Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28310
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I hope you’ve all managed to survive the festive season with less of a hangover than me. That’s what you get if you go to Benidorm for four days! However I seem to still have sufficient brain cells left to crack this rather nice puzzle from RayT without too much trouble.
There are four anagrams to give you a good start and nothing to frighten the horses so I’m hoping the comments will be favourable.
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.
1a Anxious, perhaps even worried about one (12)
APPREHENSIVE: Anagram (worried) of PERHAPS EVEN with an I inserted (about one). Hands up all those who, like me, started out by trying an anagram (perhaps) of EVEN WORRIED and I.
9a Clone particle spinning around electron briefly (9)
REPLICATE: Another anagram (spinning) of PARTICLE and an E (Electron briefly).
10a Sharp old negative contains edges of tint (5)
NATTY: Sharp as in smart or dapper. It’s an old-fashioned word for no put around (contains) a double T (edges of TinT)
11a Solitary island faces empty inlet (6)
HERMIT: One of the smaller Channel Islands followed by IT (empty InleT).
12a Dance with passion joining new company (8)
FLAMENCO: Charade of a word meaning passion or heat, N(ew) and the usual two letter company.
13a Aspen is common without upper-class (6)
POPLAR: A word meaning common or well-liked has the letter denoting upper class removed (without). If you want to know what that letter is then U as in U or non-U
15a One’s in rush after Conservative whip, say (8)
CHASTISE: Start with C for Conservative and follow (after) with a word meaning rush. Into that lot you need to insert (in) an I (one) not forgetting the S.
19a Chaste but gettin’ close, reportedly (6)
VIRGIN: Gettin’ close indicates remove a G from the end of something. You need a set of letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like a word meaning getting close and remove the G. One of those easier to solve than to hint.
21a One runs small computer peripheral (8)
SPRINTER: S(mall) followed by a piece of computer hardware.
23a Pull head of radish stuck in soil (6)
STRAIN: Put an R (head of Radish) into (stuck in) a word meaning to soil or make dirty.
26a Looking at some money in gamble (5)
EYING: A lurker lurking in (some) the next three words.
27a Flipping partner can start to get repulsive (9)
REVOLTING: Start with a sexual partner and reverse him or her (flipping). Follow that with another word for a can and a G (start to Get).
28a Show possibly entertains with endless pop (12)
PRESENTATION: Anagram (possibly) of ENTERTAINS and POP but without the last letter (endless)
1d Zeppelin tune’s welcome on piano (7)
AIRSHIP: A word for a tune (don’t forget the S) followed by an informal greeting (welcome) and finally the letter denoting quiet in musical notation. Here’s a Zeppelin . . .
. . . and here’s a Zeppelin tune . . .
2d One prints articles perhaps enraging readers initially (5)
PAPER: First letters (initially) of the previous five words.
6d Harm one violently bottling up poison (5)
VENOM: The second lurker. It’s hidden in (bottling) the first three words but it’s backwards (up in a down clue).
7d Reputation still rising (8)
STANDING: Something we don’t see very often, a triple definition. Took me an embarrassingly long time to work out what the middle word doing there, d’oh!
8d In lay-by, go near to get past (6)
BYGONE: The third lurker. Hard to spot but it’s in “lay-by, go near”.
14d Realist oddly supports Left in painting (8)
PORTRAIT: Alternate letters (oddly) from ReAlIsT go after (supports in a down clue) a word meaning left to a sailor.
16d Bit unwell encased by cast in suffering (9)
SCINTILLA: Not the past tense of bite but a small amount. It’s a word for unwell put into (encased by) an anagram (suffering) of CAST IN.
17d Weapons companies checking each rifle’s tip (8)
FIREARMS: Some companies, not CO for once but companies of solicitors perhaps, are put around (checking) an abbreviation of each and and R (Rifle’s tip).
18d Cinders follows Charming’s rear and splits (6)
GASHES: The cinders left in the grate when the fire’s gone out follow G (CharminG‘s rear).
22d Country‘s queen mostly coming from the south (5)
NIGER: Latin for Queen (the R in ER) without the last letter (mostly) is reversed (from the south in a down clue) to give a West African country.
24d Excuse of a party, formerly independent (5)
ALIBI: Start with A (from the clue) then an abbreviation of an old political party and finally I(ndependent). Is RayT having a slight dig at the political party?
25d Part of stove, naturally (4)
OVEN: The last lurker is hidden in (part of) stove naturally.
Quite a few I liked but the stand-out favourite for me was the splendid 7d.
The Quick Crossword pun: vile+link+ace=violin case