Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28474
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This puzzle was published on Sunday 2nd July
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Morning All! This probably would have been a one star time if I were not enjoying the conversations in Macclesfield. There were a few easy starters and a few that took a bit of parsing.
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1a Disapprove of hiding current drop in value (10)
DEPRECIATE – Place I – The SI Symbol for current – inside DEPRECATE or disapprove.
6a Push five to leave Oxford? (4)
SHOE – V, the Roman Numeral for five leaves SHO(v)E or push.
9a Trail volunteers returning in pursuit of normal soldiers (10)
PARATROOPS – Reverse (returning) SPOOR (an animal trail) and the TA (Territorial Army/volunteers) and place after (in pursuit of) PAR for normal.
10a Just over half of Beatles worked to make ‘Help!’ (4)
ABET – Take the first four of seven letters (just over half) in BEAT(les) and then make an anagram (or work on).
12a Sleazy club putting out energy for a prima donna (4)
DIVA – A sleazy club is a DIVE. Remove E for Energy and replace with A.
13a Go in after fish and chips (9)
CARPENTER – To ENTER or go in after a CARP (fish).
15a One’s alone with actors not present (8)
CASTAWAY – If the actors were gone then ne might say that the CAST was AWAY.
16a Hole found in old vehicle beginning to rust (6)
CRATER – CRATE for an old banger and then the beginning letter of R(ust).
18a Fool can upset with humour (6)
NITWIT – Reverse (upset) a TIN can and then add WIT for humour.
20a 18 goes over and samples baked goods (8)
PASTRIES – Reverse (goes over) a SAP (a synonym for nitwit at 18) and then add TRIES for samples/tastes.
23a Shock at zebras regularly becoming dangerous animals (3-6)
MAN-EATERS – A MANE for a shock (of hair) then AT from the clue followed by the regular letters in zEbRaS.
24a Main bridge? (4)
ARCH – A chestnutty double definition with the former meaning chief/biggest.
26a Short dog with tail? Just its tip (4)
CURT – A CUR/dog and then the first letter or tip of T(ail).
27a Cold? Once salve works, recover (10)
CONVALESCE – Start with C for Cold (abb. from the tap) and thn make an anagram (works) of ONCE SALVE.
28a I am cutting weight in half to become member (4)
LIMB – I’M for I am inside a LB pound weight.
29a Both rather fancy dish (5-5)
HEART-THROB – An old word to clue an old word. Dish here is a good looking person and the answer is a fancy anagram of BOTH RATHER.
1d Take exercise drug (4)
DOPE – Another clue that I have seen a couple of times. To exercise means to DO P.E. (Physical Education in schools).
2d Green lights for a motorway and street, northbound (7)
PERMITS – Take PER meaning ‘for a’ and then add the reversal (northbound in a Down clue) od ST for Street and MI or the M1 Motorway.
3d Spare millions a woman left on the side? (12)
EXTRAMARITAL – EXTRA for spare then M(illions and A from the clue, then the woman RITA and finally L for Left.
4d Press caught boy in battleship (8)
IRONCLAD – To IRON or press then C for Caught (a cricketscoring abb.) and LAD/boy after that.
5d What a person carries spills (6)
TAPERS – A nice hidden word (indicated by Carries) inside whA T A PERS on.
7d Dress at home (7)
HABITAT – HABIT for dress and AT from the clue.
8d Initiative to go into force (10)
ENTERPRISE – A charade of ENTER (go into – again!) and PRISE or force/jemmy.
11d Republican in terribly close battle for election (6,6)
SECRET BALLOT – Place R for Republican inside an anagram (terribly) of CLOSE BATTLE. Great surface reading.
14d Finally be amusing about working and saving money (10)
ECONOMICAL – The final letter in (b)E then COMICAL or amusing around/about ON for working.
17d Elements of football and cricket used in religious festival (8)
PASSOVER – The sporting elements are respectively PASS (football and OVER (cricket).
19d Non-drinker imbibing an alcoholic drink in temper (7)
TANTRUM – A TT (teetotaller or non-drinker) includes or imbibes AN from the clue and is followed by RUM (an alcoholic drink).
21d Tooth made from zinc is ‘orrible (7)
INCISOR – Another hidden word inside (is made from) z INC IS ‘OR rible
22d Engineers sit and rest (6)
REPOSE – RE for the Royal Engineers and POSE for sit.
25d Auntie‘s complaint cut short bishop (4)
BEEB – A synonym for the BBC (Auntie BEEB). Cut short the word BEE(f) for complaint and then add B(ishop).
Thanks to the setter. I am back next Friday.