Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28002
Hints and tips by Gazza
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I didn’t get a great deal of enjoyment from this one. Most of the clues were very straightforward with a number of old chestnuts. On the other hand, if you’re just starting out on cryptic crosswords then this is probably just the sort of puzzle you need, except that if you’re under forty you’ve probably never heard of the actress in 1d or the pianist in 4d. I know that I’ve harped on about this before but I do wonder whether the inclusion of such names is the way to attract younger solvers.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a See very fast start (3,8)
GET CRACKING – a verb to see or twig is followed by an adjective meaning very fast.
9a Not living together, guys before beginning to tenant flat (9)
APARTMENT – if you’re not living together you are living *****. Add another word for guys and the beginning letter of tenant.
10a Master, extremely disagreeable in a gym (5)
ADEPT – the outer (extremely) letters of disagreeable go between A (from the clue) and an abbreviation meaning gymnastics or drill.
11a Difficult, old emperor coming to America (7)
ONEROUS – string together the abbreviation for old, the name of a Roman emperor and a two-letter abbreviation for America.
12a Toy dog lost during short march (3,4)
RAG DOLL – an anagram (lost) of DOG is inserted in a march or parade without its final letter (short).
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13a Doctor shown with maiden, a character in pantomime? (9)
RIGMAROLE – a verb to doctor or falsify is followed by the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, A (from the clue) and a character or theatrical part.
16a From Elvis, anniversary card (4)
VISA – hidden (from) in the clue.
18a Barrister cutting fine cheese (4)
BRIE – an informal word for a barrister without the abbreviation for fine (as used in the categorisation of lead pencils).
19a Stew at last in bistro? A controversial issue (3,6)
HOT POTATO – start with a stew popular in Lancashire and add AT (from the clue) and the last letter of bistro.
22a Piece of deep-fried food is more appropriate? That’s about right (7)
FRITTER – a comparative meaning more appropriate or more pertinent contains an abbreviation for right.
23a Alarm worried Rupert Bear, initially (7)
PERTURB – an anagram (worried) of RUPERT followed by the initial letter of Bear.
25a Wine jar I smashed tackling opening of ordinaire (5)
RIOJA – an anagram (smashed) of JAR I contains (tackling, in the sense of setting about) the opening letter of ordinaire.
26a Home eleven dismissed? Comprehensively (6,3)
INSIDE OUT – charade of an adverb meaning home or at home, what eleven means in a sporting context and an adverb meaning dismissed at cricket.
27a One leading the way in movement — crossword compiler (11)
TRENDSETTER – a movement or drift is followed by another name for a crossword compiler.
1d Allure of grand Hollywood actress (7)
GLAMOUR – the abbreviation for grand ($1,000) followed by the surname of Dorothy, the actress who appeared in several of the Hope/Crosby ‘Road’ films.
2d Find and copy (5)
TRACE – double definition, the first a verb meaning to find or track down.
3d Clear-headed on trial, a criminal (8)
RATIONAL – an anagram (criminal) of ON TRIAL A.
4d Musical about pianist Dame Myra (5)
CHESS – an abbreviation meaning about or approximately is followed by the surname of Dame Myra who was most famous for organising and playing in lunchtime concerts in London throughout WWII.
5d Cross put in ground, by order (9)
INTERSECT – a verb to bury or put in the ground and a religious order or splinter group.
6d Good variety in farm (6)
GRANGE – the abbreviation for good followed by a variety or assortment.
7d In charge in Italian city, woman … (8)
VERONICA – insert the abbreviation for ‘in charge’ into the Italian city where Shakespeare housed two gentlemen.
8d … set off, all upset to see girl (6)
STELLA – an anagram (off) of SET followed by the reversal (upset, in a down clue) of ALL.
14d Riding or running in sports field in America (8)
GRIDIRON – an anagram (running) of RIDING OR.
15d Prudent to support unmarried mother in a different way? (9)
OTHERWISE – an adjective meaning prudent or sensible comes after (to support, in a down clue) the word mother without the abbreviation for married.
17d Something for breakfast time? (8)
PORRIDGE – double definition, the second an informal word for time spent at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
18d Live number heard earlier (6)
BEFORE – a verb to live and a homophone of a single-digit number.
20d Satellite perhaps bore it out — Russia’s first (7)
ORBITER – an anagram (out) of BORE IT followed by the first letter of Russia.
21d Sound level in the auditorium (6)
STRAIT – sound here is a noun meaning a narrow stretch of water. The answer sounds like (in the auditorium) an adjective meaning level or horizontal.
23d Model daughter put forward (5)
POSED – a verb to model or sit followed by the abbreviation for daughter.
24d Vessel about to be destroyed (1-4)
U-BOAT – an anagram (to be destroyed) of ABOUT.
Best clue for me is 15d. Which one(s) cut the mustard for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: CELL + BIDE + EIGHT = SELL-BY DATE