Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26828
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Looking back I don’t think that I commented on the day as I think that I was working. I got to this late but still found it a good test for a Saturday puzzle.
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1a Dam childishly associated with large beaver perhaps (6)
MAMMAL – This held me up for a bit. Its MAMMA (a dam being a mother) as a child might call her then L for large. The perhaps exemplifies the definition by example – other mammals are available.
5a Bid competitively totally in control of clubs (8)
OVERCALL – To bid competitively in Bridge is to OVERCALL, as is OVERALL (totally) being outside of (in control of) C for Clubs
9a Finished outside haven in storm without favour (4-6)
EVEN-HANDED – Place ENDED (finished) outside a stormy anagram of HAVEN for a word meaning ‘without favour’
10a Bond’s spoken of wild cat (4)
LYNX – A homophone (spoken of) LINKS for yer Bobcat.
11a Make slight sharp sound eating noisily (8)
SLURPING – To make a slight on a person is to make a SLUR. Add PING (a sharp sound) to get ‘eating noisily’
12a Take some euros to visit Russian port (6)
ROSTOV – I wasn’t completely sure of the Russian port but a couple of checking letters helped me spot it hidden in euROS TO Visit.
13a King Henry the First has returned outside (4)
SHAH – The definition is KING (in certain middle east countries). Reverse HAS around the outside of H for Henry.
15a Liking piano to utterly delight (8)
PENCHANT – P (for Piano in musical notation) then ENCHANT (utterly delight) gives a liking or bent.
18a Fighting sloth (8)
INACTION – Split as IN ACTION and you get fighting, otherwise you get indolence or sloth.
19a Banking system to fix returns — zero (4)
GIRO – One method of payment. Reverse RIG (to fix) and add O for zero.
21a Woolly surface with relation to small cloth (6)
NAPKIN – It took me a while to spot NAP for woolly surface (as in the nap of the cloth on a snooker table). Adding KIN (a family relation) to get a small cloth or serviette.
23a Warship to press young man rounding cape (4-4)
IRON-CLAD – A charade of IRON (press one’s trousers) and LAD (young man) around C for Cape. Once people realised that the damn things would still float, they clad their wooden warships in iron prior to being able to construct entirely from steel.
25a Serve a famous opera (4)
AIDA – A charade of AID (serve) then A for a famous Verdi opera.
26a May Trotter get a support? — he famously crashed one of these (10)
CANDELABRA – Completely unknown as a definition to me as I don’t like the programme (Only Fools and Horses) but a charade of CAN (may), DEL (Trotter) and A BRA (a support) leads to a thing that he “famously” crashed.
27a Mastermind in Greene novel (8)
ENGINEER – This is used here as a verb as in to engineer the destruction of the Universe. A New/Novel anagram of IN GREENE.
28a A queen wearing red beads (6)
ROSARY – Place A R (A Regina) inside ROSY (red – rosy is being worn by) to get prayer beads in the Roman Catholic Church.
2d Block trouble outside Nevada (5)
ANVIL – A Blacksmith’s block is forged by placing AIL (trouble) around NV, the code for Nevada.
3d Lisa perhaps, right in fashion like a queen (9)
MONARCHIC – Like a queen or indeed a king. The lisa is the MONA Lisa then R for Right followed by CHIC for fashion.
4d A row following the French introduction (4-2)
LEAD-IN – A DIN (noisy row) following LE – one of the definite articles in French leads us to an introduction.
5d Elderly person given a prod — gone senile unfortunately (3-3,9)
OLD-AGE PENSIONER – A lovely ( and unfortunate) anagram of A PROD GONE SENILE. Lovely surface reading given the recent furore over OAP care in hospitals!
6d Round university grinned inanely without stopping (8)
ENDURING – Place an anagram (inanely) of GRINNED around the outside of U for University. The result is an adjective meaning ‘without stopping’.
7d Maybe Arabs’ young guns (5)
COLTS – The Arab here is a breed of horse so their young male offspring would be a colt which is also a famous gun mark (e.g. the Colt 45).
8d Laird’s family not first to get fit of depression (9)
LANDOWNER – A Scottish landowner is the Laird of the manor. Remove the first letter from cLAN (family) and then add a DOWNER (or fit of depression).
14d Executed heretic from central European country (9)
HUNGARIAN – A charade of HUNG (for which someone should be hanged!) and ARIAN – a heretic traditionally gives a Central/Eastern European national.
16d Aristocratic students given drugs? (4-5)
HIGH CLASS – A bunch of students given drugs might be described as a HIGH CLASS which also means aristocratic.
17d Salt kept in tree’s highest point (8)
PINNACLE – A perennial favourite for PINNACLE (and also BARNACLE). NACL (the chemical formula for common salt) inside PINE (a tree) for the high point of e.g. a mountain or career.
20d Outside south-east, be mother superior type (6)
POSEUR – A nice observation of POUR for ‘be mother’ – shall I pour the tea?. Put this outside SE for South East and you will find a superior type – the one with all the gear but no idea on a golf course for example.
22d Broadcast means to enter vehicle with military associations (5)
KHAKI – This is the colour associated with military fatigues. It is also a homophone (broadcast) of car keys, the means to enter a vehicle
24d Clothes-horse more attractive without top (5)
AIRER – A clothes horse is a common name for a rig-up to air your clothes indoors, hence an AIRER. Remove the first letter (without top) of fAIRER – more attractive.
Thanks to the setter for a nicely constructed puzzle. I’ll see you all next week for the Sunday Review.