Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28549
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
School holiday time here and Carol is away in Wellington on Grandma duties again, so a solo flight this week.
I found this one quite a lot more difficult than usual and it took me right to the top of what for us is the time for *** difficulty.
The Quickie pun also presented a challenge and I ended up sending out an SOS to all family members for suggestions. It was many hours before I realised that I only needed two words and not three for the pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Run off one final check, complying with the law (10)
LEGITIMATE: A 3,2 phrase meaning to run away, the Roman numeral one, and the final check in a chess game.
6a A few heard about Chaplin’s first dirty film (4)
SCUM: A homophone of a word meaning a few contains the first letter of Chaplin.
9a Answer by sailor offering forgiveness (10)
ABSOLUTION: The sailor is represented by the initials for able bodied and then a synonym for an answer.
12a Pull a face seeing weapon carried by leader of rebels (4)
GURN: The first letter of rebels is inside a weapon or firearm.
13a Chicken stuffed with digital application in grand event (9)
HAPPENING: The three letter digital application that we all have several of on our mobile devices is inside an adult female chicken. Next we have IN from the clue and the abbreviation for grand.
15a Relaxing by empty pool must be agreeable (8)
PLEASING: Empty pool gives us its first and last letters and then a word for relaxing or being at leisure.
16a Pole on yacht keeping dry posterior (6)
BOTTOM: The two letters that describe a non-drinker (dry) is inside a pole on a yacht that helps to position a sail. (I decided not to use a picture for this answer)
18a Misery mostly seen in island’s northern blockhouses (6)
IGLOOS: The two letter abbreviation for island surrounds a word for misery or darkness after its last letter has been removed.
20a Offload one lad by pier after docking (8)
JETTISON: The pier gets docked by having the last letter removed from a synonym for it. Then the Roman numeral one and another word for a lad or boy.
23a Pat is a person too eager to advance (4,5)
SOFT TOUCH: Double definition. The advance here is a loan.
24a Leave be, having no end of business (4)
EXIT: The last letter of business is removed from inside a word meaning ‘to be’.
27a Porter seeing soldiers glance back with hesitation after party (10)
DOORKEEPER: Start with a two letter word for a party, next the two letters for lowest ranked soldiers, then the reversal of a glance or quick look and finally, one of the sounds made by someone hesitating.
28a Cost of upkeep will be inclusive of veggie food (4)
TOFU: A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
29a Setter upset about bolshie image, that’s cool (6,4)
STREET CRED: An anagram (upset) of setter, the abbreviation for the Latin circa or about and the colour associated with bolshie.
1d Burden of son to hold onto love (4)
LOAD: The tennis score love is inside a son or boy. Yes, the one from 20a.
2d Get user rebooted with such a handy expression (7)
GESTURE: An anagram (rebooted) of GET USER.
3d Manoeuvre scuttles NATO spotters (6,6)
TALENT SCOUTS: An anagram (manoeuvre) of SCUTTLES NATO.
4d China welcomes view with no leader being equal (8)
MATCHING: We need a type of pottery named for a Chinese dynasty. This surrounds (welcomes) a word meaning to view once the first letter has been removed (no leader).
5d Soldiers needing time on track going north (6)
TROOPS: Start with the abbreviation for time and then the reversal of a word for an animal’s track.
8d Those in charge of soldiers wearing sort of name tag (10)
MANAGEMENT: An anagram (sort of) of NAME TAG contains another word for low ranking soldiers.
11d Dirty teeth wobble loose biting end of drill (5,3,4)
BELOW THE BELT: An anagram (loose) of TEETH WOBBLE includes the last letter of drill.
14d Rewards of victory, plus drink? Misery! (10)
SPOILSPORT: A six letter word for the rewards of victory and a type of fortified wine.
19d Launch unfinished biography on posh chap (4-3)
LIFT-OFF: A biography is the story of someone’s ****. Remove the last letter from this and then add a posh chap or swell.
21d Mate’s superior and singular cure (7)
SKIPPER: The abbreviation for singular and cure as one could with a herring.
25d Network routine with no name (4)
GRID: A routine or onerous task looses the abbreviation for name from within it.
I put ticks beside quite a few of these but eventually decided to go with 21a for favourite.
Quickie pun stake + Asian = staycation (a holiday when you stay at home)