Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26391 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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First, some news. Tilsit had his operation on Wednesday and is currently recovering in the Huddersfied Royal Infirmary. He is recovering well and I spoke to him last night. He hopes to be back soon, but his online activities are hindered by poor cellphone reception in the hospital.
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 Brave worker puts bitterness to one side (7)
A word meaning brave, in the style of the knights of old, is derived by putting one of Crosswordland’s ubiquitous workers after a synonym for bitterness
9a This the camel found unbearable (4,5)
The one that broke the camel’s back!
10a Circus worker not about to move energetically (5)
Drop “about” from an American circus worker to get a word meaning to move energetically – Elvis played one of these circus workers in an eponymous film
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17a Philip loses one animal or flower (5)
Drop the I (one) from the affectionate form of Philip and add an animal to get this oddly named flower
28a Bird coming from wet tree? (7)
An informal word for a bird is an anagram, indicated by coming from, of WET TREE
1d Giant barbarian contained rising trouble (7)
This biblical giant, the one that was slain by my namesake, is constructed by putting a barbarian from an ancient Germanic people around a word meaning trouble, reversed
6d According to Peter, Frenchman’s gobbled up tropical fruit (9)
A word meaning according to is followed by the first Christian name of the apostle Peter, itself placed around the title accorded a Frenchman, equivalent to Mr in English, to get this tropical fruit
17d Carriage transporting Stanhope that does not start (7)
A Stanhope is a light open one-seated carriage, first made for Fitzroy Stanhope – an anagram (transporting) of (S)TANHOPE without the first letter (does not start) gives an open four-wheeled carriage for one or two horses
24d Wanting a drink (5)
A double definition – wanting as in deficient or lacking and a drink of spirits
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