Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28447
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Good Morning from a windy and overcast Central Shropshire. As you are no doubt aware, our regular Wednesday Kiwi bloggers are on their holidays for the next three weeks, exploring their neighbouring country of Australia. So you are left with me to try and help you untangle the wordplay from our Wednesday Wizard – Jay.
This is my first go at reviewing a Jay back pager and I think he has given me a somewhat gentle start by having several long anagrams and ‘Lego©’ clues to give plenty of checkers. Personally, I didn’t find it too heavy going, but that did not detract from the enjoyment that it gave me.
As usual, the definitions are underlined and my hints are there to help you further if required. If all else fails – the answer can be revealed by clicking on the grey ‘Click Here!’ button
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1a Paper money at last sent using this medium? (10)
TELEGRAPHY: Start with the name of a broadsheet (paper) that we all know well and add the final (at last) letter of ‘money’ from the clue. I believe that this is a ‘semi all in one’ clue but I’m happy to be told otherwise.
6a Spirit bar winos regularly ignored (4)
BRIO: Remove alternate letters (regularly ignored) from ‘bar winos’ to get a different type of spirit suggested by the clue.
10a Shopping centre drama mostly with extreme characters (5)
PLAZA: Take a 4 letter synonym for a drama acted out on the stage and remove the last letter (mostly). Then add the outer (extreme) letters of the alphabet (characters). I’m a tad unsure of the wordplay here as there doesn’t seem to be an insertion indicator for the ‘extreme characters’ – only a juxtaposition of ‘with’. That’s OK, but by doing it that way there is no indication to say that the last ‘character’ should appear before the first – if that makes sense.
11a Busker perhaps replaced gratuities left by English (9)
GUITARIST: An anagram (replaced) of GRATUITIES minus (left) the abbreviation of ‘English’. Apologies in advance to my dear friend Miffypops for the pictorial hint.
12a Deputise, having status reduced (5,2)
STAND IN: Start with an 8 letter synonym for ‘status’ and remove the last letter (reduced) then split what is left as 5,2.
13a Story about court one is touching (7)
TACTILE: You need a 4 letter synonym for ‘story’ which contains (about) the standard abbreviation for ‘court’ and ‘one’ seen as a Roman numeral.
14a Easy progress, but suffering on grasslands (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING: A synonym of ‘grasslands’ is followed by (on) another synonym for ‘suffering’.
18a Teasing drunk about responsibilities (12)
UNDERTAKINGS: An anagram (about) of TEASING DRUNK.
21a Craft needing brass with age (7)
GALLEON: The ‘brass’ here has nothing to do with metal or money. It is a synonym for ‘cheek’ followed by (with) a synonym for ‘age’ (a period of time).
23a Copper embraced by slightly drunk element (7)
MERCURY: Start with the standard abbreviation for ‘copper’ and placed it inside (embraced by) a description of the state you might appear to be in when ‘slightly drunk’.
24a Optical device protecting first home for earwigs (7,2)
LISTENS IN: Nothing to do with insects here. Take an optical device used in spectacles, containing (protecting) how first would appear as a numerical abbreviation and then add the standard synonym for ‘home’.
25a Use professional parking to drop off (5)
EXERT: Start with a 6 letter synonym for ‘professional’ and remove (drop off) the abbreviation for ‘parking’.
26a Clean what’s left by cutter, say (4)
WASH: I would say that this is a double definition, the latter that is created by a vessel (cutter, say) travelling through the water.
27a Lucky escape of plane by dead-end street (5,5)
CLOSE SHAVE: Take a synonym for ‘dead –end street) and follow it with (by) a synonym of ‘plane’ – the plane here being used by a carpenter. In view of the death of Peter Sallis I just had to add this clip.
1d Temporarily having vacancy, tips off office worker (6)
TYPIST: Use the outer letters (having vacancy) of ‘temporarily’ followed by an anagram (off) TIPS.
2d Climbers fix up South African climbing (6)
LIANAS: Start with a synonym for ‘fix’ (to the wall for instance) and reverse it (up – in a down clue) and the abbreviation for ‘South Africa’ – again reversed (climbing – in a down clue).
3d Infection making revolutionary unravel red flag? (9,5)
GLANDULAR FEVER: An anagram (revolutionary) of UNRAVEL RED FLAG. I was going to add a pictorial hint but didn’t want to put you off your elevenses.
4d Country cooking range with metal base from China (9)
ARGENTINA: An anagram (cooking) of RANGE followed by a type of soft metal and the last letter (base) of ‘China’. How many of you immediately thought of the type of cooking range manufactured here in Shropshire.
5d Raise army to protect island (5)
HOIST: Start with a synonym of ‘army’ and include (protect) the single-letter abbreviation for ‘island’.
7d Large creature with no tail — it’s properly a 22 problem (8)
RHINITIS: Although the answer is gettable from the wordplay – you will need to solve 22 across to make sense of it. The ‘large creature’ here is mercilessly hunted for its horn – without the last letter (no tail) followed by how ‘it’s’ would appear if written without being shortened (properly).
8d Compensate for broadcast method supporting public (8)
OUTWEIGH: Start with a homophone (broadcast) of ‘method’ which is then preceded (supporting) a synonym to make ‘public’.
9d Notice they’re given to soldiers on the move? (8,6)
MARCHING ORDERS: Another double definition.
15d Hemp isn’t assembled on small payloads (9)
SHIPMENTS: An anagram (assembled) of HEMP ISNT followed by (on) the abbreviation for ‘small’.
16d Cork has a blue house (8)
BUNGALOW: Another ‘lego’ clue – start with a 4 letter synonym for ‘cork’, followed by (on) the letter ‘A’ from the clue and a term to describe being ‘blue’.
17d Loves fresh doilies on top of sideboard (8)
IDOLISES: An anagram (fresh) of DOILIES followed by (on) the first letter (top of) of ‘sideboard’.
19d European nation capturing soldiers with a cry of discovery (6)
EUREKA: Major ‘lego’ clue time. Start with the single letter abbreviation of ‘Europe’ followed by the 2 letter abbreviation of our country (not GB) which then contains (capturing) one of the standard abbreviations for soldiers and followed by the ‘A’ from the clue.
20d Go into wood after climbing plant (6)
MYRTLE: Take a 3 letter synonym for ‘go’ and insert it (into) the name of a tree, then reverse it all (climbing – up in a down clue).
22d A bit of passion as a lady shows such a tone (5)
NASAL: Our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day.
A very enjoyable puzzle to solve – I particularly enjoyed 27a as I’m a fan of dear old Wallace & Gromit. Which one(s) brought a smile to your face?
The Quick Crossword pun: calf+hairy=car ferry