Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28048
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 27th February 2016
Morning All! This puzzle went in quite quickly – I also enjoyed it a deal with the setter’s usual apposite anagram indicators.
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1a Obstacle for canoeists paddling initially in storms (6)
RAPIDS – Place the initial letter of P(addling) inside RAIDS for storms.
4a Critical remark makes good chap flutter (8)
BRICKBAT – A charade of a BRICK, a bit of an archaic term for a stalwart or good man, and BAT – to flutter ones eyelashes for example.
9a Page puts on a little weight in spring (6)
POUNCE – P for Page and an OUNCE or little weight.
10a Runner is more self-satisfied going round lake (8)
SMUGGLER – SMUGGER – more self-satisfied – placed around L for Lake.
11a Biblical books could make chap pray, getting old inside (9)
APOCRYPHA – An anagram (could make) of CHAP PRAY with O for old inside.
13a A shortage, unfortunately (5)
ALACK – Nice and easy with A from the clue and LACK being a synonym for shortage.
14a Oxford detective with not so much in bank, cruelly (13)
REMORSELESSLY – Place Inspector MORSE (the famous Oxford detective) and LESS (not so much) inside RELY for bank.
17a Decline to put off one formal speech (13)
DETERIORATION – A charade of DETER (put off) I for One and then an ORATION or formal speech.
21a French friend’s entertaining at fiddle (5)
AMATI – Un AMI or friend in French to contain (is entertaining) AT from the clue.
23a Fan belief stirring description of God (9)
INEFFABLE – As in the wisdom. An anagram (stirring) of FAN BELIEF.
24a Armoured battleship can lord it endlessly at sea (4-4)
IRON-CLAD – This was actually the name of the early dreadnought!. An anagram (at sea) of CAN LORD I(t) i.e. endlessly.
25a International relief includes pence still owed (6)
UNPAID – International relief could be described as UN AID. Insert (include) P for Pence.
26a Driver to get damp going round hill (8)
MOTORIST – Place MOIST or damp around a TOR.hill.
27a Bill losing head swallows unknown shellfish (6)
OYSTER – Remove the first letter (losing head) of a (p)OSTER and insert (it swallows) the mathematical unknown variable Y.
1d Programme shown before about cultural material (6)
REPEAT – RE for about followed by PEAT, cultural/vegetable matter from a bog.
2d Someone rich and powerful put car lot into redevelopment (9)
PLUTOCRAT – An anagram (into redevelopment) of PUT CAR LOT.
3d Appropriate behaviour for environmentalist breaking into oil storage facility (7)
DECORUM – Place an ECO or environmentalist inside a DRUM or oil storage facility.
5d Games played between drinks in fund-raising event (7,4)
RUMMAGE SALE – Make an anagram (played) of GAMES inside RUM and ALE – two drinks.
6d Relative to perform dance getting up in church (7)
COGNATE – Reverse (getting up) a TANGO dance inside CE for Church of England.
7d Model aircraft material a piece of cake to set up (5)
BALSA – Reverse (to set up) A SLAB of cake.
8d Keepers of birds gobbling first bit of nutrition (8)
TURNKEYS – Start with TURKEYS/birds and insert (it is gobbling) the first letter in N(utrition).
12d Magazines spell silica wrong, missing an i (11)
PERIODICALS – A PERIOD or spell od time then an anagram (wrong) of S(i)LICA missing one of its I’s.
15d Small, with damn clean brickwork? (9)
SANDBLAST – S for small, AND for with and then BLAST for damn.
16d I’m consuming Delia’s cooking seeking perfection (8)
IDEALISM – IM from the clue includes (is consuming) a cooked anagram of DELIAS.
18d Restrain scoundrel to suffer again (2-5)
RE-INCUR – A charade of REIN (restrain) and CUR (scoundrel) with the letters reapportioned.
19d Childhood, as imagined (7)
INFANCY – As imagined might be indicated as IN FANCY.
20d Booze round North Dakota in drunken spree (6)
BENDER – Place BEER (booze) around ND- the initials of North Dakota.
22d An attack of illness on the go (5)
ABOUT – An attack of the flu for example is A BOUT.
Thanks to the setter. I will be back in two weeks Thursday.