Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28056
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This one is not too tricky but very enjoyable. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought of it. A slightly unusual feature of the puzzle is that all the answers are single words with not a space or hyphen in sight.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a Mark from a wound allowed to become red (7)
SCARLET – a bodily mark from a wound is followed by a verb meaning allowed.
5a Feel doubt (7)
SUSPECT – double definition, the second a verb to doubt or mistrust.
9a A king has challenger coming (7)
ARRIVAL – string together A (from the clue), the single-letter abbreviation for a king and a challenger or adversary.
10a Warning: pulse regularly dropped after test (7)
EXAMPLE – put the odd letters (regularly dropped) of pulse after a formal test.
11a Illumination that could be low level initially in time of darkness (9)
MOONLIGHT – start with a verb to low then insert the initial letter of L(evel) into the period of the day when it’s dark.
12a Smallest let out, we hear (5)
LEAST – this sounds like (we hear) let out or hired out.
13a It spins both ways (5)
ROTOR – … because it’s a palindrome.
15a Share in ball, now dance all topless! (9)
ALLOWANCE – remove the first letters from the three words at the centre of the clue and squash together what you have left.
17a Abused sew hats and work here? (9)
SWEATSHOP – an anagram (abused) of SEW HATS is followed by the abbreviation for an artistic work.
19a Get up, shift bandage (5)
DRESS – triple definition. Shift is a loose garment.
22a Cop it out of sight (5)
OPTIC – an anagram (out) of COP IT.
23a Resolve to check explosive device (9)
DETERMINE – a verb to check or ward off is followed by an explosive device.
25a Group are called inside (7)
ARRANGE – ARE (from the clue) with a verb meaning called on the phone inside it.
26a Observe married men in bed (7)
COMMENT – insert the abbreviation for married and MEN into a child’s bed.
27a Criminal held bar as weapon (7)
HALBERD – an anagram (criminal) of HELD BAR.
28a Mad character after small crush (7)
SHATTER – Lewis Carroll’s mad character follows the abbreviation for small. Crush here is being used in the sense of to devastate or mortify.
1d One who criticises prison? (7)
SLAMMER – double definition, the second an informal word for a prison. I’m not sure why a question mark is needed,
2d Where trunks are taken off jumbos? (7)
AIRPORT – … together with the rest of the luggage.
3d The French versus the Spanish: well balanced (5)
LEVEL – join together a French definite article, the abbreviation for versus and a Spanish definite article.
4d Great help with editing newspaper (9)
TELEGRAPH – an anagram (with editing) of GREAT HELP.
5d The woman put on Alien — film (5)
SHEET – a feminine pronoun precedes (put on, in a down clue) Spielberg’s usual alien. The setter has capitalised alien to try to make us think of a different film.
6d South side of a building due to be bought (9)
SWALLOWED – the abbreviation for south is followed by the side of a building and an adjective meaning due to be paid. Bought, here, is an informal use meaning believed or fell for (a conman’s story, for example).
7d Describe former lover: ugly? (7)
EXPLAIN – charade of the short word for a former lover and an adjective meaning no oil painting.
8d Where ham might be warm after temperature starts to rise excessively (7)
THEATRE – this is a human ham. A verb to warm up follows the abbreviation for temperature. We finish with the starting letters of the last two words.
14d Reserve break in Crete supported by church (9)
RETICENCE – an anagram (break) of IN CRETE is followed (supported, in a down clue) by the abbreviation for the established church in England.
16d Cosmetics: pastes put on cheek? On the contrary (9)
LIPSTICKS – on the contrary means that the informal word for cheek or insolence precedes (put on, in a down clue) a verb meaning pastes or glues.
17d Put up with Satchmo playing (7)
STOMACH – an anagram (playing) of Satchmo.
18d Hospital department — Henry comes across right entrance (7)
ENTHRAL – the three-letter abbreviation for a hospital department followed by a short form of the name Henry (used especially of the young King Henry V) containing the single-letter abbreviation for right.
20d Obvious I’d cut through tournament (7)
EVIDENT – I’D has to be inserted (cut through) a tournament or sports competition.
21d Lieutenant in abrupt retreat (7)
SHELTER – put the abbreviation for lieutenant into an adjective meaning abrupt or very steep.
23d Fear making Penny study (5)
DREAD – the abbreviation for a pre-1971 penny and a verb to study.
24d Dance from graduate following alcohol (5)
RUMBA – an arts graduate follows an alcoholic drink.
Top of the pile for me were 11a, 17a and 25a. Which one(s) grabbed your attention?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PANDER + BARES = PANDA BEARS