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DT 26828

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.


5 comments on “DT 26828

  1. Re 26 across : this is still irking.. i was so upset, I posted on your Facebook Wall – the setter doesnt know his candelabra (that goes on the table) from his chandelier (that hangs from a ceiling) … grrrrrr!!

  2. Very enjoyable this one, with one or two very tricky clues. Last two I got took me ages, and they were NAPKIN and KHAKI. The first because I was convinced for a long time that the word definition was “woolly”, and must admit although I then knew that 22d must be “khaki” I didn’t understand why until reading your blog today. Never twigged the “car key” at all. Also must admit never knew ARIAN had any connection with “heretic”.

  3. So glad I have found your page. I am not that good at crosswords but love to complete the Telegraph Saturday one. I was totally stuck and would probably never have got ‘mammal’ or ‘candelabra’. I have learned something useful, too. I never realised that ‘broadcast’ signified a homophone doh! many thanks.

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