Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28122
Hints and tips by Shropshirelad
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Good morning from a beautiful and bright sunny day here in Shropshire. Today’s puzzle will not create a 23a amongst our crossword horses, but it does raise a smile or two. I am not attending today’s soiree down in Old London Town as I was partying last Saturday and I will be partying this Saturday at The Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham. I do hope that the Exeter Chiefs head back down to Sandy Park with some 12a. Go Chiefs.
As usual the definitions are underlined to give the first leg up in solving today’s puzzle and my hints will give you a further leg up. If all else fails, you can reveal the answer by clicking on the grey ‘Click here!’ button.
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1a Collide with front of stationary three-wheeler (6)
STRIKE: Take the first letter of ‘stationary’ (front of stationary) and add a 5 letter word for a mode of transport that has 3 wheels.
4a Make possible arrest to intercept the Spanish Ecstasy (6)
ENABLE: A 3 letter word for ‘arrest’ put into (to intercept) a charade of ‘the’ in Spanish and an abbreviation for ‘Ecstacy’ in drug parlance.
8a American manoeuvres kept secret (2,6)
IN CAMERA: An anagram (manoeuvres) of AMERICAN.
10a Irritable agent ringing down (6)
SNAPPY: The ‘agent’ here works in the area of espionage and surrounds (ringing) a synonym for a type of ‘down’ found on a billiards table.
11a Thing I encountered upon retirement (4)
ITEM: Take the ‘I’ from the clue and add (upon) a 3 letter word for ‘ecountered’, reversed (retirement).
12a Views rare broadcast about opener for Lancashire and what’s in his trophy cabinet? (10)
SILVERWARE: An anagram (broadcast) of VIEWS RARE with the first letter of ‘Lancashire’.
13a Good spoonerism made up about leader of group, a tattler (6-6)
GOSSIP MONGER: Start with the abbreviation for ‘good’ add an anagram (made up) of SPOONERISM and throw in the leading letter of ‘group’. My heart sank when I first read this clue and saw the dreaded word ‘Spoonerism’. It turns out to be my favourite clue.
16a Greedy lot from Maine, with breeding (2,10)
ME GENERATION: Start with the abbreviation for ‘Maine’ and add a synonym for ‘breeding’.
20a Father, for example, holding post back in assembly (10)
PARLIAMENT: Take the generic term for a mother or father, around (holding) what we used to receive through the letterbox, reversed (back). I say ‘used to receive’ as I now only get flyer’s for the local Pizza outlets.
21a Better English head (4)
CAPE: The ‘better’ here is an adjective, with the abbreviation for ‘English’ added.
22a Restaurant in street described by writer (6)
BISTRO: Take the abbreviation for ‘street’ and contain it (described) in a type of writing implement (writer) invented by a Hungarian in 1899.
23a Running out of stock quickly? (8)
STAMPEDE: Read this clue in a form of ‘Yodaism’, then all will become clear. I’ve even added a picture clue for you.
24a Go after information exposing smart set (6)
GENTRY: The ‘go’ here is ‘go on, *** it’ – and that follows (after) a 3 letter word for ‘information’.
25a Night flight providing poor-quality whisky (3-3)
RED EYE: Double definition time.
1d Support coercive measure (8)
SANCTION: There you go, you wait ages for a double definition and then you’re swamped by them.
2d Field Spanish football team (first half only) (5)
REALM: A famous football club (sorry ladies) who’s name is 10 letters long (split 4,6). You only need the first 5 letters (first half only). What a strange way to stand for a picture, I dread to think what the back are doing.
3d Lively party in joint associated with drink (5-2)
KNEES UP: The joint here is the one between the femur and the tibia & fibula followed by (associated with) a 3 letter synonym for ‘drink’.
5d Gathers in information over savings (4,3)
NEST EGG: The information here is the same as we had in 24a. This time it surrounds (in) a 4 letter synonym for ‘gathers’, then the whole thing is reversed (over)
6d Pop devouring miserable specimen with sausage (9)
BRATWURST: The ‘pop’ here is when a balloon deflates rapidly containing (devouring) a term for ‘a miserable specimen’ and the abbreviation for ‘with’. It’s amazing what images you get when searching for a ‘sausage’.
7d Large organisation in Ireland bringing in military police (6)
EMPIRE: Another name for ‘Ireland’ surrounding (bringing in) the abbreviation of ‘military police’.
9d Versatile types, completely game (3-8)
ALL ROUNDERS: A 3 letter synonym for ‘completely’ and a game that Americans call baseball.
14d Son, little devil, revealed as dunce (9)
SIMPLETON: The abbreviation for ‘son’ and a term for ‘little devil’ is followed by a phrase (split 3,2) for ‘revealed’.
15d Friend to arrive shortly with army chaplain (8)
COMPADRE: A term for ‘to arrive’ without its last letter (shortly) and what an Army chaplain is called.
17d Voluptuous beauty of grand old actress (7)
GLAMOUR: The abbreviation for ‘good’ is followed by the surname of an old actress who starred in many ‘Road’ films with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby.
18d Fierce competition — artist’s impression (3,4)
RAT RACE: The 2 letter abbreviation for ‘artist’ is followed by a word for copying (impression).
19d Fearless loved one, disheartened (6)
DARING: An endearing term for ‘loved one’ without its middle letter (disheartened).
21d Manage to protect small thicket (5)
COPSE: The ‘manage’ here describes how you manage with a problem and contains (to protect) the abbreviation for ‘small’.
There you are, another blog in the bag. I do hope that my hints have been of some use to you today. I am now off to do a bit of gardening. My favourite today is 13a – loved it. Which one(s) tickled you? I hope all those attending the ‘do’ today have a great time.
Today’s Quickie pun: CREWS + AWAIT = CRUISERWEIGHT