Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28206
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Good morning from a rather sultry day here in Shropshire. Today’s puzzle from our Tuesday Mr Ron is a ‘pangram,’ but there is nothing here to send ‘Silver’ and his mates scampering off to the hills. I doubt that my hints will be needed today as it is a nice gentle puzzle for people new to cryptic crosswords to cut their teeth on.
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5a A parrot, variegated correspondingly (3,4)
PRO RATA: An anagram (variegated) of A PARROT.
7a Pug dog (5)
BOXER: Double definition. The former being an abbreviation of what Sir Henry Cooper was.
9a Wild animal in a lake, shown on card (6)
JACKAL: Start with a playing card next one up from a ten and add the ‘A’ from the clue with the abbreviation for ‘lake’.
10a Question a tutor producing four lines of verse (8)
QUATRAIN: Take the 2 letter abbreviation for ‘question’ and follow that with the ‘A’ from the clue and end with a synonymous verb for ‘tutor’.
11a A fruit, kind elected foremost of eaters (10)
CLEMENTINE: A synonym of ‘kind’ is followed by a term used for ‘elected’ (as to office) and the first letter (foremost) of ‘eaters’.
13a Boast about what oarswomen do (4)
CROW: Start with the single letter abbreviation for ‘about’ and add the term for what ‘oarswomen’ do in a boat.
14a He, since being treated, doesn’t eat cabbage (7,6)
CHINESE LEAVES: An anagram (being treated) of HE SINCE is followed by a synonym of ‘doesn’t eat’ (what’s on the plate).
16a Endless ingrained dirt, ghastly (4)
GRIM: A synonym for ‘ingrained dirt’ without its last letter (endless).
17a Explains what a voter does (4,6)
PUTS ACROSS: Split 4,1,5 is how a voter identifies his selected candidate.
19a Free lass, terribly brave (8)
FEARLESS: An anagram (terribly) of FREE LASS.
20a Brief: retain for murder cases (6)
INFORM: Our one and only lurker of the day.
22a Something used by bakers still, while inside (5)
YEAST: Take a synonym for ‘still’ and insert (inside) another synonym for ‘while’.
23a First in earlier on? Social worker, smart (7)
ELEGANT: Start with the first letter of ‘earlier’ and add a term synonymous with ‘on’ (in cricket) and finish with crosswordland’s favourite ‘social worker’ (not the one that flies).
1d Show yellow card to reserve (4)
BOOK: Double definition. The latter being to ‘reserve’ a table perhaps.
2d Standard cavalry weapon in a manner of speaking (8)
PARLANCE: Start with a synonym for ‘standard’ (in golf perhaps) and add a sharp pointy weapon carried by members of the cavalry.
3d Head of brigade entering a lounge on fire (6)
ABLAZE: Take the first letter (head of) of ‘brigade’ and insert it in (entering) the ‘A’ from the clue and term meaning to be idle (lounge).
4d More clothing a fielder required (5,5)
EXTRA COVER: Another cricket term I’m afraid – a position taken by a fielder which comes from a term to describe ‘more clothing’.
5d Pawn nobleman’s gemstone (5)
PEARL: The standard chess abbreviation for ‘pawn’ is followed by a nobleman (well described by MP in his blog yesterday).
6d One learns to like this strange state, having got over it (8,5)
ACQUIRED TASTE: An anagram (strange) of STATE is preceded (over it) by a synonym for ‘having got’.
8d Game in Ohio, America, is exorbitant (7)
RUINOUS: One of Crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for a ‘game’ played by men with odd shaped balls is followed by the ‘in’ from the clue and the abbreviations for ‘Ohio’ and ‘America’.
12d Legendary woman reportedly caused airman to crash (4,6)
MAID MARIAN: A homophone (reportedly) of ’caused’ is followed by an anagram (to crash) of AIRMAN.
14d Saloon, perhaps ideal place in which to eat (7)
CARVERY: The saloon here is a vehicle followed by a synonym for ‘ideal’.
15d Inspector, formerly a Bevin Boy? (8)
EXAMINER: The standard abbreviation for ‘formerly’ is followed by a term for a ‘Bevin Boy’. The picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the clue. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put Kath’s favourite Inspector.
17d Rather small-minded about Rex (6)
PRETTY: Take a synonym of ‘small-minded’ and insert (about) the abbreviation for ‘Rex’.
18d Tiff involving river fish (5)
SPRAT: Start with a synonym for a ‘tiff’ and insert (involving) the abbreviation for ‘river’.
21d German partner in crime duke knocked out (4)
FRAU: You need a type of crime that involves a deceit without (knocked out) the abbreviation for a ‘Duke’.
No particular favourites but a pleasant enough solve. Did any particular clue bring a smile to your face?
The Quick Crossword pun: owe+verb+loan=overblown