Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28028
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI. There are six pubs in Long Itchington. Visiting five of them the night before blogging a Ray T puzzle was not one of my best ideas but hey ho, here we go. Thanks to the rest of the blogging team for allowing me the chance to blog this wonderful Ray T puzzle. Her majesty sends her apologies for her absence today. She is otherwise engaged bestowing a knighthood on Sir Ivan George Morrison
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1a Understanding follows the compiler’s meaning (6)
IMPACT: An understanding or agreement is placed after I’M meaning the compiler’s (compiler is)
4a Fellow criminal without a blemish (8)
FLAWLESS: F(ellow) plus a word meaning criminal or outside the law
9a Go on spilling secrets, invading privacy initially (6)
GOSSIP: Acrostically take the first letters (initially) of the first six words in the clue. I think RayT always includes one of these types of clue but I could be wrong. (Miffypops is never wrong)
10a Crazy Lear isn’t showing what’s inside (8)
ENTRAILS: Anagram (crazy) of LEAR ISNT
12a Endlessly care for faithful pet (8)
TREASURE: Take a word meaning to care for as a doctor might with a patient and remove the last letter (endlessly). Now add a word meaning faithful or able to be relied on or trusted
13a Spike troublemaker’s drink (6)
IMPALE: Take a three lettered troublemaker and add the drink sold in the pubs that I visited last night.
15a Spreading unction’s aim, so unctuous (13)
SANCTIMONIOUS: An easy anagram (spreading) of UNCTIONS AIM SO.
18a Eat dinner with time unusually vague (13)
INDETERMINATE: And another easy anagram (unusually of EAT DINNER with TIME
22a Whack! Old man returning strikes with disgust (6)
APPALS: Whack as in to hit or strike with the palm of the hand followed by an informal term for one’s father (Old man) all reversed as indicated by the word returning
24a Tea’s found in neat container to buy (8)
PURCHASE: Place a British informal noun meaning tea (that is what my google definitions says. I thought it came from China)
inside a small pouch made from leather used to carry money. I was perplexed by the use of the word neat in this clue and can only surmise that neat = leather = cowhide.and the the S from ‘S inside an adjective meaning neat
26a Time runs out in end (8)
TERMINUS: Anagram (out) of TIME RUNS
27a Tory leader’s hard disagreement on economy (6)
THRIFT: Take the first letter (leader) of Tory and add the initial letter of the word hard. Now add a noun meaning a serious break in friendly relations.
28a Church increased time being consumed to baptise (8)
CHRISTEN: Take one of two usual suspects for church (not CE, Church of England) and add a verb meaning to have moved form a lower position to a higher one. The astute amongst you will realise that this leaves us one letter short so insert (consumed) the letter T(ime) into the only space that makes sense
29a Informal contracted language in say, ‘gutted’ (6)
SLANGY: Place half of the word LANG(uage) inside the outer (gutted) letters of the word S[A]Y to find this rather dodgy word which I am sure appears in the BRB. If you are new to this blog the BRB is explained within the frequently asked questions FAQ which can be accessed by a simple search of the sites functions
1d Hip received small metal bars (6)
INGOTS: Hip here means popular or trendy. Add the past participle of a verb meaning to receive and top it all off with the letter S from the word S(mall)
2d Stewardesses, sophisticated, about turned mad (9)
POSSESSED: After much head scratching and lots of blank staring at this wonderful clue my mind turned to Kath who regularly blogs RayT’s puzzles. If parsing is impossible look for a lurker. In this case it is an inverted lurker. The answer to the clue is cleverly hidden away inside the clue itself but you will have to read backwards to find it. I think the word STEWARDESS is the indicator that the answer is hidden. (To think I volunteered to blog this puzzle, what was I thinking)?
3d Red lips involved in cheating (7)
CRIMSON: These lips are the edges of things and are placed inside a regular crosswordland word meaning to cheat
5d Tree trunk protecting new pine (4)
LONG: Place the letter N(ew) inside a part of a tree trunk that has fallen or been cut off to find a word meaning to yearn
6d Heartless roughneck accepted by female labourer (7)
WORKMAN: Take the heart out of the word R(oughnec)K and place the two remaining letters inside a word meaning a female.
7d Flower I caught in season (5)
ERICA: This could be our second lurker of the day but to get another name for heather put I and C(aught) inside a three-letter season or period of time instead.
8d Sun exploit employing birds results in excited anticipation (8)
SUSPENSE: This is a charade or a Lego clue which we can build up bit by bit doing exactly what the compiler asks us to do. There are three components to the clue. The letter S(un). A three letter word meaning to exploit and a rather obscure word for birds. In this case female swans. Start with the letter S, place the female swans inside the exploit and voila the solution is revealed.
11d Eloquence over Right by Cameron perhaps (7)
ORATORY: O(ver) R(ight) followed by what David Cameron is an example of (1,4)
14d Wicked one’s carrying dodgy opium (7)
IMPIOUS: Anagram (dodgy) of OPIUM inside the letter that looks like the number one and (note the apostrophe S) [I]S
16d Performance of pantomime ends in speech (9)
OPERATION: We have another disembowelment clue here. Take the two end letters of the word P(antomim)E and place them inside a noun meaning a formal speech
17d Great performance against clubs … (8)
GIGANTIC: A performance usually by a rock group is followed by a word meaning against or opposed to something and the initial letter of the word C(lubs)
19d … matches entirely in draws (7)
TALLIES: A word meaning entirely inside some draws. I would be grateful for an explanation of the ellipsis linking this clue to the previous one.
20d Drink for everybody, including company, on house (7)
ALCOHOL: take a word meaning everyone or everything and insert (including) our usual crosswordland abbreviations for Co(mpany) and ho(use)
21d Where holy man gets appropriate covering (6)
VESTRY: Place an adjective meaning appropriate, exact or precise around our usual canonised holy man
23d More natural expression of pleasure, embracing sweetheart (5)
PURER: Place the middle (heart) letter of the word sweet inside an expression of pleasure as made by a contented cat or occasional blogger
25d Dog beginning to eat kipper (4)
CURE: Place the initial or beginning letter of the word E(at) after a term for an aggressive or unkempt mongrel dog to find a verb meaning to kipper. Incidentally Saint Sharon is waiting for me to complete this blog before she cooks poached eggs and kippers for breakfast/lunch. Now the days are drawing out one of our hens has started laying again. Delicious.
It is forty one years ago today that my poor Mum passed away and set me off on the path to orphanhood. Before she died she taught me what she knew about Cryptic crosswords. Just one of so many things she guided me on. “You can be mischievous our Mark, but never wicked” God bless you Mum.
The Quick Crossword pun: plea+stay+shun=police station