Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28260
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
ShropshireLad’s sabbatical from the Tuesday slot, which we all hope will be brief, has provided an opening for somebody to volunteer me as today’s blogger. I suspect a connection with my having revealed a birthday a couple of weeks ago and I’m feeling that the culprit may not be far away. I viewed the offer to climb into the chair with some trepidation, since in terms of crosswords completed I am just a fledgling. I agreed to have a go because I thought a novice’s perspective might be useful for those starting out, and having learned almost everything I know about cryptics on these fine pages I can’t refuse an opportunity to give something back. So, with that said, here we go.
Tuesday’s mystery setter has obviously heard the recent grumbles on the blog about anagram proliferation because today we’ve been given a puzzle with just two full anagrams, supplemented by three partials and a reverse. Happily, she or he has also avoided any obscure plants, objects, people and the like that usually have me rushing off to consult Mr Google or the Mine. I found that having to think about blogging the puzzle while solving it distorted my perception of difficulty and enjoyment, but my best estimate is average difficulty for a Tuesday and above average enjoyment.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the Click Here! buttons.
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7a Joyous experience lying back with seabird endlessly crossing (7)
GLEEFUL: Reverse (lying back) a verb meaning experience and place it inside (crossing) a seabird missing its last letter (endlessly). Not Jane’s favourite terns, but something quite similar.
8a Figure over hundred with name attached? (7)
OCTAGON: Concatenate the cricketing abbreviation for over, 100 in Roman numerals, and a (3,2) phrase that could indicate a way to display one’s name.
10a Point of story I found in pub regarding men’s movement? (10)
LOGISTICAL: We’re looking for an adjective that could refer to the activities of forces on a battlefield. To find it, insert a word for the main point of a story and the I from the clue inside the pub down the road.
11a Club that’s used in a decreasing way (4)
IRON: Putting a hyphen into “decreasing” makes the wordplay a cryptic definition of the answer. Brian owns a few of these.
12a Pass large recess in ruin (8)
COLLAPSE: Put together Crosswordland’s favourite high mountain pass, the abbreviation for large, and a recess found in a church.
14a Neighbour‘s pupil away from home, we hear (6)
BORDER: Homophone (we hear) of a pupil who attends school away from home.
15a Replacement of landing in Sussex town characterising close co-operation (4,2,5)
HAND IN GLOVE: Insert an anagram (replacement of) of LANDING into a Sussex seaside town.
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19a Placate inspectors accompanied by a Marine (6)
DISARM: Another charade. Put together D(etective) I(nspector)S, the A from the clue, and the two-letter abbreviation for a UK Marine.
20a Separate summary (8)
ABSTRACT: Double definition, with separate as a verb and summary as a noun.
22a Worry where guitarist places his hand? (4)
FRET: Another double definition. The second is the part fingered by one playing.
23a Peculiar talent in EU officer (10)
LIEUTENANT: Anagram (peculiar) of TALENT IN EU.
25a See number mobbing vehicle in Swiss resort (7)
LOCARNO: Our usual archaic expression for See! and an abbreviation for number surround (mobbing) a type of vehicle, yielding a Swiss resort.
26a Comic actor entertaining journalist is holiday host (7)
REDCOAT: An anagram (comic) of ACTOR contains (entertaining) our usual two letter journalist.
1d A Liberal attempt to limit company producing intoxicating drink (7)
ALCOPOP: A from the clue, L(iberal), and an attempt (as in to have a ….) surround (to limit) an abbreviation for company.
2d Food outlet in grandstand eliminated (4)
DELI: Hidden inside the clue.
3d Disruption with statue overturned? (4-2)
BUST UP: A type of statue followed by a word that could mean overturned.
4d Local bee could provide notice of environmental impact (3-5)
ECO-LABEL: Anagram (could provide) of LOCAL BEE.
5d One whose business originates from rank? (4,6)
TAXI DRIVER: A cryptic definition of a worker whose customers are found waiting at a rank.
6d Gracious individual getting time in ornamental headwear (7)
CORONET: A charade of an exclamation synonymous with gracious!, an individual, and T(ime).
9d Vets rave about computer image (6-5)
SCREEN SAVER: A verb meaning vets followed by an anagram (about) of RAVE.
13d Corrupt deal could be the outcome of this? (4,6)
LEAD ASTRAY: “deal” would be the result of considering the answer to this clue as fodder with an anagram indicator.
16d Illegally getting rid of items — around 50 — to get some dough? (8)
DUMPLING: Insert a Roman numeral for 50 into a word for an illegal method for disposing of waste to get an edible lump of dough.
17d Clown that shows seaside venue’s decline? (7)
PIERROT: The clown is revealed by appending to a structure found in seaside resorts a short word meaning decline.
18d Examine US prosecutor left in disgrace (7)
SCANDAL: Obtain a noun meaning disgrace from a charade of a word for examine, the prosecutor in a US court of law, and L(eft).
21d Elements of tennis and golf in part of suite (6)
SETTEE: The suite is one found in a living room. Joining a segment of a tennis match to an item of golfing equipment produces one of its components.
24d Prison lift (4)
NICK: Double definition of a slang term for prison and for lift in the sense of stealing.
I found a lot to like in this puzzle. The clever 13d was my number one, with 8a earning an honourable mention. What were your favourites?
The Quick Crossword pun: truss+tease=trustees