Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28214
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I don’t have the first idea who today’s setter is but I found it quite difficult – there were a lot of things that I didn’t know so Mr Google has been working overtime. As usual, I’m perfectly happy for you all to disagree with me and say it was a doddle. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought and how you got on today.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
1a Dog savaged Republicans and odd characters in melee (7,7)
CLUMBER SPANIEL — An anagram (savaged) of REPUBLICANS and alternate letters (odd characters) of MeLeE. I’d never heard of this dog – they’re bred for stamina rather than speed and apparently dribble a lot – think I’ll stick to collies.
9a Ministers enact legislation carrying half of Conservatives (7)
PASTORS — A verb that means to make a new law around (carrying) three of the six letters (half of) another word for Conservatives.
10a Superb vehicle overturned by tree (7)
SUBLIME — A reversal (overturned) of a large vehicle is followed by a tree that can be ornamental or fruiting.
11a Captain Cook’s equipment (3)
AGA — This is a double definition – the Captain is a Turkish commander or chief officer and the Cook’s equipment is a large oven – the false capitalisation of ‘Cook’s’ is just to confuse us.
12a One doing more good deeds in beauty spot (6,5)
KINDER SCOUT — The equivalent organisation for boys that, for girls, is Girl Guides are known for doing good deeds. If one of them was feeling particularly good humoured he could be said to be in a better mood or ****** and therefore even more likely to do even more good deeds. One of those that’s no easier to give a hint for than solve.
14a Still batting with no suggestion of criticism bagging duck (3,3)
NOT OUT — The NO from the clue is followed by an exclamation of disapproval or impatience (they often come in pairs) which contains (bagging) the letter which looks like a zero or a duck in cricket terms.
15a Venue for performing music — ole! (8)
COLISEUM — An anagram (performing) of MUSIC-OLE. I’ve never seen it spelt like this.
17a Change meat, put in starters of aloo and insalata (8)
MUTATION — Change here is a noun. You need a kind of meat from an animal which is not in the first flush of youth which contains the first letters (starters) of A(loo) and I(nsalata).
19a Girl — I turn with repulsion, embraced by the opposite sex (6)
IMOGEN — Start with the I from the clue – then a reversal (with repulsion) of another word for a turn in a game which is contained in (embraced by) some chaps (the opposite sex from the girl).
22a Engineers scrap European steamship, showing no respite (11)
REMORSELESS — One of the usual abbreviations for a kind of engineer in the army is followed by a scrap or small piece of something, often food, the abbreviation for E(uropean) and, finally, another abbreviation, this time for S(team)S(hip).
23a Worried about Greek character (3)
ETA — A reversal (about) of a short word meaning worried by or niggled away at.
24a Administrator reduced men serving round Royal Academy (7)
CURATOR — A word meaning reduced or pared down and a two letter abbreviation for one of the many kinds of ‘serving men’ or soldiers contain (round) the abbreviation for R(oyal) A(cademy).
26a Japanese art of note shown by old Baltic city (7)
ORIGAMI — Begin with the O(ld) and follow that with the capital of Latvia (Baltic city) – finish off with the third note in a musical scale.
27a Old king could become glad thereafter (6,3,5)
ALFRED THE GREAT — An anagram (could become) of GLAD THEREAFTER
1d Superhero playing a cinematic part endlessly, top class (7,7)
CAPTAIN AMERICA — An anagram (playing) of A CINEMATIC and PARt (part endlessly) and the letter that is used to denote top class which will give you a fictional superhero in some US comics – I’d never heard of him.
2d Pretentious type bitter after good times (7)
UPSTART — Begin with some good times – presumably the opposite of bad times which could be referred to as downs – and follow that with a word that means bitter or sharp.
3d Popular film? Ban one about train robber (11)
BLOCKBUSTER — A ban or obstacle is followed by the first name of one of the Great Train Robbers – I’d never heard of him either.
4d One’s in group carrying out rebellion (6)
RISING — A group or gang contains (in) the letter that looks like a one, with the ‘S.
5d Out-of-date teacher departed (6,2)
PASSED ON — Split 5,3 this could be an old-fashioned or antiquated teacher at a university.
6d Nick‘s suspension overturned (3)
NAB — A reversal (overturned) of a suspension or an exclusion.
7d Perfect example of Eastern book with religious content (7)
EPITOME — Begin with E(astern) and follow that with a large book – in between the two you need a short word that means religious or sanctimonious (with religious content).
8d Romantic laments tiniest failing (14)
SENTIMENTALIST — An anagram (failing) of LAMENTS TINIEST.
13d Scrapping briefly, risk rough Russian fighter holding part of leg (11)
SKIRMISHING — Start off with an anagram (rough) of RISK and follow that with a Russian aircraft which contains (holding) the lower part of your leg – the bit at the front.
16d Shabby old Italian leader, a communist (3-5)
DOG-EARED — A four letter old Italian leader – not a politician but a chief magistrate in Venice and Genoa – follow that with the A from the clue and finish off with the colour often used to mean a communist.
18d Cart in which acrobat swaps sides (7)
TUMBREL — Start with another word for an acrobat or a gymnast and change around (swap) the fifth and seventh letters.
20d Small space in standard egg (7)
GRENADE — A two letter printing term for a small space is contained in (in) a standard or level. I always forget this slang meaning of ‘egg’.
21d In a series, preceding first prize Rotherham holds (6)
ZEROTH — Our one and only lurker or hidden answer indicated by ‘holds’ – it’s in the middle of the sixth and seventh words of the clue. Yet another thing that I’ve never heard of.
25d Become high climbing to achieve peak (3)
TOR —A reversal (climbing) of a word that means to become high or go off.
I liked 11a and 5 and 16d.
The Quickie Pun:- WILL + FERAL = WILL FERRELL