Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28455
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg. My second of two turns substituting for the resting and relaxing Deep Threat. I think that pommers picks up the reins again next week.
A typical and very enjoyable Giovanni, still not sure if it’s Giovanni’s ‘new’ persona – perhaps Lady Jane can advise again, with three anagrams, two lurkers, two homophones, and a sprinkling of oldies but goodies/recent repeats. A splendid end to my Thursday which was mostly spent at a very enjoyable corporate golf outing.
My favourite is 3d.
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1a Paddy joining African party with English shows self-restraint (10)
TEMPERANCE: A synonym for paddy (as in rage), a South African political party, and the single letter for English.
6a Self-satisfied son, one taken for a fool (4)
SMUG: The single letter for son and a synonym for someone taken for a fool.
9a Intervention when cold is caught — this being taken? (10)
MEDICATION: A synonym for intervention containing (is caught) the single letter for cold gives something that might be taken for a cold.
10a Liveliness of brother crossing island (4)
BRIO: The three letter shortened form of brother containing (crossing) the single letter for island – a recent repeat?
12a Map reveals lake in hollow (4)
PLAN: The single letter for lake contained by (in) a synonym for hollow – LRB verified.
13a Firm came down to meet one about partnership arrangement (9)
COALITION: The usual two letters for a firm, a synonym for came down (dismounted), the Roman numeral for one, and a two letter synonym for about.
15a Father’s attempts to make small cakes (8)
PASTRIES: The two letter familiar term for father, the possessive S from the clue, and a single word for attempts to make.
16a Bricklayer cum jazz musician? (6)
WALLER: A ‘tongue in cheek’ double definition where the ‘?’ applies to the first one; the second is a US jazz musician.
18a Attract only some apprentices (6)
ENTICE: A lurker (only some) found in apprentices
20a Mass dumped in waterway in a Swiss region (8)
CANTONAL: A mass that is 2240 lbs inserted (dumped in) into a type of waterway – note the complete underlined definition.
23a Most gossipy woman’s appearing in court (9)
CHATTIEST: The two letter abbreviation for court containing (appearing in) the first name of an actress (who appeared with Eric Sykes) and the S from ‘s for is.
24a When speaking, regrets trick (4)
RUSE: Homophone (when speaking) of regrets.
26a Our gentlemen must suppress this desire (4)
URGE: A lurker (must suppress this) found in the first two words of the clue.
27a Record reversal of very good policy for establishing control (10)
DISCIPLINE: The term for a vinyl record, the two letters for a very good person reversed (reversal), and a synonym for policy.
28a Flipping thing that occurs at Lord’s before play (4)
TOSS: What precedes the start of play at Lords, or Old Trafford, or . . .
29a Deem Uranus somehow to be very large? (10)
UNMEASURED: Anagram (somehow) of DEEM URANUS for something that has not yet been established – hence the ‘?’ at the end of the clue.
1d Small thanks given to this writer, being dull (4)
TAME: The two letter synonym for thanks and the objective pronoun for this writer.
2d From what we hear, honours for monkeys (7)
MEDDLES: Homophone (from what we hear) of honours is a synonym for monkeys (or interferes).
3d Strange behavior that is noticeable in The Oval? (12)
ECCENTRICITY: Nothing to do with cricket, so ignore the capitalization at the end of the clue; a double definition (I think) – the first is the behavior that might be exhibited by someone who is idiosyncratic.
4d A totally sober person longed to be with partner? (8)
ATTACHED: A from the clue, the two letters that indicate a totally sober person, and a synonym for longed.
5d Church faces test in relation to its singers (6)
CHORAL: The generic two letters for church and the type of test that does not require answers in writing – once again – note the complete underlined definition.
7d Military poet of ancient Rome (7)
MARTIAL: A double definition – a synonym for military and a Roman poet who was known for his epigrams.
8d Good game with the French must include stout basic principle (6,4)
GROUND RULE: The single letter for good, the favourite two letter game (for ruffians, played by gentlemen), and one of the forms of the French for THE containing a synonym for stout (in relation to the shape of a person’s body).
11d Is smart phone designed for antisocial types? (12)
MISANTHROPES: Anagram (designed for) of IS SMART PHONE.
14d Bit of bread for those who can afford caviare? (5,5))
UPPER CRUST: Only those to whom the answer applies may be able to afford caviare.
17d Imitation of historical rebel, leader of insurgents captured (8)
PASTICHE: A synonym for historical and one of cruciverbalists’ favourite rebels containing (captured) the first letter (leader) of Insurgents.
19d What could be great as riot controller (4,3)
TEAR GAS: Anagram (what could be) of GREAT AS.
21d When row follows end of session it’s less pleasant (7)
NASTIER: A two letter synonym for when after (follows) the end of sessioN and a favourite synonym for row.
22d Great number, say, being eaten by wild animal (6)
LEGION: Two letter abbreviation for a Latin term for say contained by (being eaten by) the king of the jungle.
25d Wait on, needing time to finish (4)
TEND: The single letter for time and a synonym for finish.
Back on Sunday as usual.
The Quick Crossword pun: beech+where=beachwear