Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28109
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I have a busy day today so no time for illustrations. Normal service will be resumed next week. Thanks to Rufus for a very enjoyable but easy puzzle.
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1a A sinful desire of one mind (6)
AGREED: A, from the clue, followed by one of the seven deadly (lethal) sins
4a Film plot thus includes a rewrite of Racine (8)
SCENARIO: Place an anagram (rewrite of) of Racine inside our usual crosswordland word meaning thus.
9a Temple of a deity in Pennsylvania (6)
PAGODA: Place the A from the clue and a word for our most supreme deity inside the abbreviation used to denote Pensylvania.
10a Certain kind of proof produced by a photographer (8)
POSITIVE: This photographic proof is the opposite of a negative.
12a Social worker takes one to be an opponent (4)
ANTI: In crosswordland we have two social workers, both insects, one makes honey and the other doesn’t. Try them both with the letter I (takes one) and see which makes a word.
13a Flower that’s fresh, comparatively speaking (5)
DAISY: This flower is actually a flower and not a river as is often the case. It is an invader of lawns and is used in the phrase As fresh as a daisy
14a The hot pot maker (4)
KILN: This is a cryptic reference to the oven a potter uses to fire his pots.
17a Party fare provided by wise man going round America with car (7,5)
SAUSAGE ROLLS: Place a wise man often found wandering around things in crosswordland around the initial letters of the United States of America and add a rather posh car which signifies wealth (or stupidity. Often both)
20a Get dressed and prepare to go on a drive? (4,4,4)
SLIP INTO GEAR: Two definitions – the second being to prepare to go on a drive in a car
23a New pear harvest (4)
REAP: Anagram (New) of PEAR. The answer means to harvest and not a crop that might be harvested. This clue caused some confusion last time out I remember
24a In decimal it represents one cubic decimetre (5)
LITRE: A hidden word lurking away somewhere within the words that make up the clue.
25a One who speculates in shares unsuitable for women (4)
STAG: This social gathering for men only is also a chappie who buys (shares in a new issue) and sells them at once for a profit.
28a Surprise an enthusiastic archer? (4,4)
BOWL OVER: To suit the clue we need to split our answer 3,5. To suit the answer we need to split 4,4. An enthusiastic archer might have an infatuation with his weapon. I will stop right now. This can only end badly
29a Consecrate Rodin works around area (6)
ORDAIN: Anagram (works) of RODIN around the letter (A)rea
30a Swindle brought to light in defeat (8)
CONFOUND: Our usual swindle is followed by an adjective meaning discovered
31a Volume of praise (6)
HYMNAL: An all in one cryptic definition of the book (volume) one might use during Songs Of Praise.
1d Value a quiet compliment (8)
APPRAISE: A direct from the clue. The musical term for quiet. To compliment. Al put together like a game of charades or constructing Lego.
2d Terrible female removed from top position, as is proper (8)
RIGHTFUL: Remove the first letter of F(emale) from a word meaning Terrible or very unpleasant, serious or shocking
3d Objects to extremes (4)
ENDS: A double definition.
5d Athletics event, coast-to-coast — in Malta? (5-7)
CROSS COUNTRY: This long athletics event might traverse the whole of an island, any island. Why Malta? Why not? Especially as this country is famous for George followed by the first word in the answer
6d A file may be needed on this arrest (4)
NAIL: Another double definition the first what might be filed by a secretary when there is nothing else to do. The second referring to police work.
7d Endlessly producing fruit (6)
RAISIN: Just for a change we can remove the last letter of a word (endlessly) the word is producing but think what you do with your children
8d Seas, as once ranged around (6)
OCEANS: Anagram (ranged around)of AS ONCE
11d Receive satisfaction from providing quarters for lions? (4,1,5,2)
TAKE A PRIDE IN: A double definition of how you might regard work done diligently and well or to house some lions which is not advisable to my way of thinking
15d It isn’t true it comes to a moral conclusion (5)
FABLE: A story with a moral at the end. An all in one cryptic definition of such
16d Student appearing in report to prosper (5)
BLOOM: Place another word meaning report such as the noise a cannon might make around the usual suspect for a L(earner)
18d Check when others will take a shower (8)
RESTRAIN: These that are left (others) followed by what falls from the sky during a shower
19d First love found by girl in a novel (8)
ORIGINAL: O (love) followed by an Anagram (novel) of GIRL IN A
21d Language curve takes a big cut (6)
ARABIC: Place the words A BI(g) inside the word for a part of the circumference of a circle. The word cut tells us to lose the letter G from the word big
22d Naturalist in ward for treatment (6)
DARWIN: An anagram (for treatment) of IN WARD will lead us to one of England’s greatest naturalists
26d Very very fair (2-2)
SO-SO: Repeat our two usual words meaning very to find a fair result
27d Wear down in fight (4)
FRAY: A double definition. The first being to wear down as in cloth or rope and the second being a bit of a scrap or a kerfuffle or even a brou ha ha
Can I please stop work now? Holidays soon. Can’t wait.
The Quick Crossword pun: rip+pub+lick=republic