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DT 28492

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28492

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This puzzle was published on Saturday 29th July

BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment ***

Apart from mutterings about long gone actresses, this puzzle seemed to go down well on Saturday. Mr CS (who doesn’t do cryptic crosswords but quite often listens as I mutter away to myself) thought 10/11a was a brilliant clue.



8a A planet circling Earth approaches (7)
AVENUES – A (from the clue) VENUS (planet) ‘circling’ E (the abbreviation for Earth)

10a and 11 Become apparent as the Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse do (4,3,2,3,4)
COME OUT IN THE WASH – A informal expression meaning to work out satisfactorily or what all these rivers do!

11a See 10

12a Country that was divided making progress rapidly, we hear (5)
KOREA – I’m with the people that thought a homophone (we hear) of CAREER (making progress rapidly) worked

13a Frank put foot down (5)
STAMP – To frank a letter or put one’s foot down heavily

14a Man needs permit for wreath (7)
CHAPLET – CHAP (man) LET (permit)

17a What’s green lawyer been spinning? Alternative sources of power (9,6)

19a Engineers in dismay making gear (7)
APPAREL – RE (Royal Engineers) go in APPAL (dismay)

21a Bits of music jumping from las to dohs? (5)
NOTES – Another variation on the “No Tes” clue – my favourite remains Elgar’s version in Toughie 770. If you are still confused, you need to look at the tonic sol-fa scale: ‘doh ray me fa so la TE doh’

24a Hanger-on given shelter by church (5)
LEECH – LEE (shelter) CH (church)

26a Soldier‘s drunk dearer gin (9)
GRENADIER – An anagram (drunk) of DEARER GIN

27a Ignore rules going round a kind of junction as fast as possible (4,3)
FLAT OUT – FLOUT (ignore rules) going round A T (junction)

28a Where yachtsmen sail, keeping very well-funded (7)
SOLVENT – Yachtsmen sail in the SOLENT, here ‘keeping’ the abbreviation for Very


1d Caught stars in decay (6)
CARIES – C (caught) ARIES (stars)

2d Check on race (8)
RESTRAIN – RE (on) STRAIN (race)

3d We prosper with engineering drawing in university in dominant country (10)
SUPERPOWER – An anagram (with engineering) of WE PROSPER ‘drawing in’ U (University)

4d Varied choice essential in popular sport in Canada etc (3,6)
ICE HOCKEY – An anagram (varied) of CHOICE followed by KEY (essential)

5d In a frenzy ‘Good Morning’ the wrong way round (4)
AMOK – OK (good) and AM (morning) ‘the wrong way round’

6d Queen’s written in pink pen (6)
CORRAL – R (Regina, queen) in CORAL (pink)

7d Changing hat style not likely to be noticed (8)
STEALTHY – An anagram (changing) of HAT STYLE

9d Fraud upset Apple computers (4)
SCAM – A reversal (upset in a Down clue) of MACS (Apple computers)

15d Old actress gives former UN chief the bird (4,6)
ANNA NEAGLE – ANNAN (Kofi the former UN chief) EAGLE (bird)

16d Bag to boil for cooking that is required for musicians (9)
OBBLIGATO – An anagram (cooking) of BAG TO BOIL gives an instruction telling musicians that they must use a particular part of a musical composition in their performance of it

17d Everyday existence is prevalent, engrossing English entirely (4,4)
REAL LIFE – RIFE (prevalent) ‘engrossing’ E (English) ALL (entirely)

18d Sold dog in rush (8)
RETAILED – TAIL (dog in the sense of follow) inserted into REED (rush)

20d Postwar housing, before great 1960s style (6)
PREFAB – PRE (before) FAB (as great things were back in the 1960s)

22d Goblin shows ill will without resistance (6)
SPRITE – SPITE (ill will) goes ‘without’ R (resistance)

23d Where military types consume Horlicks (4)
MESS – Horlicks being a slang term meaning to make a complete mess of something

25d Bonnet for American gangster (4)
HOOD – An American car bonnet or a violent criminal. Or possibly,  depending on how you look at it, a covering for the head or an American gangster.


2 comments on “DT 28492

  1. Thanks for the review, CS. I wonder how many of those who muttered about the actress would have been quite as vocal about an obscure sporting term?!!

    As for 12a – I was happier with ‘courier’ which now seems to be accepted in a verbal sense, but I guess it depends on regional pronunciations.

  2. Thanks Sue, I am old enough to remember actress and as I said at the time living in East Anglia my favourite had to be the magic double.

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