Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26438 (Hints)
Big Dave’s New Year Crossword Club
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Happy New Year.
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 Not so far from college with competitor who was not successful (6)
This word meaning not so far is a charade of C(ollege) and a competitor who was not a winner
14a Not going over the top? (3,2,5)
This phrase has two different meanings, depending on the context – “not going” as in broken and “over the top” as in excessive
21a Skirt Eastern capital that is vast (4)
To skirt, as in to stay close to, is followed by the capital letter of Eastern to give a word meaning vast
26a Warn engineer to take 30-second delay initially (6)
A word meaning to warn is a charade of the Royal Engineers, half of 60 seconds and the initial letter of Delay
2d In place of occupant becoming officer (10)
A charade of a word meaning “in place of” and an occupant gives this army officer
5d Stress centre-half left put in action (7)
Take a word meaning to stress and remove half of CEN(tre) to get a word meaning put in action
6d Bill for peanuts? (4)
A bird might keep peanuts in this bill – unless I’ve missed something this is not my favourite clue!
13d On time, ape thing used in play (6,4)
A charade of on time and to ape gives the script used to supply forgotten words to actors in a play
24d Sound barrier (4)
A double definition, a sound made when the sound barrier is broken and a barrier stretched across a harbour
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