Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28158
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a dull, cold and windy Shropshire. I really enjoyed this puzzle today as it is full of clues that I enjoy solving and is definitely higher up in the difficulty level than the past few Tuesday’s. There are no obscurities (that goes for 10a) and the clueing is fair.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to give you the first ‘leg up’ and my hints are also there to help that little bit more. If all else fails – ‘phone a friend or just click on the ‘click here!’ button to reveal the answer.
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3a Problems associated with sudden withdrawal from remote country (4,6)
COLD TURKEY: A synonym for ‘remote’ as in ‘aloof’ followed by a Country.
8a A tailing copper cut back round roof (6)
CUPOLA: Take the chemical abbreviation for ‘copper’ and add a synonym for ‘cut’ – reversed (back) and finish it all off with the ‘A’ from the clue (A tailing).
9a Squirrel, an hour after 12 noon, seen tucking into thick piece of bread, perhaps (8)
CHIPMUNK: How ‘an hour after 12 noon’ could be written, inside (tucking into) a synonym for a ‘thick piece of bread’ or even cheese for that matter.
10a Sort of spin on holiday (3,5)
LEG BREAK: Sorry Ladies – a sporting clue. The ‘on’ here is also known as ‘leg’ in cricket (don’t ask) and that is followed by a synonym for ‘holiday’.
11a Wild cat devouring a rat’s head and part of body (6)
LARYNX: Take the name of a ‘wild cat’ and insert (devouring) the letter ‘a’ from the clue and the leading letter of ‘rat’ (rat’s head).
12a Monk plugged in power tool and portable stove (10)
SALAMANDER: The ‘monk’ here is a Buddhist priest inside (plugged in) a power tool used to smooth wood.
14a Assorted ‘semolina’ clues, cryptic (13)
MISCELLANEOUS: An anagram (cryptic) of SEMOLINA CLUES.
20a Pretty area of land shown in musical from the east (10)
ATTRACTIVE: Take a well-known musical depicting an Argentinian woman’s life and reverse it (musical from the East) then insert (shown in) a synonym for an ‘area of land’.
22a Foul play over Aintree champion? (3,3)
RED RUM: Take a heinous crime (foul play) and reverse it (over) and split the answer 3,3.
23a Graduate runs into French port, mostly for squid (8)
CALAMARI: Usual crosswordland abbreviations for ‘graduate’ and ‘runs’ inserted (into) the name of a French port without its last letter (mostly).
24a Number of fundamental importance? (8)
CARDINAL: Double definition.
25a Fairy godmother finally admitted to malice (6)
SPRITE: Take the last letter (finally) of ‘godmother’ and insert it (admitted) into a synonym for ‘malice’.
26a Superior soldiers leading troops at the front in advance (10)
BETTERMENT: A synonym for ‘superior’ with a term for ‘soldiers’ goes before (leading) the first letter of ‘troops’ (troops at the front).
1d Rather cool early Christian with authority (8)
LUKEWARM: We need one of the gospel writers from the New Testament (early Christian) followed by the abbreviation for ‘with’ and a synonym for ‘authority’.
2d High-ranking officials to lead gunners onto ship (3,5)
TOP BRASS: Take the ‘to’ from the clue and follow that with the chemical abbreviation for ‘lead’, then the usual abbreviations for ‘gunners’ and ‘ship’.
3d Drew near artist, producer of pictures (6)
CAMERA: A 4 letter synonym for ‘drew near’ followed by the abbreviation for ‘artist’.
4d Want chess player to sacrifice bishop (4)
LACK: The chess player who sits opposite to ‘white’ minus the abbreviation for ‘bishop’.
5d Drag ladder leaving rehearsal (5,3)
TRIAL RUN: A synonym for ‘drag’ (as in – life’s a drag) and what a ladder in a stocking is known as.
6d Comment on stain (6)
REMARK: A synonym for ‘on’ (as in – on the matter of) with another synonym for ‘stain’.
7d It may affect the weather broadcast online (2,4)
EL NINO: An anagram (broadcast) of ONLINE.
13d Earthenware daughter left out (5)
DELFT: The usual abbreviation for ‘daughter’ is followed by an anagram (out) of LEFT.
15d Inspector, formerly a collier (8)
EXAMINER: Take the usual 2 letter term for ‘formerly’ add the ‘a’ from the clue and finish it all with a synonym of ‘collier’.
16d Best in print, stylish (8)
OUTSMART: A term that is used if a paper or any other source of information is ‘in print’ – eg available for public knowledge followed by a synonym for ‘stylish’.
17d Having to cut it by end of May shows harshness (8)
SEVERITY: A synonym of ‘to cut’ followed by the ‘it’ from the clue and the last letter of ‘May’ (by the end of May).
18d Feel awkward about the old lady suggesting sex? (6)
FEMALE: An anagram (awkward) of FEEL contains (about) a term for mother (old lady).
19d Extremely clever to revise trust (6)
CREDIT: Take the end letters (extremely) of ‘clever’ and add a term used to ‘revise’ a document before publication.
21d In the end, book is printed on time (2,4)
AT LAST: The ‘book’ here is full of maps and add the abbreviation for ‘time’.
23d The answer to this one must be written down (4)
CLUE: Does what it says on the tin.
There you go, hopefully my hints have helped those that needed them and apologies for the lateness of my review. My email is to blame. I liked far too many clues to pick a favourite – which one(s) gave you a smile.
I am away next week on holiday so I think you will be left in the capable hands of Hanni.
The Quick Crossword pun: suck+seeds=succeeds