Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28092
Hints and tips by Gazza
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This one’s not terribly difficult but it does have a few examples (e.g. 4d and 23d) where the definition requires a bit of thought. I didn’t notice it as much when solving but when I was writing the hints I became conscious that I was using the word ‘abbreviation’ an awful lot.
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1a Regularly keen, therefore I am full of this, ultimately? (10)
ENTHUSIASM – this is an all-in-one clue, where the definition is the whole clue. Join regular letters from ‘keen’ and an adverb meaning therefore then add ‘I AM’ (from the clue) containing the ultimate letter of [thi]S.
6a Bird‘s caught — frown when head and tail are removed (4)
CROW – a cricket abbreviation for caught is followed by the word frown without its first and last letters.
9a After church, get a very loud teasing (5)
CHAFF – string together an abbreviation for church, A (from the clue) and the musical abbreviation meaning very loud.
10a I make a mark in one car’s front — and a learner’s the same (9)
IDENTICAL – there are no less than six little pieces to be assembled for this nine-letter word. I (from the clue) is followed by a verb to ‘make a mark or depression in’, the Roman numeral for one, the front letter of car, A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for a learner driver.
12a Pull at belt (7)
ATTRACT – a charade of AT and an area of land (belt, as in ‘the green belt’).
13a Seal — a nocturnal animal? Not right (5)
BADGE – a nocturnal, burrowing, animal without his final R[ight].
15a Drunk diner — we blame this? (3,4)
RED WINE – an anagram (drunk) of DINER WE.
17a A cricket club involved in run out with no backing up — one’s got black eyes! (7)
RACCOON – A and the abbreviation for cricket club go inside the abbreviation for ‘run out’. Finally add a reversal (backing up) of NO.
19a Very fine female lost rag over sauce (7)
VINEGAR – string together the abbreviation for very, the word ‘fine’ without the abbreviation for female and the word RAG reversed (over).
21a Picks clubs and hearts over diamonds and spades (7)
CHOICES – the definition here is a noun, not a verb. Start with the abbreviations for clubs, hearts and over. Now add a slang word for diamonds and the abbreviation for spades.
22a Portion of salade nicoise, piled high (5)
LADEN – concealed in the clue.
24a A battle to get a French female to come round, unconscious (7)
UNAWARE – A and an extended battle go inside the feminine form of the French indefinite article.
27a Eli struggling with Elgar’s long passages (9)
GALLERIES – an anagram (struggling) of ELI and ELGAR’S.
28a Volunteers knocked back by temperature — one cold room! (5)
ATTIC – reverse the old abbreviation for our part-time volunteer soldiers and add the abbreviation for temperature, the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for cold.
29a Outstanding first bit of tart — a piece for two (4)
DUET – an adjective meaning outstanding or ‘not yet paid’ followed by the first letter of tart.
30a Share ‘er American money with young servant outside (10)
PERCENTAGE – ER (from the clue) and a US monetary unit with a young male servant around them.
1d Gag not beginning to make a deep impression (4)
ETCH – gag here is a verb meaning to heave or be on the point of vomiting. Take away its first letter.
2d Great Dane barking — one provides food and drink (3,6)
TEA GARDEN – an anagram (barking) of GREAT DANE.
3d Item about France being out of shape (5)
UNFIT – put a single item around the IVR code for France.
4d Monkey I’m with that is eating rubbish (7)
IMITATE – monkey here is a verb and it can apparently mean to mimic or ape, though I can’t recall ever having seen it used in that way. Start with I’M (from the clue) and add the abbreviation for ‘that is’ containing a word for rubbish or cheap and poor quality goods.
5d Nicer pudding taken to the Queen (7)
SWEETER – a pudding or dessert followed by our Queen’s regnal cipher.
7d Rushed ruddy sandwiches roughly over (5)
RACED – a ruddy colour contains (sandwiches) the reversal of an abbreviation meaning roughly or approximately.
8d New dress I ordered around west end of Lambeth — a desolate place (10)
WILDERNESS – an anagram (ordered) of NEW DRESS I contains the leftmost letter (west end) of Lambeth.
11d To reversing taxi, starts to call out: ‘Put that in your pipe and smoke it!’ (7)
TOBACCO – join together TO, the reversal of a taxi and the starting letters of ‘call’ and ‘out’.
14d Pedant admitting awful editor must be indulged (10)
PRIVILEGED – on this blog we like pedants for their accurate and precise use of language but in the clue pedant is a sanctimonious person who is critical of others’ failings. Put a word for such a person around an adjective meaning awful or repulsive. Finally, add the usual abbreviation for editor.
16d Genuine criminal’s innocent (7)
INGÉNUE – the definition (innocent) here is a noun meaning someone who’s young and naive. It’s an anagram (criminal) of GENUINE.
18d Arranged to search to save miner, finally — one could be in the pit (9)
ORCHESTRA – an anagram (arranged) of TO SEARCH contains (to save, in the sense of protect) the final letter of miner.
20d Usual way to squeeze in (7)
ROUTINE – a way or course containing (to squeeze) IN.
21d Conservative girl in charge? Excellent (7)
CLASSIC – string together the single-letter abbreviation for Conservative, a girl and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
23d Fish — 55 found in river (5)
DELVE – insert the Roman number 55 into the name of a river (of which there are several in the UK, including one in North Wales and one in Scotland). Fish here is a verb meaning to rummage around in search of something.
25d A profit — not for the first time! (5)
AGAIN – A and a profit.
26d Amount of land in far corner, oddly cropped (4)
ACRE – ‘far corner’ with the odd letters cropped or removed.
I liked 1a and 15a but my favourite clue, which is very clever, was 21a. Which were your 21a?
Today’s Quickie Pun: PASSED + TENTS = PAST TENSE