Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28126
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th May 2016
I took a bit longer over this one but can’t particularly see why now I’m typing the review. I didn’t notice that it was a pangram until quite far along in the solving process which might have something to do with it. Lots to enjoy in amongst all the Lego and anagrams. I particularly liked the idea of confused emus!
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4a Don Juan‘s Spanish house beside river flowing west (8)
CASANOVA – CASA (Spanish house) goes ‘beside’ a reversal (flowing west in an Across clue) of the River AVON.
8a Very old Scottish chimney shown by English book (6)
VOLUME – V (very) O (old) LUM (Scottish chimney) E (English)
9a Break a rule — get control (8)
REGULATE – An anagram (break) of A RULE GET
10a One from the country having drink after 6.50 (8)
VILLAGER – LAGER (drink) goes after VI L (the Roman numerals for 6 and 50)
11a Write short lines about upper-class poverty (6)
PENURY – PEN (write) RY (short or abbreviated railway lines) goes about U (upper class)
12a Rip off iron on the wagon? One gets stuff to throw at people! (8)
CONFETTI – CON (rip off) FE (chemical symbol for iron) TT (teetotal, on the wagon) I (one)
13a Snuggling in home by the heather (8)
NESTLING – NEST (home) LING (heather)
16a Admirer drunk and shot in dance (8)
FANDANGO – FAN (admirer), an anagram (drunk) of AND, and GO (shot)
19a Reg struggling to get in before time for tea (4,4)
EARL GREY- An anagram (struggling) of REG goes in EARLY (before time)
21a Universal joint used in medico’s microprocessor (6)
COSMIC – used, or found in, mediCOS MICroprocessor
23a Further monitoring of hit-maker’s next record (6-2)
FOLLOW-UP – To pursue a question that has been started or a second record after a hit.
24a Reveal record waste (8)
DISCLOSE – DISC (record) LOSE (waste)
25a Many aboard worry it’s bulging outwards (6)
CONVEX – C (Roman for 100, so many) ON (aboard) VEX (worry)
26a Current monitor coming from north-east, not north (8)
RHEOSTAT – Coming from indicates an anagram of
NORTH EAST, but without the N (not north).
1d Detailed zoo rhino’s blurred range of vision (7)
HORIZON – An anagram (blurred) of ZO
o (zoo ‘de tailed’) RHINO.
2d Met requirements with reservations (9)
QUALIFIED – If I’d thought about this being a pangram, I might have solved this clue a lot earlier, especially as it is a fairly obvious double definition.
3d Stand by as one says mass (6)
WEIGHT – A homophone of WAIT (stand by)
4d Confer after City unexpectedly perform successfully (5,4,6)
CARRY INTO EFFECT – An anagram (unexpectedly) of CONFER AFTER CITY.
5d One directs autograph to be put on mail (8)
SIGNPOST – SIGN (autograph) POST (mail)
6d Material from US city and European capital cut by 50% (5)
NYLON – NY (New York, US city) and 50% of the European capital of LONdon
7d Old soldier chopped tree in front (7)
VETERAN – An anagram (chopped) of TREE inserted into VAN (front)
14d Yearns to hold man in underwear (4,5)
LONG JOHNS – LONGS (yearns) ‘holds’ JOHN (man)
15d Amazing result of strike (8)
KNOCKOUT – A thing of excellence (amazing) or the result of a strike or blow that knocks out.
17d Pitch up, being restrained by excellent mum in scrap (7)
ABOLISH – A reversal (up in a Down clue) of LOB (pitch) is inserted into or restrained by AI (excellent) the result then followed by SH (keep mum, be quiet)
18d Dazed non-fliers in resting place (7)
BEMUSED – EMUS (non-flying birds) in a BED (resting place)
20d Republics with no local souvenirs (6)
RELICS – Remove the PUB (no local) from REpubLICS.
22d Aggressively male Chinese leader touring Switzerland (5)
MACHO – MAO (the Chairman who led China) ‘touring’ CH (the IVR code for Switzerland).