Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26343 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Regular followers of the blog may have seen a comment from Brian Greer, the setter of the Sunday Telegraph Crossword, for a meet while he was in London. This has now been arranged for 2.00pm on Sunday, 3rd October at the Bree Louise in Euston. Fuller details will be published nearer the date.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
A full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 16th April.
1a Sling mud at fellow taking morning afloat in river (6)
A word meaning to sling mud at, in the metaphorical sense, is derived by putting F(ellow) and the Latin abbreviation for before noon inside one of Crosswordland’s favourite rivers
10a Follower had record that is about small place (8)
A follower of Jesus is built up from a record (not EP or LP, or even CD, this time!) followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is” around a shortened form of PL(ace), as seen on many street maps
12a Youth who is extremely distressed? (8)
This youth has shaved off his/her hair (dis-tressed)
22a Slow-mover from wrong French river (8)
This slow-moving creature is a charade of a a wrongful act and a tributary of the River Seine
27a Rod, go inside for Peg (6)
Take a rod that is used for roasting meat and put GO inside to get a peg used to close the opening of a tube or pipe
1d Not saying anything to indicate pantomime (8)
A charade of “not saying anything” and “to indicate” gives another name for pantomime
2d Uselessness following public service (8)
A word meaning uselessness comes from F(ollowing) and a public service, like gas or electricity
7d Bird having a swim? (6)
This bird could be one that enters the water for a short swim
16d With short front and back, perhaps, it’s oblique (8)
If the front and back are cut short, what happens to the rest?
21d Tremor as sea engulfs swampy ground (6)
Some swampy ground is hidden inside the first three words
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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