryptic definition of an alcoholic drink that is distilled in Russia
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