Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28128
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from (at present) a bright and sunny Shropshire. Was it really a Bank Holiday yesterday? I only ask as we had no rain and I couldn’t for the life of me find the ‘Great Escape’ anywhere on the multitude of TV channels broadcast for our ‘enjoyment’.
Not too much here that will send any horses off to the hills at a gallop as it appears to be what is fast becoming the norm for a Tuesday ‘back pager’. Having said that, I’m pretty sure that not everyone will like the grid and double unches. There were a fair few smile moments but nothing ‘too’ difficult – although I expect that some will disagree.
I hope my hints and underlined definitions will help you to solve the puzzle. If not – fear not, as you can always view the answer by clicking on the grey ‘Click here!‘ button. Happy solving.
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1a Ray breaking in to burgle, amateurishly (5)
GLEAM: A ‘lurker’ to start off the day.
4a East Anglian river fringing lake — drink and relax (4,4)
CALM DOWN: Take a University city river over (fringing) the standard abbreviation for ‘lake’ and add a verb for ‘drink’ – as in ‘???? the hatch’.
8a Facility in a function held aboard English ship (8)
EASINESS: Take the ‘a’ from the clue and add a ‘function’ (in this case a ‘trigonometrical function of an angle’) then insert that (held aboard) in the abbreviation for ‘English’ and the usual 2 letter term for a ‘ship’.
9a Lowly countryman occupied by hard game (8)
PHEASANT: The usual crosswordland ‘lowly countryman’ and insert (occupied) the abbreviation for ‘hard’. Makes a difference from the ubiquitous ‘L’ I suppose.
11a Evict number of voters (7)
TURNOUT: Split 4,3 – a term used to describe what you would do to ‘evict’ someone.
13a Poor cafe’s wrong to offer view of skyline? (9)
ROOFSCAPE: An anagram (wrong) of POOR CAFES.
15a Fair game entering a trade with nothing incriminating (5,2,1,7)
CLEAN AS A WHISTLE: Start with a synonym for ‘fair’ and then insert a card game between the letter ‘a’ from the clue and a term for ‘trade’.
18a Consider what volunteers might do at home (9)
ENTERTAIN: Prefixed with ‘come into’ – the usual ‘male’ volunteers are then ‘at home’.
21a Part of castle suitable for exercises? (4,3)
KEEP FIT: Take the innermost part of a castle and add a synonym for ‘suitable’.
22a Pay still unsettled for scheduled recordings (8)
PLAYLIST: An anagram (unsettled) of PAY STILL.
24a Opening routine with backing taken in by a father in France (8)
APERTURE: Take a 3 letter synonym for ‘routine’ and reverse it (backing) and insert it (taken in) in the letter ‘a’ from the clue and the French word for ‘father’.
25a Lively departure with 100 on board (8)
EXCITING: The Roman numeral for 100 is contained (on board) a term for ‘departure’ (as in leaving).
26a Exotic plant for all to see among many (5)
LOTUS: The standard single letter that is the film certificate meaning ‘anyone may view’ in (among) a synonym for ‘many’.
1d A cruel gent that’s disturbed aged relative (5-5)
GREAT UNCLE: An anagram (that’s disturbed) of A CRUEL GENT.
2d Preserve directions on right to wear glitter (8)
ENSHRINE: Take 2 compass points (directions) and a synonym for ‘glitter’ and insert (to wear) the abbreviation for ‘right’.
3d Instrument produced by chap in old woolly (8)
MANDOLIN: Start with a 3 letter term for ‘chap’ and follow it with an anagram (woolly) of IN OLD.
4d Son enters competition to make point (4)
CUSP: The usual abbreviation for ‘son’ is inserted (enters) in a competition with such a vessel as a prize.
5d Soldiers blocking crowd in sticky situation (6)
MORASS: Insert (blocking) the abbreviation for ‘soldiers’ into a 4 letter synonym for ‘crowd’.
6d Too much holidaying cut short in capital (6)
OTTAWA: Take a 3 letter acronym for ‘too much’ and a term meaning ‘you’re not at home’ (holidaying), minus the last letter (cut short).
7d First of notes put away in good order (4)
NEAT: Take the first letter of ‘notes’ and add a term for ‘put away’ (food in this instance).
10d Cheat to land grand in support of US locality (8)
HOODWINK: ‘To land’ a contract perhaps with the abbreviation for 1000 (grand) follows (in support of) an abbreviated Americanisation of the locale in which we live.
12d Illegally enter three Italian resorts, heading south (8)
TRESPASS: Start with the Italian for ‘three’ add a couple of springs (water) resorts and finish with the first letter (heading) of ‘south’.
14d Mention of the first person with ingenuity on headland as observer (10)
EYEWITNESS: A homophone (mention) of the nominative singular of the first personal pronoun, then add a 3 letter synonym of ‘ingenuity’ and, finally, one of the usual crosswordland names for a ‘headland’.
16d Altering requires shift key (8)
INTEGRAL: An anagram (requires shift) of ALTERING.
17d Overly fat lout misbehaving around area (2,1,5)
TO A FAULT: An anagram (misbehaving) of FAT LOUT containing (around) the abbreviation for ‘area’.
19d Tabloid engaged in habitual action that’s disastrous (6)
TRAGIC: The usual 3 letter term for a ‘red top’ (tabloid) is inserted in (engaged in) an involuntary muscle movement (habitual action).
20d Soften concerning period of austerity (6)
RELENT: Take one of the 2 letter term used for ‘concerning’ and add a religious fasting period starting on Ash Wednesday.
22d Long stop in expensive houses (4)
PINE: Our second and final ‘lurker’ of the day.
23d Smell from tiny creature lifted (4)
TANG: Take an insect (tiny creature) and reverse it (lifted). I normally associate this term with ‘taste’.
There we are, another set of (hopefully) useful tips from your usual Tuesday Back Page ‘hinty person’. Having now written up the clues, I think there’s a lot to like in this puzzle. I particularly liked 3d & 16d. Which clue(s) brought a smile to your face.
The Quick Crossword pun: dire+wrist=diarist