Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28146
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning everyone from a central area of Shropshire which can’t decide what season it wants to be in. Apologies for being AWOL last Tuesday but a funeral I was attending was unexpectedly brought forward so thanks to BD for standing in.
I don’t think today’s puzzle will hold anyone up (with the possible exception of 10a) as it is all fairly clued, albeit missing a bit of fun and sparkle. A good one to get under your belt if you’re new to cryptic puzzles.
I hope my hints help you achieve Nirvana but if all else fails you can always view the answers by clicking on the grey ‘Click here!’ button. Maybe it’s worth reminding everyone that if you see the answers uncovered, have a look at your address bar and if it starts ‘https// – remove the last ‘s’ and that should do the trick.
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1a Miner runs out for dog (6)
COLLIE: Take a synonym for a miner and remove the R (runs out). One for our Kath
4a Celebrity and posh guy begin a meal? (5,3)
START OFF: A charade of a four letter synonym for ‘celebrity’ followed by another four letter synonym for ‘posh guy’.
9a Don’t forget about departing politician (6)
MEMBER: A term for ‘don’t forget’ without (departing) the two letter abbreviation for ‘about’.
10a Cartographer in vehicle, on schedule coming back (8)
MERCATOR: Take a shortened name of a German motor manufacturer (vehicle) and a synonym for ‘schedule’ reversed (coming back).
11a One shouting loudly taking in Turin’s original campanile (4,5)
BELL TOWER: You need a eight letter synonym for ‘one shouting loudly’ containing (taking in) the lead letter of ‘Turin’ (Turin’s original). This is Mrs SL in front of said ‘campanile’ on one of our many sojourns to Paris.
13a Cast the short line (5)
THROW: Shorten TH[e] (the short) and add a synonym for ‘line’.
14a Someone to watch over newspaper backer (8,5)
GUARDIAN ANGEL: A charade of another daily broadsheet (newspaper) and add a synonym for ‘backer’. I struggled with this one as I wasn’t sure how I should spell the ‘newspaper’!
17a King’s wife and a prince rather put out (9,4)
CATHERINE PARR: An anagram (put out) of A PRINCE RATHER.
21a Perfect state (5)
UTTER: Double definition, the latter to do with ‘speaking’ and not the usual American state.
23a Dished roast up in GB bar (6-3)
GASTROPUB: An anagram (dished) of ROAST UP (surrounded by) in ‘GB’ from the clue. Thanks to Gazza for putting me straight on this one as I had misread it. He also pointed out that the enumeration for the clue is wrong as it appears unhyphenated in the BRB. Good spot.
24a Doubtful one acting so strangely (8)
AGNOSTIC: An anagram (strangely) of ACTING SO.
25a Popular elsewhere, to some extent (2,1,3)
IN A WAY: The usual two letter synonym for ‘popular’ and add a term to describe you’re not here (elsewhere).
26a Former head of coven almost strung up in market (8)
EXCHANGE: The standard abbreviation for ‘former’ is followed by the letter C (head of coven) and a shortened term for ‘strung up’.
27a Grow furious in diocese with religious education beginning to decline (3,3)
SEE RED: Take the three letter term for ‘diocese’ and add the abbreviation for ‘religious education’ and the letter D (beginning to decline).
1d Got passed (caught me in tight bay) (4,2)
CAME BY: Start with the cricketing abbreviation of ‘caught’ then take the ME from the clue and insert it (in) an anagram (tight – drunk) of BAY.
2d Easily moved about male priest getting media attention (9)
LIMELIGHT: A term to describe an object than be ‘easily moved’ (it’s not heavy) and insert (about) the abbreviation for ‘male’ and our usual crosswordland priest.
3d Sloth? One near it, trembling (7)
INERTIA: The Roman numeral for ‘one’ is followed by an anagram (trembling) of NEAR IT.
5d Seek arbiter for organising deciders (3-8)
TIE-BREAKERS: An anagram (for organising) of SEEK ARBITER.
6d Cheese in bed, eaten by woman (7)
RICOTTA: The ‘bed’ here is used by a new born child and is contained in (eaten by) the name of a woman normally associated with being ‘educated’.
7d External computer device failing to start (5)
OUTER: The computer device here is used on a network used for communication between two networks which can operate on different protocols, minus it’s leading letter (failing to start).
8d Food all right for so long (8)
FAREWELL: A charade of synonyms for ‘food’ and ‘all right’.
12d Union band (7,4)
WEDDING RING: This is a token of love exchanged between a bride and groom on their big day.
15d Female independence in peril? Grow worried (4,5)
GIRL POWER: An anagram (worried) of IN PERIL GROW. I was muchly tempted to drop in a clip of the Season Girls (sic) but my mind was changed by this.
16d Account clergyman finds correct (8)
ACCURATE: Take the two letter abbreviation for ‘account’ and add a type of C of E clergyman who normally has some association with a egg.
18d Land mass area? US, I fancy (7)
EURASIA: An anagram (fancy) of AREA US I.
19d Set out from Scottish island, extremely game (7)
ARRANGE: This Scottish island is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and is followed by the outer letters of G[am]E (extremely game).
20d Complied with demands, making love with you in part of garden (6)
OBEYED: Start with the symbol of ‘love’ you would see as a score in a tennis match followed by (with) an archaic term for ‘you’ contained in a part of the garden normally associated with flowers. I expected to see some direction for the ‘archaic’ you.
22d Livener to take, short (5)
TONIC: Take the ‘to’ from the clue and add a shortened version of a synonym of ‘take’ (take short). Love this glass, all you need is a bottle of J P Chenet.
As I said in the prologue – it’s not the hardest crossword in the world but the clue constructs and surfaces are well written. I will go for
7d 6d as my favourite purely as it has given me a new way of remembering how to spell that cheese – I always get it mixed up with the ‘c’ and ‘t’.
Which one(s) floated your boat?
The Quick Crossword pun: course+heir=corsair