Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28386
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **/***
Hello everyone. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this offering from one of the Tuesday setters. I didn’t enjoy it all that much when I was solving, partly because it needed some general knowledge that I lacked and partly because some of the surfaces are really a bit clunky. But I did come to appreciate it more while writing the hints. It’s not too anagram-heavy, there are a few interesting constructions, and there’s even some innuendo, which will no doubt please some out there.
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In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the buttons. In a few places hyperlinks give additional explanation or background. I saw that the use yesterday of a larger font in the hinty part of the blog garnered a few positive comments. I’m sticking with the BD standard font size, but those reading on computers can get a very similar effect by increasing your browser’s zoom setting a notch using ctrl and + on Windows, or command and + on Apple. Doing it with – instead of + will restore the zoom setting. In addition, clicking on most of the pictures below will make them double in size.
1a Appearing for trial, drunk is tense (7)
UPTIGHT: Join a two-letter word meaning “appearing for trial” (as in ** before the judge) and an informal term for drunk.
5a Called up, composed (7)
DRAFTED: Double definition. Called up into the army, perhaps, and composed an early attempt.
9a Process, in my book, confused a primate (9,6)
PROBOSCIS MONKEY: An anagram (confused) of PROCESS IN MY BOOK.
10a Bit of theatre’ll entertain this woman (5)
ELLEN: She’s lurking inside (bit of) the clue.
11a Indefinite number diving in seen struggling in Tees, swirling river (9)
TENNESSEE: The single letter used in mathematics and in crosswordland to represent an unknown number is placed inside (diving in) an anagram (struggling) of SEEN, which is itself placed inside (in) an anagram (swirling) of TEES. This river is found in the USA.
12a Easy to get around in one, vehicle brought back by bishop in storm (9)
NAVIGABLE: Start by linking the Roman numeral for one and a three letter vehicle that is often coloured white. Reverse all of that (brought back), and append a windy storm that contains B(ishop).
14a Female fatality in Eliot’s river (5)
FLOSS: F(emale) followed by a synonym of fatality or bereavement. Eliot here is George, not T.S., and this river is found in the title of one of her novels.
15a Slight quarrel about river fish (5)
SPRAT: Our third river in four clues. This one is being the abbreviation that’s found on a map. Put that letter inside a minor disagreement, to get a small fish.
16a Very close friends, for example, love changes externally (5,4)
ALTER EGOS: Take the Latin abbreviation meaning “for example” and add the usual letter representing love in crosswordland. Around all of that (externally) wrap a verb synonym of “changes”.
18a Editorial about Scottish town preacher (3,6)
LAY READER: The main editorial article in a newspaper containing (about) a three-letter town located on the western Scottish coast.
21a Find stock after short time (5)
TRACE: T(ime) followed by a synonym of stock or breed gives a verb meaning find or locate.
22a Missing trick, conquistador in ring upset Torquemada, perhaps (5,10)
GRAND INQUISITOR: An anagram (upset) of conQUISTADOR IN RING minus a trick or a scam. The answer was the occupation of Tomás de Torquemada.
23a Makes alterations to Religious Education classes (7)
REFORMS: The usual abbreviation for Religious Education, followed by classes in a school.
24a Needs to be treated by doctor in a city in Saxony (7)
DRESDEN: The most common abbreviation for doctor, followed by an anagram (to be treated) of NEEDS.
1d Lots consumed by plump teenagers (7)
UMPTEEN: Hidden inside (consumed by) the remaining words in the clue.
2d Fetch over boy all treated as an arrogant know-all? (3,6,2,4)
TOO CLEVER BY HALF: An anagram (treated) of FETCH OVER BOY ALL.
3d Expression used when turning in honourable noble that’s abandoned king (9)
GOODNIGHT: Drop K(ing) from a (4,6) phrase describing an honourable member of the Round Table.
4d Implied historian not with us (5)
TACIT: The historian was a senator of the Roman Empire. Delete “us” from the end of his name.
5d Get rid of bugs in den, if it’s terribly cold inside (9)
DISINFECT: An anagram (terribly) of DEN IF IT’S containing C(old).
6d On one’s own in plant, bottling nitrogen (5)
ALONE: A succulent medicinal plant containing (bottling) the chemical symbol for nitrogen.
7d Assumes fan, streaker, got excited close to end (5,3,7)
TAKES FOR GRANTED: An anagram (excited) of FAN STREAKER GOT, followed by the last letter (close to) of enD.
8d Daughter on railway on headland shows sign of thirst (7)
DRYNESS: Concatenate three crosswordland favourites: the abbreviation for daughter, the abbreviation for railway, and a cape or headland (also the surname of Al Capone’s nemesis).
13d Head for Bertie’s on arrival, then southern seat of Lord Emsworth (9)
BLANDINGS: Chain together the first letter (head of) B(ertie), the arrival of, for example, an aeroplane, and S(outhern). The answer is the castle home of Lord Emsworth in a series of novels and short stories by P.G. Wodehouse, who also created the character of Bertie Wooster alluded to in the clue.
14d Sample speciality — about to indulge to the full when served up (9)
FORETASTE: A speciality or strength containing (about) the reversal (served up, in a down clue) of a word meaning “to indulge to the full” or “to completely satisfy”.
15d Member in rear, mostly, in race (2,5)
ST LEGER: Take a member that one stands on, and place it inside a word for the back end of a ship less its last letter (mostly). The answer is a horse race held each year at Doncaster.
17d Bad language — not good to admit to office (5,2)
SWEAR IN: A noun synonym of “bad language”, with G(ood) deleted (not good).
19d Embarrassed, the Parisian put up senior church member (5)
ELDER: Combine the colour associated with embarrassment and the masculine French definite article (the Parisian). Then reverse it all (put up, in a down clue).
20d Plump? Here’s a single slice of bread! (5)
ROUND: Double definition. The shape associated with plumpness, and a term for a slice of bread (or a sandwich made from two of them.)
Thanks to today’s mystery setter for a pleasant solve. 14d was at the top of my list today. Which clues did you like best?
The Quick Crossword pun: BUTE+EASE+LEAP=BEAUTY SLEEP