Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28498
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 5th August
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Morning All! This was a two star difficulty solve but a lot of fun.
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1a Clear article to appear before ruler’s passing (10)
OVERTAKING – OVERT for clear and then A (an article) and a KING/ruler.
6a Cut flower makes one pleased (4)
GLAD – Two definitions – the short name GLAD for gladioli and also pleased/cheerful.
10a Call up the first woman to accept agreement (5)
EVOKE – EVE, the first woman in the bible to include/accept OK for agreement.
11a Doggedly obstruct rural division (9)
STONEWALL – The first is the definition and the cryptic is a STONE WALL which may provide a boundary in farmland (a rural division).
12a Model clear top, showing muscle (8)
PECTORAL – An anagram (to model) of CLEAR TOP.
13a On reflection, that man in pub might end up here? (5)
REHAB – A reversal (on reflection) of HE (a man) inside a BAR or pub. Great clue.
15a Run away from rabbit by large property (7)
CHATTEL – Remove the R for Right from CHATTE( r ) or rabbit/gas and then add L for Large.
17a Agitated peers surrounding journalist, one over 70? (7)
SPEEDER – Make an agitated anagram of PEERS and place around ED for editor/journalist.
19a Order silk in error that’s monumental (7)
OBELISK – An OBE (Order of the British Empire) followed by an anagram (in error) of SILK.
21a Drink calms her between shows (7)
SHERBET – The drink is hidden in (the sentence SHOWS) inside calm S HER BET ween.
22a Loaded and left port (5)
LADEN – L for Left and the port of ADEN.
24a Things made for pipes (8)
PRODUCTS – A charade of PRO (for) and DUCTS (pipes/conduits). A simple but nicely misleading clue due to the surface reading.
27a Resolve broken by retrograde exercise, have a lie-in (9)
OVERSLEEP – An anagram (broken) of RESOLVE next to a reveral (retrograde) of PE for Physical Education/exercise.
28a Additional payment from sailor transporting Poles? (5)
BONUS – Reverse the N(orth) and S(outh) poles in a BOSUN/sailor.
29a Country singer famous for reggae broadcast (4)
MALI – A homophone (broadcast) of Bob MARLEY (famous reggae singer).
30a After trains breaking down, man is caustic (10)
ASTRINGENT – Place a GENT/man after an anagram (broken down) of TRAINS.
1d Free love with writer (4)
OPEN – Nice and simple – O for Love and a PEN for a writer.
2d Let off former partner with single charge (9)
EXONERATE – A charade of the EX partner, ONE for single and RATE for charge.
3d Pretty aunt’s last message on social media (5)
TWEET – TWEE for pretty and the last letter in (aun)T.
4d Predator is focus of quickest release (7)
KESTREL – A hidden word in the centre of (the focus of) quic KEST REL ease.
5d Food that’s northern? Loads! (7)
NOODLES – N for Northern (an abb. from e.g. the Great Northern Railway – GNR) followed by OODLES for loads/lots.
7d Reluctant promise to support Liberal (5)
LOATH – An OATH or promise following L(iberal).
8d Consider intentional (10)
DELIBERATE – Two definitions.
9d Salesperson always turned up carrying one spare (8)
REPRIEVE – Start with a REP or salesman then reverse (turned up) EVER/always and include (it is carrying) I for one.
14d Place to find form (10)
SCHOOLROOM – A cryptic definition with form being a class of schoolchildren.
16d Extremely poor local in the street (8)
THINNEST – Place an INN or local/bar in THE from the clue and ST for Street.
18d Writer welcomes TV that’s promoted society girl (9)
DEBUTANTE – Reverse/promote i.e. it goes up a TUBE or television inside DANTE the writer.
20d Swimmers smoked, some having a rest (7)
KIPPERS – The first is the straight definition and the cryptic refers to KIPPERS as some people having a sleep/rest.
21d Terribly posh for a consumer (7)
SHOPPER – A terrible anagram of POSH followed by PER meaning ‘for a’
23d Oil facility above which 500 live (5)
DWELL – D, the Roman Numeral for 500 is above an oil WELL.
25d Mostly civilised, like London or Manchester? (5)
URBAN – Take all but the last letter (mostly) of URBAN( e ) or civilised.
26d Regularly pose with good person — this might attract attention (4)
PSST – The odd/regular letters in PoSe followed by ST, the abb. for saint
Thanks to the setter, I am back next Friday.