Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28483
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Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday Blog which I have the privilege of doing whilst our 2Ks are on holiday. This is a lovely puzzle as you would expect from Jay, although it is at the very easy end of his difficulty spectrum. So much so, that I doubt most of you will require any help to complete it.
Having said that, my hints and tips are there to be used if required and the full answer can be revealed by clicking on the ‘Click here!‘ box.
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1a Actor’s application as agent ripe for review (11)
GREASEPAINT: An anagram (for review) of AS AGENT RIPE.
9a Such a vegetable sweetens sleep! (5,4)
SUGAR SNAP: Start with a synonym for ‘sweetens’ and add a term for a short ‘sleep’
10a Address a chap with energy (5)
ABODE: Use the ‘A’ from the clue add a 3-letter synonym for ‘man’ and finish with the abbreviation for ‘energy’
11a Stout barrel pinched by staff (6)
ROTUND: Crosswordland’s well-known synonym for ‘barrel’ is contained (pinched) by a kind of ‘staff’.
12a Treatment needed if dart is misdirected? (5,3)
FIRST AID: This is an anagram (misdirected) of IF DART IS. I would add that it reads as an ‘all in one clue’ Nice surface I thought.
13a Menswear item may be a tax on credit (6)
CRAVAT: A ‘lego’ clue, made up from using the letter ‘A’ from the clue followed by the 3- letter abbreviation for a type of tax that was introduced for luxury items, preceded by (on) the standard abbreviation for ‘credit’
15a Exhibit siigns of exertion seeing column on exercise runs (8)
PERSPIRE: Start with the abbreviations for ‘exercise’ and ‘runs’ followed by (on) a column mostly associated with a church.
18a Singing style’s artificial with exaggerated backing (8)
FALSETTO: Take a synonym for ‘artificial’ and follow it with a 3-letter abbreviation for ‘exaggerated’ reversed (backing).
19a Cost protecting new member of royal dynasty (6)
PRINCE: A word used to describe the ‘cost’ of an item for sale contains (protecting) the abbreviation for ‘new’.
21a Conduct diplomacy including managed source of secrecy (8)
TRANSACT: Start with a synonym for ‘diplomacy’ containing (including) a term for ‘managed’ followed by the first letter (source) of secrecy.
23a Designed pen given by the French centre in Cadiz (6)
STYLED: The pen required here has nothing to do with French mountains but is more used in a porcine shelter followed by ‘the’ in French and ending with the middle letter (centre in) ‘Cadiz’.
26a NATO’s last award? (5)
OSCAR: What the last letter in ‘Nato’ is in the phonetic alphabet.
27a Fuse molten granite alien’s turned over (9)
INTEGRATE: An anagram (molten) of GRANITE followed by the 2-letter abbreviation of Spielberg’s alien – reversed (turned over).
28a Battles to make dates (11)
ENGAGEMENTS: A double definition.
1d A bit of beluga — strictly for the stomach! (7)
GASTRIC: A ‘lurker’.
2d First hotel lacking in stature for boat crew (5)
EIGHT: A subtractive (lacking) directive to remove the first occurrence of the abbreviation of ‘hotel’ from a stature that is measured in feet & inches / metres.
3d Stock lost from time under psychiatrist (9)
SHRINKAGE: Start with a colloquial term for a ‘psychiatrist’ followed by a synonym of a period of ‘time’.
4d Factory dropping line is blow (4)
PANT: A term for a factory without (dropping) the abbreviation for ‘line’
5d Spoilt broadcast supporting independent politician (8)
IMPAIRED: A synonym for ‘broadcast’ follows (supports, in a down clue) the abbreviations for ‘independent’ & ‘politician’.
6d Pitfalls of role set up with son (5)
TRAPS: A term for a role in a play is reversed (set up, in a down clue) followed by the abbreviation for ‘son’.
7d Completed short composition for two later than expected (7)
OVERDUE: Start with a synonym for ‘completed’ and follow it with a song for 2 people without the last letter (short).
8d Incitement without professional calling (8)
VOCATION: Take an 11-letter synonym for ‘Incitement’ and remove (without) the 3-letter abbreviation for ‘professional’.
14d Union giving everybody a nice woolly (8)
ALLIANCE: A term synonymous with ‘everybody’ is followed by an anagram (woolly) of A NICE.
16d Plan to make great pastry dishes rise (9)
STRATAGEM: Neat clue. Reverse (rise, in a down clue) 2 synonyms for ‘great’ & ‘dishes’ of the dessert variety.
17d Holding supplies of raised beds with family arriving at last (8)
STOCKING: Start with the reversal (raised, in a down clue) for beds for babies followed by a colloquial term for family and ending with the last letter of ‘arriving’ (at last).
18d Heat regularly seen in sheep or horse’s joint (7)
FETLOCK: Take the even letters (regularly) of heat and insert them in the collective noun for ‘sheep’.
20d Showing no sign of finishing, tip not so much (7)
ENDLESS: The wordplay of ‘tip not so much, split 3,4 would mean shortened’ if you get my drift.
22d Be of use and dish up(5)
SERVE: Double definition.
24d Find out Labour’s beginning to work for money (5)
LEARN: Start with the abbreviation of ‘Labour’ (Labour’s beginning) and what you do when you work for money.
25d Good man needing a good party (4)
STAG: Standard abbreviation for ‘good man’ is followed by (needing) the ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for ‘good’.
All good stuff and I apologise for being late in posting. Today just had to be the day when my tablet charger died on me, so this has been cobbled together on my smartphone. Hence no pics
The Quick Crossword pun: jury+leak+hair=do you really care?