Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28046
Hints and tips by Shropshirelad
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Good Morning from a clear and frosty Shropshire, brrr. Today’s puzzle is definitely not by Ray T as he is in ‘Toughie’ mode and this contains none of his trademark clueing. The experienced solvers amongst you will have little trouble completing this but it’s a good puzzle for the new solvers to ‘cut their teeth’ on. Tip of the day – start with the ‘down’ clues.
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1a Artist’s medium in van, say (7)
VEHICLE: A general term for a van or car gives us a term used by ‘luvvies’ along with ‘genre’. I’m not sure if this should be a double definition.
5a Ministry in charge expressed hesitation a bit (7)
MODICUM: Our defence department abbreviated with ‘in charge’ abbreviated and a term used in crosswordland for ‘hesitation’ (and it’s nor ‘er’)
9a Pursue hospital in legal matter (5)
CHASE: The one letter abbreviation for hospital inserted (in) within a legal matter taken up by a solicitor.
10a Powerful guy amongst assembled number around Republican (9)
STRONGMAN: An anagram (assembled) of AMONGST with the abbreviation for number, all around the letter ‘r’ (Republican).
11a Reach inlet abroad without suspicion (2,3,5)
IN THE CLEAR: Anagram (abroad) of REACH INLET.
12a Interpret for audience quiz answer (4)
PASS: What is supposed to sound like (for audience) a verb meaning to interpret [does it work for you? It doesn’t for me. BD] is actually a term used in ‘Mastermind’ when you don’t know the answer.
14a Dog with German entering alone in amazing fashion (12)
STAGGERINGLY: A type of dog (not the four-legged variety) that a soldier would wear and the 3 letter abbreviation for ‘Germany’ inserted in (entering) a term for doing something on your own.
18a Adjustable scale over cover in financial summary (7,5)
BALANCE SHEET: As it says on the tin – a type of adjustable scale followed by (over) a type of cover you put on your bed. I’m confused by the term ‘over’ being used on an ‘across’ clue.
21a Tense thoroughfare in Paris? That’s constant (4)
TRUE: Single abbreviation of tense with what a street in France is called.
22a A result of being dubbed? (10)
KNIGHTHOOD: What you get when being attacked by a member of royalty using a sword.
25a Slips etc in foreign articles on Spain amid conflict (9)
UNDERWEAR: Proper Lego clue. Two foreign articles, one French, the other German + the IVR code for Spain inside (amid) a conflict.
26a Better barbecue? (5)
OUTDO: When split as (3,2) this is a kind of ‘tongue in cheek’ definition of a barbecue.
27a Gold found in river stream (7)
TORRENT: Popular crosswordland abbreviation for gold, inserted (found in) in a river.
28a Have too much of board? (7)
OVEREAT: The board in this clue refers to food i.e. ‘bed & board’
1d Two short men, one suffering a crime? (6)
VICTIM: The names of two men, shortened. I’m not a fan of this type of clue.
2d Toast in sound condition (6)
HEALTH: Double definition (I think) although the latter reads like it should end with a ‘y’
3d In church, unexpectedly let in men bringing fruit (10)
CLEMENTINE: Two letter abbreviation of church surrounding an anagram of LET IN MEN.
4d Parade a selfie? It’s restricting support for artist (5)
EASEL: A lurker.
5d Thin figure entering boggy area in African city (9)
MARRAKESH: Four letter description of a thin person inserted (entering) in a boggy area.
6d Unpleasantly damp part of old Ankara (4)
DANK: Another lurker.
7d A PC in mag rebooted for operations (8)
CAMPAIGN: An anagram (rebooted) of A PC IN MAG.
8d Object to view around yard in contemplation (5,3)
MIND’S EYE: A term meaning ‘object to’ with ‘see’ (view) containing (around) the abbreviation for ‘yard’.
13d Note place for eggs by river — and singular soup (10)
MINESTRONE: Yet another Lego clue. A note (from the soh – fah scale) plus ‘a place for eggs’ plus (by) the abbreviation for river plus (and) the three letter word for ‘singular. Phew!
15d Feature on course before strike in protected area (5,4)
GREEN BELT: The feature here can be found on a golf course and a four letter word for ‘strike’. I had my hands (and wrists) warmed up many a time at school by that type of strike.
16d Get in way of old boy with lorry largely occupying street (8)
OBSTRUCT: Crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for ‘old boy’ plus (with) a word for a lorry with the end letter removed (largely) inside (occupying) the two letter abbreviation for ‘street’.
17d Fish left in sink (8)
FLOUNDER: Abbreviation for ‘left’ in a term used to describe how a ship might sink.
19d Calm soprano with glasses and tenor haggle after vacation (6)
SOOTHE: The abbreviation for ‘soprano’ and the same two letters that would look like spectacles and the abbreviation for ‘tenor’ followed by ‘haggle’ after vacation (emptying).
20d Skilful medic probing a round object (6)
ADROIT: An abbreviation for a doctor (medic) inside (probing) ‘a’ from the clue and ‘o’ (round) and a term to describe an object.
23d Uniform, perhaps, put on old film star (5)
GARBO: A term relating to clothing with (put on) ‘o’ (old).
24d Rupees given in payment — or no charge (4)
FREE: The abbreviation for ‘rupees’ inserted in a type of payment for work done. Unless I’m missing something, ‘or’ from the clue seems to have no function.
I think this puzzle will prove to be a bit of a ‘curate’s egg’ for a few commenters. I enjoyed completing it with 19d is my favourite of the day. What clue(s) ‘floated your boat’?
The Quick Crossword pun: filly+Pinot=Filipino