Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28034
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having an unseasonably warm spell and no sign of Imogen. It was 24C yesterday afternoon and the forecast is for it to be similar into next week. I’m not complaining!
Those of you who like anagrams will be complaining today as there are only three in this puzzle. There are, however a lot of charades and loads of messing about with single letters. Somehow it didn’t really float my boat but I’m sure others will like it. I’ll be interested to read your comments.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
8a Writer pens a point — elementary (5)
BASIC: A brand of cheap ball-point pens goes around (pens) the A from the clue and a point of the compass.
10a In harem a concubine’s rejected — it’s for taking pictures (6)
CAMERA: The answer is hidden in “harem a concubine” but it’s reversed (rejected).
11a Holiday islands will be hit over disreputable bars (8)
MALDIVES: One of crosswordland’s favourite three letter words for hit is reversed (over) and followed by some disreputable bars. Sounds to me like the clue is describing Ibiza!
12a Being tense during lesson (6)
MORTAL: The sort of lesson one may take from a story or fable has T(ense) inserted (during).
14a Select comfort initially over getting into fashionable shoe (6)
CHOOSE: Start with a C (Comfort initially) and follow with an anagram (fashionable) of SHOE and insert an Over (getting into).
16a Little bird, missing female, reveals part of foot (4)
INCH: Take the F off the front of a breed of small bird (missing Female) and you’re left with part of a foot. Not the one on the end of your leg but a unit of length.
17a Exits not opening — they’re stuck near the top (5)
EAVES: Stuck near the top of a building as they’re part of the roof. You need a word for exits or goes away and remove the first letter (not opening).
18a Fancy a fish first (4)
IDEA: Start with A (from the clue) and before it (first) you need a type of fish also known as a silver orfe.
19a Disc jockey taking Ecstasy, a very upper-class thing we’ve seen before (4,2)
DEJA VU: A charade of the abbreviation for Disc Jockey with E(cstasy) inserted (taking), then the A from the clue followed by V(ery) and finally the one letter for Upper-class. Split that lot (4,2) and you get that feeling that something has happened before.
21a Discount political argument with Republican having ousted Democrat (6)
REBATE: Tale the sort of political argument that goes on in the House of Commons and remove the D from the beginning and replace it with an R (Republican having ousted Democrat)
24a Work time — involuntary reaction is to become histrionic (8)
OPERATIC: The usual work followed by a three letter word for a long length of time and then an involuntary reaction.
26a Primitive, we hear, as many boats should be? (6)
CREWED: A large boat may be this. It means having more than one person to do the work. The word sounds like (we hear) a word meaning primitive or 8 across.
27a Popular amateur marquetry (5)
INLAY: The usual popular followed by a word meaning amateur, often applied to preachers who are not clergymen.
28a Musical yours truly left? Repulsive! (9)
MELODIOUS: Not a musical like Evita but a word meaning tuneful. Start with how the setter might refer to himself (yours truly), then L(eft) and follow with a word meaning repulsive.
1d Prima donna’s new bed? (5)
DIVAN: A word for a Prima Donna followed by N(ew) is a type of bed. The chestnut alert is ringing loudly!
2d Risk claiming mobile home height is mammoth (8)
BEHEMOTH: Take a word meaning to risk or wager and insert (claiming) an anagram (mobile) of HOME. Then follow that lot with H(eight). Apparently this word comes from Hebrew and the Old Testament – a gigantic beast, probably a hippopotamus, described in Job 40:15. I’ve refrained from inflicting the Death Metal band on you.
. . . Changed my mind!
3d Home on time with a cold and temperature — otherwise unscathed (6)
INTACT: The usual two letters for (at) home, T(ime), the A from the clue, C(old) and finally Temperature).
4d Couple from Italy got together on the rebound (4)
ITEM: The IVR code for Italy followed by a word meaning got together or ran into but it’s backwards (on the rebound).
5d Where the odds are you’ll lose majority of cases by one negative vote (6)
CASINO: Start with the first three letters of cases (majority of) and follow with the letter that looks like a number one and then a negative.
6d Unorthodox scenarist with no right to enthral European film buffs (9)
CINEASTES: This is an anagram (unorthodox) of SCENARIST but the R is removed (no R(ight)) and E(uropean) is inserted (to enthral).
9d Go without wearing smalls in casual trousers (6)
SLACKS: A word meaning go without or not to have goes inside (wearing) two S’s (Smalls)
13d This may be pivotal advice expressed by Cockney agony aunt? (5)
LEVER: This would certainly need a pivot or fulcrum in order to work. If you split it (3,2) it could sound like (expressed) the way a Cockney might tell you to ditch your girlfriend.
15d A pub landlord’s calling — forgetting a name is acceptable (2,7)
IN KEEPING: Take a ten letter word for the profession (calling) of a pub landlord and remove an N (forgetting a Name). Then split what’s left (2,7).
17d Gave up, trapped by you once turning up offering fairness (6)
EQUITY: An old word (once) for YOU is reversed (turning up in a down clue) and has inserted (trapped by) a word meaning gave up or retire from.
18d Dire pint drunk without fear (8)
INTREPID: An anagram (drunk) of DIRE PINT.
20d Tunesmith, perhaps one with his head in the clouds? (6)
AIRMAN: Cryptically this person could be seen as a person working with tunes or songs but in reality he’s a guy who literally has his head (and the rest of him) up in the clouds.
22d Signal to advance bishop — consider sacrificing rook (6)
BECKON: This is what you do to signal someone to advance towards you. It’s B(ishop) followed by a word meaning consider or think without its R (sacrificing R(ook)).
25d Roux, for example, essential to quiche? Fact! (4)
CHEF: This Roux isn’t a mixture of fat and flour but could be Albert, Michel or Michel jr. What those guys are is hidden in (essential to) the last two words of the clue. Not sure you need a roux to cook a quiche but who cares?
Top of the podium for me is 15d supported by 25d and 11a.
The Quick Crossword pun: bum+purse+tic+curse=bumper stickers