Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28114
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 14th May 2016
Morning All! Thanks to crypticsue for all the help recently – I have had issues multiple. This was another in a line of extremely easy prize puzles that have not yielded much fun. There are some nice clues upon review but they were missed on the day as I simply wrote most of them in.
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7a Piffle I spread about love story (4,2,2)
LIFE OF PI – Spread an anagram of PIFFLE I around O for Love in Tennis. Not a fillum I have seen.
9a Seen in bistro, January’s ‘most industrious worker’ (6)
TROJAN – Hidden (seen in) bisTRO JANuary is a workhorse.
10a At university, rower across river causes pandemonium (6)
UPROAR – Place UP (at university) and then an OAR or rower around (across) R for river.
11a Parsimony of girl in canteen (8)
MEANNESS – This will be ANNE (a girl) inside a MESS or canteen.
12a Dish of grouse a winner at Waterloo (4,10)
BEEF WELLINGTON – To BEEF or grouse/complain and then WELLINGTON, Duke of, who won the battle.
15a Genius present (4)
GIFT – Two definitions and not so hard when you realise both are nouns..
17a Reportedly remained sober (5)
STAID – Sounds like(reportedly) STAYED for remained.
19a Detest bowler, say, opening for Essex (4)
HATE – A bowler HAT followed by the opening letter in E(ssex). Nothing to do with cricket although it sounds like it!
20a Direct action film (5,9)
BRIEF ENCOUNTER – Another fillum that I have not seen. A charade of BRIEF (diercet in a court of law) and then ENCOUNTER or a military action.
23a Short programme on British dessert dish (8)
SYLLABUB – Semove the last letter (short) on a SYLLABU(s) or plan/schedule and then add B for British.
25a Traditional story‘s conclusion on stage (6)
LEGEND – Place an END or conclusion after (ON in an across clue) a LEG or stage in a race.
27a Sound part of Britannica? (6)
VOLUME – A level of sound and also one section of the Encyclopedia.
28a A plucked instrument enthralling bishop — so perfect (8)
ABSOLUTE – Place A LUTE outside (it is enthralling) B for Bishop and SO from the clue.
1d Women’s group member gets wet (4)
WIMP – A charade of the WI (Women’s Institute) and an MP or Member of Parliament.
2d Pardon being absent after service not quite right (3,3)
LET OFF – A LET (a service in tennis that is not quite right) with OFF (being absent) afterwards.
3d Established tree on top of mound (4)
FIRM – A FIR tree above the top letter in M(ound).
4d Pull small coach (6)
STRAIN – S for Small and then a TRAIN or coach.
5d Superb spinner cut (3-5)
TOP-NOTCH – A charade of TOP (a slinning thing) and then a NOTCH or cut in wood.
6d Small home on estate I’m getting converted (10)
MAISONETTE – An anagram (getting converted) of ON ESTATE I’M.
8d Medical tool perhaps originally carried by troops (7)
FORCEPS – The original letter of P(erhaps) inside or carried by FORCES for troops.
13d Novel nine told by English author (4,6)
ENID BLYTON – A novel (and apposite) anagram of NINE TOLD BY.
14d Pick up knight behind king (5)
LEARN – N for Knight from the chess notation after King LEAR.
16d Operate following hearing test (5,3)
TRIAL RUN – Place RUN (Operate or make go) after a TRIAL or hearing.
18d Scribbles aimlessly? Did at first, a great deal (7)
DOODLES – The first letter of D9id) and then OODLES or a great deal/lots.
21d Excellent, the French myths (6)
FABLES – A charade of FAB (excellent) and then LES, or the (third person plural) in French.
22d Slight criticism of soldier over entering foggy glen (6)
NIGGLE – reverse (over) a GI or soldier and place inside (entering) a foggy anagram of GLEN. N(IG)GLE.
24d Lover from London district, it’s said (4)
BEAU – Sounds like (it is said) the BOW area of London.
26d Brief written record of college uprising (4)
NOTE – Another reversal (uprising) of the college of ETON.
Hope to see you all tomorrow!