Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28352
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all and welcome to a non-RayT Thursday. Nothing in this one to frighten any horses but there is plenty to entertain them. There seem to be a lot of clues requiring insertions and several are indicated in the same way which is my only criticism of an otherwise splendid puzzle.
I have to take pommette to the physioterrorist at 1000UTC so I probably won’t be around when the blog publishes so play nicely while I’m away. I’ll see you all when I get back.
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 Obey flag — ban manoeuvres in this area of Indian Ocean (3,2,6)
BAY OF BENGAL: An anagram (manoeuvres) of OBEY FLAG BAN. I always like it when the setter gives us a nice easy start.
10a American in Lincoln is hurt (5)
ABUSE: Two letters for American inserted into the first name of President Lincoln.
12a Mind and matter engaged by popular controversial therapy (9)
INTELLECT: A word which can mean ‘to matter’ is inserted (engaged by) between the usual word for popular and some controversial medical treatment involving electricity.
13a Shred message after departure to a higher place (3,2)
RIP UP: Shred here is a verb. It’s the three letters placed on a tombstone and a word meaning higher.
14a Colourful band making journey inside Home Counties (6)
STRIPE: A journey is inserted (inside) into the area of the UK where the Home Counties are located.
18a Severe Russian seen by river — English river largely (8)
RIGOROUS: Start with an R(iver) and then a Russian man’s name and then your choice of three English rivers but without its last letter (largely). There are rivers of this name in East Anglia, Yorkshire and Sussex.
20a Personal artwork display by soldiers (6)
TATTOO: Double definition. This video should come with a public health warning!
23a Good man in firm beginning to sustain legal expense (5)
COSTS: The usual two letters for a good man are inserted (in) the usual firm and an S (beginning to Sustain).
24a Amazing seeing worker with wine in football club (9)
FANTASTIC: Crosswordland’s favourite worker and the usual Italian wine are inserted (in) the abbreviation of football club.
26a Porridge by 6am, say, for one? (5,4)
EARLY BIRD: I think this is trying to be a sort of an all-in-one. The first word is describing the part of the day where you find 6am and the second is another slang term for porridge (think Ronnie Barker’s porridge) and the whole thing is what you would be if you wanted your morning porridge at 6am. Phew! Hope that made sense!
27a Excuse brief liberation in capital (5)
ALIBI: An abbreviation of liberation is inserted (in) two letters for capital as in very good.
28a Four directions given by landlords in information sheets (11)
NEWSLETTERS: The four points of the compass, but not in the right order, are followed by a word for landlords.
2d Person that’s developed overhead ultraviolet screens (5)
ADULT: The answers lurking (screens) in OVERHEAD ULTRAVIOLET. I don’t know about the paper version but this was a bit tricky to spot on the website as the two words aren’t on the same line.
3d Location for TV dinner and 400m race coincide? (7)
OVERLAP: This word cryptically could be referring to where you put your tray while eating dinner in front of the TV or it could be another way of describing the distance of a 400m race on a normal athletics track.
4d Source of numbers on street? (6)
BUSKER: These numbers are songs so who sings them on the street? Thanks for the tip Miffypops. This is really brill!
5d Refusal I noted awkwardly in middle of day (8)
NOONTIDE: A two letter refusal is followed by an anagram (awkwardly) of I NOTED.
6d Sailor who commands respect mostly with the French from the south (7)
ADMIRAL: The boss of a fleet is a word for to respect without its last letter (mostly) and a French definite article reversed (from the south in a down clue).
7d Infected by contagious fear in a PC, apparently? (5-8)
PANIC STRICKEN: This is one of those reverse clues which seem to me to be getting more popular with our setters. The first word is an anagram of IN A PC and the second word is an anagram indicator. These clues are easier to solve than write hints for.
8d Distortion is not commonly seen in women’s make-up (8)
WARPAINT: A distortion is followed by a common way of saying is not to give a slang term for make-up.
15d Place for records about central point on railway (8)
REGISTRY: Two letters for about are followed by the central point, of an argument perhaps, and then the usual two letters for railway.
17d Slander over fast food in Scottish town (8)
DUMFRIES: Slander which is usually referred to a slung is reversed (over) and followed by some fast food from the chippy.
19d Change the design others used with US university clearing area (7)
RESTYLE: A word for the others is followed by an American university but with the A removed (clearing Area).
25d Row about resistance — one makes an effort (5)
TRIER: Start with a row or level and put it around (about) an R (Resistance in electrical notation)
I really enjoyed this puzzle and there’s a lot of good stuff but the best for me was 22d closely followed by 7d and 4d.
Quickie pun: LORRY + KEATS = LORIKEETS