Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28153
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Since we wrote our last blog, news from your side of the world has dominated the media here. The football: our support is naturally with England where so many of our friends and connections are. However, as we also come from a small country, we understand completely the ‘David and Goliath’ euphoria that the Icelandic fans must be feeling at the moment and feel pleased for them.
Jay is satisfactorily challenging and fun as usual.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Saw new job at last for cleaner in theatre (4)
SWAB : The last letter of job follows an anagram (new) of SAW.
10a Country cousin diary’s revealed (5)
INDIA : This country is hiding within the two central words of the clue.
11a Claims principal volunteers will meet in south (9)
MAINTAINS : A word meaning principal, the volunteer soldier organisation, ‘in ‘ from the clue and the abbreviation for south.
12a Emphasises drama with drink (5,2)
PLAYS UP : A word for a drama or stage production and a three letter word meaning to drink.
13a Brood on source of genuine sparkle (7)
GLITTER : A brood or collection of animal offspring follows the first letter of genuine.
14a Dirty trousers found here (5,3,4)
BELOW THE BELT : Double definition. The second is literally where the greatest proportion of a pair of trousers is located.
18a Excitement must follow for each, maybe (12)
PERADVENTURE : A three letter word meaning ‘for each’ comes before a word for an exciting activity.
23a Retired thespian — one who makes demands (7)
EXACTOR : A two letter prefix meaning retired or used to be and a synonym for a thespian.
25a Suggest almost always accepting fine (5)
EVOKE : Fine or ‘all correct’ is inside a word meaning always when its last letter has been removed.
26s Issue turning around hospital grub (4)
NOSH : A male offspring is reversed and then the abbreviation for hospital.
27a Evaluation of fools dispatched to capture capital of Malta (10)
ASSESSMENT : The animals used to typify fools and then the first letter of Malta is inside a word meaning dispatched.
2d Early drink for actors in this? (2-4)
AM-DRAM : We are looking for a type of repertory theatre. The two letter abbreviation for in the morning (early) and a drink which is often a small quantity of whisky.
3d Spiritual tenant lends car out (14)
TRANSCENDENTAL : An anagram (out) of TENANT LENDS CAR.
5d Outstanding — nothing on flank (5)
OWING : Nothing is the letter denoting zero, and the flank is a side or pinion.
8d Level of interest when in lecture (4,4)
BASE RATE : A two letter word meaning ‘when’ is inside one meaning to lecture or hector.
9d Scabs coming as result of blow-waves? (6-8)
STRIKE-BREAKERS : The first word is a blow or a hit and the waves are the type you find on a surf beach.
15d Start of novel call supporting championship (5,4)
TITLE PAGE : The call could be what one might receive in a hotel lobby and comes after the honorific given to a champion.
16d Plead during hospital investigation for aerosol (5,3)
SPRAY CAN : The type of hospital investigation using ultrasound, X-ray or other means, surrounds a word meaning plead or beg.
19d Tried hard, putting recipe in cooker (6)
STROVE : The abbreviation for recipe is inside a domestic cooker.
20d Stop a car and set off (6)
ARREST : ‘A’ from the clue, a luxury car and an anagram (off) of SET.
22d Fleeces family on board (5)
SKINS : The abbreviation for steamship surrounds a collective noun for relatives.
We’re going to go with 1a for favourite again this week as we tried two other types of mole before we lighted on the right one.
Quickie pun read + joist = rejoiced