Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28060
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 12th March 2016
Apart from all the comments about 3d, this Saturday puzzle proved to be fairly average Saturday fare – just a shame the clue types weren’t mixed up a bit – there’s an awful lot of ‘take a letter off’ in the Acrosses and several anagrams in a row in the Downs.
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1a Book about Russian ready to be awkward (11)
TROUBLESOME – TOME (book) put about ROUBLES (Russian ‘ready’ cash)
7a Upstart hit back with place being unfinished (7)
PARVENU – A reversal (back) of RAP (hit) followed by almost all of VENU
e (place being unfinished)
8a Cheese after a major component of it’s turned to silky stuff (7)
TAFFETA – FETA (cheese) goes after a reversal (turned) of FAT – a major component of cheese.
10a Charlie‘s just the thing to snare fashion designer endlessly (5)
IDIOT – IT (just the thing) ‘snares’ almost all (endlessly) of DIO
r (fashion designer)
11a Friend with top off tests fabrics (9)
MATERIALS – MATE (friend) and
tRIALS (tests) without the first letter (top off)
12a Nieces excited about first bit of chemical knowledge (7)
SCIENCE – An anagram (excited) of NIECES put about the first bit of Chemical.
14a Cut around edges of tile to make smaller (7)
SHORTEN – SHORN (cut) put round the ‘edges’ of TilE
15a Bad hands move slowly on board steamship (7)
SCRAWLS – CRAWL (move slowly) put ‘on board’ SS (steamship)
18a Stick around liking hot stuff (7)
CAYENNE – CANE put around YEN (liking)
20a Sick of commander interrupting meal (3-6)
OFF-COLOUR – OF (from the clue) and CO (commander) interrupting FLOUR (meal being grain ground into powder).
21a Time accompanied by one alluring woman (5)
HOURI – HOUR (time) plus I (one). When you haven’t heard a word for many a long year – has anyone met a Houri lately? – it is always worth checking the BRB as sometimes the definitions can sometimes be unexpectedly amusing. Not so here, apparently she’s a voluptuously alluring woman or nymph of the Muslim paradise.
22a Have a close shave as English exercise cut short (7)
EPILATE – Here’s another ‘take a letter off’ clue – E (English) followed by almost all of PILATE
23a Non-drinker swallowing an alcoholic drink in fit of temper (7)
TANTRUM – TT (teetotal, non-drinker) ‘swallows’ AN (from the clue), the result then followed by RUM (alcoholic drink).
24a Increase in support gives good basic training (11)
GROUNDSWELL – A gathering movement of public or political movement or feeling – split 7. 4 – GROUNDS, WELL and the second part of the clue becomes clear.
1d Stations for period in India (7)
TERMINI – TERM (period) IN (from the clue) I (the NATO Phonetic Alphabet uses India to represent the letter I).
2d Public spell of cricket takes time (5)
OVERT – OVER (spell of cricket) T (time)
3d Black Country man, I’m brought up in fog (7)
BRUMMIE – IM reversed (brought up in a Down clue) inserted into BRUME ( a literary word for fog). Just in case our setter didn’t read all the comments last Saturday, it might be worth their noting for future reference that a Brummie comes from Birmingham. The Black Country is an area of the West Midlands North and West of (but not including) Birmingham.
4d Lands in eastern parts of USA (7)
ESTATES – And this Saturday’s chestnut is …. E (eastern) STATES (parts of USA)
5d Present politician money from church (9)
OFFERTORY – OFFER (present) TORY (politician)
6d Fancy gentle rambles around area? (7)
ELEGANT – An anagram (rambles) of GENTLE put around A for area.
7d Investigates squalid hotels as place to hide out (7,4)
PRIEST’S HOLE – PRIES (investigates) followed by an anagram (squalid)of HOTELS.
9d I see batsmen playing skiving off work (11)
ABSENTEEISM – An anagram (playing) of I SEE BATSMEN.
13d Now eat top cooked vegetable (3,6)
NEW POTATO – Four anagrams in a row but I’m not sure I’d award a bonus mark! Cooked indicates the need to rearrange NOW EAT TOP.
16d Boring brief relationship after scripture lesson (7)
RIFLING – RI (religious instruction, scripture lesson) FLING (brief relationship)
17d Terrible investor runs out broke? (5,2)
STOVE IN – An anagram (terrible) of INVESTO
R without the R (runs out).
18d Clergymen showing posh style in old cars (7)
CURATES – U (posh, upper class) inserted into CRATES (old cars)
19d Nervy about head of tribunal being unbiased (7)
NEUTRAL – NEURAL (relating to the nerves of the central nervous system) goes round the ‘head’ of Tribunal.
21d Pivotal point of fishing expedition (5)
HINGE – A lurker to finish – hidden in part ‘of’ fisHING Expedition.