Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28461
Hints and tips by pommers
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hello from a rather warm Los Alcázares. Actually I say it’s rather warm, which it is, but the UK seems to have been a degree or two hotter than here for the last few days. The difference is that here we have another twelve weeks of the hot stuff to look forward to.
This puzzle is definitely one from the “new” Giovanni as there are no obscurities and little or no religious references. It’s a pangram but I didn’t notice until I’d completed the puzzle so it didn’t help me in the slightest. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s got a few tricky bits but it fell together reasonably well so I’ve gone for two star difficulty. I’m sure some of you will disagree.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Element opposing this person’s carrying on (8)
ANTIMONY: You need a word meaning opposing (4) followed by aword for “this person’s” as in “of this person” and insert (carrying) ON (from the clue) and you’ll get a metalloid element with the symbol Sb and atomic number 51.
9a King getting happiness in telling of story (8)
RELATION: A single letter for King followed by some happiness.
10a Attack one hitting nail on the head? (6)
HAMMER: Double definition. Usually with me it’s hitting the thumb rather than the nail, ouch!
12a Article produced by diocese making one boil (6)
SEETHE: Start with the diocese and after it (by) put a definite article.
15a Factory discovered by railway (7)
FOUNDRY: A word for discovered followed by the usual abbreviation of railway gives you a factory where metal castings are produced.
16a It contributes to nasty eye (4)
STYE: A lurker lurking (contributes to) in nasty eye.
20a One of four on board is cheat (4)
ROOK: There’s four of these in the corners of a chess board and it’s also a word meaning to cheat.
25a Words at bottom of page giving business information (8)
TURNOVER: If you split the answer (4,4) and put the word please in front of it you would have some words on the bottom of a page. Otherwise it’s some information about the health or size of a business. Not keen on this clue at all.
26a Be delayed after setback of one country or another (6)
KUWAIT: Reverse (after setback) the country where most people on this blog live and follow with what you have to do if you are delayed. You’ll find you’ve now got a country in the Middle East.
28a Hesitation about a fellow Nato country, in truth (6)
REALLY: Take one of the usual hesitations and reverse it (about) and follow with what the NATO countries are to eachother.
29a PM given brief line in new collection of diaries (8)
DISRAELI: L (brief Line) inserted (in) into an anagram (new collection) of DIARIES. Here’s a blast from he past . . .
30a Like some lines Dorothy sent to Edward (6)
DOTTED: Nickname for Dorothy followed by (sent to) a nickname for Edward.
31a Plant explorer found to east of isle (8)
MANDRAKE: Start with the isle in the Irish Sea and follow (found to east of) with an Elizabethan explorer who was fond of bowling.
1d What this answer isn’t — a sign of something wrong? (6)
ACROSS: This is a down clue, need I say more?
2d Inclined to be formal in speech, no leader (6)
TILTED: A word for formal in speech without its first letter (no leader).
3d Strikers may be in this seated enclosure after game (8)
MATCHBOX: Start with a game, of football perhaps, and after it put a place to watch said game where you would be seated in comfort and even waited on.
4d Lack of approval for sheltered space (4)
NOOK: Split (2,2) you have a phrase meaning lack of approval.
6d Changes notices to include a small point (6)
ADAPTS: Into the usual notices, remember it’s plural, you need to insert (to include) the A from the clue and an abbreviation of point.
7d Put up brief observation about mother keeping home (8)
NOMINATE: A brief observation or jotting is placed around (about) two letters for mother which is itself around (keeping) the usual word for at home. I guess this is a classic example of a Russian Doll clue.
8d Firm endlessly dealt with idiots — troubles at a personal level? (8)
HARASSES: A word for firm as in not soft without its last letter (endlessly) is followed by some idiots.
11d Queen to make a speech, having sufficient number in attendance (7)
QUORATE: Abbreviation of Queen, not ER or R but the other one, is followed by a word meaning to make a speech. Fairly topical I suppose.
14d One expecting a blessing after expulsion? (7)
SNEEZER: This is the person who has done the sort of expulsion that causes you to say “Bless you”. I think this saying might come from the time of the Black Death as this sort of expulsion is one of its first symptoms.
17d Container of a certain colour with big dents (8)
CRATERED: A container, often made of wood, followed by a primary colour. Bit like the back of my car until I got it fixed last month.
18d Cook using unusual root in days gone by (3-5)
POT ROAST: Take a four letter word for days gone by and insert (using . . . in) an anagram (unusual) of ROOT and split the result (3-5)
19d Introduction of rule queried, dubiously mandatory (8)
REQUIRED: Anagram (dubiously) of R (introduction of Rule) with QUERIED.
23d Picture-taker arrived, distinguished academician (6)
CAMERA: A word for arrived followed by a distinguished academician who is more commonly clued just as “artist”.
24d Conflict — condition requiring street soldiers around (6)
STRIFE: Start with the usual condition and around it the street and one of the many two letter soldiers.
27d A lass left out, upset in foreign capital (4)
RIGA: A (from the clue) followed by another word for a lass with the L removed (left out) and then the whole lot reversed (upset in a down clue) will give you the capital of Latvia.
Quite a bit of blue but 14d has to be favourite with 16a coming a close second. Which ones got your blessing?
Quick crossword pun: PLAQUE + EIGHT = PLACATE