Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28074
Hints and tips by Gazza
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There’s nothing too scary for the gee-gees today. Most of my time this morning was spent in trying to find the origin of the 1a term. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked it.
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1a Sensational duck, wicket given after loud shout (6)
YELLOW – the letter that resembles a duck in cricket and the abbreviation for wicket follow a loud shout. The answer describes a sensational, lurid type of journalism that has little regard for the facts. It derives from the newspaper circulation war in New York in the 1890s but there is no agreement on the origin of the term – it may either relate to the colour of the ink sometimes used or to a popular cartoon character.
5a Unfair contest? Short young lady lighter (8)
MISMATCH – the title of a young lady without its last letter (short) is followed by something used to light or set burning.
10a Trim tree with pendulous cones (6)
SPRUCE – double definition, the first an adjective meaning neat in dress and appearance.
11a Piece of pork, free on bar (5,3)
SPARE RIB – an adjective meaning free or not currently in use is followed by a strengthening bar or strut.
12a Hotel’s restraint must be misplaced, ultimately (2,3,4,6)
IN THE LAST RESORT – an anagram (must be misplaced) of HOTEL’S RESTRAINT.
16a Skittle 17 out — high point (8)
PINNACLE – another word for a skittle followed by an anagram (out) of the answer to 17d.
18a Wrong having commercial break (6)
ADRIFT – charade of a commercial and a break or crack.
20a Agree, surprisingly, about introduction of grunge style of music (6)
REGGAE – an anagram (surprisingly) of AGREE contains the introductory letter of grunge.
21a How mate’s changed a bit (8)
SOMEWHAT – an anagram (changed) of HOW MATE’S.
22a One banned, diplomatically, from Goa? So partner Ann broadcast (7,3,5)
PERSONA NON GRATA – our third anagram in a row (broadcast) of GOA SO PARTNER ANN.
27a Not the main attraction in area, plant storing hydrogen (8)
SIDESHOW – the name used for a city area (as in ‘the lower east **** in Manhattan’) is followed by a verb to plant or seed containing the chemical symbol for hydrogen.
28a Rule in gaming over non-members (6)
GOVERN – lurking in the clue.
30a Rant in exchange about onset of inflation (6)
TIRADE – a verb to exchange or swap contains the first letter of inflation.
2d Thoughtful to support former partner, and costly! (9)
EXPENSIVE – an adjective meaning thoughtful or reflective follows (to support, in a down clue) the short word for a former partner.
3d Number haggling with a US criminal? (8,3)
LAUGHING GAS – in Crosswordland a flower can be something that flows so a number can be something that numbs. This is an anagram (criminal) of HAGGLING and A US.
4d Go round with list (5)
WHEEL – the abbreviation for ‘with’ followed by a verb to list (like a ship with an uneven load).
6d Popular place getting contribution (5)
INPUT – charade of an adverb meaning popular or trendy and a verb to place.
7d Mingle with grockles, initially, in pool (5)
MERGE – insert the initial letter of grockles in a pool or pond. Grockles is the somewhat derogatory term used for holidaymakers by some people in my part of the world.
8d Body temperature, approximately (5)
TORSO – the abbreviation for temperature and a phrase (2,2) meaning approximately.
9d Bowler perhaps receiving a mouthful in home ground (7)
HABITAT – what a bowler is an example of contains A (from the clue) and a mouthful or morsel.
13d Felt hat put back on after ending of nuptials (7)
STETSON – the instruction written on a document to put back or restore the original text is followed by the end letter of nuptials and ON (from the clue).
14d Actual capital of mythical royal domain (5)
REALM – an adjective meaning actual or concrete and the first letter (capital) of mythical.
15d Drink with team in small club (11)
SCREWDRIVER – insert a team or gang between the abbreviation for small and a type of golf club.
17d Laundered? Caught by bank (5)
CLEAN – the abbreviation used in cricket scorecards for caught is followed by a verb to bank or incline.
19d Sweet-talked female, embarrassed accepting coffee (9)
FLATTERED – the abbreviation for female and an adjective meaning embarrassed contain what you may order from a barista.
20d Swift reply from king that is sent round office (7)
RIPOSTE – an abbreviation for king or rex and the abbreviation for ‘that is’ contain an office or job.
23d Go on horseback astride good saddle (5)
RIDGE – saddle here is a geographical feature. A verb to go on horseback contains the abbreviation for good.
24d Watering hole, old, unaltered (5)
OASIS – O(ld) followed by a phrase (2,2) meaning unaltered.
25d Nut, a small hard growth (5)
ACORN – A (from the clue) followed by a small hard growth on one’s foot.
26d Weird thing, darkness (5)
NIGHT – an extremely easy anagram (weird) of THING.
My favourite clue today was 3d. Which one(s) beguiled you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: INK + EWE + BAIT = INCUBATE