Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28589
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1a Book for the picture show (5)
ALBUM: A book of photographs possibly?
4a Sally is involved with transport curriculum (8)
SYLLABUS: Anagram (is involved) of SALLY followed by a form of public transport, a double decker possibly.
8a Fifty winning scholarship (8)
LEARNING: Begin with the Roman numeral for fifty. Then add a verb meaning gaining deservedly for one’s achievements
9a Yet it’s not the place for a deep sleep (5,3)
OCEAN BED: A cryptic definition of the bottom of our largest sea. Hands up if you put River as I began with.
11a Page in script of Cinderella (7)
BUTTONS: The name of a character in the pantomime Cinderella
13a Convey ecstasy (9)
TRANSPORT: A double definition I think. Possibly an all in one. Who knows?
15a Where to obtain counter-intelligence? (11,4)
INFORMATION DESK: a counter where people may seek help, typically in a public building such as an airport, library, or hospital.
18a Ring, evidently embarrassed — it shows shame (9)
DISCREDIT: A three-part charade. Begin with a word meaning a ring or circular object. Add the colour we show when embarrassed. Top that off with the word IT which your setter has generously gifted to you.
21a Bank that may appear in the current recession (7)
SANDBAR: A cryptic definition. The current here refers to the tide. The recession means the tide is going out. The bank left by an outgoing tide is a long, narrow sandbank, especially at the mouth of a river.
22a British? Always time for a drink! (8)
BEVERAGE: As above at 18 across just do as the clue suggests. Begin with the abbreviation for British. Add a word meaning at all times followed by a word meaning a particular time in history. Job done. Tick it off.
24a Cure for love-sickness? (8)
ANTIDOTE: This is a cure for a sickness. To dote is to love but I have no idea about anti.
25a Two adjacent pieces in a gradual sequence (3,2,3)
BIT BY BIT: Two small pieces or parts alongside one another
26a Sees a new way, relaxes (5)
EASES: Anagram (new way) of SEES A
1d Robust seamen often are so described (4-6)
ABLE-BODIED: A definition of our crosswordland abbreviation for a seaman. A nice clue
2d Launch report on cricket side (5,3)
BLAST OFF: A report here is a loud noise. The cricket side will be one of Two. Off or on. The one with three letters will fit the available spaces better than the one with two letters.
3d Human resources that feminists fight against? (8)
MANPOWER: A cryptic definition of the number of people working or available for work or service. Split 3,5 it could be the opposite of what feminists desire.
4d Type of pudding served as seconds before now (4)
SAGO: With three checkers in place this tapioca like pudding could only be what it is. It took a while for the wordplay to become clear. Begin with the abbreviation for seconds. Add an adverb meaning before a particular time
5d People living around pubs (6)
LOCALS: My last one in. I have seen it before and I run a pub. No excuses will serve. A double definition defining both pubs and the people living nearby who use them.
6d Sailor capsized, boom shattered — it’s hollow-stemmed (6)
BAMBOO: Our abbreviated sailor has wandered over from one down and reversed himself (capsized) He is joined by an anagram (shattered) of BOOM
7d Small child’s slide (4)
SKID: Use the abbreviation for small and add an affectionate term for a child
10d Talks about port transport (8)
CHARIOTS: Place a Brazilian port inside an informal word meaning talks
12d Homeless pet seen in street light shadow (5,3)
STRAY DOG: Another three-part charade. Begin with the abbreviation for street. Add a beam of light. End with a word meaning to follow or shadow somebody
14d Do as you’re told and become a priest! (4,6)
TAKE ORDERS: A double definition. The first being the more obvious.
16d Time to dine on stews (8)
NOONTIDE: Anagram (stews) of TO DINE ON. Does your answer have the letter M in it? If it does it is incorrect.
17d You’re probably surprised when they go up (8)
EYEBROWS: A cryptic definition of the facial feature one might raise when surprised
19d One’s learned to park a vehicle in street (6)
SAVANT: Place the letter A from the clue together with a vehicle that is usually white and driven by tradesmen inside the regular abbreviation for street
20d I tarry, resorting to curiosity (6)
RARITY: Anagram (resorting) of I TARRY
22d Insult that’s found on the wire (4)
BARB: This deliberately hurtful remark is also used on wire to keep people from trespassing
23d Direction taken by the astronaut (4)
EAST: A hidden word lurking away within the letters of the clue indicated by the words taken by.
Short and sweeet. Just like me.
Quickie Pun HIS+TERRY+COL=HYSTERICAL