Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28044
Hints and tips by Gazza
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There’s little to make the horses bolt today as it’s all pretty straightforward, although one cricket term may be new to some. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it.
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1a Programme includes student’s first multiplication aid (5,5)
TIMES TABLE – a programme or schedule contains the first letter of student.
6a Hereditary, in part? Correct (4)
EDIT – a hidden word, indicated by ‘in part’.
9a Mountain-dweller also described by the old man (5)
PANDA – a conjunction meaning also is contained inside (described by) an affectionate term for one’s old man. The verb to describe can mean to trace the outline of something such as a circle.
10a Acts I deny working for cartel (9)
SYNDICATE – an anagram (working) of ACTS I DENY.
12a Heard I was hard? Nonsense (7)
EYEWASH – string together a sound-alike (heard) of the letter I, WAS (from the clue) and the abbreviation for hard (as a category of lead pencils).
13a Fear of onset of darkness? Study needed (5)
DREAD – the first letter (onset) of darkness is followed by a verb to study.
15a Further loan (7)
ADVANCE – double definition, the first a verb to further or help along.
16a Bone tossed initially into Spanish dish (7)
PATELLA – the initial letter of tossed goes into a rice-based Spanish dish.
18a Noisy celebration in joint’s at an end (5-2)
KNEES-UP – start with a bodily joint and add the ‘S and an adverb meaning ‘at an end’.
20a Envisage opponent tackling reserve by end of game (7)
FORESEE – an opponent or enemy contains (tackling) the abbreviation for reserve. Finally we need the end letter of game.
21a Article taken from grubby relative (5)
UNCLE – remove the indefinite article from an adjective meaning grubby or dirty.
23a Bird — I check on unfamiliar sort (7)
OSTRICH – I (from the clue) and the chess abbreviation for check follow an anagram (unfamiliar) of SORT.
25a Draughts, perhaps, made bar go uncomfortable (5,4)
BOARD GAME – an anagram (uncomfortable) of MADE BAR GO.
26a Saw a duke decline (5)
ADAGE – A is followed by the abbreviation of duke and a verb to decline or wither.
27a Peculiar piano seat (4)
RUMP – an adjective meaning peculiar or odd is followed by the abbreviation of piano.
28a Young landlord enclosing second bulletin (10)
NEWSLETTER – an adjective meaning young or inexperienced and a landlord (someone renting out property rather than an innkeeper) contain the abbreviation of second.
1d Record knock by opener for Essex (4)
TAPE – in the cricket world knock is an informal word for a batsman’s innings but for the wordplay it’s a light blow. Add the opening letter of Essex.
2d Handle work of art after staff (9)
MANOEUVRE – a word, from French, meaning work of art comes after a verb to staff or provide personnel.
3d Sounds like Arab leader with broken nose — point and show disbelief (5,4,4)
SHAKE ONE’S HEAD – start with a word which ostensibly sounds like an Arab leader or elder, add an anagram (broken) of NOSE and finish with a point or promontory. To me the ‘sound-alike’ here sounds as much like the Arab leader as back sounds like Bach.
4d In question, investment after a short time (2,5)
AT STAKE – an investment or financial involvement in a business follows A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for time.
5d Protracted dance, or friendly ball? (4,3)
LONG HOP – this is a short-pitched ball at cricket which should be easy to hit. It’s an adjective meaning protracted or lengthy and an informal word for a dance.
7d Navigator, one at home on second part of 8? (5)
DRAKE – double definition, the first the name of a famous Elizabethan sea captain, navigator and bowler. The second is a bird that lives on the last half of the answer to 8d. Does this clue seem a bit clunky to you?
8d We dart and tear all over the place, but fail to make progress! (5,5)
TREAD WATER – an anagram (all over the place) of WE DART and TEAR.
11d Enid treated, end not exactly established (13)
INDETERMINATE – an anagram (treated) of ENID is followed by a verb to end.
14d Advocate anaesthetic? Old issue (4,6)
BACK NUMBER – a verb to advocate or endorse is followed by a cryptic description of an anaesthetic. I hope that this causes fewer problems to solvers than the last time I had to provide a hint for this answer (in DT 27913) when the clue was ‘Old newspaper to make Net, conceivably (4,6)‘.
17d Fall in love, then become disillusioned (4,5)
LOSE HEART – double definition, the second a phrase meaning to become disillusioned or discouraged.
19d Foul-mouthed supporter, English, supporting old hand (7)
PROFANE – a supporter or devotee and E(nglish) follow (supporting, in a down clue) a short word for an old hand or experienced practitioner.
20d Female, Italian head, in good health (7)
FITNESS – string together the abbreviations for female and Italian vermouth and another word for a head or promontory.
22d Appeal of tea room (5)
CHARM – an informal word for tea (the drink, not the meal) followed by the abbreviation for room.
24d Try to listen (4)
HEAR – double definition, the first meaning to try as a judge in court.
My joint favourites today were 27a and 8d. Which one(s) did you have on the podium?
Today’s Quickie Pun: ROC + UNROLLED = ROCK ‘N’ ROLLED