Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28124
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has arrived, it’s already 23C and it’s only 0930CEST as I’m typing this.
Today we have a RayT and I reckon it’s at the easier end of his spectrum but hey, what do I know? It will be interesting to see if we have the usual split in opinion about this one as the synonyms aren’t stretched too much, there’s a couple of anagrams and a few gimmes to get you going. All-in-all I thought it was pretty good stuff.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
7a Solitary sailor with parrot capsized in unending ocean (8)
SEPARATE: Start with a three letter sailor and the usual word for parrot or copy and reverse the lot (capsized). Around this put a word for ocean, or at least part of an ocean, without its last letter (unending).
9a University fellow accepting reading perhaps is critical (6)
URGENT: U(niversity) followed by a fellow or man with R (reading perhaps) inserted (accepting). Could just as easily been writing or arithmetic but at least reading does actually start with an R.
10a Face expressed relief for the audience (4)
SIDE: The face of a cube perhaps sounds like (for the audience) a word for expressed relief.
11a Rash? It’s nice and red, sadly (10)
INDISCREET: It’s an anagram (sadly) of ITS NICE and RED.
12a Goddess caught in passion by sweetheart (6)
HECATE: A Greek goddess is a word for passion or fire with the letter for caught in cricket notation inserted (in). Finally an E, the heart of swEet.
14a Best spot for view following bell? (8)
RINGSIDE: Once the bell has sounded in a boxing match this is the best place to be to watch the forthcoming action. If you like that sort of thing . . . personally I’d rather be in the bar.
15a Supports around outside of pole for tents (6)
TEPEES: Native American tents are supports used on a golf course placed around the outer letters (outside) of pole. I always thought these tents had four E’s but apparently both spellings are acceptable.
17a Doctor receiving education in charge of doctor (6)
MEDICO: Start with one of the two letter doctors and insert (receiving) abbreviations for education and in charge.
20a Coming back in profit, I repaid drink (8)
APERITIF: A pre-prandial drink. It’s our first lurker and it’s reversed (coming back in) in profit I repaid.
22a After seeing tabloid, comprehension’s lowered (6)
SUNKEN: One of the tabloid newspapers followed by a word for comprehension or knowledge.
23a Scepticism as term in Dartmoor detains ringleader (10)
MASTERMIND: The best lurker for quite some time IMHO. The ringleader is very well hidden (detains) in scepticism as term in Dartmoor. This was my last in. I’d convinced myself that scepticism was the definition and the term in Dartmoor was something to do with sentence, punishment or something similar with R (Ring leader) inserted (detains). Big D’OH when the lurker suddenly de-lurked itself.
24a A behind’s endless expanse (4)
AREA: A (from the clue) followed by a word for your behind without its last letter (endless).
26a English bird’s wintry, occasionally for ages (8)
ETERNITY: A charade of E(nglish), a common crosswordland seabird and the the alternate letters (occasionally) of wInTrY.
1d Unemotional sex turns up in novel (8)
RETICENT: A two letter term for sex is reversed (turns up in a down clue) and inserted (in) into a word meaning novel as in new or lately.
2d Peel fruit noisily (4)
PARE: A word for to peel sounds like (noisily) a fruit. Is that the chestnut alarm I hear?
3d Indigenous tribe’s leader has primitive surroundings (6)
NATIVE: Start with T (Tribe’s leader) and put around it (has . . . surroundings) a word meaning primitive or ingenuous.
4d A nice Sun spread provides something offensive (8)
NUISANCE: Anagram (spread) of A NICE SUN.
5d Is sore with gang’s violent hostility (10)
AGGRESSION: Anagram (violent) of IS SORE with GANG.
6d Iron Duke ended all disheartened, undoubtedly (6)
INDEED: Remove the inside letters (all disheartened) from the first three words of the clue and then stitch together what’s left. Hand’s up all those who thought ‘iron duke’ was FED and ‘all disheartened’ was AL.
8d Unrestrained nude about to show stomach (6)
ENDURE: Stomach as in put up with rather than a belly. It’s an anagram (unrestrained) of NUDE followed by one of the usual abouts.
13d Desire excessively good helping when going first (10)
ASPIRATION: Start with a two letter abbreviation of a word which can mean excessively good or sanctimoneous and follow with a helping or portion. Before this (going first) put a two letter word meaning when.
16d Body about to be consumed whole (8)
ENTIRETY: The same about as used in 8d is inserted (to be consumed) into a word meaning a body or being.
18d Cheers after old favourite covering Queen’s musical piece (8)
OPERETTA: O(ld) and the usual teacher’s favourite followed by a two letter word for cheers or thanks placed around (covering) the two letters for our Queen.
19d Rough diamonds in workplace (6)
OFFICE: Another word for rough as in unwell or below par is followed by a slang term for diamonds.
21d Thanksgiving set up supporting first of Pilgrims (6)
PRAISE: A word for set up placed after (supporting in a down clue) the first letter of Pilgrims.
22d Waterlogged hole covered by turf (6)
SODDEN: A hole or lair is after (covered by in a down clue) a piece of turf.
24d Skinny-looking — not good? That’s relative (4)
AUNT: Remove the G (not G(ood)) from a word meaning skinny-looking and you’re left with a female relative.
I can’t decide on a favourite. It’s either the splendid lurker in 23a or the &lit 14a but third step of the podium goes to 25a.
The Quick Crossword pun: car+chuck+old=catch a cold