Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28033
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Our long hot summer continues. Some parts of the country have had rain recently, some of it in areas that were quite severely drought affected, but we have missed it all and are having a procession of days with temperatures in the high twenties. It seems that many of you are having quite the opposite and it even makes our news here at times. We occasionally almost feel sorry for you.
Jay is in fairly gentle mood again this week we thought, with the usual generous measure of good fun.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
4a Invariably left road after a second (6)
ALWAYS : Start with A from the clue, next the abbreviation for left, then a synonym for a road and finally the abbreviation for second.
10a Rub shoulders with vagrant pinching new book (6)
HOBNOB : A four letter word for a vagrant contains (pinching) N(ew) then finish with the abbreviation for ‘book’.
11a Assuming he expected to pack butter (4)
GHEE : This clarified butter is lurking in the clue.
12a Getting better engineers and providing insurance (10)
RECOVERING : Army engineers and a word for taking out an insurance policy.
13a Nice word for a risker of capital (12)
ENTREPRENEUR : Putting Nice at the start of the clue disguises the fact that here it is not an adjective but a place name.
16a Single-mindedness of worried vet on insulin (6,6)
TUNNEL VISION : An anagram (worried) of VET ON INSULIN.
21a Quiet university students after end of oral (4)
LULL : Start with the last letter of oral, then the abbreviations for university and for student (twice).
22a Some minor Dickens characters from Scandinavia (6)
NORDIC : Another lurker hiding in the clue.
23a Casual labourer at first needs help and support (4-4)
LAID-BACK : The first letter of labourer, then a word meaning help, and then one meaning support or sponsor.
25a Carry out survey going back for a measure (6)
DOLLOP : A two letter word meaning carry out, and then the reversal of a word meaning survey or an election.
2d Search through lost file under bottom of drawer (5)
RIFLE : An anagram (lost) of FILE follows the last letter of drawer.
5d Reveal changes around hotel in port (2,5)
LE HAVRE : An anagram (changes) of REVEAL with an extra H(otel) included.
7d Pooh-poohs ship with cargo of cereal (6)
SCORNS : The abbreviation for a steam ship surrounds (carries as cargo) a type of cereal.
9d Main lectern possibly raised by degrees (11)
INCREMENTAL : An anagram (possibly) of MAIN LECTERN.
14d Swine angry over port (9)
ROTTERDAM : A word for a swine or cad, then a short word for angry is inverted.
15d Idiots featuring on top paper (8)
FOOLSCAP : A synonym for idiots and a word for top or a type of hat.
17d Topless dance in exotic sun shades (7)
NUANCES : The word dance with its first letter missing is inside an anagram (exotic) of SUN.
19d Bans volunteers with drink, reportedly (6)
TABOOS : Army volunteers and then a homophone of an informal collective word for alcoholic drink.
21d Tag line on a sound measure (5)
LABEL : The abbreviation for line, then A from the clue and a sound measure which is usually encountered with deci as a prefix.
We enjoyed the misdirection in 13a so it gets our vote for favourite today.
Quickie pun whence + lead + hale = Wensleydale