Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28194
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from what is starting to be a bit of a hot day here in Shropshire. Nothing in the puzzle today that will send the horses galloping off to the hills but still quite enjoyable (apart from a couple of clues). Sorry to all the anagram lovers out there, but there are none – zilch – nada. However, I’m sure you’ll all cope.
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1a District hospital to the east of capital (6)
PARISH: Take the usual abbreviation for ‘hospital’ and place it at the end of (to the east) a European capital city.
5a Primate could give bishop a blessing (6)
BABOON: Start with a single letter abbreviation for ‘bishop’ and follow that with the ‘A’ from the clue and a synonym for a ‘blessing’ as in a gift.
10a Range fashionable once more (5)
AGAIN: A famous brand cooking ‘range’ followed by a synonym for ‘fashionable’. Not ‘hip’ but you get the idea.
11a Brute, Scotsman, perhaps behind bars (9)
BARBARIAN: Note the term ‘bars’ – which indicates more than one. Follow that with one of the usual names for a ‘Scotsman’.
12a Doctor’s client, long-suffering (7)
PATIENT: A double definition.
13a What may help some sporty types to get up? (3,4)
SKI LIFT: A cryptic clue for a machine used by Winter sports aficionados who pelt down hills on a pair of lollipop sticks. Or even one wider lollipop stick.
14a Sailor about to collect special gunpowder ingredient (9)
SALTPETRE: Take a term for a ‘sailor’ and the abbreviation of ‘about’ that contains (to collect) a synonym for ‘special’. Teachers have them.
17a Outbreak of fighting heading for cup tie (5)
CLASH: The initial letter (heading) of C[up] followed by a verb meaning to tie.
18a What shapes beard worn by preacher, a Zoroastrian (5)
RAZOR: Our first ‘lurker’ of the day.
19a Deteriorate? Manage to consult foremost of doctors (3,2,4)
RUN TO SEED: Use a synonym for ‘manage’ followed by a term (split 2,3) for ‘to consult’ and end with the first letter (foremost) of ‘doctors.
21a Caught a programme about Conservative’s dependable way to boost the coffers (4,3)
CASH COW: Take the cricketing abbreviation for ‘caught’ (not something seen beside the name of England’s fielders in the last test), the ‘A’ from the clue followed by a term used for a stage production and cover ‘about’ the abbreviation for ‘Conservative’. Verbosity in the clue requires verbosity in the hint.
23a Spend long period of time crossing (7)
PASSAGE: A charade of two synonyms – one for ‘spend’ and then ‘long period of time’.
25a Refusing to bend, old boy, say, has to be carried around home (9)
OBSTINATE: Take the standard abbreviation for ‘old boy’ followed by a synonym for ‘say’ which contains (has to be carried around) the crosswordland term for ‘home’.
26a Hunter in oratorio, Nimrod (5)
ORION: Our second ‘lurker’ of the day.
27a A stink, ultimately, after article taken from another jacket (6)
ANORAK: Lego time.
Take the ‘A’ from the clue then what you are left with after removing (taken from) a 2 letter article from ‘another’ and place the last letter (ultimately) of ‘stink’ at the end (after). Don’t know what I was thinking of with this hint. It should be, Take the letter ‘A’ from the clue and the last letter (ultimately) of ‘stink’ preceded by (after) what is left when a 3 letter ‘article’ is removed from ‘another’. Thank you Jane.
28a Cruel person, notice, is skulking in street (6)
SADIST: Take the abbreviation for ‘street’ and insert (skulking in) a 2 letter abbriation for ‘notice’ and the ‘Is’ from the clue.
2d A component in pieces (5)
APART: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and add a synonym for ‘component’.
3d Secret involving house and publican (9)
INNKEEPER: Take a slightly stretched synonym for ‘secret’ and insert (involving) another synonym for ‘house’ as in ‘to shelter’.
4d Hard, somewhat, in outward appearance (5)
HABIT: The standard abbreviation for ‘hard’ is followed by a term (split 1,3) for ‘somewhat’.
5d He conducted in Swiss capital, good man, a German (9)
BERNSTEIN: Start with the alternative spelling of a Swiss capital, add an abbreviation for ‘good man’ and finish off with ‘A’ in German.
6d Sounds like one who has a lighter spicy starter (5)
BHAJI: A homophone (sounds like) of a person who would ply his trade on a vessel (lighter) on the canals. I’m saying nothing.
7d Start to make a speech having swallowed one drink (9)
ORIGINATE: Take a synonym for ‘to make a speech’ and contain (swallowed) the Roman numeral for ‘one’ and a spirit (usually mixed with tonic water) ‘drink’.
8d French writer keeping quiet for academic grounds? (6)
CAMPUS: You will need a French writer and philosopher who contributed to the rise of the philosophy of ‘absurdism’ (Thank you Mr Google) that contains (keeping) the abbreviation for ‘quiet’.
9d Grab lift (6)
SNATCH: Another double definition, the latter indicating a type of ‘lift’ in weightlifting.
15d Idle girl makes a stand (4,5)
LAZY SUSAN: Take a synonym for ‘idle’ and follow it with the name of a girl. What girl? Any girl, take your pick. As you’re all probably well aware – I don’t like this type of clue where a ‘name’ has no wordplay to guide you. Some will probably argue that, at this stage, you will probably have a few checking letters to complete the clue. I just call it being lazy.
16d Perplex with support for reversion to an earlier type (9)
THROWBACK: Take a synonym for ‘perplex’ and follow that with a term for ‘support’. I initially only had ‘an earlier type’ underlined for the definition. What do you think?
17d Angry over promise to provide this (9)
CROSSWORD: A charade of 2 synonyms for ‘angry’ and ‘promise’.
18d Page on Rex, academy’s headmaster? (6)
RECTOR: A charade of the right hand side page in an opened book (page) and the abbreviation of ‘Rex’.
20d Governess expected girl to be upset (6)
DUENNA: Take a term for ‘expected’ and another girl’s name reversed (to be upset). I’ve said all I wanted to say about girl’s names.
22d One who proclaims about state and Queen (5)
CRIER: Start with the abbreviation for ‘about’, follow that with the abbreviation of a ‘state’ in America and finish off with (yes you’re correct) another abbreviation for our current Queen.
23d Quick to forget former partner in a novel manufacturing business? (5)
PRESS: Take a synonym for ‘quick’ and remove (forget) the abbreviation for ‘former partner’.
24d A young lady that’s out of order (5)
AMISS: Take the ‘A’ from the clue and add the title used for an unmarried girl (young lady)
Not too difficult with only a couple holding me up with the parsing. I’ll go with the concise 18d as my favourite of the day – does what it says on the tin. Which one(s) amused you today?
The Quick Crossword pun: musk+wash=musquash