Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28188
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Good morning from an unhappy Shropshire bunny. If anything could go wrong this morning – it did. I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say I’m probably not in the right frame of mind to adjust BD’s star rating today as I may be doing the setter an injustice [ I have adjusted it. BD].
I didn’t particularly enjoy the puzzle today (sorry Mr Ron) as there were too many anagrams for my taste and some dubious synonyms. I will leave it up to yourselves to decide.
As usual, the definitions are underlined and if the hints and tips don’t help you to get the answer – all will be revealed by clicking on the grey ‘click here!’ button. Happy solving.
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1a Looked mischievous, being found in pit (8)
SEARCHED: Take a synonym for ‘mischievous’ and put it in (being found in) a term for ‘pit’. I don’t think I’d have used either of the synonyms in this clue.
5a Small fireplace sufficient for one (6)
SINGLE: Take the abbreviation for ‘small’ and follow it with ‘fireplace’ – normally found in old cottages.
9a Willing in recording to embrace policy (8)
INCLINED: Take the ‘In’ from the clue and add the abbreviation for a medium used to play back music from which replaced vinyl (recording) and insert (embrace) a term for ‘policy’ as in the ‘party ***’.
10a Leapt sideways at first before car crash (6)
SPRANG: The first letter of ‘sideways’ (at first) followed by a colloquial term for a ‘car crash’.
12a Worried MP? Ease his stress (9)
EMPHASISE: An anagram (worried) of MP EASE HIS.
13a Canoe at sea in vast expanse (5)
OCEAN: Guess what, an anagram (at sea) of CANOE.
14a Views in both directions (4)
SEES: A palindrome (both directions) of a synonym of ‘views’.
16a One left consumed by composer’s lack of success (7)
FAILURE: Take the Roman numeral for ‘one’ and the abbreviation for ‘left’ and put them in the name of a French composer (consumed).
19a Picturesquely described exotic cigar must be taken outside public house initially (7)
GRAPHIC: An anagram (exotic) of CIGAR is placed around (taken outside) the abbreviation for ‘Public House’.
21a Son has time to be a scholar (4)
SAGE: Start with the abbreviation for ‘son’ followed by a synonym for ‘time’.
24a I am touring university after work, getting narcotic (5)
OPIUM: Lego clue. Take the shortened version of ‘I am’ and contain (touring) the usual abbreviation for ‘university’. That then follows (after) the abbreviation for ‘work’.
25a Prosecute about two females encountering phone call ordeal (9)
SUFFERING: A synonym for ‘prosecute’ contains (about) the abbreviation for ‘female’ – twice (females) and is followed by (encountering) a term for a ‘phone call’.
27a Carry a torch for daughter getting stuck in a bog (6)
ADMIRE: Take the abbreviation for ‘daughter’ and place it in (getting stuck in) the ‘A’ from the clue and a synonym for ‘bog’.
28a Wrong lass almost clutched (8)
MISTAKEN: Start with a synonym for ‘lass’ with its last letter removed (almost) and then add another term for ‘clutched’.
29a Suggestion by the French creates quarrel (6)
TANGLE: You will need a term to describe ‘suggestion’ as in a ‘hint or a bite’ followed by ‘the’ in French.
30a Second time in bank, behind closed doors (8)
SECRETLY: Another Lego clue. Start with an abbreviation for ‘second’ followed by the abbreviation for ‘time’ inside a synonym for ‘bank’. Nothing to do with rivers or banking institutions.
1d Appropriate set of furniture for duke to sit on? On the contrary (6)
SUITED: Take a synonym for a ‘set of furniture’ (normally found in the living room) and the abbreviation for ‘Duke’. As it’s a ‘down’ clue the wording indicates that the abbreviation for ‘Duke’ should be put at the front (sit on) of the ‘set of furniture’. The rest of the clue indicates that it should be placed at the end (on the contrary).
2d Welcome performance around church piano (6)
ACCEPT: Take a synonym for ‘performance’ and contain (around) the abbreviations for ‘church’ and ‘piano’.
3d Hit in the face by a mate (5)
CHINA: A colloquial term for ‘hit in the face’ quite similar to ‘head butt’ and the ‘A’ from the clue.
4d Foes? See mine fighting (7)
ENEMIES: An anagram (fighting) of SEE MINE.
6d Before demonstrating, this person is advancing (9)
IMPROVING: Start with (before) the contraction of ‘this person is’ and add a synonym for ‘demonstrating’ – verifying something is correct.
7d Under obligation, dropping rate fully? Only partially (8)
GRATEFUL: Our one and only ‘lurker’.
8d Plot in Greene novel (8)
ENGINEER: An anagram (novel) of IN GREENE.
11d Complaint as British price rises (4)
BEEF: Take a single letter abbreviation for ‘British’ and follow it with a synonym for ‘price’ (reversed) rises – indicates a reversal in a ‘down’ clue.
15d Passing me her pale shifts (9)
EPHEMERAL: An anagram (shifts) of ME HER PALE.
17d I go without new trumpet? That’s stupid (8)
IGNORANT: Take the ‘I GO’ from the clue and contain (without) the abbreviation for ‘new’. Follow this with a verb for ‘trumpet’. I really dislike the term ‘without’ used as a containment indicator.
18d Most of story is prior to fellow’s charm (8)
TALISMAN: Take a synonym for ‘story’ with the last letter removed (most of) then add the ‘is’ from the clue. That is placed before (prior to) a synonym for a male (fellow).
20d Green remains behind Conservative (4)
CASH: A 3 letter term for ‘remains’ follows (behind) the single letter abbreviation for ‘Conservative’. This definition of ‘green’ is there in the BRB in an agricultural sense. [I took it as money, especially dollar bills (definition 10 in the BRB) BD]
21d American turns up very loudly with diamonds — that’s cut the mustard (7)
SUFFICE: A 2 letter abbreviation for ‘American’ and reverse it (turns up), add the abbreviation for ‘very loud’ and end with term for ‘diamonds’.
22d Notice sign of approval from teacher before test’s oddly removed (6)
TICKET: ‘A sign of approval from the teacher’ is followed by (before) the even letters remaining from ‘test’ (oddly removed).
23d Means business (6)
AGENCY: Double definition.
26d Get admission to hospital department supported by the Queen (5)
ENTER: You need the overused abbreviation for a particular ‘hospital department’ followed by (supported – in a down clue) the abbreviation for our current ‘Queen’.
I apologise if I’ve not been too enthusiastic about this puzzle – but I had hoped that it would cheer me up. Unfortunately – it hasn’t. I hope you had a better outcome.
The Quick Crossword pun: die+vin+bored=diving board [very topical!]