Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28365
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning from a rather damp, dreich and dismal Shropshire. I have been given the opportunity to review this Pangram puzzle from Mr Manley as Deep Threat is engaged elsewhere. It’s been a while since I last blogged – so please forgive me if I’m a bit rusty.
There are lots of clues that cover chess, golf and cricket with an awful lot of inserting and removing letters that I hadn’t noticed until I started to write the blog. There is only one answer that could possibly be considered a bit obscure (14d) but I’ve come across it before and it is very gettable from the word play.
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1a Muffling sound of modern music-making (8)
WRAPPING: A homophone (sound of) of a genre of music produced by the likes of Dr. Dre & Jay Z. Or so Mr Google tells me.
5a Chess move in contest finally eliminated piece (6)
GAMBIT: Take a 4 letter synonym for a ‘contest’ and remove the last letter (finally eliminated) and add a synonym for ‘piece’. I so wanted this to be RD’s favourite chess bugbear but – alas – it isn’t.
9a Doris with Nan dancing in the club (4,4)
SAND IRON: An anagram (dancing) of DORIS & NAN.
10a Meaner Conservative, one suffering defeat (6)
CLOSER: Start with the standard single letter abbreviation of Conservative and add a synonym ‘one suffering defeat’. I’m pretty sure that this clue, along with 7 down, will get Silvanus’s radar going.
12a Bird left home to get fish? (6)
LINNET: A ‘Lego’ clue comprising the abbreviation for ‘left’, Crosswordland’s usual synonym for ‘home’ and add what you would use to land a fish.
13a Gained release, almost looking embarrassed (8)
ACQUIRED: A 6 letter synonym for ‘release’ without its last letter (almost) and add the colour associated with ‘looking embarrassed’.
15a Celebrations for groups at Westminster (7)
PARTIES: I think that this is a DD but I am quite happy to be informed that I’m wrong.
16a Worry making feeble folk roll over (4)
STEW: Take a synonym for ‘feeble folk’ and reverse it (roll over).
20a Old fellow in Middle East location (4)
OMAN: Pretty straightforward clue – start with the abbreviation of ‘old’ and add another word for ‘fellow’.
21a Enthusiasts’ publication that is excellent, circulating around a country down under (7)
FANZINE: This is a containment type of clue where you will start with a synonym of ‘excellent’ and then put it round (circulating around) the ‘A’ from the clue and the country where our 2K’s reside. I think the synonym of excellent is a bit stretched.
25a Music once played, engaging performance (8)
NOCTURNE: An anagram (played) of ONCE surrounding (engaging) a synonym for a performance on a stage perhaps.
26a Seem to be a listener, keeping very quiet (6)
APPEAR: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and a part of the body that allows us to hear (listener) and put that round (keeping) the abbreviation for ‘very quiet’.
28a Hundred yobs in strikes (6)
CLOUTS: Take the Roman numeral for a ‘hundred’ and add a synonym for ‘yobs’.
29a Cunning, keeping one period of abstinence without talking (8)
SILENTLY: Start with a 3 letter synonym for ‘cunning’ and put that round (keeping) the Roman numeral for ‘one’ and the period of abstinence which commenced on Wednesday.
30a Surviving no longer with blemish, having lost heart (6)
EXTANT: The usual 2 letter abbreviation for ‘no longer’ is followed by a synonym of ‘blemish’ without its middle letter (having lost heart)
31a Happen to regret meeting with space traveller (4,4)
COME TRUE: Start with a ‘space traveller’ such as 1P/Halley and end with a synonym of ‘to regret’.
1d Desire cut short, see, as befits a sage (6)
WISELY: A 4 letter synonym for ‘desire’ without the last letter (cut short) (hang on, haven’t I typed this already?) and add Crosswordland’s over-used diocese (see).
2d Shelter beginning to be needed with day fading (6)
AWNING: Start with a synonym for ‘beginning’ as in daybreak and remove (fading) the abbreviation for ‘day’. Not my favourite clue.
3d Very early in toilet, turning up after five, say (8)
PRIMEVAL: Colloquial term for ‘toilet’ is reversed (turning up – in a down clue) after what the number five or even three could be an example of.
4d End of bout in ring possible, upsetting corner (4)
NOOK: This is a reversal (upsetting) of the way a boxing match could end (end of bout in ring) and a synonym of ‘possible’.
6d Fully committed, like a cricket team soon to be fielding? (3-3)
ALL-OUT: When a cricket team lose one of their last batsmen they are ‘collectively’ no longer ‘in’.
7d Meaner goddess engenders a measure of interest (4,4)
BASE RATE: A synonym for ‘meaner’ and the name of a ‘goddess’ contains (engenders) the ‘A’ from the clue.
8d Perform again in urban community that’s destroyed (4,4)
TORE DOWN: Start with a synonym for ‘perform again’ and place it in what can be described as an urban community.
11d Fast movement of crazy horse, sadly unseating Ray (7)
An anagram (crazy) of HORSE SADLY without (unseating) RAY. . An anagram (sadly) of CRAZY HORSE without (unseating) RAY. Thanks to LabradorsruleOK for pointing out my mistake – I knew what I meant to put in – I think.
14d Tries very hard to produce tunes (7)
STRAINS: Again, I think this is a DD and again I’m willing to be told otherwise.
17d Coastal road firm gets Rex ideal position (8)
CORNICHE: An abbreviation of a ‘firm’ or a business is followed by the abbreviation of ‘Rex’ and ends with a synonym for an ‘ideal position’.
18d Reveal as phoney what fielder may claim, wanting verdict against batsman (5,3)
CATCH OUT: In two parts –
When a fielder successfully fields the ball hit by a batsman (without dropping it) he will claim this action. then
Ask the umpire to send the batsman off the field.
Sorry, this is a terrible clue to parse and the answers not much better.
19d A particular queen, possibly in type of swimsuit? (3-5)
ONE-PIECE: This term of ‘a particular queen’ could describe one of 32 men on a chessboard. Couldn’t resist the opportunity – sorry.
22d Name of man recently elected (6)
JUSTIN: No – not Mr Trump. The answer split 4,2 could mean ‘recently elected’.
23d Shakespearean fool has little right to be sore (6)
FESTER: The name of a character from ‘Twelfth Night’ (Shakespearean fool) is followed by the abbreviation in lower case of ‘right’ (little right). Yes, I know that this isn’t the Shakespearean character.
24d Pattern exceptionally large framing edge of doorway (6)
ARGYLE: An anagram (exceptionally) of LARGE containing (framing) the last letter of ‘doorway’ (edge of doorway).
27d Beginner starts to think it’s really obvious (4)
TIRO: An initialised clue (starts to) of ‘think it’s really obvious’.
The puzzle didn’t really take up much time to solve – but trying to parse the convoluted clues took far too long. Definitely out of practice. I do hope the hints were useful.
The Quick Crossword pun: sunk+ream=sun cream