Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28526
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all and welcome to RayThursday and a rather violent thunderstorm. Yep, throwing it down here which is certainly not in this weather forecast https://www.eltiempo.es/almoradi.html .
Anyway, to the puzzle. I quite enjoyed it but I won’t be at all surprised if some of you complain about stretched synonyms and generally being on a different wavelength. I’ve gone for ** difficulty because I found the left hand side pretty straightforward (*) but the right hand side fairly tricky (***) so on average ** it is. Was it just me or did others find it so as well?
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Present licence taking in account one’s sweetheart (12)
CHARACTERISE: Take a word for a license and insert (taking in) the usual two letter abbreviation of account and follow with I’S (ones) and an E (swEet heart). Isn’t the use of sweetheart to indicate an E getting a bit long in the tooth?
8a Extravagant old gentleman sent back dish (7)
RISOTTO: Start with three letters for extravagant or way too much, then O(ld) and finally a form of address for a gentleman and then reverse the lot (sent back). Apparently it’s because the Romans brought this dish to southern Spain that we now have paella.
9a Revolutionary artist with brush tip spoils icon collection (7)
TOOLBAR: Start with the usual artist, then a B (Brush tip) and finally some spoils as in the spoils of war and reverse the lot again (revolutionary) and you’ll get a collection of icons on a computer screen.
11a Teacher losing last resistance for European student (7)
TRAINEE: Take a word for a teacher which has two R’s (Resistance) in it and remove the last one and replace it with E(uropean). For one horrible moment when I had T-A—E I tried to invent the word TEACHEE as someone receiving teaching!
12a Short-term trendy cut involves energy (7)
INTERIM: A charade of the usual trendy or fashionable and a word for a cut, of your hair perhaps, has an E(nergy) inserted (involves).
14a ‘Relate‘ being bold to break up a heartache? (9)
APPERTAIN: Bold as in cheeky is placed inside (to break up) A (from the clue) and a heartache or at least an ache.
16a Nudge holding a balance (9)
REMAINDER: Insert (holding) an A into a nudge or cue and you’ll get a balance as in what’s left over.
21a A torrent going over round grand American falls (7)
NIAGARA: A (from the clue) and a torrent are reversed (going over) and placed around G(rand) and A(merican).
23a Use former wife’s intrigue to keep single (7)
EXPLOIT: The usual former wife and an intrigue have I (single) inserted (to keep).
24a English Literature First for snob (7)
ELITIST: The abbreviations of English and Literature are followed by a shorthand way of writing first.
26a Excellent time raced before finish in track (12)
TRANSCENDENT: Start with T(ime) and then a word meaning raced and after that take a word for a track or spoor and insert (in) a word for to finish or the final bit of something. Easier to solve than explain!
1d Rogue wearing suit is 21, maybe (7)
CASCADE: One of the usual rogues is placed inside (wearing) a suit but this suit is a lawsuit and not something you wear. Not keen on clues that you can’t really solve before solving another.
2d Best could be one of worst (7)
ANTONYM: Sort of cryptic definition of the word describing the relationship between the words BEST and WORST.
3d Terrible idea so far previously mentioned (9)
AFORESAID: Anagram (terrible) of IDEA SO FAR.
4d All performers express disapproval on sex being raised (5)
TUTTI: A three letter word expressing disapproval, not BOO but another one, is followed by a reversal (being raised in a down clue) of the usual euphemism for sex.
5d Bird identified by crows? (7)
ROOSTER: Cryptic definition of a bird that crows in the early morning.
6d Small airline serving part of Russia (7)
SIBERIA: S(mall) followed by the flag carrier airline of Spain, which merged with British Airways in 2010.
7d Drunk on pub terrace displaying beer belly? (12)
PROTUBERANCE: Anagram (drunk) of ON PUB TERRACE.
10d Earn more until cut changes salary (12)
REMUNERATION: Anagram (changes) of EARN MORE UNTIL but without the final L (cut).
15d China working on replica (9)
PORCELAIN: Anagram (working) of ON REPLICA.
17d This person fronts a bank, getting richer (7)
MEATIER: Two letters for “this person” and then the A from the clue and a bank, of seats in a theatre perhaps.
18d Roman perhaps flipping great penetrating translation of Latin (7)
ITALIAN: The two letters for great or top quality are reversed (flipping) and inserted into (penetrating) an anagram (translation) of LATIN.
20d However tense, meditation is the answer (7)
THOUGHT: A word for however followed by T(ense) gives a meditation
22d Cheers up endlessly minute garret (5)
ATTIC: Cheers as in thank you is reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by a word for a minute or short period of time without its last letter endlessly).
Favourite for me was 2d closely followed by 7d, for the mental image it produced, with 20d filling the podium places. At least it’s stopped raining and the sun’s come out to play
Quick crossword pun: DEAR + LEAD + ALLEY = DILLY-DALLY