Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28026
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It was lovely to see so many familiar and new faces at Little Venice on Saturday on what was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
We have another fairly straightforward Tuesday puzzle which is quite pleasant. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it. I’m afraid that I can’t live up to Kitty’s brilliant blog yesterday – there’s no theme today. There is a word in row 8 (the middle row) of the grid but I suspect that it’s accidental rather than being a comment. The other slightly unusual thing about this puzzle (which I realised when I was hiding the answers) is that every answer is a single word – there are no phrases.
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 Does view oddly cut off blossom? (7)
DEVELOP – the odd letters from the first two words are followed by a verb to cut off or crop.
5a Exceptional charm almost taking in agents (7)
SPECIAL – a charm (of the sort that Harry Potter uses) without its last letter (almost) contains the abbreviation for the USA’s secret agents.
9a Coal, no scuttles? After five it’s probably covered in ash (7)
VOLCANO – an anagram (scuttles) of COAL NO comes after the Roman numeral for five.
10a Feeling nothing, bolt attached to one leg (7)
OPINION – there are several bits to assemble here. Start with the letter that resembles zero or nothing then add a bolt or peg, the Roman numeral for one and another word for the leg side in cricket.
11a Government fellows given time to provide formal account (9)
STATEMENT – string together a word used for the civil government of a country, fellows and the abbreviation for time.
12a Cross I value highly (5)
IRATE – I (from the clue) followed by a verb to value highly or esteem.
13a Welcoming knight, stops working and eats (5)
DINES – a verb meaning stops working or conks out contains the chess abbreviation for knight.
15a American city removing old religious symbol (9)
SACRAMENT – a US city on the west coast loses the letter that is the abbreviation for old.
17a Playing this, is ball I’d planned to pot right? (9)
BILLIARDS – an anagram (planned) of IS BALL I’D contains (to pot) R(ight).
19a Moved slowly and didn’t middle the ball (5)
EDGED – double definition, the second how a batsman hit the ball with the outside of the bat.
22a A waterway initially remains flooded (5)
AWASH – A (from the clue) is followed by the initial letter of waterway and powdery remains.
23a Inflammation resulting from cold? Doctor best for it (9)
FROSTBITE – an anagram (doctor) of BEST FOR IT.
25a Lay a rug, with regret, the wrong way round (7)
AMATEUR – string together A (from the clue), a rug or floor covering and the reversal of a verb to regret.
26a Former lover with sufficient warning (7)
EXAMPLE – the short informal word for a former lover is followed by an adjective meaning sufficient or plentiful.
27a A conclusion to act is seen in there (7)
THEATRE – insert A and the concluding letter of act in the last word of the clue.
28a Defendant: ‘PC set us up!’ (7)
SUSPECT – an anagram (up, i.e. in an excited state) of PC SET US.
1d Heroic exploit about start of victory is made up (7)
DEVISED – a word for an heroic exploit or feat of derring-do contains the starting letter of victory and IS.
2d Proud to capture bad criminal (7)
VILLAIN – an adjective meaning proud or haughty contains (to capture) a synonym for bad or sick.
3d Abandon holiday (5)
LEAVE – double definition, the second meaning permitted absence from one’s place of work.
4d ‘Journalists outside Foreign Office turned up gold,’ one declares (9)
PROFESSOR – a word for journalists viewed collectively contains the reversal (turned up, in a down clue) of the abbreviation for our Foreign Office. Finally add the usual tincture of gold.
5d Second drink for fun (5)
SPORT – the abbreviation for second followed by a fortified wine.
6d In wrapping of parcel I’m in a temper, getting stamp out (9)
ELIMINATE – the smooth surface is hiding the answer.
7d Ape? I’m worried to follow it (7)
IMITATE – start with I’M and add IT and a verb meaning worried or gnawed at.
8d Forgiving Russian leader neglecting latest new hospital department (7)
LENIENT – an old Soviet leader without his second N(ew) is followed by our usual hospital department.
14d Tiniest moan about large cricket match (9)
SLIGHTEST – a verb to moan or lament contains L(arge). We finish with the word for an international cricket match. The BRB doesn’t have the abbreviations for large or small but it does list m for medium – very odd.
16d Curse most wicked clients (9)
CUSTOMERS – an anagram (wicked) of CURSE MOST.
17d Liberal seen in club with six-footer, unashamed (7)
BLATANT – insert the abbreviation for Liberal (i.e. the political party) into a club or racket and finish with a six-footed insect.
18d Loss of water, perhaps, could come from e.g. a lake (7)
LEAKAGE – an anagram (could come from) of E.G. A LAKE.
20d See good politicians getting trapped by falsehood (7)
GLIMPSE – when the word ‘see’ appears at the start of a clue we should immediately think of diocese, but that would be wrong here. Start with G(ood) then insert the abbreviation for elected politicians into a falsehood.
21d Flower with blight — that’s most serious (7)
DEEPEST – charade of the name of a river (there are several with this name in the UK) and a blight or nuisance.
23d Pressure in support of church (5)
FORCE – a preposition meaning in favour of followed by the abbreviation for the established church in England.
24d Slice over small bunkers (5)
TRAPS – these bunkers are found on a golf course. Reverse (over, in a down clue) a slice or portion and add the abbreviation for small. See my comment at 14d.
My favourite clue was 6d. Which one(s) grabbed you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SEVERN + SEIZE = SEVEN SEAS