Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26415 (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 Copper with spirit gets position in church (6)
Combine the chemical symbol for copper with an adjective meaning with spirit to get a position assisting the vicar in a church
4a Photographic equipment captures the cat taking head of gerbil in sport (8)
To get this item of photographic equipment put a cat, as in a cat-o’-nine-tails, and G (head of Gerbil) inside a word meaning sport or humour
18a One’s without issue and not married in church (8)
It’s a very good semi-all-in-one – a two-character abbreviation for childless (without issue) is followed by a church without M(arried) [Thanks Gazza]
20a Cavalry out of Spain (5)
Another name for the cavalry is a charade of an originally French word for “out of” (4) followed by the IVR code for Spain [Thanks Mary] – note that the French word has been adopted into English, so doesn’t have to be indicated as foreign
29a Stick around Director General — one means to communicate (6)
Put a verb meaning to stick or fasten around the abbreviation of Director General and I (one) to get a means to communicate which involves the combination and distortion of two languages – a version of English being the best known
1d Church has to drink ceremonially like a monk (8)
A charade of the Church of England and a word meaning to drink wine in honour of a god or goddess describes living like a monk
5d Capital seat’s sound in traditional tune (11,3)
After the capital of the UK put two words that together sound like an originally French word meaning seat or rear to get a traditional tune
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9d Film in which Muhammad Ali gets cut on head (3,5,6)
This famous film is a charade of the self-appointed title of Muhammad Ali without its last letter (gets cut) over (on as this is a down clue) a headland, like those in the South of Africa and South America and the North of Scotland [Too many people to thank all of them]
24d Saint — last thereof to be taken in by Lord (5)
This Saint is derived by putting T (last letter of Saint / last thereof) inside (to be taken in by) a general term for a Lord
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