Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28533
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs.
The top half of today’s puzzle from Giovanni went in at high speed, then I slowed a little before completing the bottom half, but still finished in ** time.
Solvers using the paper version of the puzzle will have been confused by an error in the printed clues, where the clue for 17d was published as the clue for 17a, while the clue for 17d was slightly different from the on-line version.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Volunteers, Europeans, housing five hundred little creatures (8)
TADPOLES – The acronym for the former name of the Army Reserve, and some East Europeans, placed either side of the Roman numeral for five hundred.
9a Picture of central American country in which gold is found (8)
PANORAMA – A central American country noted for its canal, wrapped around the heraldic term for gold.
10a Coastal location offering Beethoven’s Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth (4)
HOVE – Letters 5 to 8 of BeetHOVEn.
11a Support not about to be given by individual better than the rest (6,2,4)
SECOND TO NONE – Put together the support given to the proposer of a motion, the reverse (about) of NOT (from the clue), and an individual.
13a Arty cad, I fancy, getting female made of stone for support (8)
CARYATID – Anagram (fancy) of ARTY CAD I.
15a Perplexity? Time to get perspective (6)
TANGLE – Time followed by a perspective or point of view.
16a In Home Counties, see type of fruit (4)
SLOE – The abbreviated compass direction of the geographical area where the Home Counties are found, wrapped around ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’.
17a Type of thoroughfare and what it probably isn’t (5)
Paper version: Risky enterprise — two chaps duped (5)
BROAD – Split this (1,4) and you get the designation of a type of highway. Since it isn’t a major route, it probably isn’t what the unsplit answer is.
The paper version is simply wrong.
18a Regular occupants of eery site at one time (4)
ERST – Alternate letters of EeRy SiTe.
20a Characters stuck in class — is teacher giving help? (6)
ASSIST – Hidden in the clue.
21a Friend left as one disinclined to work and showing no vitality (8)
PALLIDLY – Put together a friend, Left, and an adverb describing the state of disinclination to work, and you get another adverb describing the state of showing no vitality.
23a System accounting for the enemy in a locality (8,4)
STANDARD TIME – Cryptic definition. The enemy here is the enemy of all humanity, the fourth dimension.
26a Green enthusiast set about protecting island (4)
NAIF – Reverse (set about) an enthusiast, and wrap the result around an abbreviation for Island.
27a Lion in trouble with awkward mule — such may be on the floor (8)
LINOLEUM – Anagram (in trouble) of LION, followed by an anagram (awkward) of MULE.
28a Looking at country, celebrate (8)
PERUSING – A South American country, followed by another word for praise or celebrate.
2d 11, most importantly (5,3)
ABOVE ALL – Double definition, the first being a synonym of the answer to 11a. A touch of déjà vu for those who did yesterday’s Toughie?
3d Bet sin could be destroyed with prayer for this worshipper (12)
PRESBYTERIAN – Anagram (could be destroyed) of BET SIN and PRAYER.
4d Operator’s instrument in window (6)
LANCET – Double definition: a surgical instrument; or a tall, narrow window.
5d PR stuff is what a twister provides (4)
SPIN – Double definition, the first a politician’s type of PR.
6d A student in trouble? It’s not made explicit (8)
UNSTATED – Anagram (in trouble) of A STUDENT.
7d Distant circle in gambling game (4)
FARO – Another word for ‘distant’ followed by a circle-shaped letter, giving us a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
8d Ben and mates mingling in garden flat? (8)
BASEMENT – Anagram (mingling) of BEN and MATES.
12d No set dinners arranged for hotel visitors not staying the night? (3-9)
NON-RESIDENTS – Anagram (arranged) of NO SET DINNERS.
14d Sink has very little liquid? There’s nothing in it (5)
DROOP – A very small amount of a liquid with the letter which looks like a zero inserted into it.
16d Boxes, see, not in close-packed configuration (8)
SPARSELY – What a boxer does in training, followed by an ecclesiastical see in East Anglia.
17d Risky enterprise — two chaps duped (paper version: let down)(8)
BETRAYED – Put together a risk taken and the short form of two male forenames.
19d Sort of mixture is what you are looking for (8)
SOLUTION – Two definitions, the second being what you (the reader) are looking for to complete this puzzle. The first is what you might get if you put copper sulfate crystals into water and stir, though I don’t think my chemistry teacher would have approved of calling it a mixture.
22d One in group with hesitation gets to hang around (6)
LOITER – Put the roman numeral for one into a colloquial term for a group of people, or perhaps a group of articles being sold together at an auction, then add a two-letter hesitation.
24d Soon to be deprived of love, a woman (4)
ANNA – An old-fashioned word for ‘soon’ (think Juliet on her balcony putting off her nurse so she can carry on talking to Romeo) with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis removed, followed by A (from the clue. The answer is a woman’s name.
25d Soft slime heaped up in rubbish tip? (4)
DUMP – The musical symbol for soft followed by some slime, the whole lot then reversed.
The Quick Crossword pun SELL + DUMB = SELDOM