Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28167
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Steyning in West Sussex, where we’re staying this week while I play croquet in Southwick. I’m sorry that I don’t have time to add pictures or video clips to today’s review.
After some gentle weeks from Giovanni, I found that today’s was more like what we have come to expect – *** difficulty for me.
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1a Daughter by cliff-face rocks writing (6)
SCREED – The mass of small rocks found at the bottom of a cliff, followed by Daughter.
5a This person in shock, I suspect, is longing to be elsewhere (8)
HOMESICK – Anagram(suspect) of SHOCK I wrapped around a pronoun for ‘this person’.
9a Girl gone to find success in a particular field (6,4)
MAIDEN OVER – The success here is to be found on the cricket field. The first word is a synonym for girl, and the second a synonym for gone or finished.
10a Composer showing merit, first to last (4)
ARNE – Start with a verb meaning ‘merit’ or ‘deserve’, then move the first letter to the end, to get the composer of Rule Britannia.
11a I’m so excited with a bar offering wonderful food (8)
AMBROSIA –Anagram (excited) of I’M SO and A BAR.
12a The distinctive style with which we introduce our newspaper (6)
GOTHIC – Cryptic definition of the typeface used on the Daily Telegraph masthead.
13a Set down passage to be read out (4)
LAIN – A word for set down or put down which sounds like a passageway or narrow road.
15a Coming down to provide illumination (8)
LIGHTING – Double definition, the first being the coming down of an aircraft, for example.
18a Maybe ghost getting to storm angrily around flat (8)
REVENANT – A word for flat or level with ‘to strom angrily’ wrapped around it.
19a Leave social event that finishes early (4)
PART – Remove the final letter (finishes early) from a social gathering.
21a Walked with head invisible, being bent (6)
ARCHED – Remove the first letter (head invisible) from a word for walked (like a soldier?)
23a Relinquished and put into store (4,4)
LAID DOWN – Double definition, the second being what you do with good wine that needs to mature.
25a Woman to have a meal sent back (4)
ENID – Reverse (sent back) a word for ‘have a meal’.
26a Impede leaders viewed as idiots (10)
BLOCKHEADS – Put together ‘impede’ and ‘leaders’.
27a Asian person seen wandering across enclosure (8)
NEPALESE – Anagram (wandering) of SEEN wrapped around an enclosure, especially the enclosure of lands iin Ireland which were held by the King of England in medieval times
28a Notice someone using a red box? (6)
POSTER – This public notice could also describe someone putting a letter into a pillar box.
2d Goldfinches about to come to grief (5)
CHARM – A Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ followed by some grief or damage, giving us the collective noun for goldfinches
3d Coming to finish, see ace run freely, demonstrating staying power (9)
ENDURANCE – Another word for finish followed by an anagram (freely) of ACE RUN.
4d Vessel has a name inscribed in a foreign language (6)
DANISH – A (from the clue) and Name are inserted into a piece of crockery.
5d Be slightly deranged and need to go up on the roof? (4,1,5,5)
HAVE A SLATE LOOSE – A figurative expression for someone being not quite right mentally which, taken literally, would require someone to go up on the roof to mend it.
6d Loan gives male good time — nothing right in that (8)
MORTGAGE – Put together Male, Good and a period of time, then wrap the result around the letter which looks like zero and a two-letter abbreviation for ‘right’.
7d Set up talks on reducing arms, in short (5)
START – Double definition, the second being an acronym for the bilateral arms reduction treaty signed by the USA and USSR in 1991.
8d Person sending things? Tricks to disregard for the most part (9)
CONSIGNOR – Some tricks or cheats followed by a word ofr ‘disregard’ with its last letter removed.
14d Lincoln rector originally managed church going in the wrong direction (9)
ABERRANCE – Put together the familiar form of the first name of President Lincoln, Rector, managed, and the Church of England.
16d Speed isn’t bad? There’s less than total enthusiasm (9)
TEPIDNESS – Anagram (bad) of SPEED ISN’T.
17d Worthy archbishop joining bishop in drink (8)
LAUDABLE – King Charles I’s Archbishop of Canterbury followed by some drink with the chess notation for Bishop included.
20d Get better sort of truck (4-2)
PICK-UP – Double definition, the second being a small goods vehicle with an open load area at the back.
22d Monster lurking in filthy drains (5)
HYDRA – Hidden in the clue.
24d Ram, the first thing you see on Welsh border (5)
WEDGE – The first letter of Welsh followed by a border.
The Quick Crossword pun MISS + QUEUED = MISCUED