Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28200
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Good morning everyone from a bright and sunny day in my part of Shropshire. Not exactly a R&W but not far off it. I actually quite enjoyed it, but after doing the review I’ve knocked half a star off due the ‘bittiness’ of it all (take the ‘a’ …… abbreviation….etc). I have a feeling that today’s mystery setter is the same as last week – due to the use of certain words. Calling is one of them.
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1a Broadcaster has quarrel regarding west-facing building (10)
SKYSCRAPER: Start with a certain Mr R Murdoch’s cash cow TV empire (broadcaster), add a synonym for ‘quarrel’ and finish with the abbreviation for ‘regarding’ – reversed (west facing).
6a Senior’s outraged? Not half! (4)
AGED: The instruction in the clue is to take ‘outraged’ and reduce it by 50% (not half).
9a About to apply reason (5)
CAUSE: One of the standard abbreviations for ‘about’ is followed by a synonym of ‘to apply’ – eg employ.
10a Exchanges knitted garment with us (9)
ARGUMENTS: An anagram (knitted) of GARMENT and (with) US.
12a Earning from gambling, good for bishop (7)
GETTING: Start with a synonym for ‘gambling’ on horse racing perhaps and then replace the abbreviation of ‘bishop’ with the abbreviation for ‘good’.
13a Son starts to look extremely exhausted — prompting this? (5)
SLEEP: Take the abbreviation for ‘son’ and follow that with the leading letters (starts to) the next 4 words.
15a Free drink after one drops one! (7)
UNTWINE: Take a four letter synonym for ‘one’ and remove the letter ‘I’ (one drops one) and place it ‘
after‘ ‘before’ a type of drink. Thanks to all who noticed my intentional mistake (blush) – as CS said it’s one of those clues that are easier to do than explain. That’s my excuse
17a State cleared criminal (7)
DECLARE: An anagram (criminal) of CLEARED.
19a Bride’s upset about invitations, initially — they’re below par (7)
BIRDIES: An anagram (upset) of BRIDES and I (invitations initially).
21a Endure sitting in the German express (7)
DELIVER: Start with a synonym of ‘endure’ and place it in (sitting in) the German for ‘the’.
22a Royal appears in picture gallery (5)
REGAL: Our one and only lurker of the day.
24a Describe former lover? Unattractive (7)
EXPLAIN: The usual abbreviation for ‘former lover’ is followed by a synonym for ‘unattractive’ usually associated with ‘Jane’.
27a A daughter calling for permission to enter (9)
ADMISSION: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue, add the abbreviation for ‘daughter’ and end with a term for ‘calling’ in life’s work.
28a Gullible citizen ignoring Brexit’s conclusion (5)
NAÏVE: An indigenous member of a country (citizen) without the last letter of ‘Brexit’ (ignoring Brexit’s conclusion).
29a Child taken round new class (4)
KIND: A 3 letter synonym for ‘child’ contains (taken around) the abbreviation for ‘new’.
30a Torch is snazzy and easy to carry (10)
FLASHLIGHT: A synonym for ‘snazzy’ is followed by a term for not heavy (easy to carry).
1d Lay off dry white wine (4)
SACK: Double definition – the latter relating to various dry white wines from Spain and the Canaries.
2d Child’s potty gone rusty (9)
YOUNGSTER: An anagram (potty) of GONE RUSTY.
3d The man’s in court for a case (5)
CHEST: A shortened term for ‘the man’s’ is inserted (in) in the 2 letter abbreviation for ‘court’.
4d A rising artist restricted by shortcoming: greed (7)
AVARICE: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and then add, the abbreviation for ‘artist’ reversed (rising) in (restricted by) a synonym for a ‘shortcoming’.
5d Tied up or about to tie the knot (7)
ENGAGED: Double definition – the latter meaning you have accepted a request to be married.
7d Information about literary style (5)
GENRE: Take a 3 letter abbreviation for ‘information’ followed by another abbreviation for ‘about’.
8d Upset, pa’s despair fades away (10)
DISAPPEARS: An anagram (upset) of PA’S DESPAIR.
11d Annie perhaps makes false claim about American (7)
MUSICAL: An anagram (makes false) of CLAIM containing (about) the abbreviation of ‘American’.
14d Clumsily move ahead of sailor? Hazel’s possibly knocked down by him (10)
LUMBERJACK: A charade of a term used for ‘clumsily move’ and a name normally associated with a ‘sailor’. The ‘Hazel’ here is a tree.
16d Hangers-on that are frozen out? (7)
ICICLES: Cryptic definition for frozen water hanging from roofs in Winter.
18d Promoting a volume about discoing? On the contrary (9)
ADVANCING: Take the ‘A’ from the clue followed by what you would probably be doing at a ‘Disco’ around the abbreviation for ‘volume’. The clue initially suggests that ‘volume’ should be around ‘discoing’ – that is reversed by the last part of the clue ‘on the contrary’.
20d Peculiar ice in drinks all overturned (7)
SPECIAL: The ‘drinks’ is a verb describing how a cat or a dog may drink and that contains ‘ice’ from the clue, all reversed (all overturned). Not sure the definition is ‘nailed on’ here.
21d Deputy closes banks (7)
DEPENDS: An abbreviation of ‘deputy’ is followed by a synonym for ‘closes’. The ‘banks’ have nothing to do with financial institutions or rivers.
23d Street urchin: a male consumed by alcohol (5)
GAMIN: A type of clear spirit contains (consumed) the ‘A’ from the clue and an abbreviation for ‘male’.
25d Cancel a Northern university being hosted by the Netherlands (5)
ANNUL: Guess what you do with the ‘A’ from the clue? Yes, follow it with the abbreviation for ‘northern’ and then add the usual abbreviation for ‘university’ inside the IVR code for the ‘Netherlands’.
26d Reduce study temperature (4)
DENT: Take a synonym for ‘study’ followed by the abbreviation of ‘temperature’. An ever so slightly stretched definition?
There are a few clues I have a tick against (9 & 28a) – but I’ll go for 4d as my favourite. Did any clue(s) tickle your fancy today?
The Quick Crossword pun: air+row+plain=aeroplane