Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28296
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. Complementing yesterday’s puzzle, today we have a crossword that’s heavy on the charades and light on the anagrams. As I composed the hints I found myself writing “usual” over and over, and I recalled that cryptic clue ingredients only become “usual” once you’ve seen them a few times. To help new solvers in that regard here’s the guidance that Big Dave offers in his weekend blogs: “Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.” All those pages are well worth a visit.
While some of today’s answers have been seen on the back page quite a few times before, both fifteen letter answers (12a and 19a) make their debuts today, as, to my surprise, does 13a. I’m impressed by that. I didn’t encounter any serious holdups in the solve, so I’m rating this crossword a shade under average for difficulty. Enjoyment-wise I’d say it’s about average for a Tuesday.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.
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7a One giving gratuity, swallowing litre in boozer (7)
TIPPLER: Insert the single-letter abbreviation for litre inside a person who leaves a gratuity.
9a Fresher‘s daily (7)
CLEANER: Double definition, the first being an adjective and the second being a noun.
10a Feeling of insecurity in Penang state (5)
ANGST: Hidden inside the clue.
11a Soldiers in mixed US team causing diversion (9)
AMUSEMENT: Insert (in) a generic term for soldiers into an anagram (mixed) of US TEAM.
12a Needing exercise, a learner in sport and fitness specialist (8,7)
PERSONAL TRAINER: An anagram (needing exercise) of A LEARNER IN SPORT.
13a Happy Mondays, highly energetic people? (7)
DYNAMOS: Another anagram (happy) of MONDAYS. For those unfamiliar with the Madchester genre of music, the surface refers to influential 80s Manchester band the Happy Mondays.
16a Embarrassed female, girl that’s rejected political symbol (3,4)
RED FLAG: A charade of the colour associated with embarrassment, the abbreviation for female, and the reversal (rejected) of an informal synonym of girl.
19a Itinerant actor in street with extremely rich musician (9,6)
STROLLING PLAYER: Another charade, this time composed of the abbreviation for street, a noun adjective (sometimes preceding “… in money”) meaning extremely rich, and a musician who uses an instrument.
23a Instrument that’s captured the spirit of Jamaica? (5,4)
SNARE DRUM: Concatenate a synonym of captured and the alcoholic beverage associated with Jamaica.
24a Good run for famous cricketer (5)
GRACE: Take the abbreviation for good and append a competitive run, like a marathon.
25a A lot’ll back daughter, taking everything into account (3,4)
ALL TOLD: A from the clue followed by the reversal (back) of LOTLL and the single-letter abbreviation for daughter.
26a Home wound up burning (7)
INTENSE: Crosswordland’s usual short word for home followed by an adjective meaning wound up or anxious.
1d Son caught badly in need of money (8)
STRAPPED: A charade of the usual abbreviation for son followed by a synonym for caught or confined.
2d Campaign promises from rostrum? (8)
PLATFORM: A cryptic definition of the promises and policies espoused by a political party during an election campaign.
3d Naval force heading for Algiers — not all there captured by artist (6)
ARMADA: Start with the first letter (heading for) of Algiers. Then attach our usual two-letter artist after inserting (captured by) an adjective meaning “not all there”.
4d Info on short road up in lakeside city (6)
GENEVA: Our usual short word for information followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of the abbreviation for a tree-lined road.
5d Reason North American lake must be blasted (8)
INFERNAL: A verb meaning reason or deduce followed by the abbreviations for North America(n) and lake.
6d Speaker in second of Houses runs over list put up (6)
ORATOR: Join the second letter of hOuse, the cricketing abbreviation for runs, and the reversal (put up in a down clue) of a list or roster.
8d A nurse may carry this on break coming up (5)
PAGER: Combine one of our usual short words meaning on or about with a break in something continuous, like traffic. Then reverse it all (coming up in a down clue).
9d Bar opposite (7)
COUNTER: A double definition. Bar here is something that Miffypops might be found behind.
14d Mean, partner? As a rule (8)
NORMALLY: A charade of the mean or average and a partner or supporter.
15d Agitated in prison, revolutionary (7)
STIRRED: A slang term for prison followed by our usual generic revolutionary.
17d Representative from East on stage during meeting (8)
DELEGATE: Join the abbreviation for East to a stage of a journey. Then insert that combination into a meeting of prospective romantic partners.
18d Perhaps Jekyll and Hyde — only one half seen in store (8)
GARDENER: Put half of HYDE inside a verb meaning to store or accumulate. The result is (loosely) the occupation of Gertrude Jekyll. Gertrude’s younger brother Walter was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, who borrowed his family name for the novel alluded to in the clue.
19d Flounce gracefully, say, round wood (6)
SASHAY: Insert a three-letter type of wood or tree inside SAY from the clue.
20d Fabricate beastly sound and try to avoid notice (3,3)
LIE LOW: A three letter word meaning to fabricate a story, followed by the sound made by a beast of the bovine variety (not moo, the other one). The video shows their reaction to some other sounds.
21d Opening carriage containing doctor (6)
GAMBIT: A synonym for bearing or deportment contains one of our usual abbreviations for a doctor.
22d Long story about ending of marriage (5)
YEARN: Insert the last letter of marriage inside a story or tale.
Thanks to today’s setter for the fun. Highlights for me were 12a and 19a for their originality, 18d because I learned something new parsing it, and 8d, which is my favourite, because it took a little pondering to unscramble. Which clues did you like? And what song would you choose to accompany 1d?
The Quick Crossword pun: BANNED+SORE=BAND-SAW