Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28054
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th March 2016
A fairly typical Saturday puzzle.
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1a Unnerve character returning in rickety old car (10)
RATTLETRAP – RATTLE (unnerve) followed by a reversal (returning) of PART (character).
6a Ruin in Madrid is here (4)
DISH – As Richard said on Saturday, “if you can’t find out how a clue works, look for a lurker” – a verb (informal) meaning ruin is hidden in MadriD IS Here. As for DISH meaning RUIN, Big Dave said “I expect it will be explained on Friday…” everyone’s probably forgotten all about it now but according to my favourite reference book Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, this informal term for ruin can mean exhausted or defeated (the allusion being to food, which when it is quite done, is dished up); The verb DISH can also mean to distribute spiteful gossip, which again could lead to someone’s ruin. So, if anyone out there is reading this, I hope you are now satisfied with the explanation.
9a What a golfer may get on tee to one side? (5)
APART – A PAR (a score a golfer might get) and T (tee)
10a Leading man drinking wine in it (9)
IMPORTANT – MAN (from the clue) drinks PORT (wine) and the result is then inserted in IT (from the clue)
12a One progresses rapidly in this designer outfit? (3,4)
TOP GEAR – A gear selected when driving at speed might also be used to refer to a designer outfit.
13a Hit it off, being mature (3,2)
GET ON – To be compatible.
15a Very thirsty chap — red ordered (7)
PARCHED – An anagram (ordered) of CHAP RED
17a Awkward type wrestling endlessly for one-time payment? (4,3)
LUMP SUM – LUMP (awkward type) SUM
o (wrestling ‘endlessly’)
19a Annoyance shown by King George during succession (7)
CHAGRIN – GR (George Rex) inserted into CHAIN (succession)
21a Come clean about one written about female saints (7)
CONFESS – C (circa, about), ONE (from the clue) written about or put round F (female) and then followed with SS (saints).
22a Vessel in Scottish river coming back with companion on board (5)
YACHT – A reversal (coming back) of the Scottish river TAY into which is inserted CH (the abbreviation for a Companion of Honour)
24a Exotic brew in a bistro, perhaps (4,3)
WINE BAR – An anagram (exotic) of BREW IN A
27a Therapist‘s in work, at hospital (9)
HOMEOPATH – HOME (in) OP (work) AT (from the clue) H (hospital)
28a Sign in accounts — no comment (5)
ARIES – Simply remove the COMMENT from
29a Spoils play (4)
LOOT – Plunder and stolen goods; a play by Joe Orton.
30a Rugby ref’s award achieved by fine endeavour (7,3)
PENALTY TRY – PENALTY (fine) TRY (endeavour)
1d Actual region’s miles off (4)
REAL – Remove (off) the M (miles) from REAL
2d Restaurant pastry dish knocked over — a riot breaks out (9)
TRATTORIA – A reversal (knocked over in a Down clue) of TART (pastry dish) followed by an anagram (breaks out) of A RIOT.
3d Drunk started smoking (3,2)
LIT UP – Drunk or put a match to a cigarette.
4d Take care of fencing trouble — back part only (4,3)
TAIL END – TEND (take care of) going round (fencing) AIL (trouble)
5d Clothes variously appear on line (7)
APPAREL – An anagram (variously) of APPEAR goes on or before L (line)
7d I doze before end of broadcast — that’s not appropriate (5)
INAPT – I (from the clue) NAP (doze) T (the end of broadcasT)
8d Unpredictable schoolgirl supporting it in writing (3-3-4)
HIT AND MISS – IT (from the clue) goes in HAND (writing) and is supported or followed by MISS (schoolgirl).
11d Most of army unit’s recommended diet (7)
REGIMEN – Almost all of a REGIMEN
14d Carol happy to change? That’s questionable (10)
APOCRYPHAL – Of doubtful authority – an anagram (to change) of CAROL HAPPY.
16d Hornblower and his capital short speech (7)
HORATIO – H (the capital of Hornblower) and ORATIO
n (‘short’ speech)
18d Small fruit with perfect flavour (9)
SPEARMINT – S (small) PEAR (fruit) MINT (perfect)
20d Famous London prison — deny wife being incarcerated (7)
NEWGATE – W (wife) being incarcerated or put inside NEGATE (deny)
21d Girl, 22, in frolics (7)
CYNTHIA – An anagram (frolics) of the solution to 22a and IN from this clue.
23d Jazz band — old doctor in company (5)
COMBO – O (old) and MB (doctor) inserted into CO (company)
25d Severely criticise book ending a series (5)
BLAST – B (book) LAST (ending a series)
26d Game is extremely pricey (1-3)
I-SPY – IS (from the clue) and the ‘extreme’ letters of PriceY