DT Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28152
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from an extremely muggy Shropshire. Today’s puzzle appears to me to be somewhat of a curate’s egg. I enjoyed the solve, but having completed the review I’m now not so sure. I’ll leave you guys to make up your own mind on that.
I hope my hints and tips help you solve the puzzle (that is if you need them), the definitions are underlined and if all else fails – the answers can be viewed by clicking on the grey ‘Click here!’ button.
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1a Partner to dash round record storage site (5)
DEPOT: The partner to ‘dash’ in the Morse code containing (round) an old style vinyl record. This was my first in and is still my favourite.
4a Obscure muscles displayed by acrobat’s last trick (8)
ABSTRUSE: One of the usual abbreviations for ‘muscles’ (not pecs) with the last letter of ‘acrobat’ and a 4 letter synonym for ‘trick’.
10a A largely outspoken party of greenish hue (7)
AVOCADO: Tale the ‘A’ from the clue and add an adjective meaning outspoken and remove the last letter (largely outspoken) and add a 2 letter synonym for ‘party’. The first house I bought had this colour suite in the bathroom.
11a Reportedly recognised gesture in avant-garde group (3,4)
NEW WAVE: A homophone (reportedly) of ‘recognised’ and a hand gesture.
12a Official covering English bank (4)
REEF: The official here has been appearing in the ‘Euro 2016’ competition in various eye catching colours of dress and he contains (covering) the abbreviation for ‘English’.
13a Retired peer with line that’s comical (5)
DROLL: A member of the Upper House reversed (retired peer) and the abbreviation for ‘line’.
14a Helpful sort (4)
KIND: Double definition.
17a Good to wear it on beach — must when swimming! (7,7)
BATHING COSTUME: Here, the whole clue is the definition and the wordplay – take the abbreviation for ‘good’ and insert it into (to wear) the anagram (swimming) of IT ON BEACH MUST.
19a Set of steps to manoeuvre for crew member (6,8)
FLIGHT ENGINEER: A synonym for a ‘set of steps’ and add a term for ‘to arrange or contrive’ a situation (manoeuvre).
22a Exotic sport backed in boom usually (4)
SUMO: A reverse ‘lurker’.
23a Dress creating fuss before service (5)
ADORN: Take a synonym for a ‘fuss’ and add an abbreviation for the ‘Senior Service’. I struggled a bit trying to write the hint as I don’t think ‘creating fuss’ works without an ‘a’.
24a Nut without a second piece of tobacco (4)
CHEW: Take a type of ‘nut’ that can be eaten and remove (without) the ‘a’ from the clue and the abbreviation of ‘second’. Not sure about this being a ‘piece of tobacco’.
27a Customer that’s habitually appearing in periodical (7)
REGULAR: Double definition.
28a Vessels entering river in huge area (7)
EXPANSE: The vessels required here can be found in the kitchen and they are inserted into (entering) a river in the South West.
29a Old man in sham woolly shawl (8)
PASHMINA: Affectionate term for ‘old man’ is followed by an anagram (woolly) of IN SHAM.
30a Affectedly pretty type’s first to use social medium (5)
TWEET: Take a synonym for ‘affectedly pretty’ and add the first letter of ‘type’ (type’s first).
1d Big tirade put out with no end of ranting? (8)
DIATRIBE: Another one where the whole clue is the definition with the wordplay of an anagram (put out) of BIG TIRADE with the last letter of ranting removed (with no end of ranting).
2d Annoying person defending nonsense in demonstration (7)
PROTEST: A 4 letter word for an ‘annoying person’ surrounding’ (defending) a synonym for ‘nonsense;.
3d Drink close to park in wood (4)
TEAK: The drink here is seen as Britain’s favourite brew with the last letter of ‘park’ (close to park).
5d Unusually beloved nun fears rejecting a timid type (6,2,6)
BUNDLE OF NERVES: An anagram (unusually) of BELOVED NUN FEARS but without the ‘a’ from the clue (rejecting a).
6d Pull shown by Northern community (4)
TOWN: A synonym for ‘pull’ e.g. ‘to drag behind’ with the abbreviation for ‘Northern’.
7d Metal found in heart of crust (7)
URANIUM: The ‘metal’ here is a radioactive metallic element (atomic no 92) which is shown by the middle letter of ‘crust’ (found in the heart of).
8d Correct pieces penned by journalist (5)
EMEND: The ‘pieces’ here would be found on a chessboard and are contained in (penned by) our usual abbreviated ‘journalist’. Just to set the ball rolling – why are chess pieces always in the masculine when they have a Queen in their ranks?
9d Decorator ruing working in very strong material (10,4)
CORRUGATED IRON: An anagram (working) of DECORATOR RUING.
15d Wine container, say, overturned in indulgent bout (5)
BINGE: A case or stand that bottled wine is kept in (wine container) with the abbreviation for ‘say’ reversed (say, overturned).
16d Uncover set of cartoons (5)
STRIP: A double definition.
18d Bully tired after start of belligerent argument (8)
BROWBEAT: A 4 letter synonym for ‘tired’ follows (after) the first letter of ‘belligerent’ and a synonym for an ‘argument’.
20d Go miles off course in French city (7)
LIMOGES: An anagram (off course) of GO MILES.
21d Improve two bridge players with luck initially deficient (7)
ENHANCE: The two bridge players here are not partners and are followed by synonym for ‘luck’ minus its first letter (luck initially deficient).
22d Something sweet in your short parting drink (5)
SYRUP: Take an abbreviation of ‘your’ (your short) and insert (parting) it in a verb ‘to drink’.
25d Choice fruit (4)
PLUM: Another double definition.
26d Row of listening devices turned up (4)
SPAT: Listening devices that are usually put on phones to overhear conversations – reversed (listening devices turned up).
Well, there you are. As I said in the review 1a is my favourite of the day – which one(s) tickled your fancy?
The Quick Crossword pun: simper+thighs=sympathise