Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28134
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good morning everyone from a bright, sunny and hot Shropshire. I don’t think today’s puzzle will test the majority of you. It’s quite workmanlike with not a lot of sparkle – still, it’s way better than anything I could produce.
The definitions are underlined to help you on your way – hopefully the hints will also help if required. If all else fails, you can always reveal the hidden answer by clicking on the ‘Click here!‘ button.
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5a Patrons born with money (7)
BACKERS: Take the abbreviation for ‘born’ and add a colloquial term for ‘money’.
7a Kid may be very loud after tea (5)
CHAFF: A 3 letter word for ‘tea’ followed by (after) the standard musical term for ‘loud’ – twice (very loud).
9a Man, English, joining European native tribe (6)
PAWNEE: The man you want to use here is found on a chessboard, followed by the single letter abbreviation for ‘English’ and (joining) the abbreviation for ‘European’.
10a Young new mum, irate (8)
IMMATURE: An anagram (new) of MUM IRATE.
11a Writer from walled city to north (10)
CHESTERTON: The ‘walled city’ is in Northwest England then you need to add ‘to’ from the clue and the abbreviation for ‘North’.
13a Nonsense written about one hilarious person (4)
RIOT: Take a 3 letter word for ‘nonsense’ and insert (about) the Roman numeral for ‘one’. Don’t know if I’m missing something here as I can’t get the significance of ‘written’.
14a After this one on tonight, produced very little (4,2,7)
NEXT TO NOTHING: Take a term to mean ‘after this one’ follow by an anagram (produced) of ON TONIGHT.
16a From Connecticut, a heavenly US state (4)
UTAH: Our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day.
17a We date, as in getting spliced? Watch out for developments (4,3,3)
WAIT AND SEE: An anagram (getting spliced) of WE DATE AS IN.
19a Central American country holding alternative view (8)
PANORAMA: The 2 letter word for ‘alternative’ is contained in (holding) by an Central American country which has a famous canal.
20a Philosopher in wrongful arrest (6)
SARTRE: An anagram (wrongful) of ARREST.
22a Fast walkers rounding lake? (5)
FLEET: The walkers you need here are at the end of your legs and they contain (surrounding) the standard abbreviation for ‘lake’
23a Stretch of river in Devon full of vessels (7)
EXPANSE: A 3 letter Devon river on which a cathedral city takes its name from surrounds (full of) kitchen utensils (vessels).
1d Examine top of soup tin (4)
SCAN: Take the first letter of ‘soup’ (top of soup) and add a synonym of ‘tin’.
2d Small mountain, most dangerous (8)
SEVEREST: Take the abbreviation of ‘small’ and add a famous mountain scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
3d Insight of a copper going ahead of male workers (6)
ACUMEN: Take the ‘a’ from the clue, add the abbreviation of ‘copper’ (element) and finish with a term used for ‘male workers’.
4d Lord to object to plan (10)
MASTERMIND: Take a 6 letter word that is usually used in the phrase ‘My Lord and ??????’ and a term used if you ‘object to’ something.
5d Book reckless forward (5)
BRASH: The abbreviation for ‘book’ is followed by a synonym for ‘reckless’.
6d Twin, perhaps feeling furious over concept (8,5)
SPITTING IMAGE: A term used to describe ‘feeling furious’ is followed by synonym for ‘concept’.
8d Roll up, going, at first, round about part of a mile (7)
FURLONG: Take a verb for ‘to roll up’ and the first letter of ‘going’ (going at first) and put all that ’round’ a 2 letter synonym for ‘about’.
12d Revolver shown in photograph held by Cub pack leader (3-7)
SIX-SHOOTER: Take a 5 letter verb for to ‘photograph’ and surround it (held by) a name for a ‘cub leader’. Or Brownies for that matter.
14d In the minority? Very much so! (3,4)
NOT HALF: I’ll stick my neck out on this and go for a double definition. The former being, in the minority = less than 50%.
15d Patterns formed in wing of church (8)
TRANSEPT: An anagram (formed) of PATTERNS.
17d Affluence for wife replacing husband in welfare (6)
WEALTH: Start with a synonym of ‘welfare’ and replace the leading letter with the abbreviation for ‘wife’ (wife replacing husband).
18d Strangely frightening — topless noble, that is (5)
EERIE: Take a ‘noble’ found in the House of Lords and remove the first letter (topless) and follow it with the abbreviation for ‘that is’.
21d Standing is very unpleasant (4)
RANK: Double definition, the latter being a description of something ‘very unpleasant’.
I hope that my hints (if needed) helped you complete todays puzzle. I don’t have any particular favourites – did you?
I have to go and do the housework, garden, driveway etc as Mrs SL and I are having a guest this week who is bringing her white gloves with her to check on the house cleanliness.
The Quick Crossword pun: haar+vista=harvester