Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28024
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th January 2016
Morning All!THere were a couple of tricky clues here that led me into *** territory but I quite enjoyed the puzzle on the whole.
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1a Father on edge taken aback to be hugged by authentic flapper (3,7)
RED ADMIRAL – Reverse RIM (edge) and place DAD (Father) next to it and place both inside REAL for authentic.
6a Fruit crackers (4)
NUTS – A (chest)nutty cryptic definition.
9a Long leases to get rent in American city (3,7)
LOS ANGELES – Make an anagram (to get rent) of LONG LEASES.
10a Spots top flier round north (4)
ACNE – A flying ACE (a)round N for North.
12a Hairdo for every male (4)
PERM – PER meaning ‘for every’ followed by M for Male.
13a Did bear run right off by river? (9)
UNDERWENT – Remove the R(ight) from (r)UN and then add the river DERWENT.
15a Rewrite meatiest quotation (8)
ESTIMATE – An anagram (the instruction is to rewrite) MEATIEST.
16a Nasty smell in London area — get cleaner (6)
SPONGE – A PONG or nasty smell inside the SE – South East or area of the country containing that London.
18a Firm bankrupt after men backsliding (6)
ROBUST – Place BUST (bankrupt) after the reversal (backsliding) of Other Ranks or men (in the army).
20a Boss, active type, acquiring colliery (8)
DOMINEER – A DOER or active type to include (acquiring) a MINE or colliery.
23a Mover in high circles runs into cool chap, rich and powerful type (9)
PLUTOCRAT – Start with PLUTO – A planet like object that moves in high (distant) circles around the Sun and then follow that with R for Run inside a CAT or cool person (in a jazz stylee!).
24a Retrospectively obtained a garment in Rome (4)
TOGA – Nice and easy!. Reverse (retrospectively) GOT/obtained and then add A from the clue.
26a Throw earth round part of ear (4)
LOBE – LOB for throw and E for Earth (from Electrical circuit notation).
27a Consider being put back into captivity, apparently (10)
DELIBERATE – If you free someone from captivity you LIBERATE them. To return them to captivity might be to DE-LIBERATE them!.
28a Active agent captures Russia’s leader (4)
SPRY – A SPY or agent containing (capturing) R – the leading letter of Russia.
29a Sanction admitting terrible mess in amount of tax due (10)
ASSESSMENT – Place an anagram (terrible) of MESS inside ASSENT or sanction.
1d See following river bank (4)
RELY – Deceptive until you remember the Usual Suspect of ELY = SEE (a diocese). Add that to (following) R for River.
2d Leave around second course after main (7)
DESSERT – Place DESERT (leave/quit) around S for Second.
3d Russian team perform way of working boat in which lots must capsize (6,6)
DYNAMO MOSCOW – Right! – Place DO, MO (Modus Operandum – way of working) and a SCOW (boat) around the reversal (must capsize) of MANY or lots.
4d It’s not fair what you have to be to act professionally (8)
INEQUITY – If you are to act professionally you must be IN (a member of) the EQUITY union.
5d Turkish commander about to finish items for discussion (6)
AGENDA – Place an AGA (Turkish commander) around the outside of (about) END or finish.
7d Dirty old man’s brother, a Nationalist (7)
UNCLEAN – An old man’s (father’s) brother is an UNCLE. Add A and N for Nationalist.
8d Stormy weather set steady (10)
SWEETHEART – An anagram (stormy) of WEATHER SET.
11d Sportier reps at work miss running? (12)
PROPRIETRESS – An anagram (at work) of SPORTIER REPS. A nice definition – a woman (miss) who is running a company.
14d Big city transport system from somewhere in East Europe not complete (10)
METROPOLIS – A METRO (transport system) and then POLIS(h) – from somewhere in E Europe that has not finished (is not complete).
17d Prisoner worn out feeling sorry for offence (8)
CONTRITE – A charade of CON (prisoner) and TRITE (worn out/hackneyed).
19d Fat crybaby (7)
BLUBBER – Two definitions and none too hard.
21d Eat out, artistically, being intermittently sober (7)
ENGRAVE – the intermittent letters of b E I N g and then GRAVE for sober.
22d Lawyers showing underwear (6)
BRIEFS – Two defintions – Lawyers and underwear.
25d Criminal tendency (4)
BENT – Another Double Definition to close – an adjective for criminal and a tendency or leaning.
I’ll see you all the week after next.