Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28422
Hints and tips by KitKat
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Hello everyone. Today’s blog comes to you from the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Since I’m both jet-lagged and short of time I have enlisted Kitty’s help, concatenating her across hints and my down hints to create another KitKat blog. We both felt that this was a solid puzzle. Perhaps not as much sparkle as some we’ve seen recently, but still an enjoyable solve.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the buttons. Clicking on a picture will enlarge it (or possibly do something else). Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Dropped brush by garden plot (8)
SCRUBBED: Dropped or cancelled. Some undergrowth by a part of the garden
6a Travel with nomadic set and meet with disaster (2,4)
GO WEST: Travel, W(ith) and then an anagram (nomadic) of SET
9a Room wanted by the leading character in Greek region (6)
ATTICA: A high room next to the first character in the alphabet
10a Steal dress left after work inside (8)
SHOPLIFT: Take a loose dress and put inside it, first work (2), then L(eft)
11a Cricket team's season reportedly arranged (8)
SOMERSET: A homophone of a season (there are only four to choose from – unless, like me, you also toy with some food seasonings) followed by arranged or placed. Cricketophobes need not fear: the cricket team is just the name of an English county. (I googled to see if there exists a word for cricket phobia but drew a blank. I don’t think orthopterophobia is quite right …)
12a Ponder about island's waste (6)
MISUSE: Put a word meaning meditate or reflect around either the two letter abbreviation for island or the single letter one with the 'S from the clue (either works)
13a Ride on farm vehicle cutting early -- it should be good for a laugh (5,7)
STRIP CARTOON: Our ride is four letters, and we have a farm vehicle of equal length. These are inside (cutting) a word meaning early (as in came too early). This clue disregards the convention that on in an across clue means after. It’s a convention I’m personally happy to disregard. My difficulties here were in banishing the tractor from my mind. It didn’t help any when that was replaced with a combine harvester!
16a Supply what's lacking, seeing woman with old car needing gallons put in (6,3,3)
BRIDGE THE GAP: We need to start with the name of a woman, perhaps Jones or Christie. After her is an old car – not crate, but along those lines – and finally we need to insert G(allons)
19a Agent of female player (6)
FACTOR: F(emale) and a film or stage performer
21a Prayer song after a verse to accompany English mass (3,5)
AVE MARIA: An operatic song goes after A from the clue and abbreviations for verse, English and mass
23a Rose and Gail unsettled in harem (8)
SERAGLIO: An anagram (unsettled) of ROSE and GAIL
24a Defy sister, out of order (6)
RESIST: An anagram (out of order) of SISTER
25a Author, one adding fuel to the fire? (6)
STOKER: Two definitions. I don’t think you’ll need more, but if you do the author wrote Dracula
26a Use fine ointment (8)
FUNCTION: F(ine) plus an ointment
2d Against stocking too much material (6)
COTTON: An argument against something containing (stocking) an informal three-letter acronym for too much or excessive.
3d Join upper-class twit going to top of Everest (5)
UNITE: Concatenate U(pper class), a twit or fool, and the first letter (top of) Everest.
4d Face lake restaurant (9)
BRASSERIE: Follow an informal English term for face or boldness with a great American lake to get a type of French restaurant.
5d Computer database initially kept so badly (7)
DESKTOP: The first letter (initially) of Database, followed by an anagram (badly) of KEPT SO.
6d Good scope for stable lad (5)
GROOM: G(ood), followed by scope or possibility (e.g., for improvement).
7d After spring, business will be strongly built (4-3-2)
WELL-SET-UP: A spring or source of fresh water, followed by a (3-2) synonym of business.
8d Liking quiet place (4,4)
SOFT SPOT: Link together synonyms of quiet and of place or location.
13d Distract team on course (9)
SIDETRACK: Join together noun synonyms of team and of course.
14d Metal bracket in corner resting on golf club (5,4)
ANGLE IRON: Chain together a noun synonym of corner and a type of golf club (not a wood).
15d Injured marten on deck (8)
ORNAMENT: An anagram (injured) of MARTEN ON. Deck as in apply boughs of holly to halls.
17d Intercept leader of force (4,3)
HEAD OFF: Concatenate a noun synonym of leader, the OF from the clue, and the physics abbreviation for force.
18d As if agitated over company exposing complete failure (6)
FIASCO: An anagram (agitated) of AS IF, followed by the usual two-letter abbreviation for company. The picture refers to a recent public relations failure by United Airlines.
20d Chief measure (5)
RULER: A simple double definition, both nouns.
22d Useful thing when fixed (5)
ASSET: Find the answer by joining synonyms of when and of fixed. In a financial context, these useful things can be fixed or current.
Thanks to today’s mystery setter for a pleasant solve. I smiled at 4d and Kitty liked 6a. What was your favourite?
The Quick Crossword pun: DOLL+FINN=DOLPHIN