Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28432
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 20th May
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
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1a Work out chairman’s bust on board (10)
FIGUREHEAD – A charade of FIGURE (work out) and HEAD (chairman).
6a Go crazy when rejected (4)
STAB – A reversal (when rejected) of BATS or crazy.
10a Mole’s friend is irritable (5)
RATTY – Easy if you remember the Wind in the Willows!
11a Very East European to be losing head, that’s common (9)
VULGARIAN – V for Very then a (b)ULGARIAN or east European with the head letter lost.
12a Racer over 8 furlongs holds nothing back, being one that works hard before Ascot (8)
MILLINER – A racer over 8 furlongs is a MILER. Inside that is held and reversed NIL for nothing – MIL (LIN) ER
13a Nick excluding Switzerland (5)
NOTCH – The 2 letter ISO country code for Switzerland is CH, hence excluding Switzerland is NOT CH.
15a Water tower (7)
TUGBOAT – A cryptic definition of the thing that tows (a tower) in harbours and at sea (onn the water).
17a The Parisian visiting most of close outside the church (7)
SECULAR – Place LA (‘the’ in French) inside most of SECUR(e) or close.
19a Man marooned on Treasure Island long time finds large-leaved plant (7)
GUNNERA – Ben GUNN was marooned on Treasure Island. Add ERA for a long time.
21a The Royal Marines heading lowly sailor’s vessel (7)
THERMOS – The from the clue then RM for Royal Marines and finally an OS or Ordinary Seaman (the lowest rank).
22a A person from the Far North returning in shock (5)
APPAL – A from the clue then a LAPP (someone from northern Scandinavia) when revered (returning).
24a Simple detective joke, as some would tell it (8)
HOMESPUN – A homophone (as some would tell it) of Sherlock HOLME’S PUN or a detective joke.
27a Teen cried out — act as peacemaker (9)
INTERCEDE – Make an anagram, indicated by ‘out’, of TEEN CRIED.
28a Reactionary fellow that’s full of gas (5)
BLIMP – Two definitions – 1) An incurably conservative elderly military officer as in Colonel Blimp from the cartoonist David Low and 2) – A zeppelin which is full of gas.
29a Standard choice of letters from the middle of the alphabet (4)
NORM – The choice of letters being N OR M.
30a Hamlet’s resolution (10)
SETTLEMENT – Another double definition – A settlement of houses/hamlet and a resolution in e.g. court case.
1d Stable business (4)
FIRM – Yet one more straightforward double definition.
2d Elderly mounting clicking (7,2)
GETTING ON – Three on the spin but this one is a treble definition: Becoming elderly, getting on a horse/mounting and getting on well with someone or ‘clicking’.
3d Top person bet gold goes up (5)
ROYAL – A reversal (goes up in a DOWN clue) of LAY (place a bet) and OR for Gold (The heraldic name).
4d Shelter to put up pauper (4-3)
HAVE NOT – A HAVEN or shelter and then a reversal (up) of TO.
5d Entire river’s charms (7)
ALLURE – A charade of ALL/entire and the river URE’S retaining the apostrophe ‘S.
7d It is not commonly a corrupting influence (5)
TAINT – ‘It is not’ in common parlance might be pronounced as (i)T’AINT
8d Magistrates and journalists bear great weight (5-5)
BENCH PRESS – A charade of the BENCH/magistrates and the PRESS or journalists collectively.
9d Sea creature unadorned with pinch of salt (8)
BARNACLE – Place NaCl or the chemical formula for Sodium Chloride/common salt inside BARE or unadorned.
14d Lack of progress disturbed antagonist (10)
STAGNATION – An anagram, indicated by disturbed, of ANTAGONIST.
16d Drool dodderingly about clergyman turning up in wartime operation (8)
OVERLORD – A doddering anagram of DROOL around a REV(erend) or clergyman.
18d Use ol’ Mini that’s clapped out? Get much bigger car (9)
LIMOUSINE – An anagram (clapped) out, appositely) of USE OL’ MINI.
20d Succeed with a herb placed around top of escalope (7)
ACHIEVE – Place A CHIVE or Aa herb around the top letter in E(scalope).
21d English parliamentarian in international storm (7)
TEMPEST – E for English and an MP/parliamentarian inside a TEST match or international.
23d Flag and fade away (5)
PETER – Two definitions, the former being as the Blue Peter.
25d Weapon pierces a breastplate to some extent (5)
A hidden word inside (to some extent) pierce S A BRE astplate.
26d Turn corner (4)
SPOT – A final double definition to finish; a SPOT or turn/go and a difficult position/corner.