Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28164
Hints and tips by Hanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from the wet/sunny/cold/muggy/hot/haily (it’s a word!) moors. Your usual Tuesday blogger is off on his holidays (with Mrs SL), somewhere or other. I think it involves a cottage, no internet and his car looking good, so I am in the chair.
It’s a good job I like Lego as it involved a lot of it with this puzzle.
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1a Trap king with fine forged blade (8)
PENKNIFE: Start with a 3 letter word for trap followed by K(ing) and an anagram (forged) of FINE. All good Boy Scouts and Girl Guides have one of these, or they did. The Swiss quite like them too.
5a Called over by head of department to get order (6)
DEMAND: Reverse (over) a word for called or cited and add D(epartment) to it.
9a Perhaps Oliver in meeting with government’s leader, spinning (8)
TWISTING: Lego time. Begin the surname of a famous Oliver created by Dickens who wanted ‘more’ (don’t we all), follow this with IN from the clue and G(overnment).
10a Steven set off matches (6)
EVENTS: Pens, pencils and quills at the ready for an anagram (set off) of STEVEN.
12a Walk around certain to be adored (9)
TREASURED: A 5 letter word for walk or to step is placed around a word meaning to be certain or positive of something.
13a Film actor leaving quietly (5)
LAYER: This film, veneer or strata can be found by taking away (leaving) the musical term for quietly from an example of what an actor is.
14a Examination for all? Just some (4)
ORAL: This took me some time to spot. Hidden (just some) in the middle two words of the clue is an examination, often taken in a foreign language.
16a Cost created by former lover with writer, she being vacuous (7)
EXPENSE: More Lego. I like Lego, you can build stuff. Our usual 2 letter abbreviation for a former lover is followed by a writing implement. Finish with S(H)E missing the middle letter (vacuous).
19a Grumble about North — it gets payout from government (7)
BENEFIT: Insert N(orth) into a 4 letter word for having a bit of a complaint or grumble about someone. Then just add ‘IT’ from the clue.
21a ‘Reposez’ primarily is French for ‘stand’ (4)
REST: Did you pass your French 14a at school? It may help if you did. The French word for ‘IS’ is preceded by R(eposez) (primarily).
24a One lives by the river, that’s comparatively warm in the East End (5)
OTTER: This beautiful animal does indeed live near rivers and if you live in the East End of London it is how you might say the temperature of the day compares to yesterday. Bit warmer? Yeah..it’s *****!
25a ‘Criminal is evil,’ CID educated (9)
CIVILISED: What a clever clue. Here we have an anagram (criminal) of IS EVIL CID to leave you with a word for someone who is sophisticated or enlightened.
27a Fruit — it could be crazy if you have more than one (6)
BANANA: It is said that if we eat lots of this yellow fruit we might lose our composure or go *******!
28a Queen in a fuddle? Bad — very bad (8)
DREADFUL: A usual suspect for Queen, (look it up in the Usual Suspects, it’s probably there [sorry that one will be in the yet-to-be-completed Latin words and abbreviations BD], is in an anagram (bad) of A FUDDLE.
29a More intelligent animal restricts physical exercise (6)
DEEPER: A horned animal that could be Red or Fallow includes (restricts) an abbreviation for a type of exercise we all did at school. For the girls it was usually hockey and netball. I have no idea what the boys did. Rugby I think. Possibly football?
30a Comprehensive education’s flipping pursued (8)
DETAILED: Reverse (flipping) the abbreviation for education and add a word meaning chased.
1d Pomp 50 per cent reduced thanks to King Edward? (6)
POTATO: More Lego. The first 2 letters of ‘pomp’ (50 percent reduced) is followed by a diminutive form of ‘thanks’ and TO from the clue.
2d Ian’s thrown up: was first to be hammered (6)
NAILED: IAN in this clue is just reversed (thrown up), but follow him with a 3 letter word to be first or to be ahead and you’ll get the answer.
3d Writes no publication for teachers (5)
NOTES: NO from the clue followed by a 3 letter abbreviation for a popular weekly publication for teachers.
4d Rock fan rule: everyone wears black here (7)
FUNERAL: An anagram (rock) of FAN RULE.
6d Postholders? (9)
ENVELOPES: A lovely cryptic definition to describe where we may encase an important letter or document.
7d Any gin? No? Awfully tiresome (8)
ANNOYING: Gosh I do like a good anagram and this is one. Here ANY GIN NO (awfully), leaves you with a word meaning vexing.
8d Walked out on sweet disheartened editor (8)
DESERTED: A word for pudding with the middle letter removed (disheartened), is followed by the 2 letter abbreviation for editor. I like raspberries as pudding.
11d Bite lip (4)
EDGE: Double definition the latter being the rim of something.
15d Testimonial from first choice beginning to be ignored (9)
REFERENCE: Here a synonym for your first choice or proclivity is missing its first letter.
17d Wrapped up sailor thus, right before bed (8)
ABSORBED: More Lego. Start with a 2 letter abbreviation for a sailor…like SL and Salty Dog, add to this another 2 letter word for ‘thus’, then R(ight) and finally follow this by BED from the clue. Did you get all that because I’ve made it sound quite complicated?
18d In carriage, for example (8)
INSTANCE: IN from the clue is followed by a 6 letter word for a person’s bearing or demeanour.
20d Lorry driver finally mislaid food (4)
TUCK: A word for lorry without (mislaid) the final letter of (drive)R leaves you with a word for food. Around these ‘ere parts it’s called your ‘bait’.
21d Upset about poetry (7)
REVERSE: Start with our usual abbreviation for ‘about’ and add a 5 letter word for poetry or prose.
22d American fuel reprocessing is practical (6)
USEFUL: To find something practical here we begin with the 2 letter word for America and follow it with an anagram (reprocessing) of FUEL.
23d Tot was in the van, confused (6)
ADDLED: Van the Man who caused so much trouble at 4d on Friday makes a return appearance today. Tot here is a verb which means to tot up or calculate the sum of several numbers. To be in the van is to lead. The clue states ‘was in the van’ so we need the past participle of lead to complete the clue. Here’s a bit of Van Morrison.
26d Everyone put up with mother’s animal (5)
LLAMA: You can find this animal by reversing (put up), a 3 letter word for everyone followed by a 2 letter word for mother. These occasional ‘beasts of burden’ played an important part in the Incan empire. And they look weird.
No stand out favourites (maybe 25a). Did you have one? A little Mozart to finish.
The Quick Crossword pun: awe+son+wells=Orson Welles