Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28326
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I found today’s offering somewhat easier than yesterday’s tussle with Rufus but certainly no less enjoyable. We have fewer anagrams this week, leaving room for some rather clever and elegant clueing of the longer answers.
I’m travelling this week so crossword research has been on the back burner. I did, however, just learn that today is the birthday of crosswordland’s favourite gangster and bootlegger Al Capone, and that yesterday was the anniversary of the January 16th, 1919 introduction of Prohibition in the US. Which left me wondering if Capone’s chosen career had anything to do being unable to have a drink on his 20th birthday.
Now, on to the hints. The definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and what you thought.
1a Bald male by bar: ‘Like some drugs?’ (4-3-7)
OVER THE COUNTER: A charade of a word meaning bald or obvious, a pronoun for a male, and a bar that might be found in a bar or a shop.
9a Lease, in writing, causes disappointment (3-4)
LET-DOWN: Follow a verb synonym of lease with an adverb meaning “in writing” (sometimes encountered in full as ” put **** in writing”).
10a Lady whose husband’s gone in punt after party (7)
DOWAGER: A punt or a bet follows (after) crosswordland’s usual two-letter party.
11a Improper noun, not socially acceptable (3-1)
NON-U: An anagram (improper) of NOUN.
12a One sheepdog’s devouring the Spanish confections (3,7)
ICE LOLLIES: Join the Roman numeral for one, a breed of dog frequently employed as a sheepdog, and the S from the clue. Then insert “the” in Spanish. Here’s one of those dogs showing what it can do.
14a First of a series of games is key (6)
OPENER: The key here is one that unlocks a door.
15a Short bad-tempered note (8)
CROTCHET: Subtracting the last letter (short) from an adjective meaning bad-tempered gives a brief musical note.
17a Sang together making record about solar god, Eastern (8)
CHORUSED: A two-letter record that’s more modern than crosswordland’s usual LP or EP contains (about) a falcon-headed Egyptian god of the sky and E(astern).
18a Level pegging on board in game (6)
SEVENS: An adjective meaning level-pegging or tied is inserted into our usual two-letter ship (on board) to get a form of rugby.
21a Time when nothing goes right in musical put on outside during recess (3,4,3)
BAD HAIR DAY: A verb synonym for “put on” or “join” contains (outside) a well-known 60’s rock musical. That letter combination is then inserted into (during) a recess in a coastline.
22a Row right after game in Cup (4)
TIER: A sporting fixture followed by R(ight).
24a Support partnership, extremely busy (5,2)
STAND BY: A cricketing partnership between two batsmen followed by the outer letters (extremely) of BusY.
25a Resolute, a worker crossing weir (7)
ADAMANT: The A from the clue and crosswordland’s usual worker insect sandwich (crossing) a barrier in a stream or river.
26a In prep, he sorted out English chapter giving a grammatical term (8,6)
REPORTED SPEECH: Place single-letter abbreviations for E(nglish) C(hapter) inside (in) an anagram (out) of PREP HE SORTED. The single letter abbreviation for chapter required to make the clue work is not in the BRB, but it is in Collins.
1d Men come down over a city in Florida (7)
ORLANDO: The men are the O(other) R(anks). Follow them with a synonym for down or lower (e.g. an aircraft) and the cricket scoreboard abbreviation for O(ver).
2d Certain need to broadcast the French agreement (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE: An anagram (broadcast) of CERTAIN NEED TO followed by the French masculine definite article.
3d Ancient city, partly destroyed (4)
TROY: Hidden (partly) inside the last word of the clue.
4d Woman, English, upper-class, and refined (6)
EUNICE: Join together E(nglish), U(pper-class), and an adjective meaning refined or respectable to get a female name.
5d Elderly take pride in flag (3,5)
OLD GLORY: Combine a simple three-letter word for elderly and a word meaning “take pride in” or “exult”.
6d Current landlord’s brought round second bulletin (10)
NEWSLETTER: A synonym of current or modern and crosswordland’s favourite landlord sandwich (brought round) S(econd).
7d Conservationists in Liege hear things to be rebuilt (7,8)
ENGLISH HERITAGE: This UK conservation organization is an anagram (to be rebuilt) of LIEGE HEAR THINGS.
8d Toast for model (6)
PROSIT: Link together a three-letter word meaning for and a verb synonym of model to get a toast to good health.
13d Enterprise, outfit with work (3-2-3-2)
GET-UP-AND-GO: A charade of a (3-2) outfit, a conjunction meaning with, and a verb synonym for work.
16d Drama in gym — gentry involved (4,4)
PEER GYNT: The usual two-letter abbreviation for gym followed by an anagram (involved) of GENTRY.
17d Painter like Picasso, bachelor, lives in style (6)
CUBIST: B(achelor) and a two-letter synonym of lives inside (in) a word meaning style, as in what a hairdresser might do to alter the appearance of one’s tresses.
19d Withdraw claw (7)
SCRATCH: A verb double definition.
20d False report in article penned by witty type (6)
CANARD: A two-letter indefinite article inside (penned by) a witty or eccentric person.
This article describes the consequences of that hoax advertisement for some gullible people.
23d Fish caught on a river trip, finally (4)
CARP: A charade of C(aught), the A from the clue, R(iver), and the last letter (finally) of triP.
Thanks to today’s setter for a most enjoyable crossword. I put ticks beside 1a, 12a, 21a, 13d, and 17d. Of those, 17d gets my vote as today’s favourite. Which clues did you like best?
The Quick Crossword pun: CADDIE + LACK = CADILLAC