Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28493
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Sorry for the late publication. This was down to what turned out to be self-inflicted email problems. BD
Another very nice puzzle today from Rufus. The most prolific of setters.
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1a Go after funds to take in United (6)
PURSUE: We begin today with a rarely used noun meaning funds available for spending which contains the abbreviation for united. The answer should be easily obtainable from the definition used
4a Good man joins other ranks backing ruler — it’s touching (8)
STROKING: A three-part charade. Begin with the usual good man. Reverse (backing) the abbreviation for Other Ranks and add a male ruler. Easy when you know how.
9a Producing endless dried fruit (6)
RAISIN: Producing as in bringing up a family or maybe bringing up an issue minus it’s last letter (endless) will give this dried fruit.
10a Look smaller, though unique (8)
PEERLESS: Begin with a verb meaning to look and add a word meaning a smaller amount or not as much to find a word that describes Big Dave’s blog.
12a Failed Eastern hombre (4)
DUDE: Begin with a word that means failed, often used to describe a firework that has not gone off. Add the abbreviation for eastern.
13a Wood works in church (5)
COPSE: Place our usual suspect for works inside our usual abbreviation for The Church of England.
14a A shade too near the knuckle? (4)
BLUE: This shade is a colour. One that is used to describe a risqué style of comedy.
17a Spirited relations (5,7)
GHOST STORIES: Spirited here refers to an imagined afterlife. Relations are narratives. Here is such a story.
My daughter was 4 years old. One morning I heard her door open and shut. That usually meant that she would be coming to our room to lay down with us. She never came in, but shortly after I heard her voice. Hoping she would go back to sleep I let her be for a bit. Then I heard the door open and shut again. This time I decided to go into her room and see why she kept getting out of bed.
I walked in and she had her eyes closed.
“Why did you get out of bed?”
“I didn’t, I was trying to sleep but he wouldn’t leave me alone. He kept talking to me and asking me questions.”
“He? Who is he?”
“The little boy that was in my room.”
“Umm, sweetie that was just a dream. There is no boy in your room.”
“I know that. He just left.”
“Ok, well what was the little boy doing?”
“He was hanging from the fan and asking me a bunch of questions.”
“How was he hanging from the fan? With his arms?”
“No, with a rope.”
20a Frowning with alarm — no time to reveal obvious mistake (7,5)
GLARING ERROR: Take a synonym of the word frowning and add a word meaning alarm or extreme fear without the abbreviation for time.
23a A B C D F or G (4)
NOTE: What these letters are an example of musically. The E is missing from the list. Split the answer 3,1 to understand the clue.
24a Change of heart for space traveller (5)
EARTH: Anagram (change) of HEART
25a Lorry driver (4)
DERV: A cryptic definition of the awful fuel used in lorries
28a Rickshaw operators who run the business? (8)
CHAIRMEN: A double definition. The first being iffy in my opinion, the second being perfect.
29a He spoke famously of Circe corrupting love (6)
CICERO: Anagram (corrupting) of CIRCE followed by the letter that looks like the love score in tennis
30a Tries to consume the whole vegetables (8)
SHALLOTS: Find a word that means tries, attempts or goes and insert (to consume) a word meaning the whole of something.
31a Pitch a tent on American college grounds (6)
CAMPUS: Find a word that means to pitch a tent and add our regular abbreviation for America or United States. I don’t think there will be many takers for this hint.
1d Showing off, scrapping knight with maiden and model (8)
PARADIGM: Find a word that means showing off which is generally associated with military might. Remove (scrapping) the chess notation for a knight and add the abbreviation for a maiden
2d Gunners parachuting? Bit of a shower (8)
RAINDROP: The gunners here are the Royal artillery. Begin with their initials. Add an odd way of saying parachuting which is split 2,4
3d University can upset this group (4)
UNIT: begin with the abbreviation for University and add the reverse (upset) of a word meaning a can. A can of baked beans of course.
5d Crooked attorney sure to make legal tender? (8,4)
TREASURY NOTE: Anagram (crooked) of ATTORNEY SURE
6d Bellows, losing head in rows (4)
OARS: Take a word meaning bellows or shouts loudly and remove the initial letter (losing head). The result gives a word describing a means of propelling a boat
7d Reformed ladies show the highest standards (6)
IDEALS: Anagram (reformed) of LADIES
8d He’s after fuel cuts (6)
GASHES: Lift the word HE’S directly from the clue and place it after a type of fuel. The fuel used to fire up your central heating.
11d One will provide care for a small charge (6-6)
FOSTER PARENT: A cryptic definition of those wonderful selfless people who provide care for children in need. Those who read John Timpson’s column in the business section of the DT will know that his wife provided such care for hundreds of children. Such people are society’s greats.
15d Climbing frame — for ramblers? (5)
STILE: A cryptic definition of a device used to climb over fences or walls on footpaths. Mostly replaced by kissing gates now.
16d Column seen in flight (5)
NEWEL: This flight is a staircase. This column is its supporting pillar
18d Suddenly stop leading? Time to get your skates on (6-2)
FREEZE-UP: To suddenly stop followed by a word meaning leading gives an extremely cold snap.
19d Former vicar in holy surroundings (8)
PREVIOUS: Place an abbreviation for a man of the cloth inside a word meaning devoutly religious
21d Reduced fare for buffet users? (6)
SNACKS: A cryptic definition of a light meal or finger food typically served at buffets.
22d A sweet’s served up in layers (6)
STRATA: A from the clue, a type of dessert, a small pastry, and the S from ‘S all reversed (served up)
26d Lower section of natural river (4)
URAL: The lower section (last four letters) of the word natural in the clue. Although this word appears within the clue it is not a hidden word or lurker.
27d One’s needed to travel and is in Virginia (4)
VISA: Place the word IS from the clue inside the official abbreviation for Virginia.
That’s all folks
The Quick Crossword pun: ducked+aisle=ductile