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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Across

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.

 

Down

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

  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    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!!

    • Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      I’ve relaxed the requirement to enter name and email address, but please try to enter them in future!

  2. Little Dave
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    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. undine
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    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.

    • gazza
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Hi undine – welcome to the blog.