Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28151
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Good morning. The turfing team are busy laying turf in our bar ready for Wimbledon Fortnight.
Stuart Lancaster’s men have proven themselves in Australia under Eddie Jones.
I cannot understand how the England football team will manage to win any games without scoring any goals. A radical rethink is urgently needed but I fear we will be congratulating mighty Iceland later tonight.
Rufus has once again charmed our lives with a gentle cryptic crossword puzzle. All seems well with the world.
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1a A word of twenty-six letters (8)
ALPHABET: A word which collectively describes all twenty six letters of the English language
6a Release will be subtle with later time (6)
SUBLET: Move the letter T(ime) in the word Subtle to the end (later) of the word.
9a Trapped and dismissed as a batsman (6)
CAUGHT: A double definition. The second being one of the ways in which a batsman may be dismissed in cricket
10a Head initially greatly put out by state of apathy (8)
LETHARGY: Anagram (put out) of GREATLY and the first letter (initially) of the word H(ead)
11a Boss organised Conservative bid for sympathy (3,5)
SOB STORY: Anagram (organised) of BOSS and our usual Conservative party member
12a Jabbing petty officer with ruler (6)
POKING: P(etty) O(fficer) and a male monarch
13a Serve alcohol mixes for one no longer in form (6,6)
SCHOOL LEAVER: Anagram (mixes) of SERVE ALCOHOL. I hope he is old enough to purchase it.
16a Obstruct mail in capitals (5,7)
BLOCK LETTERS: Take a word meaning to obstruct and add a word meaning the contents of a postman’s bag. How many letters? Hundreds. Together they give a style of writing often needed when form filling
19a Exist with just a part interest (6)
BEHALF: Split 4,2 we need a word meaning to exist and a word meaning a part or fraction thereof.
21a David and Sam split change (8)
PSALMIST: This is more to my liking as an anagram (change) of SAM SPLIT. Did you try to (split) the civil union of DAVID and SAM? I did, but only for a tiny time.
23a Scholar more tidy in crocodile, for example (3-5)
MAN EATER: Split 2,6 The initials used by one with a degree followed by a word meaning tidier will give an example of what a crocodile might be when split 3,5
24a Sounds like a tugboat, but isn’t (6)
LUGGER: this small two or three-masted sailboat with a lugsail on each sounds as if it should be a tugboat but it isn’t. It is a small two or three-masted sailboat with a lugsail on each.
25a Built a home for good man in want (6)
NESTED: place our usual good man inside a word meaning to want
26a County players dejected (8)
DOWNCAST: This Irish county is followed by the word for a list of actors (players) in a play
2d Persuade to believe dog’s ready for walkies (4,2)
LEAD ON: if your dog is thus equipped he is ready for a walk.
3d Meteorologists enjoy these feelings of elation (5)
HIGHS: Meteorologically these good feelings also bring good weather
4d Harbottle is thrown out by union (9)
BETROTHAL: Anagram (is thrown out) of HARBOTTLE. Mr Harbottle’s only reason to appear in a crossword clue is as an anagram of this answer.
5d Cry when people meet (5-2)
TALLY HO: The meet here is the hunt and this is one of the Huntsman’s cries
6d Upset, having to switch arrangement (3-2)
SET UP: Anagram (having to switch) of UPSET
7d Diabolical service! (5,4)
BLACK MASS: A cryptic definition of a service to worship the devil
8d Technician in control (8)
ENGINEER: A double definition.
13d Religious rite holds a thousand in strange trances (9)
SACRAMENT: An anagram (strange) of TRANCES contains A from the clue and the Roman numeral for one thousand.
14d Decline to join ring with women supporting fiction, and remain uncultured (3,6)
LIE FALLOW: Follow the instructions given to solve this clue. Take a word meaning decline and add the round ring shaped letter and W(omen) to make a word. Place this word below (supporting) a word meaning a fiction or untruth. Uncultured here is a synonym for uncultivated
15d Foreigner satisfied his appetite only to lose friendship (8)
ALIENATE: There are two words to find from the clue here. Split 5,3 we need a foreigner, possibly from outer space like ET. We then need a word meaning ‘satisfied his hunger’. I eat to satisfy mine but the cluing is in the past tense so we need the past tense of the word eat.
17d Came to the point: red tape requires a new order (7)
TAPERED: Reverse the order (requires a new order) of the words RED TAPE straight from the clue. You may have thought that this is an anagram (requires a new order) of RED TAPE but it isn’t.
18d Judge the fools will accept direction (6)
ASSESS: our usual crosswordland fools need a direction adding. One of the compass points will suffice
20d Destined, we hear, to be honoured (5)
FETED: A homophone clue. We can find two definitions in this clue. Destined. To be honoured. The same sounding word fits both but they have a different second letter. The first being an A and the second being an E. Which does the setter want. In this case it’s the second which sounds like the first as confirmed by the ‘All Answers Correct’ banner on my iPad.
22d The art of spelling (5)
MAGIC: Not spelling as in grammer (sic). Spelling as in sorcery.
I found this to be an easy puzzle to solve. The delight came in writing the review which gives a fresh insight into how each clue works.