Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28203
“A, you’re a necessity ….”
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Greetings from tropical Warrington. Time for a Friday battle with the Don, although there were points today where it didn’t feel like one of his puzzles. Very enjoyable, although somewhat on the gentle side for the Friday spot. There were a couple of traps. I wrote in an answer to 14 without thinking too much about it and this led to problems with 7 down, although they were quickly resolved.
It’s a good day for solving today. Once you have finished this one, there’s Elgar on the rampage in the Toughie, but fans of the Sunday puzzle will be pleased to note Brian is over at Guardian Towers https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26973 and he’s a little more risqué than in the Sunday spot.
Apologies for the late posting, had a nursing appointment which turned into an urgent doctor’s appointment! Home now, but off to work!
[This has been further aggravated by performance problems on the site which finally necessitated a server reboot. BD]
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1a English bobby in helmet? A cool dude (6)
HEPCAT: A name for someone who is cool, a word not used much today and associated with the 1960’s. Inside a word for a helmet is an abbreviation for English and one for a policeman.
5a Celebrity female is accompanying husband, a swimmer (8)
STARFISH: A word meaning celebrity has F (female), IS and H (husband) added to give something found on many beaches.
9a Take lingerers apart in a situation wreaking havoc with the economy? (7,6)
GENERAL STRIKE: An anagram (shown by apart) of TAKE LINGERERS gives an action that invariably brings things to a halt and is often cited as a cause for poor economic results.
10a I concede, having admitted small number with insufficient know-how (8)
IGNORANT: The abbreviation (small) for number goes inside how you say I concede or allow something to give a word meaning not knowing.
11a Remember everyone at the sports ground (6)
RECALL: An old slang name for a sports ground is added to something meaning everyone to lead you to something that means remember.
12a A soldier enters a party in leisurely fashion (6)
ADAGIO: The musical instruction that means play in a leisurely manner, slowish, is found by taking A and the abbreviation for a US soldier and placing it inside A and a word for a party. It’s worth remembering that when you see A in a clue, it usually means it’s in the answer. As in the next clue as well….
14a I, having taken a bash after school, must get foot treatment (8)
PODIATRY: Without thinking too much, I wrote in PEDICURE, but had I read the clue properly, I would have realised it wouldn’t have worked. After the name for a school (of whales) goes I and A plus a word meaning bash, attempt or go. This gives the trendy word for CHIROPODY.
16a Given external stimulus, mean fellow almost made a commitment (8)
PROMISED: Indicated by ‘external’, Inside a word for a stimulus or kick-up-the-bum goes almost the full word for someone who’s mean with money and this leads you to a word meaning made a commitment.
19a ‘Character’ — a nut wandering about (6)
NATURE: A word for the character of something is shown by rearranging the letters of A NUT and adding the short indication that means about.
21a Crows left penned in by animals (6)
GLOATS: Inside a word for some animals goes L (an abbreviation for LEFT). This gives something that means crows about something.
23a Refuse to accept sailor, one hiding head by entrance (8)
ABNEGATE: Something that means refuse or decline is found by taking the standard abbreviation for a sailor, adding ONE without its first letter (hiding head) and a word for an entrance.
25a Some toiler got mad — a person who can tell what’s in the air (13)
METEOROLOGIST: The proper name for the clairvoyants at the end of the news on TV is found by rearranging the letters of SOME TOILER GOT. Here’s probably the most famous of all….
26a Spotted having little kiss in winter vehicle (8)
SPECKLED: An adjective meaning spotted, is revealed by taking a word for a little kiss (on the cheek) and putting it inside the name of something to transport you over the snow.
27a Royal family exciting characters in Stroud (6)
TUDORS: The name of a royal dynasty is found by rearranging (exciting characters) of STROUD.
2d Occupied, showing purpose — good time to get stuck in (7)
ENGAGED: A word that means occupied (think public toilets – no, perhaps not!) is found by taking a word meaning a purpose and inserting G (good) and a word for a long time.
3d Worker in firm produces piece of poetry (5)
CANTO: Inside the abbreviation for company goes the name of an insect for which worker is a type. This gives the name for a type of verse, often sung.
4d Fighters moved very quickly, pursued by a blonde bombshell (9)
TOREADORS: The name for some bullfighters is found by taking a verb meaning moved very quickly, adding the A from the clue and the surname of a blonde bombshell from the fifties and sixties
5d Pulpits badly produced come apart (5,2)
SPLIT-UP: An anagram (badly produced) of PULPITS gives a word meaning to have come apart.
6d Female MP once in a never-ending rage (5)
ASTOR: The surname of a famous female MP, often the butt of jokes by Churchill, is found by taking another A and adding a word meaning rage or tempest, minus its last lette
7d Over-smart church sculptures? Such may be seen in lecture (4,5)
FLIP CHART: Something that is used as part of a lecture or presentation is found by taking an adjective that can mean too clever or over-smart and then adding CH (church) and a word for paintings or sculptures.
8d S. Pickwick’s valet, one to bulge out (7)
SWELLER: The name for someone who bulges a bit is found by taking the name of the assistant to the central character in Pickwick Papers and writing it in the style of the character shown. This is an occasional device used in crosswords and can just require that little bit of thought. So Samuel Pickwick appears as S PICKWICK, his side-kick, also called Sam would appear as S…..
13d My acting’s absurdly acrobatic (9)
GYMNASTIC: An anagram (absurdly) of MY ACTING’S leads to a word meaning acrobatic. Think Max Whitlock.
15d Maybe enjoying restaurant clamour and latest taste? (6,3)
DINING OUT: A phrase that means going for a meal is made up of a short word for noise, adding another way of saying latest or trendy, and an word borrowed from French for taste (or a nasty condition from drinking too much port!).
17d Go round with cleaner to get bit of food (7)
ROLLMOP: A small item of food (pretty disgusting IMHO) can be found by taking a word meaning move round and attend an item used for cleaning mucky floors.
18d Red card — feature of a ball game (7)
DIAMOND: A double definition. The name for a red playing card is also the playing area of baseball or other sports.
20d One goes round rubbish dumped on a hill (7)
ROTATOR: Something that spins is found by taking a word meaning rubbish, adding another A and something that means hill in Devon.
22d Stolen stuff’s turning up in seat (5)
STOOL: The name for a type of chair is stolen property’s reversed.
24d Liberal admitted to good Scottish society (5)
GUILD: Inside the Scottish word for good goes L for Liberal to give the name for a society (think Townswomen).
Thanks to the Don for today’s battle. Apologies again for being late. Normal service resumed next week.
The Quick Crossword pun: Klee+moor=claymore