Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28580
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning all and welcome to what is definitely not a RayThursday. I have no idea who the setter might be but it’s certainly not RayT and it won’t be Shamus as he’s in the Toughie slot today. The anagram lovers among you will be well pleased as I count eight of the clues being all or partial anagrams.
I was thinking it was going to be a one star puzzle when I got 10 of the acrosses and 14 of the downs on first run through but the remaining 6 clues put up a bit of resistance so two star it was for me. I’ll be interested to hear how you all got on with it.
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1a Spray a rose growing wild over back of wall (7)
AEROSOL: An anagram (growing wild) of A ROSE followed by O(ver) and an L (back of walL). I’m not a great fan of anagram clues but I like the surface of this one.
9a Screenplay shows bouquet last character’s dropped by a Spanish river (8)
SCENARIO: Another word for bouquet or smell without its last letter (last character’s dropped) followed by the A from the clue and lastly the Spanish word for river.
10a One longing apparently to take in first sign of Himalayan wild cat (7)
PANTHER: This wild cat is a black leopard. You’ll need a six letter word describing someone who either has a great desire for something or is seriously out of breath and insert an H (take in first sign of Himalayan). Not easy to do a hint without giving the game away.
11a Eastern European journalist of impeccable appearance (8)
POLISHED: A word describing someone from a eastern European country followed by the usual journalist. This eastern European country and its people are a godsend to crossword setters!
12a Worries shown by son giving affectionate gesture (6)
CARESS: Some worries followed by an S(on).
13a Note trail winding around river with a rushing stream? (10)
TORRENTIAL: An anagram (winding) of NOTE TRAIL around R(iver). This word is more commonly applied to rain rather than a stream but it can apply to either.
15a Toy with cricket side, leading to duck (4)
LEGO: One of the sides of a cricket pitch followed by O (duck in cricket).
21a Roundish figure not viable, regularly discounted (4)
OVAL: Remove alternate letters (regularly discounted) from NOT VIABLE and you’ll be left with the answer.
22a Youth in black, Essen’s outsiders, rejected food in European city (10)
GOTHENBURG: A youth who wears black clothes, has dyed black hair and black make-up followed by EN (EsseN’s outsiders) and finally a slang term for food reversed (rejected) will give you the English name for a city in SW Sweden.
24a Bring out priest before start of church appeal (6)
ELICIT: The usual biblical priest followed by C (start of Church) and finally a euphemism for sex appeal.
25a Rice, perhaps, strictly cooked with time once taken for one (8)
LYRICIST: This Rice is called Tim and he’s a famous example of one of these. It’s an anagram (cooked) of STRICTLY but one of the T’s is removed and replaced by an I (time once taken for one). The necessary capitalisation of Rice is well disguised by having it as the first word of the clue. This one of his . . .
27a Swore by shed adjoining rear of garden (5,2)
LEANT ON: Start with crosswordland’s favourite shed, one built on to the side of the house, followed by N (end of gardeN) and split (5,2).
28a Article about posh parliamentarian — losers may get it (8)
THUMPING: For once the article isn’t the, an or a but literally an article or object. Put it around U (posh) and the usual two letter parliamentarian.
29a A rest organised around two lakes is excellent (7)
STELLAR: An anagram (organised) or A REST placed around LL (two Lakes).
2d English chap with date arranged came out (8)
EMANATED: A charade of E(nglish), a chap and lastly an anagram (arranged) of DATE.
3d Like a day-tripper with a bus pass, perhaps unawares (2,3,3)
ON THE HOP: A cryptic definition of how you might be caught unawares.
4d Batches of deliveries by coach producing labour excessively (10)
OVERSTRAIN: Some batches of cricket deliveries followed by a word for to coach or school.
5d Repetition, one that precedes foxtrot? (4)
ECHO: The letter that precedes foxtrot in the phonetic alphabet.
6d Restaurant help served up in hostelry (6)
INDIAN: A type of restaurant or cuisine a word for help reversed (served up in a down clue) and inserted into (in) a hostelry or pub.
7d Old-fashioned bridge based on excellent carbon (7)
ARCHAIC: A feature of a bridge like the one in the picture for the next clue is followed by the usual two letters for excellent and finally the chemical symbol for carbon.
11d Supreme soldier on horse (9)
PARAMOUNT: A soldier who drops from the sky followed by a horse or steed.
14d Declaration anticipating union battle (10)
ENGAGEMENT: Double definition. A declaration of intent to marry is also a military action.
17d Fanciful Latin soon translated with no end of prowess (8)
NOTIONAL: An anagram (translated) of LATIN SOON but without the S (no end of prowesS).
18d Insanity, being about to book in Canadian province (8)
MANITOBA: A type of insanity or at least an obsessional enthusiasm is placed around (being about) the TO from the clue and B(ook) to give you the Canadian province where our Sunday hinty person lives.
19d Acrobat shows this delicacy without leading duo (7)
AGILITY: Delicacy isn’t something nice to eat but being easy to break. Remove the first two letters (without leading duo) and you’re left with a skill shown by acrobats or dogs at Crufts.
20d Fledgling company to rise suddenly (5-2)
START UP: A double definition.
23d Save piece of text right for deletion (6)
EXCEPT: Save as in “all save this one”. It’s a short piece of text which has been taken from a larger piece and the R has been removed (R(ight) for deletion).
No real stand-out favourite for me today but I did rather like 25a and 11d and the picture for 26d.
Quick crossword pun: SICK + LEMON = CYCLAMEN