Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28171
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. The 2Kiwis are busy this week so you’ll have to make do with me, I’m afraid. I thought this Jay crossword was quite difficult while I was doing it but looking at it again now I can’t quite see why – maybe my brain is just too hot to work properly. Please leave us a comment and let us know how you got on today.
In the hints that follow the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the things that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see them.
1a People who rejoice seeing tirades by B-lister? (10)
CELEBRANTS — A relatively well-known person or star (B-lister) is followed by some tirades or outbursts. I’ve spent quite a lot of time wondering if I’m missing a subtlety in this one but I am it’s too subtle for me – anyone?
6a Condition of being new in service (4)
ACNE — The one letter abbreviation for N(ew) is contained (in) in a kind of service that is seen at Wimbledon. The pictures for this one were so disgusting that I decided to spare you all!
9a Praise sources of profit and loss before financial review (7)
PLAUDIT — A financial review or scrutiny is preceded by (before) the first letters (sources) of P(rofit) and L(oss).
10a Take up the cause of European partner (7)
ESPOUSE — The abbreviation for European is followed by a partner or a husband or wife.
12a Popular and match fit, beyond dispute (13)
INCONTESTABLE — Begin with the usual short word meaning popular, follow that with a match or tournament and finish it all off with a word meaning fit or sound.
14a Risking missing end — irritating (8)
ANGERING — A word meaning risking or putting in jeopardy without its first letter (missing end). I spent a very long time trying to remove the last letter from something. Just a quick edit in case anyone is reading this for the first time. I’ve messed up – thanks to Kitty for pointing it out. I’m talking complete rubbish and how didn’t I see it? The word is, of course, one that means putting at risk. All you need to do is remove from it three letters from the clue – the third word. Apologies to all.
15a Design single duct to carry nitrogen (6)
INVENT — The letter that looks like a one in Roman numerals (single) and a duct or outlet are separated by (carrying) the chemical symbol for N(itrogen).
17a Covering article in duplicate (6)
CANOPY — A duplicate or reproduction contains (in) the two letter indefinite article.
19a Stop on the way for a jumper (8)
PULLOVER — To come off a main road (way) for a brief time is also a jumper – this jumper is not a kangaroo or a flea, it’s a garment.
21a Gatecrashers? (9,4)
BATTERING RAMS — Gatecrashers here are not unwanted guests at a party, they’re large beams used to force an entry.
24a Gave up crossing river and crumpled (7)
CREASED — A word meaning gave up or stopped contains (crossing) the one letter abbreviation for R(iver).
25a Running late, the marathon man perhaps? (7)
ATHLETE — An anagram (running) of LATE THE. Am I the only one to miss ‘running’ as the anagram indicator.
26a Okay, call for help — ring! (2-2)
SO-SO — Not Okay as in agreement but more neither good nor bad – an urgent call for help is followed by the letter that is round, or looks like a ring.
27a Ladder broken during party — nonsense (10)
BALDERDASH — An informal word for a party contains (during) an anagram (broken) of LADDER. I love clues/anwers like this and associate them more with Jay than any other setter.
1d Excels in room mainly facing north (4)
CAPS — A room or area without its last letter (mainly) and reversed (facing north).
2d Start to doubt being embraced by unusually genial principal (7)
LEADING — The first letter of D(oubt) (start to) is contained in (being embraced by) an anagram (unusually) of GENIAL.
3d Books from Italy pinched by new copper’s bride (6-7)
BODICE RIPPERS — The IVR for I(taly) is contained in (pinched by) an anagram (new) of COPPER’S BRIDE.
4d Upsetting taunting, finding the right pitch (8)
ATTUNING — . . . and hot on the heels of the last two clues comes a third anagram, upsetting, of TAUNTING. I’d just been thinking that there weren’t many anagrams today . . .
5d Present given after the end of August as expression of sympathy (5)
THERE — Present or attending follows the last letter (end of) August.
7d About to uncover deceit and fall apart (7)
CRUMBLE — The one letter Latin abbreviation meaning about is followed by a slang word meaning to uncover deceit or find out the truth.
8d Sort of school for chemistry? (10)
ELEMENTARY — This adjective describing anything to do with chemistry is also a kind of school where young children are taught – it became obsolete in the UK a long time ago but is still current in North America. Did I know that? No, of course I didn’t but the BRB did!
11d Obtain protection for design and flog such shiny stuff (6,7)
PATENT LEATHER — The first word is legal protection for someone who has invented something to stop anyone else pinching the idea and the second is a verb to flog – not sell but whip or thrash.
13d Plan to reverse small vehicles (10)
HATCHBACKS — A word meaning to concoct a plan or scheme is followed by another one meaning to reverse or retreat and lastly the abbreviation for S(mall).
16d Cyclist may have this defence against aspersions? (8)
MUDGUARD — A cyclist going through dirty or wet conditions needs this to stop his or her back getting splattered. It could also be said to be something to protect or defend against aspersions or slander.
18d Poles must welcome complete idiots (7)
NUTTERS — These ‘poles’ are the ones at the top and bottom of the world – they contain (must welcome) another word for complete or total.
20d Caver getting worried about one’s organs (7)
VISCERA — An anagram (getting worried) of CAVER which contains (about) the letter that looks like a one, with the ‘S.
22d Country that’s after golf hotel? (5)
INDIA — All to do with the phonetic or NATO alphabet – Golf = G, Hotel = H . . .
23d The compiler needs quiet for the grid (4)
MESH — How the setter might refer to himself is followed by a short interjection appealing for a bit of quiet or silence.
I really enjoyed this one and thought there were lots of good clues – 9 and 19a and 3 and 11d but my favourite has to be 27a.
The Quickie Pun:- PROFFER + TICKLE = PROPHETICAL This took me absolutely ages – I was wandering around muttering like a complete looney.