Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28564

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This puzzle was published on 21st October 2017

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Not a read and write for me this week but I do have just one favourite clue 25a

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1a    Support initiation for priest with endless money — he gets a cheap holiday (10)
BACKPACKER – BACK (support) P (the ‘initiation’ for Priest) and some ‘endless’ ACKERs (a slang term for money)

6a    Retain stronghold (4)
KEEP – Double definition – one a verb, the other a noun

10a    Dog‘s surprised expression meeting American soldier (5)
CORGI – COR (surprised expression) meeting GI (American soldier)

11a    Drug case arousing memories (9)
EVOCATIVE – E (drug) VOCATIVE (grammatical case)

12a    Important church priest, one I overlooked (7)
MINSTER – This week’s very old friend – remove (overlooked) the I (one) from MINISTER (priest)

13a    Dish served in Edinburgh, hot and rather bewitching? (7)
HAGGISH – HAGGIS (dish served in Edinburgh) and H (hot)

14a    Splashing out no penny, miser makes profitable business (5-7)
MONEY-SPINNER – An anagram (splashing out) of NO PENNY MISER

18a    Owe orchestra for playing in limited competition (3-5,4)
TWO-HORSE RACE – An anagram (for playing) of OWE ORCHESTRA

21a    Sample decor in the Greek city (7)
CORINTH – Found in a sample of deCOR IN THe

23a    Lack of practice in support for responsible person (7)
TRUSTEE – RUST (lack of practice) in TEE (support)

24a    Wild lion and tiger lurking (9)
LOITERING – An anagram (wild) of LION and TIGER

25a    Spring flower‘s spike to keep bulb free of bees? (5)
TULIP – TIP (spike) keeping UL (the truly brilliant – bulb ‘free’ of Bs)

26a    ‘Rag Trade’ not traditional fashion (4)
RAGE – Remove the TRAD (not traditional) from RAG tradE

27a    One’s business is taking a dive (10)
SUBMARINER – A cryptic definition of a particular Naval career


1d    Suit live issue (6)
BECOME – BE (live) COME (issue)

2d    Concerned about criminal organisation (6)
CARING – CA (circa, about) RING (criminal organisation)

3d    Sort of racehorse show with gun dog (5-2-7)

4d    Miserable poet’s always left absorbed in board game (9)
CHEERLESS – EER (how a poet might say always) ‘absorbed in’ CHESS (board game)

5d    Manage being shown up with husband a long time (5)
EPOCH – A reversal (being shown up) of COPE (manage) with H (husband)

7d    Books comprising treason, start to finish (8)
EDITIONS – Move the letter at the start of SEDITION (treason) to the end of the word

8d    God beset by prayer for large number (8)
PLETHORA – THOR (god) ‘beset by’ PLEA (prayer)

9d    Lawyers win and resist source of cheap goods (7,7)
BARGAIN COUNTER – BAR (lawyers) GAIN (win) COUNTER (resist)

15d    Plan getting precious stone under layers of rock (9)
STRATAGEM – GEM (precious stone) under STRATA (layers of rock)

16d    Fussy person glued label about learner (8)
STICKLER – STICKER (glued label) ‘about’ L (learner)

17d    US President nearly a century ago keeping old poster (8)
HOARDING – Warren HARDING (who was US President from 1921 – 1923, so nearly a century ago) ‘keeping’ O (old)

19d    Knight under scarf is hot (6)
STOLEN – N (Knight in a chess game) under STOLE (scarf)

20d    Mollify bad mood (6)
TEMPER – Another double defintiion

22d    Oriental poem with sound of excited talk as lovebirds do (5)
HAIKU – A homophone (sound of) HIGH (excited) COO (talk as lovebirds do)



One Comment

  1. molly
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks CS, came here to get parsing of 1ac. And in case the setter sees this, I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a crossword more!

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