Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28601
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Hi folks. A pleasantly tricky puzzle from Rufus today. If by any chance you need some help, here it is.
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1a Agree one is about a month in arrears (6)
ACCEDE: One here refers to a playing card. Wrap that around the reversed (in arrears) abbreviation for the current month
4a Summary that’s merely theoretical (8)
ABSTRACT: A double definition which. I only solved from checking letters
9a Directed police offensive (6)
RANCID: A three lettered word meaning directed or managed is followed by a police department
10a Film plot involved arsenic and love (8)
SCENARIO: Anagram (involved) of ARSENIC followed by the letter that represents the love score in tennis
12a It’s not fair -– to be kept in it? (4)
DARK: To be kept in this is to be deprived of knowledge
13a Cockney friend in the country (5)
CHINA: This country together with the word plate is Cockney rhyming slang for ones mate
14a Items given for storage in a bank (4)
DATA: Today’s barely cryptic definition of information which might be stored digitally.
17a They have grounds for belonging to the upper classes (6,6)
LANDED GENTRY: A cryptic definition of a social class whose income is from the rental of farms
20a Decline of French age group (12)
DEGENERATION: The French word for of is followed by a word meaning all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.
23a Old people sign (4)
OMEN: The abbreviation for old is followed by a collective noun for people
24a Way to get on in the theatrical profession (5)
STAGE: Begin with the abbreviation for a way or street and add a word meaning to advance in years
25a Man who’s amongst the richest (4)
ERIC: A hidden word lurking within the letters of the clue. Most bloggers will tell you which words contain the word but I think that makes it all a little too easy. As Deep Threat commented on Friday. We are providing hints not answers
28a Supplied on condition (8)
PROVIDED: A double definition.
29a Accept an inviting suggestion? (4,2)
COME IN: What one might say to somebody knocking at one’s door and what that person might do upon hearing it.
Frappe Frappe! Qui est la? Losti ! Losti qui? Exactement!
30a Soldiers wheeled around and came back (8)
RETURNED: The soldiers are The Royal Engineers. Begin with their abbreviation and add a word meaning wheeled around.
31a An alcoholic drink leads to a complaint (6)
ANGINA: Start with the word AN from the clue. Add an alcoholic drink which is very popular at the moment. Finish off with the letter A from the clue. Our setter has gifted half of the answer to us
1d Big dog very good about being put on lead going walkies (8)
AIREDALE: Begin with a term consisting of a letter and a number meant very good or excellent. Add the usual crosswordland word meaning about. Finish up with an anagram (going walkers) of LEAD
2d Brave NCO goes out to join battle line (8)
CONFRONT: Begin with an anagram of NCO and add a word meaning the foremost line or part of an armed force; the furthest position that an army has reached and where the enemy is or may be engaged
3d Spot a weak type (4)
DRIP: A double definition. The first rather vague and the second derogatory
5d Companions at the breakfast table (5,3,4)
BACON AND EGGS: These companions are on one’s plate. Together they help to explain the difference between involvement and commitment. The Hen is involved. The Pig is committed
6d Smack located in East Anglia (4)
TANG: Another hidden word. See my hint for 25 across
7d Jack required on autobahn perhaps overseas (6)
ABROAD: A Jack is a sailor. Use the regular Crosswordland abbreviation for a sailor and add what an autobahn is. See Rookie Corner 186 by MP for an example of how not to clue this word.
8d Medical chest? (6)
THORAX: How a member of the medical profession might describe the part of a mammal between the neck and the abdomen
11d Guarded inquiry (3,4,5)
WHO GOES THERE: What a guard or sentry might ask of one approaching
15d Loud and always creating excitement (5)
FEVER: The musical abbreviation for loud is followed by a term meaning eternally
16d Start playing snooker in school rest period (5)
BREAK: The term used to describe the first shot of a snooker match is also the term used to describe playtime at school
18d Edited diaries about Liberal ex-PM (8)
DISRAELI: Anagram (edited) of DIARIES around the abbreviation for Liberal
19d On entering Canada, disturbed something slithering (8)
ANACONDA: Anagram (disturbed) of CANADA wrapped around the word ON from the clue
21d Good conductor, one on the beat (6)
COPPER: A metal which is a good conductor of electricity is also a slang term for a policeman (one on the beat)
22d Prepare roster for holiday destination (6)
RESORT: Anagram (prepare) Of ROSTER
26d One who might falsify accounts (4)
LIAR: A cryptic definition of a fibber, storyteller or romancer
27d Large number in Rome have something stuffed in a duvet (4)
DOWN: Begin with a Roman numeral. The one for 500 will suffice. Add a verb meaning to have something in one’s possession. Together they form what might be used to stuff a duvet. Ours came from a goose
That’s all Folks
Quickie Pun MAID+WAIVES=MADE WAVES