Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28080
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
This seemed to be a little bit trickier than what we’re used to on Tuesdays and quite enjoyable I thought, although there were a few clues (especially 11a and 21a) which I didn’t like much. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked it.
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1a Providing caring service for a small charge (4-7)
BABY-SITTING – cryptic definition. The small charge is a youngster temporarily in one’s care.
9a Naval officer gets award by ministry put in centre (9)
COMMODORE – insert the abbreviation for an award in the personal gift of the monarch and the abbreviation for a ministry or government department inside a word for centre or nucleus.
10a Fake knife ignored with packaging removed (5)
FEIGN – remove the outer bits (packaging) from two words in the clue.
11a Again suspend alteration in gallery (6)
REHANG – double definition, the second is a term for a new presentation of works of art in a gallery. I don’t like this much – it seems to be the verb and noun forms of pretty much the same thing.
12a Trio from Italy featuring in plain TV series (4,4)
STAR TREK – the Italian word for three goes inside an adjective meaning plain or unadorned.
13a Retired, having procured right that’s hereditary (6)
INBRED – a phrase meaning having retired for the night (2,3) containing R(ight).
15a Swaggered in street with furrows (8)
STRUTTED – the abbreviation for street followed by an adjective meaning ‘with furrows’.
18a Impassiveness with time spent — or firmness (8)
SOLIDITY – remove the abbreviation for time from a word meaning impassiveness or lack of emotion.
19a Esteem a doctor penning note with energy (6)
ADMIRE – A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for doctor contain (penning) a note from tonic sol-fa. Finally add the abbreviation for energy.
21a Exchange for screening? (4,4)
CHAT SHOW – this seems to be just a weakish cryptic definition (unless you can see something more). It’s a TV programme where the host exchanges banter with invited guests.
23a Merrymaking men recalled in film largely (6)
FROLIC – reverse the abbreviation for non-commissioned soldiers (men) inside an informal word for a film without its last letter (largely).
26a Measure first of treasure pocketed in old currency (5)
LITRE – the first letter of treasure is inserted (pocketed) in the plural form of the Italian currency in pre-Euro days.
27a Number in bar tipsy with little hesitation? It needs minimal thinking (2-7)
NO-BRAINER – string together an abbreviation for number, an anagram (tipsy) of IN BAR and a short expression of hesitation.
28a Bill’s ending lost near, say, ground (5,6)
ROYAL ASSENT – this is the final stage (these days just a formality) in a Bill becoming an Act of Parliament. It’s an anagram (ground) of LOST NEAR SAY. The surface isn’t brilliant.
1d Drink‘s lure almost stifling witty character (7)
BACARDI – put a word meaning lure or enticement without its last letter (almost) round a dated word for a witty and eccentric character.
2d Useless info Greek character’s written up in book on pub (5)
BUMPH – reverse (written up, in a down clue) the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet and insert it between abbreviations for book and pub.
3d Court payment daughter gives tutor without thought (5-4)
SPOON-FEED – start with a dated verb to court or canoodle in a sentimental way and add a payment or charge and the abbreviation for daughter.
4d Wrench, say, with money to be raised (4)
TOOL – reverse (to be raised, in a down clue) an informal word for money (with a suspicion that it’s been obtained illegally).
5d One has depression meeting one totally vacant character (8)
IDENTITY – string together the Roman numeral for one, a depression or pit, the same Roman numeral again and just the outside letters (vacant) of the word t[otall]y.
6d Fancy green light installed on square, we hear (2,3)
GO FOR – the meaning of a green light or instruction to proceed is followed by what sounds like a small square number.
7d Signal agreement about new bit of snow kit designed to prevent slipping (3-4)
NON-SKID – a verb to signal agreement non-verbally contains N(ew) and a piece of sports equipment for use in the snow.
8d Patience, say, could come from such books (8)
LIBRETTI – cryptic definition. Patience, here, is the name of an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan and these books are the words of an opera (as opposed to the music).
14d Singing style notable for rendition around start of concert (3,5)
BEL CANTO – an anagram (for rendition) of NOTABLE contains the starting letter of concert.
16d Subordinate to OK traffic facility (9)
UNDERPASS – charade of a preposition meaning ‘subordinate to’ and a verb to OK or authorise.
17d Suit specialist in New York? (8)
ATTORNEY – cryptic definition of someone in New York (or anywhere in the USA) who specialises in lawsuits.
18d Lay new clause before meeting resistance (7)
SECULAR – an anagram (new) of CLAUSE followed by (before meeting) the abbreviation for resistance.
20d Part taken out of book, but retaining element of traditional education (7)
EXCERPT – a preposition meaning ‘but’ or ‘other than’ contains any one of the three letters used to describe a traditional education.
22d Outright source of hope in prophet (5)
SHEER – the first letter (source) of hope goes inside a prophet or fortune teller.
24d Sudden movement in sitting room, nothing less (5)
LUNGE – start with another word for a sitting room and remove the letter that resembles zero or nothing.
25d For flipping, throw over ancient coin (4)
OBOL – this is an ancient Greek coin worth one sixth of a drachma. Start with a verb to throw or toss up and add the cricket abbreviation for an over. Finally reverse what you’ve got (for flipping).
I liked 13a but my favourite clue today was 1a. Which one(s) did you 6d?
Today’s Quickie Pun: HOLM + GROAN = HOME-GROWN