Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28104
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone from a bright sunny day in Shropshire, I do hope you are all well. Don’t really know what to make of today’s puzzle as there are (imho) a few too many clues that just don’t feel ‘right’. Having said that, there are a good many clues that do feel ‘right’ and those are the ones that make the puzzle an enjoyable solve. I have therefore given it a */** difficulty rating.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to give you a head start and I do hope my hints help you if needed. If all else fails, you can view the answer by clicking on the grey ‘Click here’ button. I do know that some of you are still having trouble with that part of the blog and again apologies are offered.
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1a Unusual chat going into function of key versatile competitor (10)
DECATHLETE: Anagram (unusual) of CHAT contained by (going into) a function key on your keyboard.
6a Try to create perforation (4)
STAB: Double definition, the former meaning ‘go on, have a ???? at it’.
9a Drive out that involves Sussex pelican crossing? (5)
EXPEL: Our lurker of the day.
10a Pasta? Cut it fine for cooking (9)
FETTUCINI: An anagram (cooking) of CUT IT FINE. I’m not sure why we have a question mark after ‘pasta’.
12a Test for a beginner using ‘If’ — poem’s bit far out? (7,2,4)
BAPTISM OF FIRE: Another anagram (out) of IF POEMS BIT FAR.
14a What is stopping a contemptible character in beery location? (8)
ALEHOUSE: Using a 2 letter word for ‘what’ as a question, insert it in (stopping) a contemptable character. If I had used either ‘what or that other 2 letter word’ in answer to my Mother. I would have had a very thick ear, courtesy of my Mother’s right hand.
15a Pedestrian old thriller writer (6)
AMBLER: Double definition, the former describing a person walking around without a care in the world.
17a Breakfast dish for one in retirement? (6)
KIPPER: I think this is a double definition, but I have known to be wrong.
19a Rich oil comes out of this flap (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO: Take a place / facility where oil is extracted and tag on a term for ‘flap’, as in ‘there’s a flap on’.
21a Measured talk about work on riot surprisingly (13)
PROPORTIONATE: OK, clue building time, get out the Lego bricks. Take the crosswordland abbreviation for ‘work’ and add an anagram (surprisingly) of ON RIOT – then stuff all that into a 5 letter word for ‘talk incessantly’.
24a Route for a jumbo? (5,4)
TRUNK ROAD: Straight forward cryptic pun.
25a Cross illegal operator ignoring parking (5)
IRATE: Take a seafaring cove up to no good and remove (ignoring) the abbreviation for ‘parking’ from the beginning of said ‘seafaring cove’.
26a Vegetable in part of ship recalled (4)
LEEK: Take an important part of a ship, submarine or boat that is the first part ‘laid down’ when building said vessels then reverse it (recalled).
27a Worker getting cautious outside won’t set off in dilapidated area (10)
SHANTYTOWN: One of Crosswordland’s favourite ‘workers’ inside a 3 letter word for cautious and add an anagram (set off) of WONT.
1d Plan to reduce intake in parliament (4)
DIET: Double definition, the former being a programme that virtually everybody is undertaking to lose weight.
2d Skilful international player and a college sportsperson leaving university (7)
CAPABLE: What an international player gets when representing his / her country and what a college sportsperson is known as, minus the abbreviation of ‘university’.
3d Volume in numbers? (9,4)
TELEPHONE BOOK: All in one cryptic. Does anyone have one of these nowadays. I think I have one gathering dust somewhere.
4d See paper site that’s designed to be most grand (8)
LOFTIEST: The usual 2 letter word for ‘see’ along with a City Newspaper and add an anagram (designed) of SITE.
5d Carry minute ritual object (5)
TOTEM: A term for ‘carry’ as is in ‘???? that barge’ and add the abbreviation for ‘minute’.
7d Insignificant contest curtailed in hearing (7)
TRIVIAL: The ‘contest’ hear is a word describing ‘to strive to gain’ minus (curtailed) it’s last letter, surrounded by (in) a hearing in court.
8d Candidate to make union official? (10)
BRIDEGROOM: I’m not particularly fond of this clue. It’s trying to misdirect the solver into thinking along the lines of a Trade Union Official. When, in fact, it’s all about a different type of ‘union’. It led me to thinking along the lines of ‘registrar’.
11d Togetherness binds household — it’s evident among strangers? (13)
UNFAMILIARITY: Take a 5 letter word for ‘togetherness’ and put it around (binds) a term for ‘well acquainted or intimate’ (household).
13d Learner after a paid task arranged significant work (3,7)
DAS KAPITAL: The usual abbreviation for ‘learner’ is tagged onto the end of (after) an anagram (arranged) of A PAID TASK.
16d Extremely broke US actor once indebted (8)
BEHOLDEN: Take the first and last letters (extremely) of ‘broke’ and add the name of an old Hollywood star.
18d Extravagant academic exercise (7)
PROFUSE: The academic here is an abbreviation of a high grade teacher and a term for ‘exercise’.
20d Men say ‘Not on your life’ when consuming a herb (7)
OREGANO: 2 letter abbreviation for ‘men’ (soldiers) and ‘say’ – add a negative term (not on your life) and stick in (consuming) the ‘a’ from the clue.
22d Canine, maybe, starts to trail one’s other terriers happily (5)
TOOTH: Take the leading letters (starts) of the rest of the clue.
23d Seabird in wind that’s picked up (4)
TERN: Certainly didn’t like one at all. The ‘wind’ in this case has nothing to do with weather conditions or flatulence. It’s a homophone (picked up) the ‘wind’.
Well there you go folks, another review for you to ponder over. I liked quite a few of the clues, which one(s) brought a smile to your face?
The Quick Crossword pun: dose+aisle=docile