Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28562
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all and welcome to Thursday’s crossie. I’m pretty sure that it’s not a RayT and I have an idea who it might be, not least because it’s a pangram, but with my record of setter spotting that’s as far as I’m going. It’s the first pangram we’ve had on my watch for ages but I twigged the possibility of one far too late for it to be of any help in the solving.
I thought it was going to be a breeze as I got eleven of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass. Then it was a bit like finding speed humps on the M6 and I ground to a bit of a halt. Last two in were the interlocking 23a and 19d and I must have stared at them for as long as the rest of the puzzle had taken before the penny finally dropped on 23a with a very loud clang – tea-tray moment or what? A most enjoyable puzzle for me and I’ll be interested to hear your views on it.
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.
7a Extremely macabre crimes, terribly fascinating (8)
MESMERIC: Start with the end letters (extremely) of MacabrE and then an anagram (terribly) of CRIMES.
9a Declan having edges cut off Irish cake (6)
ECLAIR: Take the end letters off dECLAn (having edges cut off) and follow what’s left with the abbreviation of Irish. The BRB has a rather splendid definition of this cake – “long in shape but short in duration”!
10a Bad-tempered rooks maybe seen around area (4)
MEAN: A word for what rooks are an example of, or pawns, knights or bishops even, and place it around A(rea).
11a Vehicle the woman parked in pound gets crushed (10)
VANQUISHED: Start with the type of vehicle, usually white, which always overtakes you on the M1 no matter how fast you’re going. After that you need a word for “the woman” inserted into (parked in) a slang term for a Pound Sterling
12a End protest (6)
OBJECT: Double definition.
14a See an article creating hatred (8)
LOATHING: The common crosswordland two letters for “see” or “look” followed by an article as in an object.
15a Budget speech lacking nothing (6)
RATION: Take the usual speech or address and remove the O from the front (lacking nothing).
17a Section of song about Egyptian god (6)
CHORUS: Single letter for about followed by an Egyptian god gives a repeated section of a song. This is the god whose eye turns up in the quiz show “Only Connect”.
20a Feeble pet cried out (8)
DECREPIT: Anagram (out) of PET CRIED.
22a After short horror film, start to exorcise spirit (6)
PSYCHE: Take the last letter off Alfred Hitchcock’s famous horror film (short) and follow with an E (start to Exorcise). I was going to include the shower scene from said film but on reflection decided it’s not the sort of thing you want to watch before your lunch!
23a Unsubtle ambassador shown in group in paper (10)
BROADSHEET: A word for unsubtle, as in not focused, is followed by the initials of the title of an ambassador inserted into a group to give the style of newspaper of which the Daily Telegraph is an example.
24a Bark from limited collection of trees, foremost in forest (4)
WOOF: Nothing to do with trees but another word for the bark of a dog. It’s an area of trees without its last letter (limited) and followed by an F (foremost in Forest).
25a Fanatic in middle of boozers, unusually late getting round in (6)
ZEALOT: Take the middle letter of booZers and follow with an anagram (unusually) of LATE and insert an O (getting round in).
26a Superficial sort plugging leak (4-4)
SKIN DEEP: Another word for sort or type is inserted into (plugging) a type of slow leak and the result split (4,4).
1d Don’t forget about subscriber? (8)
REMEMBER: Two letters this time for about followed by a subscriber to something.
2d Low-down involving male agents (1-3)
G-MEN: These agents are agents of the FBI. They’re low-down as in information with M(ale) inserted (involving).
3d Right after parking, I check it could mark the property edge? (6)
PRIVET: Put an R(ight) after a P for parking, then the I from the clue and finally a word for check or evaluate and you’ll get a type of hedge which might well be around the edge of your garden.
4d Party without French water supported by northern dandy (4,4)
BEAU NASH: A famous Dandy who lived in Bath in the 18th century. Start with the French word for water and after it (supported by in a down clue) an N(orthern). Around this (without) put a word for a party.
5d Moment to worry dodgy dealer (5,5)
FLASH HARRY: A word for a moment or short period of time followed by a word for to worry or hassle. Did this term for a dodgy dealer originate from the character in the St Trinians films or was it the other way round?
6d Greedy eater served with one monstrous bird (6)
PIGEON: A greedy eater followed by an anagram (monstrous) of ONE.
8d Light cold? Treat first off (6)
CANDLE: C(old) followed by a word for treat or have dealings with but without its first letter (first off).
13d Always squeezing by on the outside (10)
EXTERNALLY: A word for always or everlasting is placed around (squeezing) a letter for by as in “two by four” as a measurement of timber.
16d Facing it during contest (8)
OPPOSITE: Insert (during) IT into a word meaning to contest or be against something.
19d Fancy woman not having married, I repeat (6)
STRESS: Take your fancy woman or bit on the side and remove (not having) the M(arried) and the I (from the clue). I’m not 100% convinced abut the definition here.
21d Took home edition about composer of anthems (6)
EARNED: Took home as in “take home pay”. Start with the abbreviation of edition and put it around (about) the 18th century composer who wrote Rule Britannia and a version of God Save the King.
22d Rotten place to clear (6)
PUTRID: A word meaning to place (3) followed by a word meaning to clear (3).
24d Extra off the mark (4)
WIDE: An extra in cricket is also a word meaning off the mark or missing.
A fair amount of blue but favourite was 17a with 5d and 6d up there on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: ROUX + TEENS = ROUTINES