Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28546
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on 30th September 2017
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! I solved this very late in the week when very tired and enjoyed it less on the solve than on the review – all in all I quite enjoyed it. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
1a Leaves with agreement, offering comfort (3,3,8)
TEA AND SYMPATHY – The leaves are the TEA LEAVES AND (with) SYMPATHY or agreement.
9a Terrible uproar involving a male lover (8)
PARAMOUR – A terrible anagram of UPROAR includes A from the clue and M(ale).
10a Bass, perhaps, ditching river for burn (5)
SINGE – Remove the R for River from a SINGE(r) of which a bass register is an example. (indicated by perhaps).
12a Unmatched son’s chances (4)
ODDS – ODD for unmatched (as in socks!) and then S for Son.
13a Hoses quietly away — it’s an effect of the weather (10)
WATERSPOUT – A charade of WATERS (hoses), P for Piano (quietly in musical notation) and then OUT for away.
15a Strange start to burglary with no alarm going off outside (8)
ABNORMAL – Place the start letter of B(urglary) with an anagram (going off) of NO ALARM on the outside.
16a Keep transporting box? (6)
CARTON – To keep transporting might cryptically be said to CART ON!.
18a Warning that’s pointless? (3-3)
TIP-OFF – A pointless thing might have had each TIP cut OFF.
20a Trader‘s harangue about church being led by this writer (8)
MERCHANT – A RANT or harangue around CH for church being preceded (led) by ME (this writer.
23a Study cafe and its cooking to take away (10)
CONFISCATE – CON for study and then an anagram (cooking) of CAFÉ and ITS.
24a 5 ignoring the odds with zero capital (4)
OSLO – The answer to 5d ignoring the odd letters is mOrSeL. Add O for zero/nothing.
26a Newspaper article about a steamy place (5)
SAUNA – The SUN newspaper and A from the clue around/about A for an article.
27a Not licked, like eggs before baking? (8)
UNBEATEN – The eggs before being prepared for baking would not yet be beaten.
28a Where witness should sign? That’s putting it mildly (14)
UNDERTATEMENT – Two definitions – the first cryptic when split suggests that the witness signs UNDER the STATEMENT.
2d A group playing in desert (7)
ABANDON – A chestnutty charade of A from the clue, BAND for group, and ON for playing.
3d Close new Listener (4)
NEAR – N for New and an EAR for a listener.
4d Secret tripper‘s pack? (8)
STOWAWAY – A STOWAWAY, when split as (4,4) also means to pack an item for an uncertain future date.
5d Endeavour initially lacking bite (6)
MORSEL – Endeavour is the long-awaited revelation of the first name of Inspector MORSE. Add L – the initial letter in L(acking).
6d When drunk, can siestas help? (10)
ASSISTANCE – A drunken anagram of SIESTAS CAN. A nice semi all-in-one.
7d Somewhat foolish and outrageous leaflet (7)
HANDOUT – A hidden word (indicated by somewhat) that can be found in ‘foolis H AND OUT rageous’.
8d Doctor stationed in place at the end of one’s road (11)
DESTINATION – Make an anagram (or doctor as a verb) STATIONED IN.
11d Paint a fanciful picture of creationism, possibly (11)
ROMANTICISE – Another anagram, this time indicated by ‘possibly’ with the anagram fodder being CREATIONISM.
14d Dissolute don briefly left with one way out (10)
PROFLIGATE – A brief way of writing a Don or professor is a PROF. Add L from the clue, I for one and a GATE or way out/exit.
17d Backbone shown in public going topless with European underwear (8)
VERTEBRA – Remove the first letter (going topless) of (o)VERT or ‘in public and then add E for European and a BRA for underwear.
19d Write piece about the first figure in Ancient Rome — emperor, maybe (7)
PENGUIN – We need to add PEN (write) and a GUN or (piece in the vernacular) around/about I which is the letter representing the number one in Roman Numerals.
21d Spartan saint seen in gold before (7)
AUSTERE – Place ST, one abb. of a Saint, inside AU (Aurum, the chemical symbol for gold) and ERE (a poetic way of saying before).
22d Youngsters working for BP? (6)
SCOUTS – A thoroughly confusing clue until you see the checking letters and realise that BP is Lord Baden-Powell the Scoutmaster.
25d Food‘s beautiful, we hear (4)
FARE – A homophone (we hear) of FAIR or beautiful.
Thanks to the setter – I will see you next week.