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DT 28420

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28408

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 29th April

BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Another pleasant Saturday puzzle, which again didn’t take long to either solve or draft the review

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1a In horse-drawn vehicle heading south-east I travel wearily (7)
TRAIPSE – I (from the clue) in TRAP (according to Brian an archaic horse-drawn vehicle!) ‘heading’ or going before SE (South East)

5a Get sick with having skate around track (7)
RAILWAY – AIL (get sick) and W (with) inserted into RAY (skate here being a fish)

9a However like an all-seater stadium (15)
NOTWITHSTANDING – To understand the clue split your solution 3, 4, 8

10a Bird shows remorse losing head (5)
EGRET – REGRET (shows remorse) losing its ‘head’

11a Very famous person’s drink leading to arrest in commotion (9)
SUPERSTAR – SUP (drink) leading to or going before an anagram (in commotion) of ARREST

12a Public boxing has first of youngsters being too impulsive (9)
OVERHASTY – OVERT (public) ‘boxing’ HAS (from the clue) followed by the ‘first’ of Youngsters

14a Bishop with not so much to be thankful for (5)
BLESS – B (Bishop) LESS (not so much)

15a Telephone number unknown lost? Make temporary arrangement (3,2)
RIG UP – Remove the N (number) from RING UP (telephone)

16a Punter’s happy sound about horse race (9)
PURCHASER – PURR (happy sound) goes ‘about’ CHASE (horse race)

18a Flighty vocalists (9)
SONGBIRDS – Cryptic definition

21a Secures wild places (5)
MOORS – Double definition

22a Naughty affairs bothered like-minded people (5,2,1,7)

23a Like ancient oracle, I’d help confused Corinthian leader (7)
DELPHIC – An anagram (confused) of ID HELP and C (Corinthian ‘leader’)

24a Fool accepts certain guarantees (7)
ASSURES – ASS (fool) ‘accepts’ SURE (certain)


1d Hybrid fruit with sharp taste the Spanish love (7)
TANGELO – TANG (sharp taste) EL (the Spanish definite article) O (Love)

2d Law officer developing a tolerant energy (8,7)
ATTORNEY GENERAL – An anagram (developing) of A TOLERANT ENERGY

3d Copy bureau’s hard work crushed by signs of burglars (5,4)
PRINT SHOP – H (hard) OP (work) ‘crushed by’ PRINTS (signs of burglars)

4d Stethoscope shows distinctive character (5)
ETHOS – Lurking inside stETHOScope

5d One contributes tax in settlement of a rare type (9)
RATEPAYER – An anagram (settlement) of A RARE TYPE

6d Good shot at archery champion’s missed initially (5)
INNER – Remove the initial letter from WINNER (champion)

7d Famous painting referee put out (9,6)

8d Dairy products turn up in Mongolian tents (7)
YOGURTS – GO (turn) reversed and inserted into YURTS (Mongolian tents)

13d Sedative — placatory item given by mouth mostly (9)
SOPORIFIC – SOP (placatory item) ORIFICe (mouth ‘mostly’)

14d Unconventional people bemoan his undoing (9)
BOHEMIANS – An anagram (undoing) of BEMOAN HIS

15d Towered over short American friend, one with potential to bloom (7)
ROSEBUD – ROSE (towered) over BUD (abbreviated American buddy or friend)

17d Holiday places men found in periods off work (7)
RESORTS – OR (men, Ordinary Ranks of soldiers) found in RESTS (periods off work)

19d Dutch artist broadcast nonsense (5)
BOSCH – A homophone (broadcast) of BOSH (nonsense)

20d I will occupy seat — seat of government (5)
SOFIA – I (from the clue) occupies SOFA to give the seat of government of Bulgaria


4 comments on “DT 28420

  1. Hi Sue, far be it from me to presume, but should the w of “with” in 5a be capitalised?

    Thanks for all your sterling work over the weeks which is always appreciated, even if we don’t say so enough!

    For me, and probably many others ( I know of Faraday for one), you reassure us of our correct answers when the DT tell us we have something wrong, so thanks again

    1. Thanks Margaret – sorted now

      I see that the definitions aren’t underlined which is odd because they were in the version I copied over. I’m sure people will manage to work them out for themselves as I can’t sort it out while I’m at work.

  2. I’m confused. Title says “DT 28414” (which is today) but then below that is “Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28408”.

    Are today’s answers coming?

    1. In my defence, I am still suffering with a long lasting dental abscess. The numbering for last Saturday’s review is now correct and I can see that BD will be publishing today’s answers shortly.

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