Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28593
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Good morning from South Staffs.
I’m very busy today, helping my sister to move house, so no pictures or music this week.
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1a Move close to a bar where trade can be done (3,4,4)
CAR BOOT SALE – Anagram (move) of CLOSE TO A BAR.
8a Awfully idle beast is put into less secure situation (11)
DESTABILISE – Anagram (awfully) of IDLE BEAST IS.
11a Platform girl asked to give an answer briefly (4)
DAIS – Remove the final letter (briefly) from the name of the girl pressed in song to ‘give me your answer, do’.
12a A secluded room in Middle Eastern location (4)
ADEN – A (from the clue) followed by a hideaway or study.
13a Legendary female chosen to lead academy in London (7)
ELECTRA – Put together ‘chosen’ and the initials of a London Academy famous for its annual exhibition of paintings.
15a Animal makes blunder crossing one river (7)
GIRAFFE – The sort of blunder which the press accuse politicians of making, wrapped round the Roman numeral for one and River.
16a Characters restricted by master needlessly severe (5)
STERN – Hidden in the clue.
17a Fire in rickety hut hard to put out (4)
SACK – Remove the Hard from a rickety hut, and you get ‘fire from an employment’.
18a A cold has the fellow in pain (4)
ACHE – Put together A (from the clue), Cold, and the pronoun for ‘the fellow’.
19a Plainly without blemish (5)
CLEAR – Double definition, the second being perhaps an adjective applied to the skin complexion.
21a Dismissal is memory associated with cricket ground (7) Revised on-line clue: Getting rid of pop group at front of Underground station (7)
REMOVAL – I’m not sure that this clue works. The second part is a four-letter cricket ground in London, the home of Surrey CCC. I think the first part is intended to be some computer memory (like RAM or ROM), but as far as I can tell, this is not a term for computer memory, though it may be the preface to a comment line in BASIC programs. New hint: An American pop group placed at the front of a London Underground station
22a Stand-in worker having short term, alluring type (7)
TEMPTER – An abbreviation for a temporary employee, followed by TER(m) (short term).
23a President Lincoln died — but not thus (4)
ABED – The familiar abbreviation of President Lincoln’s first name, followed by Died. The answer is of course not where he died.
26a Idiot‘s intelligence (4)
DOPE – Double definition, the second being some rather archaic slang for information or intelligence.
27a Adam and Eve’s parental task is causing great trouble (7,4)
RAISING CAIN – This is what Adam and Eve were doing while bringing up their elder son.
28a Study of the transcendental involving mystic shape (11)
METAPHYSICS – Anagram (involving) of MYSTIC SHAPE.
2d Cuts lines on graph (4)
AXES – Double definition, the second being the vertical and horizontal lines on a graph, conventionally named x and y.
3d Concerns of EIR and EIIR! (7)
BOTHERS – Split the answer (4,3) and you get what EIR and EIIR are.
4d Circles of gold on empty bus (4)
ORBS – The heraldic term for gold followed by B(u)S from the clue with its middle letter removed.
5d Sultan unfortunately upset — row ensues (7)
SALADIN – Reverse an exclamation meaning ‘unfortunately’, add a row or loud noise, and you get the adversary of Richard the Lionheart.
6d Woman making pounds with one type of savings account (4)
LISA – The abbreviation for pounds sterling followed by one of the tax-free savings accounts available to UK residents.
7d Combative as a driver, a wild person yet to pass test (11)
ADVERSARIAL – Anagram (wild) of AS A DRIVER A, followed by the letter applied to the car of someone who has not yet passed the driving test.
8d Free from busmen drunk with cider (11)
DISENCUMBER – Anagram (drunk) of BUSMEN and CIDER.
9d Editor leading one form of literature penning article to give instruction (11)
EDIFICATION – The abbreviation for an editor followed by the form of literature not dealing with matters of fact, wrapped around an indefinite article.
10d A nurse here goes wrong with drug initially — not properly trained? (11)
UNREHEARSED – Anagram (goes wrong) of A NURSE HERE, followed by the first letter (initially) of Drug.
14d A sound that’s mournful coming from island (5)
ATOLL – A (from the clue) followed by the mournful sound of a funeral bell.
15d Old coin that’s large with new centrepiece (5)
GROAT – Replace the central vowel of a word meaning large or important with another vowel.
19d Game in a street in famous wedding venue (7)
CANASTA – A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for STreet, with a Biblical wedding venue (the one where the water was turned into wine) wrapped around the result.
20d Edits book with socialist’s introduction (7)
REDACTS – The colour associated with socialists, followed by one of the books of the New Testament.
24d Dinner’s starter, wonderful fish (4)
DACE – The first letter (starter) of Dinner, followed by a word meaning ‘wonderful’ or ‘super’.
25d Bit of foot to be too tight, squashing the front (4)
INCH – Remove the first letter (squashing the front) from a word which describes a shoe which is too tight, and you get a division of the foot measure.
26d Record item vehicle no longer requires? (4)
DISC – Double definition, the second (especially for the benefit of non-UK readers) being a reference to the removal of the requirement to display a paper document showing that car tax has been paid.
The Quick Crossword pun CAR + DIN + ALLEY = CARDINALLY