Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28093
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
It is end of first term school holidays here and we have all three of our granddaughters staying with us for a few days. As we write this Alice and Bea, both 12, are off riding their bikes while 5 year old Milly is drawing in her book and watching bemusedly what her strange grandparents are doing. It is wonderful to have them all here.
By now we know what to expect from Jay and he has once again delivered the goods with this puzzle.
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1a Shady spots where telephones will lose signal, ultimately (6)
BOWERS : An informal word for telephones has the last letter of signal removed from it.
10a Customers needing most of nicely polished box (9)
CLIENTELE : An anagram (polished) of NICELy with its last letter missing and a short form of the device that is informally called ‘the box’.
11a Murphy’s back around the first of March for deposits (5)
DUMPS : Reverse an informal word for the vegetable often called a murphy and put the first letter of March inside.
12a Rodent eating unusual brie dish (7)
RAREBIT : An anagram (unusual) of BRIE is inside a three letter rodent.
13a Sacrifice one during poor effort (7)
FORFEIT : An anagram (poor) of EFFORT includes the Roman numeral one.
15a Finds new quarters for American welcomed among freed heroes (8)
REHOUSES : The abbreviation meaning American is inside an anagram (freed) of HEROES.
20a Popular guest admitting row (5)
ARGUE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
23a Wrap English novel, working quietly (7)
ENVELOP : The abbreviation for English and then an anagram (working) of NOVEL and the musical notation for quietly.
26a Fly high across pole with echo-sounder (5)
SONAR : One of our planet’s poles is inside a word meaning to fly high.
27a Testing toy Turing designed (6,3)
TRYING OUT : An anagram (designed) of TOY TURING.
28a Check mobile phone? It’s a little thing but capable of development (4,4)
STEM CELL : Check or staunch and then what we often call a mobile phone.
29a Much loved mineral, in total (6)
ADORED : A three letter word meaning to total surrounds a metal bearing mineral.
1d Bet on others for support (4,4)
BACK REST : Bet or put money on and how you might refer to the others who are left.
2d Rumour, some might say, went round fast (7)
WHIRRED : A ‘sounds like’ clue. Jay has covered his rear by suggesting that some people might not find this a true homophone.
5d Sooner or later, defy senate and shoo out (3,2,5,4)
ONE OF THESE DAYS : An anagram (out) of DEFY SENATE SHOO.
6d Free article turned up low point (5)
NADIR : Reading the answer in reverse order we have a word meaning to free and the two letter indefinite article.
7d Host with time for right contest (7)
COMPETE : Take a word meaning a host and replace the abbreviation for right with the abbreviation for time to give contest as a verb.
8d Players at Zurich admitting substitute (6)
ERSATZ : Our second ‘hiding in the clue’ for today.
9d Never worried, accepting trade union with excellent source of finance (7,7)
VENTURE CAPITAL : An anagram (worried) of NEVER contains the two letters that stand for a trade union and then a word meaning excellent or superb.
16d Plain rude — and no different (9)
UNADORNED : An anagram (different) of RUDE AND NO.
17d Some in action did a runner (8)
DEPARTED : A word meaning an action contains some or a portion.
19d Money up front for amorous approach (7)
ADVANCE : A double definition. The first is a down-payment of even a loan.
21d Appeal of girl disheartened with love affair (7)
GLAMOUR : Dishearten ‘girl’ by removing its middle two letters and then a word for a love affair.
24d Absurdly rich, bagging poem (5)
LYRIC : And we finish off as we often do with another answer lurking in the clue.
Our favourite today is 4a because it conjures up images of movie car chases on the Riviera.
Quickie pun ridge + hoist = rejoiced