Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28098
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Good morning everyone from a sunny, no overcast, no sunny again (you get the drift) Shropshire. OK, hands up who knew it was going to be me from now on in the Tuesday back page blogging chair? I apologise now if you wanted someone different, I will do my best.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gazza for his previous reviews in this spot and I hope to maintain the professional standard he has set. But don’t worry, he will still be blogging in his usual Toughie spot. Thanks again Gazza.
Today’s puzzle has a theme of composers and islands. I fairly raced through it but the SW corner was my stumbling block. Looking back, I can’t see why.
I do hope my hints aid you in solving this puzzle, but if all else fails, you can reveal the answers by clicking on the ‘click here’ button. As usual, the definitions are underlined.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Desert bug (6)
DEFECT: Double definition, the former meaning ‘to leave’.
4a Careless fielders who’d dropped opener (8)
SLIPSHOD: Cricket fielding cordon (sorry Kath) taken up by players behind the batsman and ‘who’d’ lacking it’s first letter.
10a Twist Irish county’s team (9)
CORKSCREW: Take a well-known 4 letter Irish county and add the S from ‘S and a ship’s compliment (team).
11a Concept that could make one more relaxed, we hear (5)
KARMA: A homophone (we hear) of a word that sounds like being less stressed (could make one more relaxed).
12a Refuse to put a cross in a black spot (7)
ABSTAIN: Take the ‘A’ from the clue, add the abbreviation for ‘black’ and add a description for what a ‘spot’ could be construed as.
13a Ace perhaps in one of the Armed Forces (7)
SERVICE: I didn’t like this clue when I did the puzzle and my opinion hasn’t changed. What an ‘ace’ could also be called in tennis.
14a Nymph in folklore, a dryad (5)
OREAD: A ‘lurker’.
15a A high explosive, and yet I’m being reckless (8)
DYNAMITE: An anagram (being reckless) of AND YET IM.
18a Other than Ezra, in this biblical location (8)
NAZARETH: Another anagram (other) of THAN EZRA.
20a Composer left after party (5)
RAVEL: A type of party – no, not an orgy – that people younger than me would attend and add (after) the abbreviation for ‘left’.
23a Boasting about Olympic sport (7)
CROWING: The single letter abbreviation for ‘about’ and an Olympic sport that ‘Sir Steve’ excelled in.
25a One who’s stopped working on Hebridean island (7)
RETIREE: ‘On’ as in ‘concerning’ and the most Westerly Island of the Inner Hebrides.
26a Weapon‘s spike catching knight (5)
LANCE: The ‘spike’ in this instance is something to do with a drink, containing (catching) the abbreviation used for a ‘knight’ on a chess board.
27a Leading character — I’m lying in state: that’s life for you! (9)
ANIMATION: Take the ‘leading character’ of the alphabet then add IM in a large population (state).
28a Losing team’s disadvantage (8)
DOWNSIDE: A charade of ‘losing’ and a ‘team’.
29a Where Diddy Men live, saving remains perplexing (6)
KNOTTY: Start with an area in Liverpool, Merseyside that used to be in Lancashire and take away (saving) a term for ‘remains’.
1d Tyrant concise dictionary and register of names turned up (8)
DICTATOR: An abbreviation (concise) of what the BRB is an example of and add a 4 letter word for a ‘register of names’ (and it’s not ‘roll’) and reverse (turned up) it.
2d Envisage opponent capturing rook with check (7)
FORESEE: Take the abbreviation for a ‘rook’ on the chess board and contain it (capture) in a 3 letter word for an enemy (opponent) then add a term for ‘attentive’ (see).
3d She made predictions treated as canards (9)
CASSANDRA: An anagram (treated) of AS CANARDS.
5d TV detective with a Rolls-Royce in his part of Scotland (5,3,6)
LEWIS AND HARRIS: At first glance I thought there was a typo in the clue, but upon parsing it I see it isn’t. Take the sidekick of Kath’s beloved ‘Morse’ followed by another term for ‘with’ and finally add the abbreviation for a Rolls-Royce in ‘HIS’ from the clue.
6d Roger in gym before start of rugger game (5)
POKER: Take the first letter (start) of ‘rugger’ and add what ‘roger’ could signify in radio parlance inside an abbreviation of ‘gym’.
7d Musician, bit of a laugh, right superior good man (7)
HARPIST: Take a shortened version of ‘HaHa’ (bit of a laugh) add the abbreviation for ‘right’ and the a 2 letter word for ‘superior’ and finally the abbreviation for a ‘good man’.
8d Merchant, one who can give you a hand (6)
DEALER: The term for ‘merchant’ is one who might be giving you a hand in the 6d game.
9d Infantryman relaxed reading rude rag (9,5)
GRENADIER GUARD: Anagram of (relaxed) of READING RUDE RAG.
16d Author of novel ‘Kim’, at end of Afghan war (4,5)
MARK TWAIN: Another anagram (novel) of KIM AT and the end of ‘Afgha(N)’ and WAR.
17d Island official putting off chap with desire to roll up (8)
ALDERNEY: An Anglo-Saxon noble with the ‘man’ removed (official putting off chap)and a 3 letter word for ‘desire’ reversed (roll up).
19d Henceforth, woo fans abroad (2,2,3)
AS OF NOW: Another anagram (abroad) of WOO FANS.
21d Decision made by court after composer appears (7)
VERDICT: Take the abbreviation of ‘court’ and place it after the composer of ‘Aida’.
22d Like fish, mounted (6)
SCALED: Double definition.
24d Thoughts of some inside a synagogue (5)
IDEAS: Our second and final lurker.
All in all, I think the puzzle lacked a bit of sparkle and I have no particular favourites. Did any tickle you? I haven’t had the time to search for some ‘Gazza style’ pictures – hopefully that will be resolved next week.
The Quick Crossword pun: grisly+bare=grizzly bear