Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28182
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Welcome from a quite muggy Shropshire. I hate to say it, but I didn’t really enjoy todays puzzle from our Tuesday Mr Ron – some of it just didn’t ‘feel’ right. Anyway, I’m sure that some of you will agree or not. Having said all that, it’s a worthwhile exercise in cryptic solving. The rating for enjoyment is one and a half.
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1a Diagram, old, found in Cadiz in tatters (6)
ZODIAC: Take the abbreviation for ‘old’ and insert it into (found in) an anagram (in tatters) of CADIZ.
5a Recommend short video as training (6)
ADVISE: An anagram (training) of VIDEO and AS from the clue. You must remove the last letter of ‘video’ as directed in the clue (video short) for the anagram to work.
10a Flower festival failing to open (5)
ASTER: A religious festival with the first letter removed (failing to open).
11a To bring in social worker is significant (9)
IMPORTANT: A synonym for ‘to bring in’ a material or service followed by one of Crosswordland’s favourite workers.
12a Makeshift bar opening (7)
STOPGAP: A charade of 2 synonyms of ‘bar’ and ‘opening’.
13a German male teacher sent back rice dish (7)
RISOTTO: Take a usual German male name and add a term used by schoolchildren when speaking to a teacher, then reverse it all (sent back).
14a Abbott and Costello, perhaps — each initially wearing old jacket (6,3)
DOUBLE ACT: You will require the name of an ‘old jacket’ and insert the initial letters (each initially) of the comedy (sic) duo. When I completed the puzzle and came to write the hints for this – I had it in my head that the abbreviation for ‘each’ would appear in the clue. Fortunately my mentor was at hand (again) so thank you Gazza – that’s another pint.
17a Express views in shop, in error (5)
OPINE: A ‘lurker’.
18a Attacker overlooking a cyclist (5)
RIDER: Take a synonym for an ‘attacker’ and remove (overlooking) the ‘A’ from the clue.
19a Courier in canteen plastered green (9)
MESSENGER: The canteen required here is most likely to be found in a military establishment and then add an anagram (plastered) of GREEN.
21a In a long time, searches (7)
FORAGES: A charade of 2 synonyms of ‘in’ (as in ‘pro’) and ‘a long time’.
23a Monk, say, needs paints I ordered (7)
PIANIST: An anagram (ordered) of PAINTS I. Never heard of this chap.
I have! BD
25a Miser in family in small Welsh town (9)
SKINFLINT: A 3 letter term for ‘family’ placed into (in) S(mall) and a Welsh town that lies on the estuary of the River Dee.
26a Unsuitable at home, exotic pet (5)
INEPT: The usual term for ‘at home’ followed by an anagram (exotic) of PET.
27a At any point within banks of salmon river (6)
SEVERN: A term for ‘at any point’ inserted into (within) the first and last letters of ‘salmon’ (banks).
28a Name of husband meeting with the Parisian (6)
HANDLE: The abbreviation of ‘husband’ followed by (meeting) a synonym for ‘with’ the masculine derivative for ‘the’ in French (Parisian).
2d Beat unconscious in the same way (5)
OUTDO: A synonym for ‘unconscious’ followed by a 2 letter abbreviation for ‘the same way’.
3d Rough Irish customer who’s a frequent visitor (9)
IRREGULAR: An abbreviation of ‘Irish’ and a term for a frequent visitor to the same bar or shop.
4d Ape Greek character, Member of Parliament (5)
CHIMP: A 3 letter ‘Greek character’ from the alphabet is followed by an abbreviation of an elected politician who sits in the ‘Commons’.
5d Soldier brought in suitable American equipment (9)
APPARATUS: The soldier here is the same one from last week who, for whatever reason, jumps out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft and is inserted into (brought in) a synonym for ‘suitable’. All followed by the abbreviation for ‘American’.
6d Corrupting influence in Rugby Union, in Six Nations, ultimately (5)
VIRUS: The abbreviation for ‘Rugby Union’ is inserted into (in) the Roman numerals for ‘Six’ and the last letter (ultimately) of ‘Nations’. Nice surface.
7d Extraordinary bird circling top of tree (9)
STARTLING: A bird with a black, brown-spotted, iridescent plumage (all unashamedly cribbed from the BRB) around (circling) the first letter of ‘tree’ (top of tree).
8d Collected and given a lift (6)
RAISED: Double definition, the former relating to money collected for charity perhaps.
9d Member of crew in river passing through English city (6)
STROKE: The English city is famous for its china production and has the abbreviation for ‘river’ inserted into it (passing through).
15d Stress column must support two foreign articles (9)
UNDERLINE: The ‘two foreign articles’ are French and German followed by (support in a down clue) of a synonym for a ‘column’. If I’d written the clue it would have looked like this Stress.
16d Prosecutor up calling for confession (9)
ADMISSION: The ‘Prosecutor’ here is American and is reversed (up) and is followed by a synonym for a ‘calling’ perhaps in a religious context.
17d Undertaking surgery (9)
OPERATION: Double definition.
18d Say no to mostly red safety device (6)
REFUSE: Take the ‘red’ from the clue and remove the last letter (mostly). Now follow that with a safety device that can be found in an electrical plug.
20d Nonsense at end of conference is spin (6)
ROTATE: A synonym of ‘nonsense’ followed by ‘at’ from the clue and finished off with the last letter (end) of ‘conference’.
22d Boss has no right to make blunder (5)
GAFFE: An archaic term for a ‘boss’ without its last letter (has no ‘right’).
23d Throw it in front of parish church (5)
PITCH: Take the ‘It’ from the clue and place it in the first letter of parish (front of) and the abbreviation for ‘church’.
24d Model and I do business (5)
IDEAL: Take the ‘I’ from the clue and add a term for ‘do business’.
Unfortunately I have no time for any picture clues this week as I’m quite busy. Hopefully normality will return next week. I think I will opt for 14a as my favourite of the day. What clue(s) made you smile today?
The Quick Crossword pun: awe+tow+queue=autocue