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DT 28024

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.

4 comments on “DT 28024

  1. Ooh – I can comment on the full review of a prize puzzle. This slipped by the wayside at the weekend and I only got round to it yesterday so it’s fresh in my mind.

    Considerably trickier than usual for a Saturday, I thought. I’d never heard of 3d and though the second word was easy to work out, untangling of the rest was not trivial. That aside, there was much to like, and I thought it on the whole much meatier and more interesting than many of the back-pagers, so the few chestnuts can certainly be allowed.

    Thanks to the setter and to Gnomey for the review. Always appreciated.

    P.S. an extra E has slipped its way into the hint for 2d (and “after” should be “around”).

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