Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28013
Hints and tips by Kitty
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Warmest greetings, my fellow crossworders. I do hope that today finds you happy and content.
I enjoyed blogging last week so much that I have come back for more. I can reassure you that our usual Monday blogger is safe and well and in no way forcibly prevented from doing the hints.
Thanks to Rufus, who has provided us with his classic Monday mix which didn’t give me many hold-ups.
The definitions are underlined in the clues below. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER boxes. The “click here!” is not an instruction but an option – click to reveal the answer should you wish.
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1a Saint George, shocked by such discrimination (11)
SEGREGATION: To kick us off, we nag a ram. The letters in SAINT GEORGE are messed up (shocked)
9a Device preventing leaves from spreading around (5,4)
PAPER CLIP: Classic Monday clue type number two. A cryptic definition, the key being that these leaves are made of paper
10a Yet it provides academic standing (5)
CHAIR: A professorship, or non-academic bog-standard seating
11a Study painting externally, being passionate (6)
ARDENT: One of the usual two crosswordland studies (the room), with painting (or something of its ilk) around the outside of it (externally)
12a Plants for sycophants (8)
CREEPERS: Double definition (though the second would more usually be seen without the 6th and 7th letters)
13a A speaker returning brief thanks amid golden words (6)
ORATOR: A short word of thanks backwards (returning) inside (amid) two instances of the heraldic golden
15a Time for breakfast food (8)
PORRIDGE: Two definitions. One is stir, the other something you would stir
18a Cars go for service (8)
MINISTRY: Cars of a popular marque and a go or attempt. The service is vocational
19a Catch the blame after net is damaged (6)
ENTRAP: Blame or censure after an anagram (damaged) of NET
21a Length that boxers will go to, to avoid KO? (8)
DISTANCE: Spatial extent, or the full number of rounds in a boxing match which a boxer will go if fighting a whole bout without being knocked out
23a Time when all assets were frozen? (3,3)
ICE AGE: A period where a great part of the earth’s surface was under ice. Not sure about the all or the assets, but the question mark allows some licence.
Glaciologically, ice age is often used to mean a period of ice sheets in the northern and southern hemispheres; by this definition we are still in an ice age (because the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets still exist).
More colloquially, when speaking of the last few million years, ice age is used to refer to colder periods with extensive ice sheets over the North American and Eurasian continents: in this sense, the most recent ice age ended about 10,000 years ago.
26a Expect a hold-up (5)
AWAIT: A from the clue and then delay
27a On a charge after disturbance in port (9)
ANCHORAGE: The letters in ON A CHARGE, after disturbance – of the type that would nag a ram. Also, a city in Alaska, pictured
28a Evocative of not long ago with short skirts being in (11)
REMINISCENT: Take a word meaning a short time ago and insert (with … being in) the short skirts that share their name with the cars above
1d Parson crazed with love for a trebly gifted female (7)
SOPRANO: An anagram (crazed) of parson, then the letter that denotes zero or love
2d Space-man yawned (5)
GAPED: A space and then a short form of a male name
3d Wrong, or sure one is wrong (9)
ERRONEOUS: The fodder is OR SURE ONE IS, and the definition is the same as the anagram indicator. They are both wrong. Everything is wrong:
4d Flags and sail will need adjusting (4)
AILS: This is one of our clues to annoy a male sheep and it has only four letters that will need adjusting: those of SAIL
5d Popular individual is actually present (2,6)
IN PERSON: The most popular word for popular in crosswords followed by a human
6d Recess in pleasant hospital (5)
NICHE: In a word for pleasant, insert the abbreviation for hospital
7d Predict vocal quartet will go to Ely perhaps (7)
FORESEE: A word that sounds like (vocal) quartet and then what Ely is an example of, ecclesiastically speaking
8d Perfume the French sell with hesitation (8)
LAVENDER: Put together one of the French words for the, an English one for sell and, um, a hesitation
14d One who can’t remember me, as I can recollect (8)
AMNESIAC: ME AS I CAN is re-collected
16d Unexpectedly meet resistance – woman in angry mood (3,6)
RUN ACROSS: The symbol for electrical resistance, then a three-letter name that should appear in due course below the line in the comments. I hope she is not in an angry mood, but in any case that annoyed state of mind accounts for the final bit of the answer
17d Declare in favour of petitioner’s cause (8)
PROCLAIM: Split (3,5) this would mean for [an] application
18d Urchin lad wandering in gloom (7)
MUDLARK: An anagram (wandering) of LAD inside (in) a lovely word for gloom. (Well, I like it!) An archaic term for someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, especially those who scavenged this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Also, a bird, pictured
20d Make an introduction here and now (7)
PRESENT: Two definitions. A third would be a gift, in more than one sense
22d Tears shed for Flora (5)
ASTER: The flora is a genus of flowering plants, an anagram (shed) of TEARS
24d Knowing a monarch should be held in high regard? (5)
AWARE: A from the clue and the one letter abbreviation for a king or queen, all inside (should be held in) reverence or veneration
25d Take a look at part of Tuscany (4)
SCAN: A lurker – it’s hidden in (part of) the final word
The final word is yours. As is usual for a Monday I’ll be busy all afternoon, so I’ll “see” you this evening. Be good!
The Quick Crossword pun: STRIKE+ALIGHT=STRIKE A LIGHT