Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28069
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Yes, it’s me again. This time standing in for the 2K’s while they take a well-earned break. Today’s puzzle from Jay is definitely at the easier end of his range – he must be taking pity on me. I fairly rattled through it, which is a pity as it was over far too soon. It’s a really enjoyable solve.
The definitions are underlined and if my hints don’t quite hit the spot for you, you can view the answer by clicking on the grey ‘Click Here’ button. Don’t click on if you don’t need to. I believe some people aren’t getting the answers covered at the moment, but BD is aware of that and is on the case.
1a Material for building split windscreen? (11)
BREEZEBLOCK: A type of brick by a play on words if you split windscreen 4,6. Lovely clue.
9a Keep an eye on extra responsibility of a bishop (7)
OVERSEE: A charade of a 4 letter term for ‘extra’ and an area a bishop would look after.
10a One amongst celebrities in flight (6)
STAIRS: Take the letter ‘I’ (one) and put it into (amongst) what celebrities are called. Not ‘slebs’ or ‘blisters (sic)’
12a Hurried back to evaluate recount (7)
NARRATE: A 3 letter word for ‘hurried’ reversed (back) and a term for ‘to evaluate’.
13a Mostly flog salmon, perhaps being greedy (7)
SELFISH: Take a 4 letter word to describe a sales transaction (flog) and remove the last letter (mostly) and add the general term for a salmon, brill etc.. It’s mine, all mine
14a Quits after delayed start to rugby game (5)
EVENS: Take a form of Rugby Union with less players (rugby game) and remove the first letter (delayed start).
15a Follow team’s first draw away (9)
SIDETRACK: A charade of a term ‘to follow, as in hunt’ and what a team is generally referred to, and move that to the front (team’s first).
17a Stormy signs and poor outlook (9)
PROGNOSIS: Anagram (stormy) of SIGNS + POOR.
20a Daughter has drinks in one! (5)
DOWNS: Usual abbreviation for ‘daughter’ and add a term for ‘possess’s’.
22a Saw how the drinks may be served at room temperature? (7)
NOTICED: Split 3,4 the answer would be – the drinks lacked a cooling medium.
24a Remark old boys initially are of use (7)
OBSERVE: Take the first letters (initially) of ‘old boys’ and a term used for ‘to wait upon’.
25a Stop moving band around room for broadcast (6)
FREEZE: A homophone (broadcast) of a decorative band around the room. I got my knickers in a twist with this – so thanks to BD & Gazza for setting me straight.
26a One might crow when nothing appears in the duty list (7)
ROOSTER: A 6 letter term for a ‘duty list’ and place ‘O’ (nothing) into (appears in) said duty list.
27a What a builder might use to maintain equanimity? (6,5)
SPIRIT LEVEL: Cryptic &lit – Does what it says on the tin.
2d Monkeys developed scars around nails intermittently (7)
RASCALS: Anagram (developed) of SCARS and n(A)i(L)s (intermittently).
3d Teams with points must get refreshments (9)
ELEVENSES: Another term for teams (not sides) in a numerical sense with 2 compass points added.
4d Provides comfort stops after leader goes (5)
EASES: A 6 letter word for ‘stops’ with the first letter removed (after leader goes).
5d Flier‘s feet all at sea (7)
LEAFLET: Anagram (at sea) of FEET ALL.
6d Island company reproduced cars, importing one (7)
CORSICA: Standard 2 letter abbreviation for ‘company’ followed by an anagram (reproduced) CARS and placing (importing) the letter ‘I’ (one).
7d Token piece of glass that’s put on bed (11)
COUNTERPANE: The ‘token’ here is an item that can be used in board games (Uckers, for one) and a piece of glass you would find in a window.
8d University qualification needing source of cash for good rule (6)
DECREE: What you receive when successfully completing your education and swap the abbreviation for ‘good’ with the first letter (needing source) of ‘cash’.
11d Poet or speaker as he develops (11)
SHAKESPEARE: Anagram (develops) of SPEAKER AS HE.
16d Academic programme supporting police inspector’s discussion (9)
DISCOURSE: An academic programme you would undertake after (supporting, in a down clue) with an abbreviated police officer and the ‘s’ from the clue.
18d Reveal cut in exposed rock (7)
OUTCROP: A 3 letter term for ‘reveal’ (as in coming ???) and term for ‘cut’ used in a barber shop.
19d Kind of industry sounding fresh and comprehensible (7)
NUCLEAR: Homophone (sounding) of ‘fresh’ and ‘comprehensible’
20d Get undressed, seeing bride’s worried about love (7)
DISROBE: Anagram (worried) of BRIDES containing (about) the score for ‘nothing’ in tennis (love).
21d Conflict many think and hope originally generates affection (6)
WARMTH: A term for a conflict between armies and the single letter abbreviation for ‘many’ with the initial letters (originally) of ‘think’ and ‘hope’ shows (generates) the answer.
23d Stayed, as doctor’s beginning on scar (5)
DWELT: Take the initial letter of ‘Doctor’ (doctor’s beginning) and a type of ‘scar’.
Well, that’s me for this week – I do hope you find the hints helpful. My favourite and first one in is 1a. What clue did you like most?
The Quick Crossword pun: forty+chewed=fortitude