Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28076
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning everyone from a bright and sunny day in Shropshire. Single-word answers in both the Cryptic and the Quickie, tightly worded clues and even Her Maj is here. Therefore we must have a Ray T production albeit there is a lack of innuendo. I completed the majority of this at a steady pace (15 & 18a helped a lot), but dragged my heels a bit to complete the NE corner (top right hand side for Kath & Hennir) so it went into *** time.
I do hope the hints help you to get the answers, but if they don’t – you can always click on the grey ‘Click here’ button. As usual the definitions are underlined.
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1a Shocked seeing part of bag has torn (6)
AGHAST: Our very first lurker of the day.
4a Peeled herb stuffing small pies for tapas (8)
STARTERS: Carry out the instruction of the first 2 words in the clue and then put those letters inside (stuffing) the abbreviation for ‘small’ and another 5 letter term for ‘pies’.
9a Danger which catches engineers (6)
THREAT: Replace the pronoun ‘which’ with another and enter (catches) our usual crosswordland ‘engineers’.
10a Row after French meeting about border (8)
FRONTIER: After the 2 letter abbreviation of ‘French’ add a 4 letter word for ‘row’ and insert ‘on’.
11a Satisfy need initially in criminal depravity (8)
CONVINCE: Another term for a ‘criminal’ and a ‘depravity’. Then enter (in) the initial of ‘need’.
13a Starts to cringe or wince, ending really scared (6)
COWERS: A lovely all in one clue using the ‘starts to’ the other words.
15a Scandalous, man on tube line flashing (13)
UNMENTIONABLE: An anagram (flashing) of MAN ON LINE TUBE.
18a Entered marina, churning sea (13)
MEDITERRANEAN: You wait ages for one to come along and then you get 2 at the same time. An anagram (churning) of ENTERED MARINA.
22a Recover, say, being seen in shower (6)
REGAIN: Take the usual Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ and insert it in (being seen in) ‘shower’ – of the water from the Heavens type.
24a Avoid work delay after morning’s over (8)
MALINGER: Use a term to describe ‘delay’ i.e. loiter and put it after the 2 letter abbreviation for the ‘morning’ reversed (over).
26a Unsparing swine with a learner, holding cane (8)
PRODIGAL: Farm animal ‘swine’ and add the ‘a’ from the clue and the abbreviation of ‘learner. All that covers (holding) a 3 letter word for a ‘cane’.
27a Sheen about to follow craving (6)
LUSTRE: 2 letter abbreviation for ‘about’ following a sexual ‘craving’.
28a Section of trestle’s stood on edge (8)
RESTLESS: Our second lurker of the day – he does hide them well.
29a Push bike reportedly (6)
PEDDLE: Not my favourite clue – it’s a homophone (reportedly) of ‘bike’ as a verb. The word you are looking for is a part of a bike – of which there are 2 and you put your feet on them.
1d Cheers up on course to get fit (6)
ATTACK: An informal 2 letter word for ‘cheers’ reversed (up in a down clue) and nautical term for ‘course’.
2d Lectured hard and fought to pen article (9)
HARANGUED: Usual abbreviation for ‘hard’ and a 6 letter word for ‘fought’ containing (to pen) a 2 letter ‘article’.
3d Awkwardly sat in mud missing new ground (7)
STADIUM: A subtractive anagram (awkwardly) of SAT IN MUD without (missing) the N(ew). Clever to have 2 anagram indicators in the clue.
5d Last of beer in barrel producing wind (4)
TURN: Take the last letter in ‘beer’ and insert it in a type of ‘barrel’.
6d Capital managed by clown (7)
RANGOON: 3 letter word for ‘managed’ and a term for a ‘clown’ Peter Sellers, Spike et al leap to mind.
7d End to corpulence on low-fat cream (5)
ELITE: Take the end of ‘corpulence’ and add the horrible term for ‘low-fat’.
8d Perhaps trifle upset supporting state’s leader under pressure (8)
STRESSED: What a trifle could be referred to on a menu and reverse it (upset) and add the leader of ‘state’.
12d Chap oddly never gets bird (6)
CANARY: Begin with the odd letters of ‘chap’ and add an old fashioned term for ‘never’ (it’s not ‘nard’).
14d Army surrounding Islamic republic’s capital (6)
TIRANA: Our usual group of ‘army’ volunteers over (surrounding) an ‘Islamic Republic’.
16d Get behind, possibly, being unenlightenend (9)
BENIGHTED: An anagram (possibly) of GET BEHIND.
17d Outrageous devil, guy fronting Queen (8)
IMPROPER: Take a little ‘devil’ then add a synonym of ‘guy’ (this is not a male we’re talking about) and add (fronting) the usual single letter abbreviation for a ‘queen’.
19d Test with intravenous injection for minor (7)
TRIVIAL: This type of ‘test’ would be held in a court and holds a 2 letter abbreviation of a type of drip you could possibly be on in hospital.
20d Gourmet put last of sauce on good kipper (7)
EPICURE: Does what it says on the tin – not a letter wasted. Take the last letter of ‘sauce’ add a 2 letter word for ‘good’ and a verb ‘to kipper’. Another wafer sir?
21d Lets go in speech, getting interruption (6)
FREEZE: I had this word as an answer last week. It’s a homophone (in speech) of ‘lets go’ – as in to release.
23d Lord’s purchasing old property (5)
GOODS: Our Holy Father and the letter ‘s’ from the clue ‘Lord’s’ containing (purchasing) the abbreviation for ‘old’.
25d Boys and girl almost catching daughter (4)
LADS: Take a term for a country girl and remove the last letter (almost) and contain (catching) the abbreviation for ‘daughter.
I do apologise if my explanations appear rushed today, but I had problems with my tablet and therefore had to resurrect my lap top. I also apologise for being late.
Which clue(s) did you enjoy most?
The Quick Crossword pun: gear+low+teen=guillotine