Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28453
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning to you all from a bright and sunny Shropshire where we are promised some BBQ-ing weather – scorchio. This is a really pleasant and enjoyable puzzle from Jay that I don’t think will prove to be too difficult for many of you. There are a couple of clues that, for the pedants amongst us, might grate a bit – but life is too short to bother about them too much.
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1a Complain, and a student gives a bit of a hand (6)
CARPAL: We start with a 4 letter synonym for ‘complain’ (not of the bovine variety, more of the piscine sort), followed by the ‘A’ from the clue and Crosswordland’s favourite abbreviation for ‘student’.
5a Check with pilot for person on board (8)
CHAIRMAN: The 2 letter abbreviation for ‘check’ is followed by a synonym for ‘pilot’ (or member of the RAF).
9a Got time, having served teas, for such a thing as Marmite? (8,5)
ACQUIRED TASTE: You will need an 8 letter synonym for ‘got’, followed by abbreviation for ‘time’ and adding an anagram (served) of TEAS. Not quite sure about the anagram indicator here or the definition.
10a Refiner working with energy and no constraints (4,4)
FREE REIN: An anagram (working) of REFINER and the abbreviation for ‘energy’.
11a Fearless in command, chasing the girl’s love (6)
HEROIC: Start with a synonym for ‘the girl, followed by the character used in tennis to show a zero score and finish with (chasing) the standard abbreviation for ‘In Command’
12a Rogue deed and its consequence? (6)
IMPACT: I would say that this is a ‘semi all in one’ clue. Start with a synonym for a ‘rogue’ and follow it with a synonym of ‘deed’.
14a Quietly spoken — by a good man of the countryside (8)
PASTORAL: Start with the abbreviation for ‘quietly’ and a synonym for ‘spoken’ and insert (by) the ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for a ‘good man’.
16a Ducks walk when crossing road (8)
MALLARDS: Start with a synonym for ‘walk’ (as a noun, not a verb) and the 2-letter synonym for ‘when’ containing (crossing) the abbreviation for ‘road’.
19a Such clues must be a burden (6)
ACROSS: This is an example of the type of clue we are looking for – found by using the ‘A’ from the clue and a synonym for a ‘burden’.
21a Fearful Catholic’s first inhabitant of the Tower (6)
CRAVEN: Take the leading letter (first) of ‘Catholic’ and follow it with the name of a bird most associated with the Tower of London (an inhabitant of the Tower).
23a Double feature offering cheers (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN: A repetition (double) of a feature of your face.
25a Ultra-modern nation frequently needing courage (5-2-3-3)
STATE-OF-THE-ART: A nice ‘lego’ clue – starting with a synonym for ‘nation’ add an archaic term for ‘frequently’ and finish with (needing) a 5 letter synonym for ‘courage’.
26a Unhappy with ring and flower (8)
BLUEBELL: Start with a colour that is most associated with ‘unhappy’ and add (with) a synonym of ‘ring’.
27a New Yorker’s talk about name and borders of Eire (6)
YANKEE: Take the abbreviation for ‘name’ contained (about) by a 3-letter synonym of ‘talk’ and add the first and last letters (borders of) ‘Eire’
2d Danger coming from garden, for example (7)
ANAGRAM: ‘Danger’ and ‘garden’ are examples of this type of clue sometimes overused by crossword setters. Ring any bells MP?
3d Resentment’s highest point, reportedly (5)
PIQUE: A homophone (reportedly) of the ‘highest point’ of a mountain for example.
4d Electioneers sacked after ignoring one city (9)
LEICESTER: An anagram (sacked) of ELECTIONEERS after removing (ignoring) ONE.
5d Make a large profit from tip in trophy (5,2)
CLEAN UP: This way to profit comes from a synonym for ‘trophy’ containing (in) another synonym for ‘tip’.
6d A long letter (5)
AITCH: A nice succinct clue. Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and follow it with a synonym for ‘long’ as in desire.
7d Water is mostly ice on Loire, apart from the banks (9)
RESERVOIR: You will need a synonym for ‘ice’ without its last letter (mostly) and then add (on) the remaining letters of ‘Loire’ after removing the first and last characters (apart from banks).
8d Crime waves among drivers in this country (7)
AMERICA: An anagram (waves) of CRIME inserted in (among) a 2-letter abbreviation for one of the UK’s leading breakdown services (drivers).
13d A vile tale about moderate (9)
ALLEVIATE: An anagram (about) A VILE TALE.
15d In the manner of a servant that’s wasteful, cloaked in cunning (9)
SLAVISHLY: Start with a synonym of ‘cunning’ and insert (cloaked) a term that could be considered as ‘wasteful’ (normally associated with the lifestyle of the rich).
17d Spray a wild rose and look up (7)
AEROSOL: Start with the ‘A’ from the clue and add an anagram (wild) of ROSE and finish off with a 2 letter synonym for ‘look’ reversed (up in a down clue).
18d Quantity of fire if fuel oddly absent? (7)
SACKFUL: You will need a synonym for ‘fire’ (as in dismiss) and then add the leftover letters of ‘if fuel’ after the odd characters are removed (oddly absent).
20d Let off after satirical piece becomes target for bowler (7)
SKITTLE: The bowler here has nothing to do with cricket – you’ll be pleased to hear. An anagram (off) of LET follows (after) a synonym of a ‘satirical piece’. We used to call them ‘sods opera’ in the RN.
22d Changes to Venice, apart from the west end, seen as relative (5)
NIECE: An anagram (changes to) of VENICE without (apart from) the first letter (west end).
24d Distance one propels a bicycle (5)
CHAIN: I would say that this is a double definition, the latter is a linkage that in fact needs the power of a cyclist’s legs (via pedals and a crank) to ‘propel a bicycle’. Pedantic? Who me?
Well, there we are – another review done and dusted. I hope you enjoyed the puzzle and didn’t find it too difficult. My favourite clue of the day is 6d, just what a clue should be – succinct and to the point. Which one(s) brought a smile to your face?
The Quick Crossword pun: boules+sigh=bull’s-eye