Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28102
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th April 2016
I’d say this slightly trickier than usual Saturday puzzle was a Mysteron production . There appeared to be quite a bit of two of the same clue type in a row and a mistake in 17d.
1a Frivolous chatter, at first it’s illuminating (8)
GASLIGHT – GAS (chatter) precedes (at first) LIGHT )frivolous)
9a Early military calling (8)
REVEILLE – A cryptic definition of a military wake up call.
10a Dangerous act — endless shock (4)
STUN – Endless tells you to remove the T at the end of a STUN
T (dangerous act)
11a Person that runs after ball one gets to fly many a mile (12)
GLOBETROTTER – Here a TROTTER (person who runs) goes after a GLOBE (ball).
13a Dull hair? Sleep on it (8)
MATTRESS – MAT (dull – and yes you can spell it with one T) TRESS (hair)
15a Visual showing humour? Don’t start that! (6)
JOCULAR (showing humour) without its ‘start’
16a Soldiers must surround a base (4)
MEAN – MEN (soldiers) surround A (from the clue)
17a Get smashed in interval (5)
BREAK – Double definition
18a Get rid of hovel (4)
DUMP – And another
20a Israel adapted TV show (6)
SERIAL – An anagram (adapted) of ISRAEL
21a Father has an allowance — that’s sweet (8)
FRAGRANT – FR (father) A GRANT (an allowance)
23a Border constituency? Not necessarily (8,4)
MARGINAL SEAT – a Parliamentary set held with a small majority, which may or not be on the border of, say, England and Wales.
26a Trickle from said river (4)
OOZE – A homophone (said) of the River OUSE
27a Ten parts for reassembling somewhere in church (8)
TRANSEPT – An anagram (for reassembling) of TEN PARTS
28a Kind of chutney in cheese sent back (4-4)
HOME-MADE – HOME (in) and a reversal (sent back) of EDAM cheese.
2d Fourth part of play — at end of scene set off (8)
ACTIVATE – ACT IV (fourth part of play) AT (from the clue) E (the end of scene)
3d Established like the one at the front of the queue? (4-8)
LONG-STANDING – I suppose really it depends how long the queue was when the ‘one’ joined it.
4d Convict turned up with raw material in abundance (6)
GALORE – A reversal (turned up in a Down clue) of LAG (convict) plus ORE (raw material)
5d Accurate yet partly misconstrued (4)
TRUE – Lurking (partly) in misconsTRUEd
6d Fail to notice maiden perhaps going to butcher’s (8)
OVERLOOK – OVER (a maiden, perhaps, in cricket) LOOK (Cockney rhyming slang – butcher’s hook = look)
7d Mug containing most of material (4)
CLOT – Most of CLOTh (material).
8d Evidence of a cry of roaming predator (4,4)
TEAR DROP – An anagram (roaming) of PREDATOR
12d Modern truths about violent weather (12)
THUNDERSTORM – An anagram (about) of MODERN TRUTHS
14d Was he after some of that bundle? (5)
SHEAF – Another lurker, this time in waS HE AFter
16d Food from Eton — tucked in after male fellow diner (8)
MESSMATE – MESS (Eton Mess being a pudding of whipped cream, pieces of meringue and strawberries all mixed up together) and ATE (tucked in) the latter going after M (male).
17d Original Clue: Objective: a rider’s weapon to be used in plot (8) Revised Clue: Objective: a weapon sawn off at the end to be used in plot (8)
BALANCED – Our setter originally wanted us to put A LANCE (a rider’s weapon) in a BED (plot) but he didn’t tell us what to do with the second E. The clue was subsequently revised to explain where the E went, and can be parsed as A LANC
e (almost all of a rider’s weapon) used in a BED (plot) An apology was given in Monday’s newspaper.
19d Large, exotic maidens venturing into unknown? On the contrary (3-5)
MAN-SIZED – Instead of putting an anagram (exotic) of MAIDENS into a mathematical unknown Z – we have to do the opposite (on the contrary).
22d Replaced images, showing discrimination (6)
AGEISM – Another anagram – replaced telling us to rearrange IMAGES.
24d Horse galloped round ring (4)
ROAN – RAN (galloped) goes round O (the letter that is ring-shaped)
25d Strip of wood from machine, unfinished (4)
LATH – An unfinished LATHE.