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DT 28096

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28096

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 23rd April 2016

Morning All! Quite s straightforward solve but with some fun clues.

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1a           Plant that could give beast of burden trouble on the way back (8)
CAMELLIA – A Camel (beast of burden) followed by a reversal (on the way back) of AIL (trouble).

5a           A governing body on ship (6)
ABOARD – A from the clue and then a BOARD or governing body.

9a           Someone making excuses for record I delivered in a job (9)
APOLOGIST – A LOG/record and I from the clue inside a POST/job.

11a         Manage with spades to cut through woodland (5)
COPSE – Place S for spades inside (to cut through) COPE or manage.

12a         Meanly abused amateurs (6)
LAYMEN – An anagram (abused) of MEANLY.

13a         Way to get round unsatisfactory service in game (8)
ROULETTE – Place a LET/ unsatisfactory service inside a ROUTE or way.

15a         Manufacturer in Germany and America meeting employee on approval (13)
INDUSTRIALIST  – A charade of IN from the clue, D for Germany, the US for America and then a TRIALIST or employee on approval.

18a         Charge a boy touring Cornish resort in holiday time (7,6)
FESTIVE SEASON – Place a FEE/charge and A SON or a boy around the outside of ST IVES, a Cornish resort.

22a         Song about Uncle Sam getting drunk (8)
CAROUSAL – Place a CAROL or song around/about the USA or Uncle Sam

23a         Soak up sun in autumn month — it’s 45 degrees (6)
OCTANT – I remembered the word but the wordplay is clear – Place TAN (soak up sun) inside OCT(ober) or an autumn month.

26a         Make corrections to pieces penned by editor (5)
EMEND – MEN or pieces on a chessboard inside ED for Edtior.

27a         Conductor’s chosen baton to lead first part of Eroica (9)
ELECTRODE – ELECT or chosen then a ROD/baton followed by the first letter/part of E(roica).

28a         Official disallowed rugby score ace secured (6)
NOTARY – NO TRY or a disallowed rugby score in which A for Ace is added/secured.

29a         Unproductive performers to be removed from musical stage? (4,4)
DEAD WOOD – The second cryptic definition of DEADWOOD is a famous musical .


1d           Clergyman takes tea with nothing added (8)
CHAPLAIN – A charade of CHA (tea) and PLAIN (with nothing added).

2d           Dreamy doctor appearing in Casualty finally (5)
MOONY – A charade of MO (Medical Officer/doctor) who is ON (appearing in) and the final letter of (casualt)Y.

3d           Cat — punishment that’s held over son (7)
LIONESS – Take LINES (schoolboy punishment) holding O for over and then finally S for Son.

4d           Flag of European country trimmed (4)
IRIS – Cur the last letter of IRIS(h) or ‘of Ireland’.

6d           Graduate with cold, under the weather — one could get germs (7)
BACILLI – A charade of BA or graduate and then C for Cold, ILL/under the weather and finally I for One.

7d           Small female in health resort rejected desires (9)
APPETITES – PETITE or small female inside a reversal /rejected of SPA.

8d           German person eating less (6)
DIETER – A German name and also one who diets.

10d         Roman poet’s following opening of treasure chests (8)
THORACES – The opening of T(reasure) and then HORACE’S (or of the Roman Poet_.

14d         Get girl in elaborate rite (8)
IRRITATE – RITA (a girl) inside an elaborate anagram of RITE.

16d         To reduce agitation apparently is putting off (9)
DEFERMENT – To reduce agitation might be said to DE-FERMENT.

17d         Kew noted straggly unwanted plant (8)
KNOTWEED – An anagram (straggly) of KEW NOTED.

19d         Depth measuring device in better condition (7)
SOUNDER – Two straightforward definitions.

20d         Animated Conservative infiltrating left (7)
EXCITED – Place C for Conservative inside EXITED or left.

21d         Television vet (6)
SCREEN – Another double definition.

24d         Eager to get support of old in large numbers (1,4)
A GOGO – AGOG (eager) with O for nothing underneath (supporting in a down clue).

25d         Present from the relations (4)
HERE – A hidden word (from) in tHE RElations.


Enjoy the Bank Holiday everyone!

5 comments on “DT 28096

  1. Thanks gnomey, I remember being highly amused by the festive season and struggling a bit with moony which did not feel like a real word but as I have lost my notes that it about all I can recall.

  2. Difficulty 1* !!!!
    That’s not what the hints commenters thought thank goodness or I’d be seriously doubting my aptitude ;)

  3. Thanks for your help. Struggled with this more than usual. DEADWOOD refers to the Deadwood stage from Calamity Jane rather than being a musical itself I think.

  4. Welcome to the blog, Ian. You are quite right (Them’s not really my cup of tea!)

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