Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28332
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I found today’s offering to be a step up in difficulty from yesterday’s crossword, although in hindsight it’s hard to see exactly why. Could just be that wavelength thing. Anyway, we have lots of charades and insertions today, with an average number of anagrams, and not a single standalone cryptic definition. And, as is always the case, there are a few answers here we’ve already met in recent weeks. I particularly enjoyed parsing the wordplay in several of these clues.
In the hints below 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 Sailor joining vessel gets top prize (7)
JACKPOT: A charade of one of crosswordland’s usual sailors and a three-letter container.
5a Splendid member, one in the field? (4,3)
FINE LEG: A crickety clue. This fielder is found by linking a synonym for splendid and a member or limb. Here’s an illustration of the wordplay.
9a Household skills of servants around disturbed niece (8,7)
DOMESTIC SCIENCE: Combine some servants, the single-letter abbreviation for around or concerning, and an anagram (disturbed) of NIECE.
10a Start to pick every single fruit (5)
PEACH: The first letter (start to) of P(ick) and a word meaning “every single”.
11a Docker set off, drove erratically close to edge (9)
STEVEDORE: Chain together an anagram (off) of SET, an anagram (erratically) of DROVE, and the last letter (close to) of edgE.
12a Sudden mental aberration losing head in squall (9)
RAINSTORM: A sudden mental disturbance or inspiration without its first letter (losing head).
14a Forward terms of reference (5)
REMIT: Double definition. Forward here as in send.
15a Spread of craze to cover North (5)
RANGE: A noun synonym of craze or fad containing the single-letter abbreviation for N(orth).
16a Restrains manual workers holding strike (9)
HANDCUFFS: Some manual workers, perhaps on a ship or a farm, contain (holding) a strike or a slap.
18a Evergreen song about gold vehicle (9)
ARAUCARIA: Insert the chemical symbol for gold and the most common type of vehicle inside a melody to get an evergreen commonly known as the monkey puzzle tree. It’s also the pseudonym of a distinguished cryptic crossword setter.
21a Father right next to the head (5)
PATER: An old word for the head is followed by (next to) R(right) to get a Latin term for father.
22a A sign of growing older: forgotten times and pressure to study (6-3,6)
MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD: Join together the olden times between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance, the abbreviation for P(ressure), and a synonym for study at a university.
23a Bore, upper-class type describing vase (4,3)
TURN OFF: A slang term for a member of the upper class containing (describing) a rounded vase.
24a Spray article — could be looser afterwards (7)
AEROSOL: The shortest article followed by (afterwards) an anagram (could be) of LOOSER.
1d Judge initially terribly proud about hospital in Indian city (7)
JODHPUR: The initial letter of Judge, followed by an anagram (terribly) of PROUD containing the abbreviation for H(ospital).
2d Run after mate one’s located between decks (9,6)
COMPANION LADDER: A friend or partner followed by a run not in cricket but in a stocking. The answer allows one to move between decks on a ship.
3d Model that’s changed inside very quickly (9)
POSTHASTE: Our usual verb synonym for model with an anagram (changed) of THATS inside.
4d Suddenly sees divining rods? (5)
TWIGS: Double definition. A verb meaning to suddenly see or comprehend is also a name for divining rods. Who knew divining could locate energy fields, entities, and well-being.
5d Angler is on Channel Island filling cooler (9)
FISHERMAN: IS from the clue and a small Channel Island near Guernsey are placed inside (filling) a device that cools by moving air around.
6d Sound of organ I installed (5)
NOISE: The organ that smells containing (installed) the I from the clue.
7d Taffy’s her old man, playing a patriotic song (4,2,2,7)
LAND OF MY FATHERS: An anagram (playing) of TAFFYS HER OLD MAN gives the Welsh national anthem.
8d Most white, egrets flying across end of estuary (7)
GREYEST: An anagram (flying) of EGRETS contains (across) the last letter (end of) estuarY. Taken literally the answer means almost the opposite of the underlined definition. So here I believe that we are to consider it in the context of hair colour changing with age.
13d Partner‘s second and last drink? (5,4)
OTHER HALF: If a thing that’s second is also last then there are only two such things. Join an adjective for that thing that’s not first to a drink that’s smaller than a pint.
14d Palatable stuff provided by lyricist daily (4,5)
RICE PAPER: A lyricist best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber and a daily that provides news. This edible sheet forms the outer layer of spring rolls.
15d Let back in on a date briefly with German (7)
READMIT: Concatenate the usual two-letter abbreviation for on or concerning, the A from the clue, the first letter (briefly) of Date, and the German word for with.
17d Pastry ruled out after stone put on (7)
STRUDEL: The abbreviation for ST(one) followed by (after … put on) an anagram (out) of RULED.
19d In small room, old musical instrument (5)
CELLO: A charade of a small room followed by the abbreviation for O(ld).
20d Bowl in field trapping last of batsmen (5)
ARENA: A field, of study, for example, contains (trapping) the final letter (last of) batsmeN.
Thanks to today’s mystery setter for an enjoyable solve. My runner-up for today’s honours was 15d for smoothly packing so many ingredients into a seven-letter answer. Top spot on my list of ticked clues goes to 13d. What was your favourite?
The Quick Crossword pun: KITSCH + IN SYNC = KITCHEN SINK