DT 25789

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 25789 – 2 Dec 08

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Before we plough on with some new clue-types, let’s recap with today’s DT cryptic.

Clue type 1 – Anagram

23 Across: Pepsi Cola for refreshment of bishops (9)

Sounds like it’s going to be ‘of bishops’. ‘For refreshment’ could mean refreshing the word order. Pepsi Cola = Episcopal.

25 Across: Stone implement in hotel, oddly (7)

Again, oddly can mean anagram. In hotel – neolith, which is a stone implement.

17 Across is also an anagram. Of ‘Bat’ and ‘Bowl’ – and ‘e’ (the end of ‘June’) and ‘a’ (the start of ‘Ashes’). So Batbowlae, meaning ‘depressed’ – At a low ebb.

20 Downn is an anagram of catnaps – capstan (I learnt a new word, there)

21 Down is an anagram (‘new’) of Orleans – Salerno.

Clue-type 2 – Word-building

14 Down: In favour of proposal suggesting publicity campaign (9)

This is a word-builder. ‘In favour of’ is ‘Pro’. That feels like a start of a word. At this point, one realises the answer could be ‘promotion’. And a ‘motion’ is a ‘proposal’ at a formal meeting. So we have pro-motion.

24 Down: Soldier pulled up in vehicle for a smoke (5)

A soldier can be a ‘GI’. Except it’s pulled up. (And it’s a ‘down’ clue, so it’ll go IG, not GI).  In a vehicle – so ‘IG’ could appear in the word for vehicle – ‘CAR’? C-IG-AR – Cigar. That’s a smoke.

19 Across – the mexican snacks – nacho? salsa? tacos? First of ‘them’ is ‘t’. A lettuce is ‘a cos’. Tacos.

28 Across – Dorothy’s dog is Toto. A boy is ‘Ron’ (I hate it when they do that). Toronto is a Canadian city.

Clue-type 3 – Puns/plays on words

26 Across: Barge carrying less weight (7)

Carrying less weight? Lighter? Is that a kind of barge? Apparently. Just looked it up in the dictionary. I learnt another new word. Hooray for Crossword.

And here’s a new clue type for today.

Clue-type 4 – Hidden words

Sometimes, the word itself is buried in the clue – it’s there if you look for it. 23 Down is an example.

23 Down: Distinctive character in Macbeth? Osric? (5)

The solution is there ‘in’ Macbeth Osric. Macbeth Osric. Ethos.

And that’s most of the bottom half done. Let me know if you can do the top half – I can’t!


Reproduced from the Crossword Ends in Violence site by kind permission of James Cary

 

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