Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28176
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment **
Good morning from a ‘non-scorchio’ Shropshire. The weather is back to its low 20’s and I, for one, am quite glad it has cooled down.
I don’t think that the puzzle today will hold many of you up as it was pretty much a R&W although the SE corner was my last in and edged me towards 2* territory. There are a few old chestnuts but, all in all, it was quite enjoyable while it lasted.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to help you on your way and combined with my tips and hints (if needed) you’ll be finished in next to no time. I’m sure they won’t be needed but you can also activate the ‘click here!’ button to reveal the answers. Happy solving.
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1a Name behind hand puppet (4)
PAWN: Take the abbreviation for ‘name’ and place it after (behind) a term for a hand used in boxing circles.
3a TV drama series provided that about Father Time? (4,6)
SOAP OPERAS: You will need a term for ‘provided that’ (2,2) and put it around (about) two synonyms for ‘father’ and ‘time’.
9a Correct current flowing back (4)
EDIT: A synonym for ‘current’ is reversed (flowing back).
10a Watch and record in paper covering American parade? (6,4)
TICKER TAPE: A colloquialism for a ‘watch’ or heart combined with a verb to ‘record’.
11a Obscure English pieces of jewellery taken to Spain (7)
ECLIPSE: Lego clue. Take the abbreviation for ‘English’ followed by a particular part of a necklace or bracelet used to secure it to your neck or hand pluralised (pieces of jewellery) and (taken to) the IVR code for ‘Spain’.
13a Embarrassed about attention after hospital listened to again (7)
REHEARD: The colour normally associated with ’embarrassed’ goes round (about) a synonym for ‘attention’ after the abbreviation for ‘hospital’.
14a Idealists seeing sign (11)
VISIONARIES: A charade of a synonym for ‘seeing’ followed by a horoscope ‘sign’.
18a Novel from Hardy, for example, with surprise ending (6,5)
OLIVER TWIST: Take the first name of Stan Laurel’s co-star (Hardy for example) and follow it with a synonym for a ‘surprise ending’ in a novel or a film.
21a Top expert on the crest of a wave? (7)
SURFACE: An expert preceded by the crest of a wave.
22a Number with forwards displaying well-developed abs … (3-4)
SIX-PACK: Take a number (between 5 & 7) and add the term used for players who form the scrum in a rugby team. This is a ‘selfie’ btw.
23a … dictates changes after their game suspended (10)
RUSTICATED: You will need the abbreviation of the ‘game’ that the forwards play in (from the previous clue) and follow that with an anagram (changes) of DICTATES. I can’t remember the last time I saw the continuation of consecutive clues actually being ‘linked’.
24a To gain access to computer, short symbol required (4)
LOGO: Split 3,2 – what you need to do to get access to a computer, with the last letter removed (short).
25a Cause of structural damage in digs angrily received by artist and one sitting (6,4)
RISING DAMP: An anagram (angrily) of IN DIGS is contained in (received by) the standard abbreviation for an ‘artist’ and what someone who ‘sits’ in the Houses of Parliament is called.
26a International try (4)
TEST: Double definition, the former being a cricket match between countries.
1d Keep up with twelfth man after start of point-to-point (8)
PRESERVE: The twelfth man here is someone who takes over for and injured player placed ‘after’ the first letter (start of) point-to point.
2d Injury caused by a couple of cats (8)
WHIPLASH: There are no domestic or wild cats involved in the clue. You will need two synonyms for an instrument used to as punishment.
4d Girl charged nothing at first (5)
OLIVE: Take ‘nothing’ written as a digit and place it before (at first) a synonym for ‘charged’. I still don’t like this type of clue where you have to find the name.
5d Cried out after prod in game (5,4)
POKER DICE: An anagram (out) of CRIED follows (after) a synonym for ‘prod’. I believe it’s something you can do in ‘facebook’.
6d Starch up? Axe ridiculous old levy (8,3)
PURCHASE TAX: An anagram (ridiculous) of STARCH UP AXE.
7d Uncontrolled anger involving a former president (6)
REAGAN: Another anagram (uncontrolled) of ANGER containing (involving) the ‘A’ from the clue.
8d Soon achieved in property originally having shabby exterior (6)
SPEEDY: Take the first letter (originally) of ‘property’ and a synonym of ‘shabby’ is placed around it (exterior).
12d Expert calling for action intended to cause anger (11)
PROVOCATION: A three letter abbreviation of ‘expert’ followed by an old fashioned synonym for a ‘calling’ or a profession.
15d Canal bed I treated for lock-keeper? (5,4)
ALICE BAND: An anagram (treated) of CANAL BED I.
16d Sleeveless garment stocked by shop in a forecourt (8)
PINAFORE: Our one and only ‘lurker’.
17d Seconds to destroy place under surveillance (5,3)
STAKE OUT: Take the standard abbreviation for ‘seconds’ a follow it with term (split 4,3) to destroy or obliterate.
19d Loan shark certain to be found in ancient city (6)
USURER: A synonym for ‘certain’ is contained in (found in) Crosswordland’s favourite ancient city.
20d Conservative makes progress in times of intense trouble (6)
CRISES: The abbreviation for ‘conservative’ is followed by a single word synonym of ‘makes progress’ in an upward manner.
22d Energy shown by head of search party (5)
STEAM: Take the first letter of ‘search’ (head of search) followed by a synonym of ‘party’.
There we are – another Tuesday puzzle. I have no particular stand out favourites today, did any bring a smile to your face?
The Quick Crossword pun: core+Dunn+doff=cordoned off