Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28598
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning all from a rather dank and dismal Vega Baja. Winter has certainly arrived at last. I haven’t a clue who today’s setter is as the style doesn’t ring any bells at all. There’s four longish anagrams to give you a way in, a couple of rather complicated charades and three cryptic definitions. While solving I thought it was a bit tricky but looking at the website’s timer it’s a solid ** puzzle. Perhaps I was just lucky in unravelling the anagrams fairly quickly.
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.
1a Loyalty, say, found in union (10)
ALLEGIANCE: Two letters for “say” inserted into a word for a union.
6a Eccentric succeeded in betting (4)
ODDS: A word for eccentric or strange followed by S(ucceeded).
9a Follow graduate in teaching (5)
DOGMA: A word meaning to follow or tail followed by a degree.
10a Best meal cooked around island worthy of praise (9)
ESTIMABLE: Anagram (cooked) of BEST MEAL around I(sland).
12a List of those who could turn out for parties? (9,4)
ELECTORAL ROLL: A cryptic definition of the list of people who are eligible to turn out to vote for the various political parties.
14a Service care is shoddy — the end for many? (8)
MASSACRE: A church service followed by an anagram (is shoddy) of CARE.
15a Keep quiet about Conservative going after gear that’s tawdry (6)
KITSCH: Take two letters meaning “keep quiet” and place them around (about) a C for Conservative. Place that lot after some gear or equipment.
17a Dwell on pretentious air (6)
RESIDE: Two letters meaning on or about followed by a pretentious air or manner.
19a I cut girl misbehaving regarding ceremony (8)
LITURGIC: Anagram (misbehaving) of I CUT GIRL gives a word meaning regarding a religious ceremony.
21a One covers the ground to get the lead and take the gold? (5,8)
METAL DETECTOR: Cryptic definition of the piece of equipment you might use if you were searching the ground for pieces of lead or gold, or iron and steel for that matter.
24a Northern land in front of Germany? It’s almost a disaster! (4,5)
NEAR THING: Start with N(orthern) followed by some land or soil and then the IN from the clue followed by G (front of Germany). Split all that (4,5) to get the answer.
25a Swimmer in river, then bus avoiding cold (5)
ROACH: This swimmer is a freshwater fish. It’s R(iver) followed by a bus with the C removed (avoiding Cold). Don’t do what I did and key this answer into Google images. You don’t get pictures of a fish but some rather horrid looking insects which are quite common around here, ugh!
26a Bumpkin left out wooden frame (4)
YOKE: A country bumpkin loses the L from the end (Left out) to leave the wooden frame said bumpkin might use to harness two animals together to pull his plough or wagon.
27a Sight least prepared is most deplorable (10)
GHASTLIEST: Anagram (prepared) of SIGHT LEAST.
1d Helper paid extra in part (4)
AIDE: A lurker lurking (in part) in PAID EXTRA.
2d Member not so intoxicated (7)
LEGLESS: A member, not an arm but the other one, followed by a word meaning “not so” as in “not as much”.
3d Serious measures used by group in night-time broadcast? (9,4)
GRAVEYARD SLOT: Start with a word for serious and then some measures of distance and finally a slang term for a group of people. Split that lot (9,4) and you get a term for a late night TV or radio broadcast.
4d Opening of a fresh flower in Yorkshire (8)
APERTURE: A (from the clue) followed by a word for fresh or cheeky and finally crosswordland’s favourite Yorkshire river (flower). Where would setters be without this very useful river? And here it is . . .
5d Provide food bound by intricate restrictions (5)
CATER: Today’s second lurker is hidden in (bound by) INTRICATE RESTRICTIONS.
7d Call promises of repayment questionable (7)
DUBIOUS: A word meaning call or name followed by the usual promises of repayment. These promises to repay are as useful to setters as the Yorkshire river in 4d.
8d Disturbance after a past engagement? (5,5)
SHELL SHOCK: A cryptic definition of a mental disturbance which might be suffered after a past military engagement.
11d Showing diversity, it’s taken up sect with posh artist in Scottish island (13)
MULTICULTURAL: Listen very carefully, I will say this only once . . . Start with IT (from the clue) and reverse it (taken up in a down clue). Follow with another word for a sect or religious group, the single letter for posh and then the usual two letter artist. If you’re still with me you now need to insert all that lot into a Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides. I didn’t work all that out up front. I guessed the answer from the checkers and definition and worked it out later.
13d Ten mayors surprisingly holding millions to make clever investment? (5,5)
SMART MONEY: Anagram (surprisingly) of TEN MAYORS placed around (holding) M(illions).
16d One swimming off boat, maybe, gets on without introduction and alters course (8)
DIVERGES: This one swimming isn’t a fish but a person swimming underwater perhaps. Follow him with a word meaning gets on, as in gets older, but without the first letter (without introduction).
18d Disappointment with TV returned (7)
SETBACK: Crosswordland’s usual slang term for a television followed by a word meaning returned.
20d Frankfurter, perhaps, adding energy is suitable (7)
GERMANE: This Frankfurter isn’t a sausage but a person who hails from Frankfurt. A word to describe him followed by E(nergy). Berliner would have done just as well, as JFK once famously said “I am a sausage”.
22d Cabaret singer familiarly seen in correct hotel (5)
EDITH: As far as I can see this definition is an allusion to a very famous French cabaret singer. The word “familiarly” meaning we only need her Christian name. It’s a word for to correct, a piece of prose perhaps, followed by H(otel).
23d Little ingenuity, we’re told (4)
WHIT: A word meaning little or not much sounds like (we’re told) a word meaning ingenuity or cleverness.
My favourite today was 21a with 2d and 13d up there on the podium. Which ones floated your boat?
Quick crossword pun: PIER + KNEE = PEONY