Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28197
At Sixes and Nines!
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from Warrington! Myself and the lovely Crypticsue have popped in to cover the Friday slots while certain people are sunning themselves / facing court appearances / taking tea with the Queen (delete as appropriate). And it is my lot to do battle with the Don!
I found this a nice enjoyable puzzle, reasonably straightforward, although it’s using one of the older Telegraph grids and one of my least favourites, as basically it’s almost four puzzles in one, with only one link to each section via the two fifteen-letter answers. Most of the answers are either six or nine letters long. The nice thing is that there is a good smattering of anagrams to help ease the pain.
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1a Old-style rule, prior to anything being written down? (9)
PRESCRIPT An old way of saying a rule or regulation is found by taking a prefix that means before or prior and a word that describes writing. Because of the question mark you could also take the second half as a cryptic definition for the time before anything was in writing.
9a Part of SA gets sun and zero water — zero! (6)
SOWETO Our setter is quite adept at writing good clues that may be read as all-in-ones. So here there’s an image of a place that is quite hot and gets little rain. Not being too familiar with the climate here, it may well be the case. A place in South Africa, one of the famous townships, is mad up of S (sun) + O (zero) + a word meaning water + another zero.
10a In Cyprus a post’s secured a small vessel (9)
CAPILLARY The name for a small (blood) vessel in the body is found by taking A + a word for a post in architecture and placing it inside the IVR code for Cyprus.
11a Accident when little Philip’s swallowed Romanian money (4-2)
PILE-UP Inside a shortened form of the name Philip (think of the main narrator in Great Expectations) goes that name of the Romanian currency to give a phrase for an accident.
12a List minister of religion as being into home improvements? (9)
DIRECTORY Inside the abbreviation for home improvements goes the name for a minister of the church (or an officer of a University) and this reveals the name for a type of list.
13a Bishop getting in the way of walkers, beast! (6)
FERRET There does seem to be a fair few container clues lurking round today, and here’s another. Inside a slang name for those things that stop your legs from fraying goes the standard two-word crossword abbreviation for a bishop’s title.
17a A little female dog companion let loose (3)
BIT A word that means a little piece of something is found by taking the name for a female dog and removing CH (an abbreviation for a Companion of Honour – another crossword regular abbreviation)
19a To administer a Co. differently, move towards giving everyone a say (15)
DEMOCRATISATION The word for the process of giving people the vote or say in a country is an anagram (differently) of TO ADMINISTER A CO.
20a Clumsy person in a gym (3)
APE A slang word for someone who is clumsy is made up of A + one of the abbreviations for gym at school.
21a Process of ‘refuelling’ — what you need to get ‘ot (6)
EATING this clue comprises two cryptic definitions. The main definition is away of saying refuelling the body (note the inverted commas) and the other is a way of describing the basic thing that makes you warm, but it’s how someone who drops their aitches when they speak (shown by the apostrophe at the start of words).
25a A person, if misshapen, should get particular garments (9)
PINAFORES This takes me back to my Auntie Buff who used to take the very young Tilsit on a Saturday to see her family and Wigan and always bought a wrap-around one of these garments (and kept me quiet with one of the locally made pork pies filled with jelly an still warm! It’s an anagram (misshapen) of A PERSON IF.
26a Around the walls of tabernacle see most unusual symbols (6)
TOTEMS The name for type of religious statues (assocated with Native Americans) can be found by placing an anagram (unusual) of MOST around T and E (the outside letters, walls of TABERNACLE). Another nice all-in-one type imagery from the clue.
27a Unsettled person that is to shout angrily about money (9)
ITINERANT A slightly complex clue. Inside the abbreviation for ‘that is to say’ and a word meaning to shout and get cross goes a slang word for money. This gives the name for someone who is unsettled and wanders around a lot.
28a Forcibly carry off very little one covered in spots? (6)
RAVISH Something that means to forcibly carry someone away is found by taking the abbreviations for very & one, and placing them inside the name for the spots from measles, or chicken pox.
29a Track badly fouled up with wire (9)
BRIDLEWAY A type of track or path is revealed by unscrambling (fouled is the anagram indicator) BADLY and WIRE
2d Band’s helper gets fee finally after radio broadcast (6)
ROADIE The name for someone who moves the equipment round for a rock band is made up of an anagram (broadcast) of RADIO + E (the last letter of FEE).
3d Son is given meat, not a thick slice (6)
SLIVER A very thin slice of something is made up of S (son) + a type of meat, usually served in a casserole with bacon.
4d Give an account of soldiers deceased (6)
RELATE A standard crossword abbreviation for a soldier, a member of the Royal Engineers takes a word meaning deceased or behind time to give omething that means to give an account of.
5d Artist left with a tinier part needing to be changed (8-7)
PORTRAIT-PAINTER Should this phrase be hyphenated? If, like me, you spent a little while trying to make the name of a famous artist, you would have been wasting your time! It’s a type of artist such as Gainsborough, Leonardo and Rembrandt. A word meaning left (on a ship) is added to an anagram of A TINIER PART to give this person.
6d Brit collaring little pests, an officer (9)
POLICEMAN Inside a slang word for a Brit (think Aussie) goes the name for nasty little insects. Add AN to this, and you get the name of an officer of the law.
7d Heavenly body is remote, I do fancy (9)
METEOROID A slightly less common name for something that traves the heavens is an anagram (fancy) of REMOTE, I DO. This is actually the scientific name for the body in space. Once it hits the eart’s surface, it gets its more common name.
8d Being efficient, manage to protect maiden needing shelter (9)
COMPETENT A word that means capable or efficient is found by taking a word meaning manage and putting it round M (maiden) and then add to this the word for a (canvas) shelter.
14d Days before Christmas with university about to provide exciting experience (9)
ADVENTURE An exciting experience, such as enjoyed by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, is revealed by taking the word for the period immediately before Christmas and adding U (university) and RE (about).
15d Like 20, I am the bee’s knees with musical coming up (9)
IMITATIVE Something that means being the same as the answer to 20 across can b found by taking a phrase that means I am something clever, or in a game of Tag I am the chaser. Add to this the name of a famous musical reversed (coming up as it’s a down answer). This gives me the excuse to play one of my favourite sons from the show by one of my favourite singers.