Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28384
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 25th March
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Morning All! Lots of dropping the last letter clues today!
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1a Detective novel as modern oeuvre (9,5)
ENDEAVOUR MORSE – Almost prescient with the sad news about Colin Dexter. An anagram (novel) of AS MODERN OEUVRE.
10a Trait — unusual trait shown by Scottish isle (9)
ATTRIBUTE – An anagram (unusual) of TRAIT followed by the Isle of BUTE.
11a A fruit dessert brought back with ice (5)
ALOOF – A from the clue and then a reversal of a FOOL or fruit desert.
12a Man gets in case of rare Beaujolais perhaps (3,4)
RED WINE – Place EDWIN (a man’s name) inside the case of R(ar)E.
13a Football team, colourless, switching pair at the back (6)
ALBION – Switch the last pair of letters in ALBINO/colourless.
15a A fuel for cookers (4)
AGAS – A from the clue and GAS for fuel.
17a Pests cried out abuse (10)
DISRESPECT – An anagram, indicated by out, of PESTS CRIED.
18a Bachelor engaged in playing golf endlessly, working intermittently (2,3,5)
ON THE BLINK – Place B for Bachelor inside almost all of ON THE LINK(s) , or playing golf endlessly.
20a Emperor Haile Selassie’s follower mostly rejected (4)
TSAR – The reversal of a RAST(a) (Haile Selassie’s follower) with the end letter missing (mostly).
22a and 23: Former sprinter tailed after body found in Cambridge college (6,7)
CORPUS CHRISTI – Remove the tail letter from the sprinter Linford CHRISTI(e) and add it to CORPUS or body.
23a See 22
26a Asian language, remote, is from the East (5)
FARSI – FAR for remote and the reversal (from the East) of IS.
27a Article backing trend I set in test (9)
EDITORIAL – Reverse (backing) a TIDE or trend and then place I inside an ORAL test.
28a Treat pensioner for moving picture (14)
REPRESENTATION – An anagram (moving) of TREAT PENSIONER.
2d Famous denial to Father Crilly (5)
NOTED – Cryptically one might say NO (a denial) to Father TED Crilly. G’wan, ya will!
3d Character introducing number of additives allowed by law in extract (6)
ELICIT – Take a E(-number) introducing food additives and then add LICIT for ‘allowed by law’.
4d Variety show provides remarkable value tempting one to come in (10)
VAUDEVILLE – A remarkable anagram of VALUE including the DEVIL or tempting one.
5d Taxi service one needs right after underground fails to start (4)
UBER – Place R for Right after the (t)UBE or an underground that fails to start.
6d Spots this person playing the part of Dawson (7)
MEASLES – The cryptic definition of this person plaing the part of Dawson might be ME AS LES.
7d Joey’s acquiring digs showing spacious quality (9)
ROOMINESS – (kanga)ROO’S for Joey’s including/acquiring MINES or digs.
8d Brat tangling with lenient ref — his behaviour is embarrassing (6,8)
ENFANT TERRIBLE – An anagram (tangling) of BRAT with LENIENT REF.
9d What usherette must do because of love without response (5,1,5,3)
CARRY A TORCH FOR – The job of a cinema usherette and the action of an unrequited love.
14d Copy exotic art prints around college (10)
TRANSCRIPT – An exotic anagram of ART PRINTS around C for College.
16d Farmer’s second yield from croft — reap freely (5-4)
AFTER-CROP – I was not familiar with the term but it is an easy anagram (freely) of CROFT REAP.
19d Learned English getting offensive about it (7)
ERUDITE – E for English and then RUDE/offensive around/about IT from the clue.
21d Test bid for business round railway (3-3)
TRY-OUT – To TOUT for business around RY, one abb. of railway.
24d Surreptitious activity reported in Irish county town (5)
SLIGO – A homophone (reported) of SLY GO or surreptitious activity.
25d Wilder element that’s inherited (4)
GENE – The cryptic definition refers to GENE Wilder the comedian and actor.