Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28238
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where we seem to be having a short return of summer, forecast of 28C this afternoon. It was a bit chilly this morning when I started on the puzzle though.
I’ve an idea who might have set this one but I’m keeping quiet as I’m usually wrong about setters. Whoever it was has given us an enjoyable puzzle which I don’t thing will frighten too many horses, although I was very close to three star time.
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.
1a Military resources quite heated before a check in East (3,7)
WAR MACHINE: Start with a word describing something which has been quite heated (but isn’t very hot) and follow with A (from the clue), the abbreviation of check, IN (from the clue) and finally E(ast) and then split all that (3,7).
9a Figure getting order from archaeologist on site? (5)
DIGIT: If the answer is split (3,2) it is indeed what an archaeologist might tell you to do to the site.
10a Fruit cultivated in a tree, no good inside (9)
TANGERINE: Anagram (cultivated) of IN A TREE with NG (No Good) inserted (inside).
12a Drink in county house consumed by everyone (7)
ALCOHOL: Abbreviations of county and house inserted into (consumed by) a word for everyone.
13a Mayhem mostly engulfing retreat in battle site (5)
SOMME: The answer is hidden in (engulfing) MAYHEM MOSTLY but it’s reversed (retreat). I’ve been to the place in the picture and it’s really quite poignant. There’s over 72,000 names engraved on the walls and they’re those of soldiers who died on the Somme battlefields and have no known grave.
15a Decorative work of note, first time out (7)
CROCHET: A musical note with the first T removed.
17a What you do with books of tradable status? (7)
SOLVENT: What you and I do to crosswords followed by the abbreviation of a part of the bible (books).
19a Library perhaps to be renovated any time (7)
AMENITY: Your local library is an example of one of these and it’s an anagram (to be renovated) of ANY TIME.
21a Track what a computer user may require (7)
MONITOR: Double definition. The second is a bit of computer hardware.
22a Staff will support this country, say (5)
MUSIC: Another double definition. The staff is what this stuff is written on and country is a genre of it.
24a One bag I sent for recycling plant (7)
BEGONIA: Anagram (for recycling) of ONE BAG I.
27a Spell inside suit in cycling event (4,5)
TIME TRIAL: Take a word for a spell inside prison followed by a lawsuit and split the result (4,5) and you’ll get the type of cycle racing in which Sir Bradley Wiggins was world champion in 2014.
28a US sect going wrong under the influence of drink? (5)
AMISH: You need a word for wrong and change the ending to SH so it sounds like how you might pronounce it if you had consumed a large amount of 12a.
29a Charge that’s put on commercial vehicle (4)
LOAD: Double definition. Charge as in charge a firearm and what lorries and vans carry around.
30a Thief’s sins might be represented as trickery (10)
SHIFTINESS: Anagram (might be represented as) of THIEFS SINS.
1d Western fish is extra (4)
WIDE: W(estern) followed by a popular crosswordland fish gives an extra in cricket.
2d Doctor and scholar with part in boring series (9)
RIGMAROLE: A charade of a word meaning to doctor or falsify followed by a Master of Arts and then a part in a play.
3d Prank opposing foremost sign of corruption (5)
ANTIC: A word for opposing followed by the first letter (foremost sign) of Corruption.
4d Axe Argentine guerrilla over time lying under sombrero maybe (7)
HATCHET: Start with what a sombrero is an example of and after it (lying under in a down clue) you need our favourite guerrilla (who happens to have been Argentinean) and a T(ime).
5d Surprise soon evident, missing a bonus (7)
NONPLUS: A word for soon without the A (missing a) followed by a bonus or a gain.
7d Prestigious award? I had one first, in a manner of speaking (5)
IDIOM: Start with the abbreviation of an order conferred on civilians and servicemen for eminence in any field and before it (first) put a short way of writing I HAD and an I (one).
8d It features in table before a year is up — like some schools? (10)
ELEMENTARY: Something which features in the periodic table is followed by A (from the clue) and the abbreviation of year reversed (is up) gives you a type of school for young kids.
11d Rambling spiel working in foreign letter (7)
EPSILON: The fifth letter of the Greek alphabet is an anagram (rambling) of SPIEL followed by a word for working.
14d Fight with others about motorway — it’s unwanted by industry? (5,5)
SCRAP METAL: A fight (5) followed by a Latin tag meaning with others (2,2) with M(otorway) inserted (about).
16d Musical curtailed style for shock (7)
HAIRCUT: A famous musical followed by a word meaning curtailed gives a style for the shock that grows on your head. Well, not so much on mine nowadays.
18d Hand over abroad text I read needing revision (9)
EXTRADITE: Anagram (needing revision) of TEXT I READ.
21d Magazine article almost jammed up holiday resort (7)
MAGALUF: Abbreviation of magazine followed by an indefinite article and then a reversal (up in a down clue) of a word meaning jammed or packed without it’s last letter (almost). I wonder if this and 20d are next to eachother on purpose?
23d Savoury snack son’s avoided in island territory (5)
SAMOA: Take the S out of (S(ons) avoided) an Indian savoury snack to get an Island country located in the Pacific Ocean.
25d North American fellow gets into first-rate mess (5)
NAAFI: Start with the abbreviation of north American and after it insert (gets into) an F(ellow) into two letters representing first-rate.
26d Enthusiast boxes in this way (4)
THUS: The answer is hidden in (boxes) the first word of the clue.
A pleasant enough puzzle with some good clues but my favourite is 26d for its simplicity.
Quick crossword pun : COME + PEWTER = COMPUTER