Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28208
Hints and tips by pommers
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Hola peeps, long time no see! For whatever reason I seem to have been busy on Thursdays this summer so the last blog I managed was DT 28160, way back on 7th July. Thanks to Kath for standing in.
It’s back to normal now and I’m greeted by what has to be a RayT production. All the hallmarks are there. Short clues, synonyms stretched till they squeal, two lurkers, a first letters clue and Her Majesty making an appearance. I thought it a bit tricky in places and somehow lacking some of the usual RayT ‘zing’, but perhaps that’s just me after a break from blogging. I’ll be interested to see what you all make of it.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
7a Religion’s leader always facing extreme cleric (8)
REVEREND: A charade of R (Religion’s leader), a word for always and an extreme or finish.
9a Assumes trouble approaching uneven bits of paths (6)
ADOPTS: The usual crosswordland trouble followed by the odd letters (uneven bits) of PaThS
10a Breathe in and talk softly (4)
GASP: A slang word for talk or gossip followed by the letter indicating softly or quietly in a musical score.
11a Fit old man’s back caught in elastic (10)
APPLICABLE: Reverse (back) a two letter word for your old man or father, follow with a word meaning elastic or bendable and insert C(aught).
12a Loosely could give large hint (6)
LIMPLY: L(arge) followed by a word meaning to hint or suggest.
14a Puzzle of fleece uncovered (8)
CONFOUND: Fleece as in defraud (3) and uncovered as in discovered (5). Put the two together and you’ll get a word meaning to puzzle.
15a Vinegar needed to trap flipping bug (6)
ENRAGE: A lurker lurking in vinegar needed (to trap) but it’s backwards (flipping). Our vinegar quite often traps flipping bugs if it’s left for a few days with the cap off.
17a Dashes, holding iron over suits (6)
BEFITS: Reverse (over) the chemical symbol for iron and insert (holding) into a word for dashes as in small amounts.
20a Fall backwards clutching old useless support (8)
ESPOUSAL: Start with a word for a fall or failure and reverse it (backwards). Then insert (clutching) O(ld) and two letters for useless or unserviceable.
22a Pong, a not quite fresh kind (6)
HUMANE: Charade of a slang term for a pong, A (from the clue) and a word for fresh without its last letter (not quite).
23a On a sea trip waving farewell (10)
SEPARATION: An anagram (waving) of ON A SEA TRIP.
26a Ran humiliated being a non-starter (8)
HASTENED: A word for humiliated or subdued without its first letter (being a non-starter).
1d Refusal, say, to be put in home (8)
NEGATIVE: Take the usual two letters for say and insert (to be put in) into a word which can mean home or indigenous.
2d First of parr following river leading to ocean (4)
DEEP: P (first of parr) following the river which flows through Chester, or Aberdeen if you prefer. There’s also one in both Cumbria and Galloway and one in Ireland. There’s a couple in Australia too but this is getting silly.
3d Gift‘s frilly, capturing bridegroom’s heart (6)
LEGACY: This is a gift you might get from someone who’s just died. You need a word for frilly and insert (capturing) the two central letters (heart) of bridegroom.
5d Stay quiet, taking in speaker and this writer (10)
MORATORIUM: A stay as in a cessation. Take a public speaker and the way the writer of this puzzle might refer to himself and insert (taking in) into a word for quiet as in not speaking. At first I had the right speaker but thought the quiet would be SH and the writer ME, it’s the right number of letters but doesn’t get you anywhere!
6d Surreptitiously taken or lifted, even nicked initially (6)
STOLEN: The first letters (initially) of all the other words in the clue.
8d Show of French dive around beginning of cabaret (6)
DEPICT: The French word for ‘of’ followed by another word for a dive or seedy place around a C (beginning of Cabaret).
13d In the flesh, ‘tight’ describes Queen’s playing (10)
PERSONALLY: A word for tight as in friendly is placed around (describes) the usual two letters for the Queen, S (from the clue) and a word for playing as in ‘the radio’s playing’.
16d Fine work about block being turned (8)
GOSSAMER: Start with a word which can mean work or function (2) and follow with a reversal (being turned) of the usual two letters for about and a word for a block or lump of something.
18d Small smalls protecting right stuff? (8)
SUNDRIES: S(mall) and a colloquial term for bras and pants etc (smalls) are placed around (protecting) an R(ight)
19d Turn red accepting one’s a bit obscene (6)
BLUISH: The word for your face turning red has I inserted (accepting one).
21d Shut up keeping warmth in cover (6)
SHEATH: A two letter command to keep quiet is placed around (keeping) a word for warmth.
22d Sharpens head of tool getting blunt (6)
HONEST: Blunt as in frank. A word for sharpens is followed by a T (head of Tool).
24d Precious time with two sweethearts? (4)
TWEE: Sweetheart gives us an E, the heart of sweet. Take two of these and put them after T(ime) and W(ith).
Some good stuff here but favourite is 6d with 25a and 2d on the podium.
The Quick Crossword pun: cue+brute=cube root