Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26409 (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 Obtained directly from leading worker (5-4)
A word meaning obtained from the original source is a charade of synonyms for leading and worker
12a Disagreeing about one point whilst trying to be amusing (9)
Put a word meaning disagreeing or quarrelsome around a compass point to get an adjective meaning humorous in a flippant or inappropriate way
16a Current uprising (7)
A slightly cryptic definition of an ascending current of warm air, used by birds and gliders to gain height
29a Rubbish, it produces opium, mate (9)
A word meaning rubbish is a charade of the flower from which opium is obtained and a colloquialism for mate, or as Chambers puts it “British informal – a friendly form of address among men”
1d Viral infection following repeatedly will get you down (5)
A charade of a viral infection and an abbreviation for following gives a description of down, as in feather
4d Sherry lover (7)
A dark, sweet sherry and a ladies’ man – perhaps one who likes Sherry!
20d Worst place to park during break for repairs (3,4)
A charade of the worst place in the world, according to John McEnroe, TO and P(ark) gives a break for repairs during a motor race
27d Modest woman’s figure? (3)
This figure is hidden inside the first two words
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