Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28116
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning everyone from a dry and sunny Shropshire. I don’t think many of you will find today’s puzzle too demanding. There are quite a few different clue constructions for you to get your teeth into and a couple of ‘smile’ moments.
I hope that my hints are useful to those that require them but, as usual, you can always click on the grey ‘Click here!’ button to reveal the answer in all its glory. The definitions are underlined as an added bonus.
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1a Changed temperature and managed to get abused (10)
TRANSLATED: Start with the abbreviation for ‘temperature’ then add a 3 letter word for ‘managed’ and finally tag on a word for ‘to get abused’ – especially by a critic reviewing a poor performance.
6a First signs of spelling problems and editor’s whipped (4)
SPED: Here we the take the leading letters (first signs of) of ‘spelling’ and ‘problems’ followed by the usual abbreviation for ‘editor’. I can see where the setter is coming from but I do think it’s stretching it a bit.
9a Put a seal on tight (5)
CLOSE: Double definition that doesn’t really need an explanation.
10a People from a certain place exchange rupees on touring area (9)
EUROPEANS: An anagram (exchange) of RUPEES ON which contains (touring) the abbreviation for ‘area’. Very topical I thought.
12a Waste of time with outfit at the front (7)
GARBAGE: A charade using a 3 letter synonym of ‘time’ that follows a term for outfit / clothes (at the front).
13a Hostility from scallywag growing (5)
AGGRO: Our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day.
15a Copy from Italy… China imports it (7)
IMITATE: Start off with the IVR code for ‘Italy’ and add a 4 letter word for ‘china’ (not the country or the porcelain) and put it round (imports) ‘it’.
17a Distress? Time to get foreign currency (7)
TROUBLE: Usual abbreviation for ‘time’ followed by some Russian money (foreign currency).
19a There, a tragedy initially is held (7)
THEATRE: I get confused with this type of clue so I asked my ‘China’ (no I wasn’t reading tea leaves) Gazza. We are going for an ‘all in one’ clue where the wordplay is – Take the ‘there’ from the clue and insert in it the ‘a’ and the initial letter from ‘tragedy’.
21a Fancy model after drink (7)
SUPPOSE: The ‘model’ here is a verb that follows (after) another verb for ‘drink’.
22a Sounds like Greek island ways (5)
ROADS: Homophone time (sounds like) of a Greek Island. For those of you old enough to remember, the same play on words was used for a young chef with spikey hair’s TV show.
24a Curved nude dancing with pole outside (7)
ROUNDED: An anagram (dancing) of NUDE with a 3 letter word for ‘pole’ around it (outside).
27a Last bit of music Callas is performing could be this (9)
CLASSICAL: Another one of those clues where we believe it to be a ‘semi all in one’. Take the last letter of ‘music’ (last bit of music) followed by an anagram (performing) of CALLAS IS.
28a A labyrinth’s floor (5)
AMAZE: Take the ‘A’ from the clue and follow it with another term for a ‘labyrinth’.
29a Batter used with British meat (4)
LAMB: The ‘batter’ here is not something used to coat a fish before deep frying – it’s ‘hit’ followed by the abbreviation for ‘British’. The picture comes from the dear old days of children’s TV with shows like – Muffin the Mule – however did they get away with it?
30a Principal shared meat out (10)
HEADMASTER: An anagram (out) of SHARED MEAT.
1d Criticism requires removal of head bloodsucker (4)
TICK: Think of a 5 letter word for ‘criticism’ and remove the first (head) letter. I resisted temptation here.
2d Next to Neil’s a dog, barking (9)
ALONGSIDE: An anagram (barking) of NEILS A DOG.
3d Bluff from fortune-teller taking in husband (5)
SHEER: Take a term used for people who can allegedly view the future and contain (taking in) the abbreviation for ‘husband’.
4d State how old one is? That’s mean (7)
AVERAGE: The ‘state’ hear is to ‘affirm’ followed a 3 letter word for your years on the planet.
5d Take home earth and stone for grave (7)
EARNEST: The ‘take home’ here relates to ‘pay gained’ followed by the abbreviations for ‘earth’ & ‘stone’.
7d Crash softly echoed (5)
PRANG: The usual instruction abbreviation to play ‘softly’ and a 4 letter synonym for ‘echo’.
8d Unearthed record of French uprising guards ended (10)
DISCOVERED: The ‘record’ is what DJ’s used to play with the French ‘of’ reversed (uprising) containing (guards) a 4 letter synonym for ‘ended’.
11d Adult, following exercises, well up for food (3,4)
PEA SOUP: The abbreviation for ‘adult’ follows one of the 2 letter abbreviations for ‘exercises’ and a synonym for ‘well’ and the ‘up’ from the clue.
14d Ancient chariot is destroyed by learner driver (10)
HISTORICAL: An anagram (destroyed) of CHARIOT IS followed by the letter seen on car driving tutor’s cars.
16d Starts renovating, involving island’s painters (7)
ARTISTS: An anagram (renovating) of STARTS, containing (involving) the abbreviation for ‘island’.
18d TV programme‘s large group of actors (9)
BROADCAST: A charade of a synonym for ‘large’ followed by the term used for a ‘group of actors’.
20d Finally strike a vehicle, reversing — he gets a painful condition (7)
EARACHE: Take the last letter (finally) of ‘strike’ followed by the ‘a’ from the clue and a type of ‘vehicle’ ‘reversed’ and end with the ‘he’ from the clue.
21d Foul left one surrounded by team (7)
SQUALID: Abbreviate ‘left’ followed by the Roman numeral indicating ‘one’ and contain them (surrounded) in a synonym for ‘team.
23d A large weapon creates terror (5′.
ALARM: ‘A’ from the clue followed by the abbreviation for ‘large’ and a very stretched synonym for ‘weapon’. I never like seeing this term used for ‘weapon’.
25d Small drink of whisky precedes a crisis (5)
DRAMA: The small drink here is a term used in Scotland and my household before (precedes) adding the ‘a’ from the clue.
26d Hoofed animal‘s grass pulled up (4)
DEER: Straightforward reversal (pulled up) of a type of grass.
Well there you are, another one in the bag – I do wish I could type as quick as doing the crossword. I hope you have fun solving the puzzle. I will go for 7d as my favourite of the day. Which one(s) warmed the cockles of your heart.
The Quick Crossword pun: sundae+telly+graph=Sunday Telegraph