Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28467
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all from a “Home Alone” pommers. Pommette has gone to visit her mother so I’m left here to misbehave and blog another Friday puzzle. Don’t worry though, Deep Threat will be back next week.
A nice puzzle this week which will please anagram lovers as there are six and one partial. It grew on me as I was writing the review so four star enjoyment it is. I’ll be interested to see what you all make of it.
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 State of dissolution in which things get very hot (7,3)
MELTING POT: Cryptic definition of a place where something might turn to liquid when heated.
6a More than one great performer hurts when losing heart (4)
ACES: Some hurts without their middle letter (losing heart).
10a Social ritual embraced by weird ancestors (5)
DANCE: A lurker lurking in (embraced by) the last two words of the clue.
11a I got tools out as investigator of organ (9)
OTOLOGIST: Someone who investigates the organ of hearing is an anagram (out) of I GOT TOOLS. I rather like this definition.
12a To-do gets prisoner ‘enry being locked up (5-2)
CARRY ON: Take one of the usual prisoners and insert (being locked up) another name for ‘enry, also missing an initial H, and split the result (5,2).
13a Ottoman ruler given a bit of food for his wife? (7)
SULTANA: Not really sure what the definition is here. What you need is an Ottoman ruler, add (given) the A from the clue and you’ll get not only a bit of food but also said Ottoman ruler’s wife.
14a Cast doubt on earliest gospel? What is the point? (8,4)
QUESTION MARK: A word meaning to cast doubt on followed by what is generally thought to be the oldest of the four gospels.
18a Police tag’s so unreliable for one managing to break free (12)
ESCAPOLOGIST: Anagram (unreliable) of POLICE TAGS SO.
21a English politician to go wrong entertaining old ruler (7)
EMPEROR: E(nglish) followed by a politician and then a word for go wrong with O(ld) inserted (entertaining).
23a Unfortunately inadequate couple of arts graduates in a state (7)
ALABAMA: A word meaning unfortunately without its last letter (inadequately) followed by two arts graduates, a Bachelor followed by a Master.
24a TV presenter shows a knight meeting monarch getting excited (9)
ANCHORMAN: A (from the clue) followed by the chess notation for Knight and then an anagram (getting excited) of MONARCH.
25a I had the thing to capture old fool (5)
IDIOT: Abbreviation of I had followed by a word for the thing with O(ld) inserted (to capture). We had this construct a couple of clues back.
26a Match that might expose inadequacies (4)
TEST: Cryptic definition. I hope the setter isn’t alluding to the English cricket team’s inadequacies.
27a Married woman may keep it — and demean man, I fancy (6,4)
MAIDEN NAME: Anagram (fancy) of DEMEAN MAN I.
1d As one dealing with people not well, I’d come out (6)
MEDICO: Anagram (out) of I’D COME.
2d Inner protections for ships (6)
LINERS: Double definition.
3d A purer boy doing wrong offers an apology (1,3,4,6)
I BEG YOUR PARDON: Anagram (wrong) of A PURER BOY DOING.
4d Weed crushed under logs (9)
GROUNDSEL: Anagram (crushed) of UNDER LOGS.
5d Tramps heading off — they make a musical sound (5)
OBOES: Some tramps, possibly of American origin, without their first letter (heading off).
7d Country fellow providing delivery on cricket field (8)
CHINAMAN: A large Asian country followed by a fellow gives a type of delivery in cricket – a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg. Just for Kath as I know she’s very fond of cricket . . .
8d Disappointments with groups needing inner support (8)
SETBACKS: Take some groups and insert (with inner) a word for support as in get behind.
15d Well-established home, crumbling, finally came down (9)
INGRAINED: The usual home (2) followed by G (crumblinG finally) and then a word for came down, like water from the sky perhaps.
16d Material engineers brought to Mediterranean area (8)
RELEVANT: Start with the usual military engineers and add a word for the Eastern end of the Mediterranean.
17d One getting cold with little energy chooses items for mountaineering (3,5)
ICE PICKS: I (one) followed by C(old) and E (little Energy) and finally a word meaning chooses gives you something used by mountaineers or the guy who killed Leon Trotsky.
20d Abstainer surrounded by British booze? It’s a struggle! (6)
BATTLE: Two letters for an abstainer from booze goes inside (surrounded by) a B(ritish) and some beer (booze).
22d Graduate has drink before 10 (5)
RUMBA: Start with a Graduate of Arts and before it put a drink drunk by sailors and pommette. The only trouble here is that you need to have solved 10a to get the definition.
Some good stuff but for me the stand-out favourite was 27a. How about you?
Quick crossword pun: CON + DEW + GATE = CONJUGATE