Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28058
Hints and tips by Shropshirelad
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Good morning from a cold, grey Shropshire – Brrr. I rather enjoyed today’s puzzle from our Thursday Mr Ron. It’s not exactly a ‘R & W’ and there are a couple of clues which stretch the synonym / definition bracket a bit – but I’m pretty sure that you’ll enjoy it too. I thought that this would be my last review to cover Kath’s ‘world tour’, but it appears that pommers will be unable to post at the end of this month – so, in the words of that famous American General, ‘I didn’t think there would that many Indians!’
I do hope the hints are useful, but if you can’t get the solution from them – you can always click on the grey ‘Click Here’ button or ‘phone Miffypops. He’s a mine of information.
Mrs SL and I are off to Edinburgh tomorrow for the rugby (come on Scotland) so I hope you all have a cracking weekend.
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1a Award for music — or endless dancing (4,4)
GOLD DISC: The ‘or’ in the clue is the abbreviation of a precious material combined with an endless dancing venue.
6a A day in care that’s arranged in passageway (6)
ARCADE: Take ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for day and put them inside (in) an anagram (arranged) of CARE.
9a Stationary volunteers held back others (2,4)
AT REST: A usual term for volunteers reversed (held back) and a 4 letter word for ‘others’. I don’t know why ‘held’ is in the clue other than to make the surface better – am I missing something?
10a Musical instrument in shape? (8)
TRIANGLE: I’ve put this down as a double definition as the question mark is there.
11a I add blue variegated plant (8)
BUDDLEIA: An anagram (variegated) of I ADD BLUE.
12a Defame African country no good after revolution (6)
MALIGN: Take a land-locked West African country and add the abbreviations for ‘no’ & ‘good’ reversed (after revolution).
13a What’s blown, confirming in report career limitation? (5,7)
GLASS CEILING: A material that can be ‘blown’ to make ornamental objects and a homophone (in report) of a term for confirming, as in ‘??????? the deal’.
16a Trouble fermenting in breaking of rule (12)
INFRINGEMENT: An anagram (trouble) of FERMENTING IN.
19a Tick beside learner in outstanding educational course (6)
MODULE: The ‘tick’ is an abbreviation for a moment in time with the usual one letter denoting a ‘learner’ in a term for an outstanding bill, perhaps.
21a Inspire two bridge players to meet female, maybe (8)
ENGENDER: Two bridge players (not S or W) precede ‘a distinction of words roughly corresponding to the sex to which they refer’ Cribbed straight from the BRB in order to dodge the whole ‘male, female, whatever’ thing.
23a Choppy ocean is source of trouble for one? (8)
CANOEIST: Is it a cryptic or an &lit clue? All I know is that it’s an anagram (choppy) of OCEAN IS & T (source of trouble) which describes a person in a narrow, flat bottomed boat – paddling.
24a Test backing with echo for part of drummer’s kit (3-3)
TOM-TOM: The kind of test required for cars ‘of a certain age’ twice (echo) and then reversed (backing).
25a County with investment at margins in minimal accommodation (6)
BEDSIT: Abbreviation of a county where Luton is with the ends (margins) of ‘investment’.
26a Carriage old dramatist’s used following sprain (8)
RICKSHAW: Irish playwright who wrote ‘Pygmalion’ after (used following) a four letter word for ‘sprain’.
2d Published bet ignoring new data (6)
OUTPUT: Three letter word describing ‘published and a term for a bet (I’ll take a ???? on that) ignoring the letter ‘n’.
3d Fear about to occupy the old man (5)
DREAD: Abbreviation for ‘about’ inside (to occupy) a term for ‘father’.
4d Where one finds whales predominantly (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN: I took advice on this one as I think this type of clue (like 23a) defy a precise categorisation. The whole clue is an &lit / all-in-one. Thanks BD.
5d Sword injured girl (7)
CUTLASS: Pretty straightforward – 3 letter term for ‘injured’ and a 4 letter term for a ‘girl’.
6d A team getting top award? It’s self-evidently true (5)
AXIOM: ‘A’ from the clue and a ‘team’ in Roman numerals with a 2 letter abbreviation for an award.
7d Like some dinners lad with client disrupted (9)
CANDLELIT: An anagram (disrupted) of LAD CLIENT.
8d Inspector left one figure that’s courteous and hard-working (8)
DILIGENT: 2 letter abbreviation for a senior policeman with (L)eft and one (I) combined with a figure that’s courteous.
13d Revealing a lot of gas? (9)
GARRULOUS: Double definition.
14d Active sort of Green with rising name (9)
ENERGETIC: An anagram (sort of) GREEN followed by (with) rising (indication of a word reversed in a ‘down’ clue) a word used to call or summon.
15d Article on gallery after negative comment (8)
ANNOTATE: 2 letter article followed by that Famous Gallery in London with a negative response between the two (gallery after negative).
17d Equestrian competitor in uniform with short name (7)
EVENTER: Level (uniform) with a short name – ter(m).
18d Journalist making entry in discussion sites — old hat? (6)
FEDORA: Crosswordland name for ‘editor’ inside (making entry) in the plural of ‘forum’.
20d Poet and priest taken with religious books (5)
ELIOT: The usual priest with a set of religious books.
22d I’m entering residence shortly in French city (5)
NIMES: Take ‘I’m’ from the clue and place inside (entering) a 4 letter term for a residence (for birds) lacking (shortly) the last letter. This one sort of threw me as the original city I was thinking of didn’t fit with my answer for 24a.
Well that’s it for another day. There were quite a few that made me chuckle but I’ll opt for 1a as my favourite as I thought the element was quite well hidden in ‘plain view. Which one floated your boat (beware the Wrath of Kath – you have been warned)?
The Quick Crossword pun: overt+aching+Minerva=overtaking manoeuvre