Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28110
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good morning everyone from a very damp and dreary Shropshire – we had our Summer yesterday I believe. Anyway, I’m pretty sure that today’s Tuesday Teaser will bring a little bit of the sunshine back. On the first read through, I only had a few answers in and thought ‘gulp, we’re in for a bit of hard work today’. However, on the second go, everything fell into place quite quickly. It won’t take the ‘old hands’ too long to decipher it’s secrets and is fairly clued for the ‘newer hands’ to get their teeth into. A nice ‘middle of the road’ puzzle to get you ready for a Giovanni toughie.
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1a Finish with lovely disguised shot on court (4,6)
DROP VOLLEY: Take a 4 letter word for ‘finish with’ and add an anagram (disguised) of LOVELY.
6a Stone circle located by mate (4)
OPAL: The usual crosswordland letter for ‘circle’ followed with (located by) a another term for ‘mate’.
9a Mimic shown in matter to be published about opening of theatre (7)
COPY CAT: A term used by journalists in ‘matter to be published’, the abbreviation for ‘about’ and tag on the opening letter of ‘theatre’.
10a Golf and water sport on the increase (7)
GROWING: Take the letter represented in the phonetic alphabet for ‘golf’ and a water sport contested annually between Oxford & Cambridge.
12a What one may do at a reception for model when breaking a finger (7,1,5)
PROPOSE A TOAST: Lego time. Take a 3 letter word identifying you’re ‘for’ someone or something, follow that with ‘model’ (as a verb) then take the 2 letter word for ‘when’ and insert it (breaking) into the letter ‘a’ from the clue and a measure of a spirit (finger).
14a Regrettably said of eccentric artist inside (6,2)
AFRAID SO: An anagram (eccentric) of SAID OF and insert the abbreviation for ‘artist’.
15a Save me — deer rampaging (6)
REDEEM: An anagram (rampaging) of ME DEER.
17a Quarrel involving a restaurant’s initial list of charges (6)
TARIFF: Take a 4 term for a ‘quarrel’ and insert (involving) the letter ‘a’ from the clue and the first letter of ‘restaurant’ (restaurant’s initial).
19a First to commend a pamphlet about a medical condition affecting sight (8)
CATARACT: Take the first letter of ‘commend’ and add another term for a ‘pamphlet’. Then insert the last ‘a’ in the clue.
21a Everything impartially considered, infers Allan is wrong (2,3,8)
IN ALL FAIRNESS: An anagram (wrong) of INFERS ALLAN IS.
24a Highlights dramas at college (5,2)
PLAYS UP: The common term for dramas, farces and tragedies and add the term used when at university.
25a Openly disobedient, fainted when disciplined (7)
DEFIANT: Another anagram (disciplined) of FAINTED.
26a Bird that’s grounded wherever heather protects it (4)
RHEA: Our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day.
27a Crew crossing island river must show standard (10)
MAINSTREAM: To ‘crew’ covering (crossing) the abbreviation of ‘island’ and then another term for a river.
1d Cut diamonds upon diamonds (4)
DICE: Two ways that ‘diamonds’ are used in crosswordland, one following the other.
2d Operating daily? Hypothetically (2,5)
ON PAPER: If something is said to be ‘operating’, it is ?? and what the Sun, Star, DT (daily) are.
3d Girl declines to see African landmark (8,5)
VICTORIA FALLS: The girl is here has the same forename as our former Queen and a term for ‘declines’.
4d Employ tool and eels set free (3,5)
LET LOOSE: An anagram (employ) of TOOL & EELS.
5d Slip lead off dog to fetch bird (5)
EAGLE: A breed of dog without it’s first letter (slip lead off dog).
7d Archbishop, affectedly proper, dined (7)
PRIMATE: A 4 letter term for ‘affectedly proper’ and a 3 letter word for ‘dined’.
8d To run away with current partner is warranted (10)
LEGITIMATE: A colloquial term for ‘run away’, followed by the abbreviation for ‘current’ and finally another term for ‘partner’.
11d One that office bungled, seemingly (2,3,4,2,2)
ON THE FACE OF IT: Yet another anagram (bungled) of ONE THAT OFFICE.
13d Tidy rapper adapted Beatles song (3,7)
DAY TRIPPER: Yes, you’ve guessed – an anagram (adapted) of TIDY RAPPER.
16d Reportedly harassed an unpleasant woman (8)
HARRIDAN: Take a homophone (reportedly) of a term for ‘harassed’ and the ‘an’ from the clue.
18d All are mad about English beer (4,3)
REAL ALE: An anagram (mad) of ALL ARE with the E from English included in the fodder.
20d Risked being where many martyrs died? (2,5)
AT STAKE: Double definition, the latter being where ‘Joan of Arc’ died.
22d A Greek starter (5)
ALPHA: A nice gentle cryptic definition referring to the Greek alphabet.
23d A male cat, tiny thing (4)
ATOM: Take the ‘A’ from the clue and add the generic term for a ‘male cat’.
I really should write the prologue after writing the hints – I’m now fed up typing ‘an anagram’. I have nothing against them as long as there aren’t too many off them. I liked the wordplay in 5d even if it had what I term as ‘fluff’. Which one(s) did it for you?
The Quick Crossword pun: knight+cite=night sight