Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28505
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
An easy solve but a tricky blog to write. I needed BDs help with the 5d and the whole of 8d and I’m none too sure about 9d. Overtired I think.
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1a Pay for short dance with King Kenny Dalglish? (10)
FOOTBALLER: Begin with a verb meaning to pay a bill. Add the type of dance associated with Darcey Bussell but minus its last letter (short) Add the royal cypher as used by the king. Together this will make a sportsman. Kenny Dalglish was one such. He last played 26 years ago but using his nickname gave the clue a pleasing alliteration.
6a Check what snooker player does in retirement (4)
STOP: When reversed (in retirement) a word meaning to check or halt progress becomes what a snooker player does with his balls during play
10a Group botch thefts every now and then (5)
OCTET: The words every now and then tell us to pick out every other letter of the words BOTCH THEFT. If the odd numbered letters don’t cut the mustard the even numbered ones will
11a One relates to race run badly (9)
RACONTEUR: Anagram (badly) of TO RACE RUN
12a Shallow character involved in leak (4-4)
SKIN DEEP: Place a word meaning character or type inside a verb meaning to leak slowly to find a description of something shallow often associated with beauty
13a Place to sit during occupation (5)
PATIO: Second to last one in and after a lot of head scratching I followed a simple piece of advice learnt on this site. If all else fails, look for a lurker (hidden word). Lo and behold, there it was lurking and smirking away hidden within the words of the clue. The word DURING is your clue to look for a hidden word.
15a Straight post (7)
UPRIGHT: A double definition. Nothing to do with the clue but we once bought such a piano which had been stored in a barn. We quickly became overan with mice that had nested within.
17a Listener partly unravelled a murder (7)
EARDRUM: Anagram (unravelled) of,A MURDER
19a Examine pressure getting into cricket? (7)
INSPECT: those of you who go all gooey at the mention of cricket fear not. This has nothing to do with cricket the sport (that comes along at 3d and 7d) but all to do with cricket the creature. Place the abbreviation for pressure inside an example of what a six legged cricket is
21a Town with too much (7)
ANDOVER: Start with a conjunction meaning with and add a word meaning higher or more than
22a Dance that’s hot stuff (5)
SALSA: Both a dance and a hot sauce. A double definition
24a Not great playing, as planned (2,6)
ON TARGET: Anagram (playing) of NOT GREAT
27a Excessively keen on period encapsulated by Queen (9)
OVEREAGER: Begin with a four-letter preposition meaning on or above. Add our present monarchs regal cipher into which (encapsulating) put another word for a period.
28a Relative‘s regularly inside church (5)
NIECE: This relative can be found by taking every other letter (regularly) of the word INSIDE and adding the abbreviation for the Church of England. As with 10ac there is no indication to say the odd or even numbered letters.
29a After short time, demand something to do (4)
TASK: Use the regular abbreviation for time followed by a verb meaning to demand or question something.
30a Boss, cunning, securing promissory note with due diligence (10)
STUDIOUSLY: A three part charade with an insertion. 1. A crosswordland boss (4). 2. A word meaning cunning (3). Insert (securing) the abbreviated form of a promissory note regarding debt.
1d Set up Bolt for run (4)
FLOW: Last one in and last to work out why. The word bolt here refers to eating food quickly. Find a word synonymous with that meaning and reverse it to find a word meaning to run as a liquid does.
2d Kiss tutor working in Borders (9)
OUTSKIRTS: Anagram (working) of KISS TUTOR
3d Don’t declare staff (5)
BATON: Split 3,2 we have a description of what a cricket side will do if they do not declare. To describe the answer as a staff is a bit of a stretch.
4d Superlatively extensive and somewhat popular gesture (7)
LARGEST: A lurker (somewhat).
5d One absconding from English undermining French art head (7)
ESCAPEE: E(nglish) after (undermining) the French for art, as in thou art / you are followed by a headland (thanks BD)
7d Midlands banker runs to fill temporary accommodation (5)
TRENT: Place the cricketing abbreviation for runs inside a type of temporary accommodation used for camping. A banker here is a river.
8d Actors in theatre promoted previous show at first (10)
PERFORMERS: A three-letter word for theatre reversed (promoted In a down clue) followed by a word meaning previous and S[how] and thanks also for this one BD
9d Impressive within, like some churches (8)
INSPIRED: Some churches contain a conical tower and can be described thus.
14d Shave one’s head but stop too soon? (3,2,5)
CUT IT SHORT: Two definitions that mean the same thing How ones hair gets to be less long
16d Woolly matter in retirement home? (4,4)
GREY AREA: A noun meaning an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules could loosely describe a retirement home based upon the likely hair colour of the inmates.
18d Upset ever wiser critics (9)
REVIEWERS: Anagram (upset) of EVER WISER
20d Orwell’s sort of police? That’s an idea (7)
THOUGHT: One of the types of police in George Orwells novel 1984 which was 34 years ago.
21d Turned out dry, freshened up outside (7)
ATTIRED: Use the abbreviation for teetotal (dry) inside a phrase used to describe how washing may be freshened up
23d City sheltered one from the law (5)
LEEDS: A city from somewhere up north can be found by using a term meaning shelter and the abbreviation for one from the law. A Detective Sergeant perhaps
25d Token of love — love for drummer (5)
RINGO: A token of love as worn on the third finger of the left hand is followed by the letter that looks like the love score in tennis
26d Refuse to accept study by unknown (4)
DENY: Place a study or lair before one of the mathematical unknowns.
I hope you all enjoyed this puzzle as much as I did.
Quickie Pun. DONKEY+HAUGHTY=DON QUIXOTE