Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28397
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Big Dave’s Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Here we are again starting off the puzzling week with a fine effort from Rufus. I breezed through this until I had only 7 down left which took me a long time to solve. Well done Coventry Rugby Club who broke their previous record score away from home by beating Old Albanians by 73 points to 3.
The clip at 9 across is a true delight. I promise that you will all enjoy it.
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1a Badly written phrase inset that’s in brackets (11)
PARENTHESIS: Anagram (badly written) of PHRASE INSET
9a Given a start in life (4)
BORN: A cryptic definition of an adjective meaning existing as a result of birth.
10a The preserve of the do-it-yourself householder
HOME-MADE JAM: A cryptic definition of a foodstuff made with fruit preserved in sugar and done so in one’s own kitchen in one’s own dwelling. [Note that, at the time of writing, the enumeration given online is incorrect. BD]
11a Structure ripe for repair (4)
PIER: Anagram (for repair) of RIPE. Here is a painting by Bob Dylan of one such structure and a photograph of a structure in Blackpool. They bear a striking resemblance.
14a They join in operations (7)
SUTURES: A cryptic definition of a row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision. In the good old England that I grew up in we had stitches, continental quilts, bacon and egg pie and Warwickshire. One night in 1974 I went to bed and woke up to sutures, duvets, quiche Lorraine and The West Midlands
16a This signal leaves you speechless for a time (7)
ENGAGED: Another cryptic definition describing the tone one hears when using the telephone and calling somebody who is on another call
17a Kid will be prosecuted with energy (5)
SUEDE: Kid here is a soft leather. The wordplay is made up of a four letter word meaning to have instigated legal proceedings followed by the abbreviation for E(nergy)
18a Flower shown in wall painting miles away (4)
URAL: This flower has no petals and no scent and nothing to do with the world of grandiflora. It is a river that flows somewhere in Russia. Take the abbreviation for Miles away from a word meaning a wall painting to find the aforementioned river.
19a Single footpad (4)
SOLE: A double definition, the second being a part of one’s foot or part of one’s shoe
20a Trust in a woman (5)
FAITH: This double definition is a woman’s name often linked with Hope and Charity and meaning firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.
22a Nominally commits oneself to work? (5,2)
SIGNS ON: A cryptic definition of the act one does with a pen on a dotted line when doing as the clue suggests.
23a Request treatment of colitis (7)
SOLICIT: Anagram (treatment of) COLITIS
24a It may be taken as an indication of loyalty (4)
OATH: A cryptic definition of a solemn promise
28a Strike by Cupid, perhaps, that could be fatal (5,6)
HEART ATTACK: An assault by Cupid and where his arrow is aimed
29a Vehicle that goes by road and rail (4)
TRAM: A cryptic definition of a transport system that runs on iron rails set into the road.
30a Put on to paper, traditional Chinese style? (7,4)
WRITTEN DOWN: A double definition. Having committed pen to paper. We write from left to right. The Chinese write vertically from the top.
2d Long time and a bad one (4)
AEON: Use the letter A from the clue and add an anagram (bad) of ONE
3d It’s always in reverse (4)
EVER: Call it what you will, an included word, a hidden word or a good old lurker. The answer is written within the words of the clue
4d One needs to cast aside sycophants (7)
TOADIES: Use the word TO from the clue and add an anagram (cast) of ASIDE
5d They see with audible indications of approval (4)
EYES: What we use to see with is also a homophone of a word used to signal agreement. In parliamentary terms the opposite of the noes
6d Fancy taking out a Gemini (7)
IMAGINE: Anagram (taking out) of A GEMINI
7d One over the eight on the river (6,5)
ROWING COACH: A cryptic definition of the trainer of a crew of eight oarsmen.
8d Tenderising chopped-up cooking components (11)
INGREDIENTS: Anagram (chopped up) of TENDERISING
12d Gushes from hot fissures (6,5)
ISSUES FORTH: Anagram (from) of HOT FISSURES
13d Wise, perhaps, to be direct with staff (8,3)
STRAIGHT MAN: Wise here refers to Eric Morecambe’s sidekick Ernie. The clue is a description of Ernie’s role in that comedic partnership. An adjective meaning direct is followed by a verb meaning to staff, say, an office. After last week’s photo of Saint Sharon and one of her three mums by a statue of Laurel and hardy here is a photo of them by the funny man.
15d Girl takes Poles round America (5)
SUSAN: Place the abbreviations of the two polar regions around the abbreviation for the place Donald Trump is president of
16d Prepares to publish working diets (5)
EDITS: Anagram (working) of DIETS
20d Avoid showing fright when catching ball (7)
FORBEAR: A verb meaning to be afraid of something holds (catching) a spherical object.
21d As he got found out he was taken prisoner (7)
HOSTAGE: Anagram (found out) of AS HE GOT
25d Expression of annoyance at which doctor starts (4)
DRAT: This expression on annoyance only found in comics is made up from the word AT from the clue preceded by one of the abbreviations of the word doctor.
26d Riding-establishment boss (4)
STUD: A double definition. The first being an establishment where horses are kept for breeding.
27d Boat made by company in Cornwall? (4)
SCOW: A wide beamed flat bottomed sailing dingy can be found by placing the abbreviation for company inside the compass points that denote where Cornwall lies in relation to the rest of the country
That’s all folks. Have a nice week.
The Quick Crossword pun: chap+per+own=chaperone