Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28032
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
It’s a calm and tranquil morning in North Devon after the high winds that we had yesterday (during which my fence decided to go for a holiday into next door’s garden).
This is an entertaining puzzle which I really enjoyed, although at nine the anagram count may be a trifle high. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.
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 Wager involving question put to everyone after British game (10)
BASKETBALL – start with a wager containing a verb to question then add B(ritish) and a word meaning everyone.
6a Hit low, mostly, and hard (4)
BASH – the word that we want for low could be either an adjective meaning dissolute or a different adjective meaning deep-toned. In either case we have to drop its last letter (mostly) and add the abbreviation for hard (used to categorise lead pencils).
10a Ardour lit? Oddly, being mature (5)
ADULT – the odd letters of the first two words in the clue.
11a Type of cricket clue, along with last (3-3-3)
TIP-AND-RUN – a clue (of the type that this blog seeks to provide) is followed by a conjunction meaning ‘along with’ and a verb to last or continue.
12a Rat on criminal, cheat and twister (7)
TORNADO – an anagram (criminal) of RAT ON is followed by an informal verb to cheat or swindle.
13a Endurance of man? It’s beaten by females at the centre (7)
STAMINA – an anagram (beaten) of MAN IT’S followed by the central letter of females.
14a Film somehow suited – see why? (4,4,4)
EYES WIDE SHUT – an anagram (somehow) of SUITED SEE WHY.
18a Railway buff returned pictures in protest after changes made (12)
TRAINSPOTTER – reverse (returned) a word for pictures or paintings and append an anagram (after changes made) of IN PROTEST. An opportunity for me to dust off one of my favourite pictures.
21a Note what Anglicanism has to offer? (6,1)
MIDDLE C – how one might describe the central letter of Anglicanism.
23a Struggle to survive in desert heat, perhaps (3,4)
RAT RACE – a verb to desert or turn traitor is followed by what a heat may be at an athletics or swimming event.
24a On hand, popular book (2,7)
IN RESERVE – an adverb meaning popular or trendy and a verb to book or arrange in advance.
25a Busy female leaving brew (2,3)
IN USE – start with a verb to brew or soak in liquid and take out the abbreviation for female.
26a Medal from Pentagon, gold (4)
GONG – hidden in the clue.
27a Cross, girl led astray making meal (5,5)
MIXED GRILL – start with a transitive verb to cross or interbreed and follow this with an anagram (astray) of GIRL LED.
1d Allure of Scottish isle, reportedly last for ferry (6)
BEAUTY – what sounds like (reportedly) the name of an island in the Firth of Clyde is followed by the last letter of ferry.
2d Piazza is level (6)
SQUARE – double definition, the second an adjective meaning level or equal in score.
3d European guys learn this foreign language? (7,7)
ESTUARY ENGLISH – start with the abbreviation for European and follow this with an anagram (foreign) of GUYS LEARN THIS.
4d Last drink? Here’s to you! (7,2)
BOTTOMS UP – charade of an adjective meaning last (in a league table, say) and a verb, used mainly in the North of England, meaning to drink. Considering the possibilities offered by Google Images I think that I’m being very restrained with this picture.
5d/19d Beautiful stone — there’s one in US plaza I’ll fancy (5,6)
LAPIS LAZULI – insert the Roman numeral for one into an anagram (fancy) of US PLAZA I’LL.
7d Impenetrable in appearance, even (8)
AIRTIGHT – charade of a word meaning appearance or mien and an adjective meaning even or closely-matched.
8d No blokes do (3,5)
HEN PARTY – cryptic definition of a ‘do’ without blokes.
9d Promising band put on prior to match (10,4)
ENGAGEMENT RING – another cryptic definition. This match may take place in a church.
15d Obstruct opening of inn, rent-free building (9)
INTERFERE – the opening letter of inn is followed by an anagram (building) of RENT-FREE.
16d Identifying a politician falling into police trap (8)
STAMPING – insert A (from the clue) and our usual elected politician into a carefully planned police trap for criminals involving deception.
17d Bureaucrat from Iran, possibly supporting Morocco’s leader also (8)
MANDARIN – an anagram (possibly) of IRAN follows (supporting, in a down clue) the leading letter of Morocco and a conjunction meaning also.
19d See 5d
20d Let on about meat (6)
REVEAL – a preposition meaning about or concerning is followed by a type of meat.
22d Soldier chasing my dog (5)
CORGI – a US soldier follows an expression of surprise (my!).
In a photo-finish for my top spot today were 12a, 4d and 8d. Which one(s) had you applauding?
Today’s Quickie Pun: WAIF + AIRING = WAYFARING