Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26361 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Don’t forget that tomorrow Peter Biddlecombe and I will be meeting with Brian Greer in the Bree Louise, Euston. Come along and join us from 2.00pm onwards.
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, 7th October
1a Skip almost drunk by edge of river (6,4)
The kind of skip you find at a recycling centre is a charade of most of a word meaning drunk followed by the edge of a river
15a Always nevertheless losing article, perhaps (8)
A word meaning always comes from taking THE from NEVER(THE)LESS and replacing each of the two words that are left with antonyms
26a Feeling contrite, no end of destruction (4)
This looks as if you get a word meaning contrite by dropping the end of a synonym for destruction, but it’s actually the other way around!
29a Damaging ocean winds during very cold weather (4,3,3)
An anagram (damaging) of OCEAN WINDS gives two things you might find in very cold weather
1d Male animal that stops at the top? (4)
This male deer, goat, hare or rabbit is part of an expression that means the final responsibility stops here
11d Amusing take-off? (5,7)
A cryptic definition of something you will find in The Beano
19d Revived on court? (7)
A double definition – revived and made a series of to-and-fro strokes on a tennis court
25d Swelling that’s irritating for viewer (4)
A barely cryptic definition of an inflamed swelling at the edge of the eyelid
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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