Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28022
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Good morning from deepest, darkest Shropshire (actually it’s quite bright) and a Very Happy 7th Birthday to the blog. Congratulations to BD for devising and maintaining this site for all budding cruciverbalists and establishing a forum for like-minded people to exchange views. From the amount of daily comments posted and hits on the site, I think it can be considered a success.
Today’s puzzle will please anagram solvers as there are plenty to choose from. I was hoping that there would be a few ‘Lego’ type clues as it is the 57th anniversary of the bricks being patented. Anyway, it is an enjoyable, if untaxing, puzzle nonetheless.
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1a One that’s organised stamp store? (10)
POSTMASTER: I would say that this is an &lit anagram (organised) of STAMP STORE.
6a Check flower feature (4)
STEM: Double definition.
9a Period at work in loose dress (5)
SHIFT: Another double definition.
10a Model sportsman with run seconds away (9)
BLUEPRINT: A sportsman at university with a verb meaning to run or dash minus the abbreviation for S(econds.
12a Chef among retinue of rogue making Chinese speciality (7,6)
FORTUNE COOKIE: Take another 4 letter word for chef and place it (among) an anagram (rogue) of RETINUE OF.
14a Huge damage found in a product of mine (8)
COLOSSAL: Take a 4 letter word meaning damage and surround it (found in a) a black fossil fuel.
15a Cancel engineers, leading to ding-dong (6)
REPEAL: The usual 2 letter abbreviation of engineers and add (leading to) the sound made by bells (ding-dong)
17a Posh artist taken with return of star and planet (6)
URANUS: The usual, often used letter for ‘posh’ and add the usual abbreviation for ‘artist’ and add the star that keeps us warm reversed (return). Hurrah, a ‘Lego’ clue.
19a Collapse of the Spanish occupying mount, dejected (8)
MELTDOWN: Insert the Spanish word for ‘the’ in (occupying) the 2 letter abbreviation for mount and add a 4 letter word for feeling blue (dejected).
21a Facing misfortune together like eight during competition? (2,3,4,4)
IN THE SAME BOAT: I would say that this is a double definition, others might disagree.
24a Bishop among pair in Rome by altar, say, and cross (9)
IRRITABLE: Two letter abbreviation for ‘bishop’ in (among) pair in Rome (the Roman numeral for 1 x 2) and alternative 5 letter word for an altar.
25a Air awkward leading question for Baghdad citizen? (5)
IRAQI: An anagram (awkward) of AIR plus how question 1 would be seen abbreviated.
26a Characters in revamped ‘Dynasty’ go round in circles (4)
EDDY: Our first lurker of the day.
27a City’s teams with training done methodically (10)
SYSTEMATIC: An anagram (with training) of CITYS TEAMS.
1d Press being offensive (4)
PUSH: Another double definition.
2d Capable runner, fellow in period of calm almost (7)
SKILFUL: A runner used by people travelling down mountain slopes and F(ellow) in a period of calm shortened (almost)
3d Dean terms tutu out of order for particular kind of learner (6,7)
MATURE STUDENT: Another anagram (out of order) of DEAN TERMS TUTU.
4d Underwater mariner, perhaps, not fully evolved (8)
SUBHUMAN: Miffypops suggested that this answer described me. I do hope he was talking about me being in the Submarine Service. Take an abbreviation of an underwater vessel and what we all are. Unless I’ve parsed this wrong, it’s not one of my favourite clues.
5d Avoid overture, eschewing publicity (5)
ELUDE: An alternative 7 letter word for ‘overture’ minus (eschewing) a 2 letter abbreviation for ‘publicity’.
7d Catch when touring river a few drops (7)
TRICKLE: A 6 letter word for a catch in your throat round (touring) (r)iver.
8d Anthem lord composed in place of origin (10)
MOTHERLAND: An anagram (composed) of ANTHEM LORD.
11d Cite no imports for review — as evidence of this? (13)
PROTECTIONISM: An anagram (for review) of CITE NO IMPORTS which is required to be read alongside the definition to make the answer (I think).
13d Examine container carried aboard Sweden pleasure trip (10)
SCRUTINISE: Normal 3 letter word for container (not can or urn) in (carried aboard) the IVR code for Sweden and a holiday afloat. Well, I would hope you stay afloat.
16d Forceful old soldier defending macho types (8)
VEHEMENT: Abbreviation for an old soldier (more often used in the USA) surrounding (defending) macho types.
18d Turned out I should get into a dry wine (7)
ATTIRED: The letter ‘I’ from the clue, in (should get into) ‘A’ from the clue plus an abbreviation for a non-drinker (dry) and a colour of wine.
20d Like a newspaper’s evening edition weather? (7)
OUTLAST: Another double definition.
22d French priest overlooking yard in devotional site (5)
ABBEY: A French word for priest (without the acute) and add (overlooking, in a down clue) the abbreviation of ‘yard’.
23d Element of jazz in club (4)
ZINC: Our last lurker.
As I said in my prologue, there are quite a few anagrams and it’s only when I’ve come to write the review that I’ve noticed how many. So there will no doubt be a few moans. I do hope you’re not put off.
My favourite is between 18d and 21a for the obvious reasons to those who know me. I am now out for the day to purchase a new keyboard as this one has problems with the letter ‘w’ which has held me up no end. I can’t believe ho many ords have the letter ” in them.
Please let us know how you got on and feel free to leave a comment on today’s puzzle.
The Quick Crossword pun: keeper+Brest=keep abreast