Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28129
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Early this morning, before we could go out in the car, we had to melt the ice on the windscreen. Guess this means we have had our first (albeit light) frost of the winter. The positive side is that it has led on to the beautiful calm sunny day that we have now. Much better than the wind and rain that has been hanging around for the last couple of weeks.
Mr Consistency, Jay, has produced the goods once again. For those who like a tipple there is plenty to drink in this one. We found it a smidgeon trickier this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on with it.
1a In court, long for prestige (6)
CACHET : The two letter abbreviation for court gives us the first and last letters. Put a word meaning to long or yearn for, inside them.
9a Disobedient in playing outside barn (13)
INSUBORDINATE : IN from the clue and then an anagram (playing) of OUTSIDE BARN.
10a Fertiliser coming as a result of dog’s dinner? (4,4)
BONE MEAL : Old Mother Hubbard was intending to produce this canine repast.
11a St Andrew’s cross, left out — that’s supposed to be funny (6)
SATIRE : The type of cross of which St Andrews is an example loses the abbreviation for left.
14a Carol’s about to tolerate bad language (8)
SWEARING : Carol here is a verb (not a blogger) and surrounds a word meaning tolerate or put up with.
16a Fire it off after a quiet drink (8)
APERITIF : A from the clue then the musical symbol for quiet and an anagram (off) of FIRE IT.
19a Checks test initially adopted by German cars (6)
AUDITS : The German cars with four rings as their symbol contain the first letter of test.
23a Dutch show protecting flimsy socks, say (8)
CLOTHING : We think there is a misprint here and the second word in the clue should end in E not W. We have a Dutch type of footwear surrounding a word meaning flimsy or insubstantial. It has now been confirmed that the second word should be SHOE and that is what is in the newspaper version. Thanks CS and Kath. [The online version has now been updated to SHOE. BD]
25a Tyrannical writer from Italy changing sides halfway through (13)
AUTHORITARIAN : A word for a writer is followed by an adjective meaning coming from Italy once Left in the middle of the word has been changed to Right.
26a Hide from animal, wielding sabre in front of family (8)
BEARSKIN : An anagram (wielding) of SABRE precedes a three letter word for family.
27a Has a go at literary compositions (6)
ESSAYS : A double definition. Charles Lamb wrote an interesting one of these on Roast Pork.
3d Virgin eschews top speed (5)
HASTE : A word for virgin or unsullied loses its first letter (which happens to have been a C).
4d Bill left on slate possibly for seasoning (5,4)
TABLE SALT : The bill is a mainly North American usage for a restaurant bill, the abbreviation for left and an anagram (possibly) of SLATE.
5d Almost certain advantage is more than is needed (7)
SURPLUS : A word meaning certain loses its last letter and then a word for an advantage or bonus.
6d Fool — crossing motorway must be wrong! (5)
AMISS : UK’s most significant motorway is inside a word for a fool.
7d Basset drinking coffee is given praise (9)
FLATTERED : The first name of the cartoon Basset surrounds a type of milky coffee. ( We did not know this cartoon and needed to Google check it).
13d Two original elements in schnapps, perhaps (9)
FIREWATER : The other two original elements in ancient cultures (the ones we do not need here) are earth and air.
15d With flag raised, make a speech and disappear (9)
EVAPORATE : Flag here is a verb meaning to lay down stones. It is raised by reversing the word and then a word meaning to make a speech.
18d Story resulting from conflict with no end to war (7)
FICTION : A word meaning conflict or abrasion loses an R which is the last letter from war.
20d Catch up with African organisation youth leader’s right to occupation (7)
TENANCY : A three letter word that can mean to catch is reversed and then a South African political organisation and the first letter of youth.
22d Lay down and drink (5)
PLONK : Double definition. Lay down in a clumsy careless way and a slang word that originated in Australia for inferior wine.
24d Hard, when accepting the Italian’s salutes (5)
HAILS : The abbreviation for hard, then a two letter synonym for when surrounds the Italian definite article.
For obvious reasons 14a has to be our favourite.
Quickie pun beau + nigh + dull = bone idle