Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28398
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I found today’s crossword mostly straightforward except for a handful of clues clustered together in the NE that required a little more thought. Those clues raised my enjoyment level to about average for the Tuesday slot.
Last week, while counting the number of Es appearing in Quickie solutions, I uncovered a puzzle (Quick 26732) that contained no Es. I’ve now repeated that exercise with the back-page puzzles, and it revealed something quite remarkable. The Telegraph Cryptic published on Thursday, 31 August 2006 (DT 25085) not only has no Es in its answer grid, it’s also missing any Is, Os, Us, and Ys – the only vowels appearing in the solution are 70 As. It’s rather a good puzzle, but if you’d prefer to just see the completed grid . I now want to look more generally into puzzles where setters make life harder for themselves by imposing some constraints on the puzzle. Pangrams are a well-known example of this (more on them next week). Does anybody out there know of any other interesting cases of crosswords composed with constraints?
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the buttons. In some hints hyperlinks provide additional explanation or background. Click on pictures to enlarge them. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Quick pint after concert (6)
PROMPT: The abbreviation for pint follows the informal term for a concert in which part of the audience stands and hence can move about.
4a Struggle in motorcycle rally (8)
SCRAMBLE: A double definition. This type of motorcycle rally takes place off-road.
10a A poet and artist following true drama series (4,5)
SOAP OPERA: A two-letter synonym of true, followed by the A from the clue, a poet famous for his use of the heroic couplet, and our usual artist.
11a Answer bank privately (5)
ASIDE: A charade of the A from the clue and a synonym of bank (of a river, for example).
12a Meal brought in almost hot in French manor house (7)
CHATEAU: A British evening meal inside (brought in) the first four letters (almost) of the French word for hot.
13a Copes as guy gets older (7)
MANAGES: A simple charade of a synonym of guy and a word meaning “gets older”.
14a Take it on before performance (5)
REACT: One of our usual short words for on or concerning, followed by a performance.
15a Untruth about fine female in work, one supplying novel (4,2,2)
LIFE OF PI: Put F(ine) inside a three letter untruth, followed by F(emale) inside our usual musical work. Then append the Roman numeral for one.
18a US city scores freely in contact sport (8)
LACROSSE: The initials of the second most populous US city, followed by an anagram (freely) of SCORES.
20a ‘Dr No’ shown coming over by English aircraft (5)
DRONE: Link together DR from the clue, the reversal (shown coming over) of NO, and E(nglish).
23a Notice dad in study, poker-faced (7)
DEADPAN: Put two-letter informal terms for notice and for dad inside a study at home.
25a Spanish guy grabbing at politician (7)
SENATOR: A Spanish gentleman contains the AT from the clue.
26a Look after harbour (5)
NURSE: A double definition. The second as in “harbour a grudge”.
27a Designer, last of many in list (9)
INVENTORY: A charade of a designer or creator and the final letter (last of) manY.
28a Sees term changed for an academic term (8)
SEMESTER: An anagram (changed) of SEES TERM.
29a After church, honest-to-goodness breakfast dish (6)
CEREAL: The abbreviation for the Church of England, followed by an adjective meaning honest-to-goodness.
1d Communication from witty type after appointment (8)
POSTCARD: An appointment or job followed by a witty or eccentric person.
2d New arrangement of a coda an anthem required (1,6)
O CANADA: An anagram (new arrangement) of A CODA AN.
3d Cot porter assembled for guard (9)
PROTECTOR: An anagram (assembled) of COT PORTER.
5d Damage after Conservative goes on disagreeable mission to gain favour (5,9)
CHARM OFFENSIVE: Concatenate the single letter abbreviation for Conservative, a word meaning damage or hurt, and an adjective synonym of disagreeable.
7d Group filling flipping bar in rear (5,2)
BRING UP: Put a group (of criminals, perhaps) inside (filling) the reversal (flipping) of a drinking establishment. The answer provides an opportunity to use a photo of mine.
8d Quits circle, nevertheless (4,2)
EVEN SO: A synonym of quits (think “call it quits”), followed by the letter that looks somewhat like a circle.
9d Liqueur, asset in exotic cocktail (7,7)
TEQUILA SUNRISE: An anagram (exotic) of LIQUEUR ASSET. A recipe can be found here.
16d One restricted by munitions regulation (9)
ORDINANCE: Put the first Roman numeral inside (restricted by) a word meaning munitions.
19d What can get schoolmaster out of the classroom? (7)
ANAGRAM: The answer describes a familiar operation that transforms THE CLASSROOM into SCHOOLMASTER.
21d Published, being supported by advance — result! (7)
OUTCOME: A word meaning published or released, followed by (being supported by, in a down clue) a verb synonym of advance.
22d I’d a son, remarkably handsome young man (6)
ADONIS: An anagram (remarkably) of I’D A SON. The original Greek handsome young man was born of a tree and killed by a wild boar, as depicted in this sculpture:
24d Iron newspapers! (5)
PRESS: And we finish with a straightforward double definition.
Thanks to the setter. Today I had ticks next to 10a, 12a, 15a, 5d, 9d, and 19d, and I’m choosing the smooth 6d as my favourite. Which clues did you like best?
The Quick Crossword pun: ROUX+BRICKS=RUBRICS