Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28170
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good morning from my part of Shropshire that can only be described by the late, great Caroline Aherne as – Scorchio! Today’s back pager has a fair selection of clue constructs, we have ‘lurkers’, anagrams and a fair percentage of ‘Lego’ clues – no, I’m not working out the exact percentage. I don’t think the old heads will require my hints today, but those who are finding their feet in cryptic crosswordland should enjoy this as it will give you a good workout.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to give you the first bit of help and, if you find you need a bit more, hopefully my hints will be useful. If all else fails, you can reveal the answer by opening the ‘Click here!’ button.
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1a Nuts for a bird (6)
CUCKOO: A double definition, the first seen in the picture clue. Hope that it doesn’t put you off your breakfast.
4a A duke keeping goddess entertained (6)
AMUSED: Take the ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation of ‘Duke’ and insert (keeping) a term for a goddess.
8a Either originally inside going hungry, or eating heartily (8)
FEASTING: We need the first letter of ‘either’ (either originally) to be inserted into (inside) a term for ‘going hungry’ – during Ramadan perhaps.
10a Celebrity left, turning back on small French city (2,4)
LE MANS: A 4 letter synonym for ‘celebrity’ (no – not star) followed by the abbreviation for ‘left’ is reversed (turning back) and then has the abbreviation for ‘small’ added (on).
11a Leader of march wearing superb top (4)
ACME: Take the first letter of ‘march’ (leader of march) and insert it into (wearing) a 3 letter synonym for ‘superb’. I know the picture clue doesn’t have a lot do with the definition – but I couldn’t resist it.
12a Cleaner hit badly is no longer in danger (2,3,5)
IN THE CLEAR: An anagram (badly) of CLEANER HIT.
13a Report of an alpine cat seen by followers, contained in New Testament (12)
ANNOUNCEMENT: First Lego clue of the day. Start with the ‘an’ from the clue, then put the name of an Alpine cat and a synonym for ‘followers’ into the abbreviation for the ‘New Testament’. Thank you to Gazza for teaching me how to parse a clue – it helps if you write the answer down and count the number of ‘n’s. Thanks again Gazza – top man.
16a Let down after daughter is given a job (12)
DISAPPOINTED: Take the usual abbreviation for ‘daughter’ and follow that (after) with ‘is’ from the clue and a term for ‘given a job’.
20a Group tackling soldier approaching cathedral city alone (10)
SEPARATELY: A 3 letter synonym of a ‘group’ contains (tackling) an abbreviation of a soldier who jumps out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft and follow it all (approaching) Crosswordland’s favourite Cathedral city.
21a Bishop with group (4)
BAND: Take the standard abbreviation for ‘bishop’ followed by a synonym of ‘with’.
22a One courting a woman may give diamonds, perhaps, then gold (6)
SUITOR: Not sure how to describe this – it could be an ‘all in one’ clue with the wordplay of ‘diamonds’ (as in a pack of cards) and a 2 letter heraldic term for ‘gold’ but it sort of works with ‘one courting a woman’ standing alone as the definition. I’ll let you decide.
23a Anxiety of South American writers, English as well (8)
SUSPENSE: A round the world Lego clue of the abbreviation for ‘south’, followed by the abbreviation of ‘America’ then add a synonym for ‘writers’ (i.e. writing implements not used by Hanni for anagram circles) and the abbreviation for ‘English’.
24a Cast bemused (6)
THROWN: Another double definition.
25a Publicity involving husband by name, a joiner (6)
HYPHEN: Take a 4 letter synonym for ‘publicity’ and insert (involving) the abbreviation for ‘husband’ and follow that (by) with the abbreviation for ‘name’.
1d Muslim symbol in street (8)
CRESCENT: Another double definition – the picture clue says it all really.
2d Class actors close to stage (5)
CASTE: You will need a term for a group of actors and follow that with the last letter of ‘stage’ (close to stage.
3d Work in one, on view (7)
OPINION: Standard abbreviation for ‘work’ followed by the ‘in’ from the clue then add the Roman numeral for ‘one’ and end it with ‘on’ from the clue.
5d Dramatist has extra holding whopper (7)
MOLIÈRE: Take a synonym for ‘extra’ and put it round (holding) a term for an untruth (whopper).
6d Son, mischievous child, revealed dope (9)
SIMPLETON: Again, take the abbreviation for ‘son’, followed by a synonym for ‘mischievous child’ and then a term for ‘revealed’ when split as 3,2.
7d In Aden, I always find abstinence (6)
DENIAL: Our first ‘lurker’ of the day.
9d Muck-rakers, say, amongst good crowd (6,5)
GUTTER PRESS: Take a synonym for ‘say’ and insert it in (amongst) the abbreviation for ‘good’ and a synonym of ‘crowd’.
14d Art seldom represented as a great work (3,6)
OLD MASTER: An anagram (represented) of ART SELDOM.
15d Poet‘s rewritten sonnet about New York (8)
TENNYSON: An anagram (rewritten) of SONNET containing the abbreviation of ‘New York’.
17d Scatter seed round parking area by Rolls-Royce for a bird (7)
SPARROW: Take a term meaning to ‘scatter seed’ and contain (round) the abbreviations for ‘park’, ‘area’ and ‘Rolls-Royce’.
18d Person’s heading off? Yes, northwards, making long journey (7)
ODYSSEY: Take a synonym for a ‘person’ minus it first letter (heading off), add the ‘s’ from the clue and follow it with a reversal (northwards – reversal indicator in a ‘down’ clue) of ‘yes’.
19d Some closures, ultimately, in consequence (6)
RESULT: Our second ‘lurker’.
21d Busy person starts to chamfer hard wood (5)
BEECH: A charade of a synonym for a ‘busy person’ followed by the leading letters of (starts to) ‘chamfer’ and ‘hard’.
I do hope my hints have been of use and that you all derived some fun from the puzzle. I liked 9d & 10a, but my favourite of the day is 25a – purely for the definition. Which one(s) brought a smile to your face today?
The Quick Crossword pun: dears+tore+cur=deerstalker