Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28459
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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[Sorry for the delay, but ShropshireLad’s review took over an hour to arrive – probably because of problems with my laptop. BD]
Good Morning everyone. Today’s puzzle is exactly what you would expect from Jay – no too hard and fun to complete. The one clue that I was scratching my head at was 5 down as I can’t remember seeing a clue of similar construction.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to give you a leg up and hopefully my hints will help you complete the puzzle. If all else fails, then the answer can be revealed if you click on the grey ‘Click Here!’ box.
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1a Our president’s first to get in newly-developed softer bed (4-6)
FOUR-POSTER: This is an anagram (newly-developed) of SOFTER that contains the ‘our’ from the clue followed by the leading letter of President (president’s first).
6a Clear duck enclosure (4)
OPEN: Start with how a zero score in cricket would be shown (duck) followed by the type of enclosure that you would possibly find a pig in. No, it’s not a sty.
9a Take court action before defence’s case becomes material (5)
SUEDE: Take a 3-letter synonym of what you would be doing if you were to ‘take court action’ and add the first and last letter (case) of ‘defence’
10a People who chase English partygoers? (9)
ENGRAVERS: Start with the 3-letter abbreviation for ‘English’ followed by a synonym for ‘partygoers’.
12a Second snare set after bear gets part of bag (8,5)
SHOULDER STRAP: The abbreviation for ‘second’ and a synonym for ‘snare’ follows (set after) how you ‘bear’ the burden.
14a European sailor welcomes bearing from this guide (4,4)
POLE STAR: Start with the name of a European followed by a common 3-letter word used in crosswords for ‘sailor’ and that then contains (welcomes) the abbreviation for a bearing on a compass.
15a Key needed with complete part of drainage system (6)
GUTTER: The ‘key’ required is a musical key followed by (needed with) a 5-letter synonym for ‘complete’.
17a Energy shown by two sons after playground break (6)
RECESS: The single-letter abbreviation for ‘energy’ and the abbreviation for ‘son’ twice (sons)follows (after) a 3-letter synonym for a playground.
19a Stick out for diamonds in genuine setting (8)
PROTRUDE: Start with a 3-letter synonym relating to ‘for’ and then take the standard abbreviation of ‘diamonds’ and place it in a synonym for ‘genuine’.
21a Sought approval from copper — then four arrived drunk! (7,6)
CURRIED FAVOUR: The ‘copper’ here is not PC Plod – it is the abbreviation for the element, followed by an anagram (drunk) of FOUR ARRIVED.
24a Next to a feature of a right-angled triangle (9)
ALONGSIDE: How the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle could be described if it were split 1,4,4.
25a Turn back in regret for likeable villain (5)
ROGUE: Take a term for ‘turn’, reverse it (back) and place it in a 3-letter synonym for ‘regret’.
26a Regularly repressed language (4)
ERSE: The language required for the answer appears using alternate letters (regularly) of ‘repressed’.
27a View American college brochure (10)
PROSPECTUS: Take a synonym for ‘view’ and follow it with the 2-letter abbreviation commonly used for ‘American’.
1d Quick meal with no break (4)
FAST: Just as it says on the tin – the first meal of the day minus ‘break’.
2d Implement sort of strength mostly in support of university (7)
UTENSIL: The sort of strength required here is normally used to describe how strong steel is – without its last letter (mostly). That is then preceded by the abbreviation for ‘university’ (in support of – in a down clue).
3d Winning, before bands break into song (13)
PREPOSSESSING: Start with a 3-letter synonym for ‘before’ followed by a word used to describe groups of people that a Wild West lawman would gather to catch the bad guys. That is then followed by what you would do if you broke into song.
4d Lose cargo, large amount (8)
SHEDLOAD: 2 synonyms, one for ‘lose’ followed by one for ‘cargo’.
5d Symbol of America with links to either part of Goldeneye (5)
Newspaper version: Symbol of America that could divide and occupy Goldeneye
EAGLE: The answer to the clue is a word that could be used at the end of ‘golden’ and before ‘eye’. I much prefer the on line version of the clue.
7d Clown leaving rubbish under jetty (7)
PIERROT: Take a 3-letter synonym for ‘rubbish’ followed by (under – in a down clue) another term for a jetty.
8d Inquisitive type runs to support Korean spy in trouble (4,6)
NOSY PARKER: An anagram (in trouble) of KOREAN SPY is followed by (to support – in a down clue) the abbreviation for ‘runs’.
11d Set about studies as part of military training (7,6)
ASSAULT COURSE: The ‘set about’ here is a synonym of a violent act followed by a set of classes (studies).
13d Recognise increase in worth (10)
APPRECIATE: A double definition.
16d Waves from mugs drinking last of beer (8)
BREAKERS: Start with cup normally associated with babies that contains (drinking) the final letter (last) of ‘beer’.
18d Asking questions, seeing scoundrels covering evidence of debt (7)
CURIOUS: A 3-letter term for ‘evidence of debt’ is contained in (covering) a 4-letter synonym for ‘scoundrels’.
20d Leading Conservative may be standing (7)
UPRIGHT: Start with a synonym for ‘leading’ followed by how a Conservative’s political bias is viewed.
22d Chauffeur ignoring volume for this appliance (5)
DRIER: Remove the abbreviation for ‘volume’ from a what a chauffeur is.
23d Releases, lacking right charges (4)
FEES: Take a 5-letter synonym for ‘releases’ and remove (lacking) the abbreviation for ‘right’
Well that’s me done for the day – I have enjoyed filling in for the 2K’s these last few weeks and hope that I’ve been of some assistance to you. Normal service will be resumed next week when they return from their holiday.
The Quick Crossword pun: ghetto+near+fool=get an earful