Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28288
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 3rd December
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! This went in quite quickly apart from a couple of clues and on the whole I enjoyed it.
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1a Boycott? Ought to put in cooler! (4-8)
COLD-SHOULDER – Place SHOULD for ‘ought’ inside COLDER or #cooler’. Kerfuffle on the day but it is all clear.
9a Manage love poetry before ‘East is East’ (7)
OVERSEE – O for Old then a VERSE of poetry and then place E for E(ast) in front of (before) the final E (ast) in verse (that is before the E is another E(ast). So O VERS (E) E. Terribly confusing indication there.
10a Boat the French folk rock, Fifties-style (7)
SKIFFLE – A lovely clue. A SKIFF or boat with LE or ‘the’ in French. Reminds us all of Radio Caroline…
11a Bank admits blunder getting part-timer in Services (7)
TERRIER – Place ERR (blunder) inside a TIER or Bank. Not to non UKians – The Territorial Army (reserves or part-timers in the Army service) are also known as ‘Terriers’. Now you do!.
12a People admired those at the bottom of the table (7)
LEGENDS – The second cryptic definition is the ENDs of the LEGs on a table. A Chestnut.
13a By the side of a pine (5)
ALONG – A from the clue and then LONG or ‘pine/ache’.
14a Old partner criticises one about getting fatter (9)
EXPANSION – – A clean charade on EX (old partner) PANS (criticises) I for one and then ON for about (regarding).
16a She cussed degenerate aristocrats (9)
DUCHESSES – A Degenerate anagram of SHE CUSSED and probably what happened in court. Nice clue and surface reading.
19a What to perform in humdrum ballroom (5)
RUMBA – A hidden word IN humdRUM BAllroom. A good clue and a semi-all-in-one (q.v.)
21a Beat material (7)
WORSTED – Two definitions and a chestnut for me. When you are beaten you have been bested by me and you are also WORSTED or beaten.
23a Where to grow fruit or vegetable (7)
ORCHARD – Split as (2,5) to get OR (from the clue) and a CHARD which is a lovely vegetable.
24a Showing feelings I have after upsetting book (7)
EMOTIVE – Place I’VE (I have) after a reversal (upsetting) of a TOME or book.
25a A number, unspecified, work round hospital, bustling place (3-4)
ANT-HILL – A from the clue then N – an unspecified number in mathematics – then TILL or work around H for Hospital.
26a Command to infiltrate alien terrains in the realm of Star Trek (12)
INTERSTELLAR – Place TELL (command) inside (to infiltrate) an anagram (alien) of TERRAINS.
1d European visiting revolutionary South American city for so long (7)
CHEERIO – Place E for European inside CHE (Guevara – a revolutionary) and the South American city of RIO.
2d Novelist giving thanks for opening book being ignored (7)
LESSING – BLESSING (giving thanks for) in which the opening B for Book has been removed/ignored.
3d Stark quality of Kentish Town (9)
SHEERNESS – Two definitions, the latter being down the road from me.
4d Bird left to go south of river (5)
OUSEL – Place L for left under (due South in a down clue) the river OUSE.
5d Arriving by jet leaving France, being lazy (5,2)
LYING IN – F for France Lleaving FLING IN (being lazy).
6d Turkish official fed fine cooking (7)
EFFENDI – An anagram (cooking) of FED FINE.
7d Bear with Barker — Corbett had a hand in this popular duo (5,3,5)
SOOTY AND SWEEP – Sooty BEAR and the dog (Barker) SWEEP. The two hand puppets that father and son Corbett operated (or had a hand in!).
8d Hold chap directed over a national leader (6,7)
NELSON MANDELA – The full or half NELSON is a wrestling hold. Add MAN (chap) then DEL, a reversal (over) of LED/directed, and finally add the A from the clue.
15d Clergy generally assembled at seaport (9)
PASTORATE – Make an anagram (assembled0 of AT SEAPORT.
17d Empty box, apparently? One may find it funny (7)
CARTOON – A bit subtle this!. An empty box may be shown as a CARTON with O for nothing in it – hence CART (O) ON
18d Lace drink? You’ll need hospital department first (7)
ENTWINE – The drink is a WINE. Place the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat department) in front/first.
19d Musical performance playing clarinet, not new (7)
RECITAL – Remove the N (Not N(ew)) from CLARI(n)ET and then make an anagram (playing).
20d More substantial area covered by what one’s good at (7)
MEATIER – What one is good at is one’s METIER. It covers/goes around A for Area.
22d Speech must be given with no notice, in costume (5)
DRESS – Remove the AD(vertisement)/notice from an ADDRESS or speech.