Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28524
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ***/****
Hello, everyone and welcome to another Tuesday back-pager. I found today's offering a little easier than average, while still offering as much pleasure as most recent Tuesday puzzles. Two things stood out – almost all of the clues have very smooth surface readings, and it felt like there were a lot of two-ingredient charades.
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7a immediately (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT: A double definition, the first being a bit cryptic
8a Reportedly hostile country (5)
CHILE: The country is a homophone (reportedly) of an adjective meaning hostile or aloof. It also sounds like this wonderful fruit
10a Element that's PC? (6)
COPPER: PC here is abbreviating Police Constable. The answer is a slang name for one of those and also a metallic element
11a Start seeing charmer in boy (6,2)
SWITCH ON: Place a caster of charms and spells inside (in) a male child
12a Club president's first, say (6)
PUTTER: Link together the first letter (..'s first) of President and a verb meaning say or state. This kind of club.
14a Recall titles written about a mariner (6)
SEAMAN: The reversal (recall) of a synonym of titles containing (written about) A from the clue
16a Bird left old ship (4)
LARK: Chain together L(eft) and a biblical ship
17a Vehicle shuffled along sadly (5)
MOPED: A double definition. The first is a lightweight motorcycle and the second, pronounced differently, means moved aimlessly
18a Monster thus returns (4)
OGRE: The reversal (returns) of a Latin adverb meaning thus or therefore
19a Dram for a baby (6)
NIPPER: Stick together a small quantity of spirits and a preposition meaning "for a"
24a A resting drunk, one won’t react (5,3)
INERT GAS: An anagram (drunk) of A RESTING. This kind of react
26a Empty vessels, one inside the other (6)
VACANT: The vessels are a sealed metal container for food and a large tank used, for example, for fermentation. Put the first inside the second (one inside the other)
27a Ostentatious moment (5)
FLASH: A double definition: Ostentatious or showy, and a very short interval of time.
28a Secret row developed in English city (9)
WORCESTER: An anagram (developed) of SECRET ROW
1d Bulb lit and lit again, one screwed in (5)
ONION: The Roman symbol for one is sandwiched between (screwed in) two copies of another word for lit
2d Rodent pink, much maligned! (8)
CHIPMUNK: An anagram (maligned) of PINK MUCH
3d Liveliness in frisky priest (6)
ESPRIT: An anagram (frisky) of PRIEST
4d Lack of American intelligence (4)
NOUS: Cement together an adverb meaning "lack of" and an abbreviation for the United States of America. There's more information about the picture here
5d Repeated tea dance (3-3)
CHA-CHA: A usual synonym for tea repeated
6d Palace or monument ultimately rebuilt for old ruler (9)
CLEOPATRA: An anagram (rebuilt) of PALACE OR and the last letter (ultimately) of monumenT
9d Reportedly, film wasn't a hit (6)
MISSED: Having failed to hit a ball with a bat, for example, sounds like (reportedly, again) a thin film of liquid
13d Fast pace initially in attack (5)
RAPID: Insert the first letter (initially) of Pace into a sudden attack
15d Restrict distribution of beer -- it's basic logic (9)
RATIONALE: Split (6,3), this basic logic or underlying explanation could mean "restrict distribution of beer"
17d Illusory image -- the setter should preserve one on newspaper (6)
MIRAGE: A pronoun that the setter would use for themselves encloses (should preserve) the Roman one and a derogatory term for a newspaper
18d Some cricket players can be dull (8)
OVERCAST: Six deliveries of a cricket ball (some cricket) followed by the collection of players in a theatrical production
20d Capital gains hard for ecclesiastical district (6)
PARISH: Concatenate the capital of France and the pencil abbreviation for hard
22d Beginner without sin? (6)
NOVICE: Splitting this beginner (2,4) yields a phrase that could mean "without sin"
23d Mountains in Switzerland, especially (5)
ANDES: These mountains are hidden in the last two works of the clue
25d Reveal second question (4)
SHOW: Put together the abbreviation for second and a questioning word
Thanks to today’s setter for a fun solve. My list of ticked clues is long: 18a, 19a, 24a, 26a, 4d, 9d, 15d, and 18d, and I also got a big laugh out of the Quickie Pun. I can't decide between 24a and 26a as favourite. Which clue(s) topped your list?