Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28068
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I was heading for a 1-star difficulty rating until I got to the bottom of the grid where I needed all the checkers (and a bit of investigoogling) to get 30a. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked it.
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 ‘Scientific Equipment Solved Crime!’ — scoop (10)
MICROSCOPE – an anagram (solved) of CRIME SCOOP.
6a Animal hit with book (4)
LAMB – a verb to hit or strike and the abbreviation for book.
9a Wild cat on a single occasion grabbing coypu’s tail (5)
OUNCE – an adverb meaning on a single occasion contains (grabbing) the last letter of coypu.
10a Gain access to metal box containing a charm (9)
ENTERTAIN – start with a verb meaning to gain access to (a room, for example) and add a metal container with A inside it.
12a Suspect a trap after I’m on Ecstasy (7)
IMAGINE – A (from the clue) and a type of trap for catching wild animals follow I’M (from the clue) and all that precedes the abbreviation for Ecstasy.
13a Classic room (5)
ATTIC – double definition, the first an adjective meaning classic or refined in the style of the ancient Greeks.
15a Club maybe in Paris and it’s brassy (7)
TRUMPET – start with what a club may be in a card game such as bridge or whist and add the word used in Paris for ‘and’.
17a Typical old city in region of Africa (7)
NATURAL – insert the usual old Biblical city into a region of South Africa.
19a Story about pond developing no new larva (7)
TADPOLE – put a story or account round an anagram (developing) of PO[n]D without the abbreviation for new.
21a Maiden and I trapped by bit of a cow, getting dirtier (7)
MUDDIER – start with the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over then insert I into a dangly bit of a cow.
22a Smell‘s nothing serious (5)
ODOUR – the letter that resembles nothing or zero is followed by an adjective meaning serious or grim.
24a Starr: ‘I’ve drummed, but only some insiders turned up‘ (7)
ARRIVED – a hidden word, indicated by ‘only some insiders’.
27a Type of gun: transport it to Macau (9)
AUTOMATIC – an anagram (transport) of IT TO MACAU.
28a Nick‘s angry about Conservative (5)
SCORE – an adjective meaning angry or peeved contains the single-letter abbreviation for Conservative.
29a Bringing back new fish? Sailor’s story (4)
YARN – join together the abbreviation for new and a broad flat fish and reverse (bringing back) it all.
30a Brains — two found in Henry Purcell (10)
SCIENTISTS – we have to separate Henry from Purcell to get two examples, both American, of the answer. I had heard of Joseph Henry, after whom the SI unit of inductance is named, but I had to scrabble around in Wikipedia to find Edward Mills Purcell, a Nobel prize-winning physicist.
1d Flipping ruin atmosphere (4)
MOOD – reverse (flipping) a word for ruin or disaster.
2d Proceeded to swindle money ahead of university education (9)
CONTINUED – string together a verb to swindle or hoax, a slang word for money and abbreviations for university and education.
3d Aida perhaps to make work is on time (5)
OPERA – the abbreviation for an artistic work precedes (is on, in a down clue) a long period of time. I can’t really see what the surface means.
4d Aggravated itches? Male’s in pharmacy (7)
CHEMIST – an anagram (aggravated) of ITCHES with the abbreviation for male inserted. This conjures up a picture of a bloke not wanting to explain his intimate problem to a female pharmacist.
5d Sales talk on new model (7)
PATTERN – the spiel from a salesperson is followed by N(ew).
7d A mouth lifted by itself (5)
APART – A (from the clue) is followed by the reversal (lifted, in a down clue) of a slang word for the mouth.
8d Best way to espy chirpy robin? Claus should deliver these (10)
BINOCULARS – an anagram (chirpy) of ROBIN CLAUS.
11d Criticised how the meat was cooked? (7)
ROASTED – double definition, the first meaning criticised or reprimanded severely.
14d Stopped paper etc getting broadcast (10)
STATIONARY – this is a homophone (getting broadcast) of paper etc.
16d Computer application for grand slam (7)
PROGRAM – string together a preposition meaning for or ‘in favour of’, the abbreviation for a grand (a thousand dollars) and a verb to slam or smash into.
18d Source of water? Burst drains or pipes initially (9)
RAINDROPS – an anagram (burst) of DRAINS OR and the initial letter of P(ipes).
20d Drink up and stay mostly resilient (7)
ELASTIC – reverse (up, in a down clue) an alcoholic drink and follow that with all except the last letter of a verb to stay or linger.
21d Distance in which automobile reverses is a marvel (7)
MIRACLE – an imperial distance with an automobile reversed inside it.
23d One swims in the river with cad, topless (5)
OTTER – a cad or bounder without the first letter (topless).
25d Stop and rest after six (5)
VISIT – a verb to rest or take the weight off one’s feet follows the Roman numeral for six.
26d Flew east, with regular withdrawals for payments (4)
FEES – withdraw regular letters from ‘flew east’.
My top two clues today were 21a (where ‘bit of a cow’ made me laugh) and the semi-all-in-one 8d. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PLAGUE + ROUND = PLAYGROUND