Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28218
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from a dull weather day in my neck of the woods. We are meant to be bathed in brilliant sunshine and enjoying ‘scorchio’ temperatures. So much for weather forecasters.
Our Tuesday Mr Ron has left me with a curate’s egg of a puzzle. There is certainly nothing of any real difficulty (start with the down clues) and I enjoyed the solving of it. However, as I’ve come to write the review I’m afraid I’ve gone off it a bit (it’s taken me ages). I was going to change my rating but I’ll leave them as they are.
To help you along your path of cryptic achievement and fulfilment I have underlined the definitions. If still struggling, I have added pictorial and written hints. If all else fails, then you can reveal the answers by clicking on the ‘click here’ button. Happy solving.
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7a Serving US soldier in one’s pub is sensible (7)
LOGICAL: Take the standard abbreviation for a US soldier and insert it into a term for a public house that you often frequent.
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9a Shake unruly child in the course of struggle (7)
VIBRATE: A synonym for an unruly child who is often referred to as ‘spoilt’ is inserted in a ‘bid’ or ‘contest’ (course of struggle).
10a Alarm losing time causes miscalculation (5)
ERROR: Start with a synonym for ‘alarm’ and then remove (losing) the abbreviation for ‘time’.
11a Firm: it’s averse to change (9)
ASSERTIVE: First anagram of the day – an anagram (to change) of ITS AVERSE.
12a Kind of household to arrange tea for men in play (3-6,6)
ONE-PARENT FAMILY: An anagram (to arrange) TEA FOR MEN IN PLAY.
13a Have groups of searchers on face of Snowdon (7)
POSSESS: The groups of searchers here are normally gathered from the townsfolk of a Wild West town by the Sheriff in search of the bad guys, followed by the leading letter of Snowdon (on face of Snowdon).
16a Stop female artist wearing check (7)
REFRAIN: Start with the abbreviations for ‘female’ & ‘artist’ and then insert them (wearing) a synonym for ‘check’.
19a Small scone unfinished, dunked in cup of tea in notable meeting (5,10)
PRESS CONFERENCE: You will need the abbreviation for ‘small’ and add the word ‘scone’ without its last letter (unfinished) and then insert all that into (dunked in) a term synonymous with ‘it’s right up my street’ (cup of tea). Really liked this one – just for the image it conjured up, and I love the use of ‘dunked’ for an insertion indicator.
23a Synthetic fibre made by college, girl heard (9)
POLYESTER: Start with the abbreviation for what some Universities (colleges) used to be called and follow that with a homophone (heard) of a girl’s name, Ms Rantzen perhaps.
24a Turn scoundrel going after wife (5)
WHEEL: A colloquial term for a ‘scoundrel’ follows (going after) the standard abbreviation for ‘wife’.
25a Messenger in hall of justice endlessly? That is right (7)
COURIER: A place where all the bad boys and girls are tried for crimes (hall of justice) without the last letter (endlessly) then follow that with the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ and the abbreviation of ‘right’.
26a Joins servicemen after one goes missing (7)
SOLDERS: Start with what one of the Armed Forces calls it’s men / women and remove the Roman numeral for ‘one’ (one goes missing). ‘Servicemen’? Tut, tut Daily Telegraph – no sexual discrimination here.
1d Basketball manoeuvre in back street, hoop lacking height (5-3)
ALLEY-OOP: You will start with a synonym for a ‘back street’ (no, not a ginnel) and add (after the hyphen) the word ‘hoop’ lacking the abbreviation for ‘height’. Not a clue I particularly enjoyed.
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2d Gangster wanting to fence fine article (8)
SCARFACE: A synonym for ‘wanting’ (in the context of ‘missing or lack of) contains (to fence) the abbreviation for ‘fine’ and a single letter ‘article’.
3d Satisfy publican, at first, with tenancy agreement (6)
PLEASE: The leading letter of publican (publican at first) is followed by (with) a term for a ‘tenancy agreement’.
4d A Brie I distributed in part of Europe (6)
IBERIA: An anagram (distributed) of A BRIE I. Not a very well hidden anagram imho.
5d Man in charge, supported by a church (8)
BASILICA: The name of the ‘man’ required for the start of the clue can also be a herb and is followed by (supported in a down clue) the abbreviation for ‘in charge’ and the ‘A’ from the clue. As I’ve said many times before – I don’t really like it when there is no real wordplay for you to find a name. But here and in 23a I’ll make an exception as the rest of the wordplay leads you to the answer.
6d This person’s crimson on the outside, with unknown cure (6)
REMEDY: Start with the form of ‘I’ used as the objective and contain that (on the outside) in a colour you may go when embarrassed (crimson) – end it with one of the mathematical terms for an ‘unknown’.
8d Blood surrounding head of goat in ravine (5)
GORGE: A synonym for ‘blood’ contains (surrounding) the leading letter (head of) of ‘goat’. There is one not far from me in which the River Severn flows.
9d Screen concealing it, migratory bird (7)
VISITOR: Take a synonym for what a welder would use to protect his eyes (screen) and insert (concealing) the word ‘it’ from the clue. You are not looking for a particular name of a bird in this case, rather a term for all migratory birds.
14d Make clear power must be cloaked in betrayal (5,3)
SPELL OUT: Start with the abbreviation of ‘power’ contained (cloaked in) a term when split 4,3 is used to indicate being stabbed in the back (betrayal).
15d Son, wizard scout (7)
SPOTTER: Take the abbreviation for ‘son’ and follow it with Ms Rowling’s bespectacled protagonist. Just when I thought we’d heard the last from the wizard – I noticed in Waterstones’ window last week that the ‘official’ screenplay for the stage adaptation of said wizard is for sale. Flogging a dead horse comes to mind.
17d Until we meet again, get on with the Spanish and Latin (8)
A synonym of ‘get on with’ is followed by ‘the’ in Spanish and the abbreviation of ‘Latin’. Having had a closer look – here is the correct hint.
A synonym of ‘get on’ followed by the abbreviation of ‘with’ and add ‘the’ in Spanish and the abbreviation for ‘Latin’. Sorry, should have noticed that earlier.
18d Unnecessary enmity on steamship (8)
NEEDLESS: Animosity and hatred (enmity) is followed by the abbreviation for ‘steamship’.
19d Father, smart in church government (6)
PAPACY: An affectionate term for ‘father’ is followed by a synonym for ‘smart’ as in sharp or slick.
20d Move at home to intervene (4,2)
STEP IN: Start with a synonym for ‘move’ is followed by the term used when we’re not out (at home).
21d Woodland in east in grip of nasty frost (6)
FOREST: Start with the abbreviation of ‘East’ insert it into (in grip of) an anagram (nasty) of FROST. Takes all sorts I suppose.
22d Relative of Connie Cezon (5)
NIECE: And lastly – our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day I believe. Connie (to her friends) was an American actress known for her appearances on Perry Mason.
Hope you managed to finish it without too much hassle. I will plump for 19a as my favourite of the day for the reasons mentioned. Did any clue(s) float your boat today?
I am heading to NE England (Tyne & Wear) on business tomorrow for 2 days (nights), so be careful on the roads as I am giving the TT its head – goodbye licence.
The Quick Crossword pun: claw+roe+fill=chlorophyll