Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28300
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 17th December
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! I found this an enjoyable solve in about the 2 star difficulty time range
1a Petition therefore within the law (7)
SOLICIT – So for therefore and LICIT for legal/within the law.
5a Lots in detective team coming back with force (7)
DYNAMIC – Place MANY/lots in the CID/detective team and then reverse the lot (coming back).
9a Lorry to continue shaking (5)
WAGON – The gryptic part is to WAG ON or continue shaking.
10a A British composer, one staying on the 9 (9)
ABSTAINER – A from the clue and B for British followed by the composer STAINER – definition including the answer to 9a ‘one who remains on the wagon’ or does not drink.
11a European caught notorious criminal — one with high self-opinion (3-7)
EGO-TRIPPER – E for European then GOT (caught) followed by the RIPPER, a notorious criminal.
12a Mere elk roaming around area (4)
LAKE – An anagram (roaming) of ELK around A for Area.
14a Old scientist treated English troop (12)
PHRENOLOGIST – An anagram of ENGLISH TROOPS (indicated by treated).
18a Really honest bubbly people seeking mates (6,6)
LONELY HEARTS – An anagram (bubbly) of REALLY HONEST and a good spot.
21a Team triumphed (4)
CREW – Two definitions – a CREW on a boat and to CROW is to win/brag.
22a Record not so strong I put in denial of responsibility (10)
DISCLAIMER – Start with a record DISC and then place I inside LAMER or not so strong.
25a Instruction providing unfavourable information about the City I have to follow (9)
DIRECTIVE – Place DIRT or unfavourable information (dish the dirt) around EC for the City postal area of London and follow with I’VE or ‘I have’.
26a A party gets navy on deck (5)
ADORN – A DO or party followed by RN – the Royal Navy.
27a People watching rowing boat crossing river (7)
GALLERY – Place a GALLEY or boat with oars around/crossing R for River.
28a I’m surprised, keeping poems by Tennyson originally in reserve (7)
MODESTY – MY for I’m surprised (or Gosh!) including ODES/poems and the original letter of T(ennyson).
1d He delivers cutting remark about wife with hesitation (6)
SAWYER – Place SAY or remark around/about W for Wife and then add ER for a hesitation.
2d American soldier visiting upset Christmas host (6)
LEGION – A GI or US Soldier entering/visiting a reversal (upset) of NOEL for Christmas.
3d Fletcher — an ungainly footballer (6-4)
CENTRE-HALF – An ungainly anagram of FLETCHER AN.
4d Lady’s partner married in horse-drawn vehicle (5)
TRAMP – From the doggy film. M for Married inside a TRAP or carriage drawn by a horse.
5d Some French fiend and a tragic heroine (9)
DESDEMONA – A charade of DES (some in French) followed by a DEMON/fiend and finally A from the clue.
6d Well-groomed cattle (4)
NEAT – Two definitions – tidy and a group of cattle (not so well known but good for crosswords!).
7d Chap having audacity to strike grand official (8)
MANDARIN – A MAN/chap and then DARIN(g) or audacity with the G for Grand struck out.
8d Naval vessel runs old fighter into shelter built for fliers (8)
CORVETTE – Place R for Runs and a VET(eran) or old soldier into a (dove)COTE.
13d Group of Nicaraguan rebel fighters? It’s run illegally (10)
CONTRABAND – A group of Nicaraguan fighters might cryptically be called a BAND of CONTRA-rebels
15d Race in the bustling business centre (9)
ETHNICITY – An anagram (bustling) of IN THE followed by the CITY or business area (e.g. of London).
16d Dumps Labrador perhaps (5,3)
BLACK DOG – A depressed mood and also a colour of some Labrador dogs.
17d In time, great flows from the south becoming essential (8)
INTEGRAL – In from the clue and then T for Time followed by a reversal (flowing from the south in a down clue) of LARGE/great.
19d Work with relief manager after this person turned up (6)
EMBOSS – A BOSS or manager after the reversal of ME (this person has turned up).
20d Drink of type unknown (6)
BRANDY – A type unknown is a BRAND with Y – an unknown variable in mathematics.
23d Elite athlete once running round East (5)
CREAM – The former athlete is Steve CRAM. Place him around E for East.
24d Top marks picked up by expert (4)
ACME – M for Mark inside or picked up by an ACE/expert.
Thanks to the setter (I suspect Cephas) and have a great Christmas all. I am leaving on a jet plane at lunch time.