Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26403 (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 Former PM in the Commons perhaps lying in the past (11)
This former Prime Minister, famous for holding a piece of paper, is a charade of a division of the Houses of Parliament (Commons perhaps) and the past participle of to lie, as in to rest
16a Source of oysters, holiday’s food supply (10)
Cephas used this town in Kent last year (“3d Firmly established after Pentecost in Kent (10)” – DT 25906) – it’s a charade of a holiday seven Sundays after Easter, the ‘S and a supply of food (or where it might be served)
26a Giving affection, being very close (4-2-5)
A phrase meaning on very intimate terms or in close co-operation
1d Padre rejects a former film star (7)
Drop an A (rejects A) from a padre to get a former star of silent films
4d What goes with rock drummer’s piece (4)
THere’s only one word that goes with rock – and it’s not chips!
Here’s a small hint – what type of music is this?
12d What BP does is of no interest to teenager (4-6)
An activity that BP,and other oil companies, carry out is also an expression that might be used by a teenager to describe something uninteresting
20d What provides exercise to perform around a lake? (6)
Clue of the day? This semi-all-in-one builds a small boat, that could be used on a lake, from Physical Exercise followed by a verb meaning to perform around A L(ake)
23d Still one mythical creature (4)
You shouldn’t need my help to combine a synonym for still with I (one) to get this large hairy creature, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas
I have to go out for a while to get a flu jab – more hints when I get back.
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