Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28340
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone and welcome to what I’m pretty sure is a non-RayT Thursday, but I’m not going to hazard a guess as to the setter. The puzzle was easily finished and would have been a 1* apart from one clue which held out for quite some time and pushed me into 2* time. I’ll be interested to see how you all got on with it.
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 Programme putting retired friend in second vehicle (8)
SYLLABUS: Start with S(econd) and a vehicle (think public transport) and insert (in) a friend or partner, but the friend is backwards (retired).
6a Men trailing tight-knit group in field of operations (6)
SECTOR: A tight-knit group, a religious one perhaps, is followed by (trailing) an abbreviation of private soldiers (men).
9a It’s comical to dismiss a thought? (6)
MUSING: Take a word describing something funny and remove (to dismiss) the A. This clue is the one responsible for the second difficulty star. For no particular reason that I can see the penny took ages to drop.
10a A son straying in shot, showing surprise (8)
ASTONISH: A (from the clue) and S(on) are followed by an anagram (straying) of IN SHOT.
11a Three notes on commonly-spoken bully, person changing sides (8)
DEFECTOR: Three musical notes are followed (on) by a word meaning to bully or harass but it’s “commonly spoken” because it’s dropped its H. I’m not keen on “note” meaning take your pick from letters A-G. I’m also not keen on “little boy” meaning any shortened name like Vic, Les, Tim etc.
12a Expenditure in station previously disclosed (6)
OUTLAY: Take a word meaning to station or to place and before it (previously) put a word meaning disclosed or exposed.
13a Illegitimately placed like drainpipes? (5,3,4)
BELOW THE BELT: These drainpipes are nothing to do with rainwater but are narrow legged trousers. Where you’ll find them is where a boxer isn’t allowed to punch.
19a Neglect the old man’s drink (4,2)
PASS UP: Start with a short word for your old man (don’t forget the ‘S) and follow with a word for to drink and then split it all (4,2) and you’ll get a phrase meaning to neglect an opportunity.
21a King in style is unstable, needing to be mutually supportive (8)
SISTERLY: Insert (in) an R (king) into an anagram (unstable) of STYLE IS.
23a Red voice stirred up one formerly in union (8)
DIVORCEE: An anagram (stirred up) of RED VOICE. Here’s one from The Big Yin . . .
24a Showy culinary decoration with no end of chicken (6)
GARISH: Take a culinary decoration, like the bit of scraggy salad on the side of the plate, and remove the N (with no end of chickeN).
26a Study session in University closed during court case (8)
TUTORIAL: Take a U(niversity) and a word you might used to describe a closed door (2) and insert into a court case. Does anyone actually use this word for closed nowadays? My grandad used to say “pull the door **” but I haven’t heard it for years.
2d Stake put under tree reportedly? Certainly (3,3)
YOU BET: A stake or wager is place after (under in a down clue) a word which sounds like (reportedly) a tree which is often found in churchyards.
3d Learning about island and river abroad (5)
LOIRE: Take some traditional learning and insert an I(sland) and you’ll get a river in France.
4d Live to possess country-house oven — confess that’s a trifle (9)
BAGATELLE: A two letter word for live has inserted (to possess) a make of cooking range and a word meaning to confess or spill the beans. These ranges aren’t just in country houses. My mate has one and he lives in Manchester suburbia.
6d Fight arranged with pair in audience (3-2)
SET TO: Take a word for arranged or placed and then a word which sounds like (in audience) a pair.
7d Old artist seen in studies list (9)
CONSTABLE: One of the usual studies (don’t forget the S again) is followed by a list, of data perhaps. Hands up all those who tried to put O and RA into some studies to get a list.
13d Lawyers joined by good man in standard campaign? (9)
BARNSTORM: The place that QC’s are called to is followed by a word for standard or par with the usual two letters for a “good man” inserted (in).
14d Place part of rifle to follow deer in retrospect (9)
HINDSIGHT: Start with a female deer and after it (to follow) put the part of a rifle used for aiming.
17d Particular consideration (7)
RESPECT: Double definition.
18d State as parochial as Kansas in part (6)
ALASKA: This lurker (in part) is hiding in parochial as Kansas.
20d Nut about to get inside enclosure (5)
PECAN: Put one of the abbreviations of about into an enclosure, for sheep perhaps.
22d Haul up some dancer or reveller making slip (5)
ERROR: Another lurker (some) in dancer or reveller but this one’s backwards (haul up in a down clue).
No real stand-out favourite for me but 13a and 8d are worth a mention in dispatches.
Quickie pun: DEEP + HEARTS = DEPARTS