Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28008
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This seemed to me a typical example of the puzzles we regularly get on Tuesdays. There’s nothing really wrong with it but it could benefit from a bit of sparkle. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.
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 Old man developing nice tan (7)
ANCIENT – an anagram (developing) of NICE TAN.
5a Fashion designer embracing new means of communication (7)
CHANNEL – the surname of a French fashion designer, famous for introducing the ‘little black dress’, contains N(ew).
9a Unattractively artificial closing in picture (7)
PLASTIC – an adjective meaning closing or final goes inside an informal term for a picture.
10a Returned embarrassed about movement in ballet (7)
REPLIED – an adjective meaning embarrassed contains a ballet movement involving bending the knees (I think it’s supposed to look elegant).
11a Security at home certain to restrict an onset in crime (9)
INSURANCE – start with an adverb meaning at home and follow this with an adjective meaning certain containing AN (from the clue) and the first letter of crime.
12a Heard to waste American’s increase in wages (5)
RAISE – this is a word used in the US for an increase in wages (we use a slightly shorter word). It sounds like a verb to lay waste or devastate.
13a Avoids birds (5)
DUCKS – double definition, the first meaning avoids or dodges.
15a Rears cute wild animals (9)
CREATURES – an anagram (wild) of REARS CUTE.
17a Lass with belly changing? Babies — there’s two there (9)
SYLLABLES – an anagram (changing) of LASS and BELLY. There are two of the answer in the word babies.
19a Abandon brush (5)
SCRUB – double definition, the second an area of shrubs and small trees.
22a Player’s first to leave golf club, say (5)
UTTER – remove the first letter of player from a golf club.
23a Philosopher’s following snake — they go round and round (9)
WINDMILLS – the surname of an English philosopher and the ‘S follow a verb to snake or meander.
25a Citrus tree almost devoured by cold weather (7)
CLIMATE – a citrus tree without its last letter (almost) and a verb meaning devoured all follow (by) the abbreviation for cold.
26a Mirror? One friend holds it (7)
IMITATE – the Roman numeral for one is followed by a friend containing IT.
27a Intimate guests ordered to go round back of building (7)
SUGGEST – the definition here is a verb not an adjective. It’s an anagram (ordered) of GUESTS containing the back letter of building.
28a Learning what you’re filling in? (7)
LETTERS – two meanings, the first a word for scholarly learning or erudition and the second what you should have written or typed in the white squares of the grid.
1d Paid close attention — pages after article told a story (7)
APPLIED – string together an indefinite article, the abbreviation for multiple pages and a verb meaning made up a story.
2d Lesson by one Conservative of the highest rank (7)
CLASSIC – a lesson or period of instruction is followed by the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for Conservative.
3d Go in hospital department with expression of hesitation (5)
ENTER – the abbreviation for the most popular hospital department in Crosswordland followed by an expression of hesitation.
4d Difficult catch with line at sea (9)
TECHNICAL – an anagram (at sea) of CATCH and LINE.
5d Dog taken to vet with no tail to bend (5)
CURVE – a dog of little monetary value is followed by the word vet without its last letter.
6d Soldier wearing suitable American equipment (9)
APPARATUS – an airborne soldier goes inside an adjective meaning suitable or relevant. We finish with a two-letter abbreviation for American.
7d No one is turning the Queen more boisterous (7)
NOISIER – bring together NO (from the clue), the Roman numeral for one, the reversal (turning) of IS and the cipher of our current Queen.
8d They might put up with you (7)
LODGERS – cryptic definition. You’re meant to think that ‘put up with’ here means to tolerate but ‘put up’ also means to pay for temporary accommodation.
14d 12 cast off steps (9)
STAIRCASE – an anagram (off) of the answer to 12a and CAST.
16d German city ‘ethically’ neglected, oddly. It’s necessary (9)
ESSENTIAL – a German city in the Ruhr is followed by the even (neglected oddly) letters of ‘ethically’.
17d Becomes bitter, covering up Church origins (7)
SOURCES – a verb meaning becomes bitter contains the abbreviation for the established church in England.
18d Allowing the French time can start to grate (7)
LETTING – string together one of the French definite articles, T(ime), another word for a can and the starting letter of grate.
20d Concerned with rent? Save! (7)
RELEASE – a preposition meaning concerned with is followed by a verb to rent.
21d Hampers ventures, getting round request (7)
BASKETS – a verb meaning ventures or speculates goes round a verb to request.
23d Women warm source of food? (5)
WHEAT – the abbreviation for women is followed by a verb to warm up (food, for example).
24d Nothing in drizzle can make you damp (5)
MOIST – insert the letter that resembles nothing or zero into a drizzle or haze.
The clue I liked best was 5a. Which one(s) made your shortlist?
Today’s Quickie Pun: FREEZE + COOLS = FREE SCHOOLS