Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28648
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Good Morning. I hope you are all well. This puzzle should be by Dada today. It is full of wit and sparkly clues. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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7a Alpine enthusiast after run, one more perilous (7)
RISKIER: begin with the abbreviation for a run in cricket. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Now add an alpine enthusiast. Not a mountaineer but one who straps planks to his or her feet and glides on snow.
10a Nothing goes with exotic orange herb (7)
OREGANO: Use an anagram (exotic) of ORANGE and add the letter that represents nothing or zero. You can add it at either end of the anagram depending upon how you rearrange the letters
11a Cut in a card game (7)
ABRIDGE: Begin with the letter A which the setter has kindly provided. Add a card game in which misdescribed hands are common. A social game that attracts the antisocial.
12a Nobleman, good lord pocketing currency (7)
GRANDEE: Take a common expression meaning “good lord”. Place inside (pocketing) a currency. Which one? South Africa.
13a Brain in folk hero William addled etc (9)
INTELLECT: Once again we are given the first two letters of the answer. IN. We then need the surname of a Swiss folk hero with the first name William. Now add an anagram (addled) of ETC
15a Without permission, taking the newspaper (5)
THEFT: Golly bongs. What a generous setter. Use the word THE from the clue and you have sixty percent of the solution. Add the initial letters of a popular newspaper which also contains a cryptic crossword puzzle and is printed on pink paper.
16a Novel — coxed pair perhaps? (5,3,2,1,4)
THREE MEN IN A BOAT: A cryptic definition of a humorous novel written by Jerome Klapka Jerome.
21a Observe something on a limb? (5)
WATCH: A synonym of the word observe might be what one might wear upon one’s arm or wrist and use to tell the time
23a Copy new procedure (9)
REPRODUCE: Anagram (new) of PROCEDURE
25a Monotony? Good time to pass round claret! (7)
BOREDOM: Place the colour of a claret wine inside a word meaning a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
26a Manx cat and I both, weirdly, live together (7)
COHABIT: Within eight words today’s setter has indicated a three-word anagram that includes a curtailed word. A Manx cat has no tail. So we have an anagram (weirdly) of CAT I BOTH minus the final letter of the word cat. My clue of the day.
27a Birds, fifty in snares (7)
LINNETS: Begin with the Roman numeral for fifty. Add the word IN from the clue. Finish off with a word that means snares or catches or traps. The answer is the nickname of Burscough Football Club which is nothing at all to do with the clue
28a Odd mountains, by the way (7)
STRANGE: Begin with the abbreviation for a way. This could be a road, a lane, an avenue, a boulevard or a street. In this case it is a street. Add a word meaning a line of mountains or hills.
1d Rating so poor for musician (8)
ORGANIST: Anagram (poor) of RATING SO
2d Personification of QE2 that is seen in lake (4)
ERIE: Queen Elizabeth The Second as known by her royal cipher followed by the Latin initials that mean “that is”
3d Reportedly, stronghold was involved in military action (6)
FOUGHT: A homophone clue. The past participle of the verb fight sounds like a military stronghold
4d Quit role after beginnings in design engineering (6)
DEPART: A role in a play or film is placed after the initial letters of (beginnings in) Design Engineering
5d Agonised about US city (3,5)
SAN DIEGO: Anagram (about) of AGONISED
6d Straight in bath one’s thrown (6)
HONEST: A lurker hiding within the words of the clue. It is there honest to God. The word IN tells us so
8d Quarrel about river fish (5)
SPRAT: A four letter quarrel is placed around (about) the letter R which is the abbreviation for river.
9d Spoil hip, glued after replacement (7)
INDULGE: Begin with a word meaning hip, trendy or popular. Add an anagram (after replacement) of GLUED
14d Sheep interrupting the wedding (3)
EWE: A lurker hiding within the words of the clue. This time the word interrupting tells us so.
17d Shy leaving work (8)
RETIRING: A straightforward double definition
18d Demon politician — this person must lead (3)
IMP: Our usual politician is preceded by the most personal of pronouns
19d One more flower part, organ originally inside (7)
ANOTHER: A part of a flower, the part of the stamen that contains the pollen also contains the Initial letter of the word organ
20d Decade passed in relationships (8)
TWENTIES: Place a word meaning passed (the past participle of go) inside a word meaning relationships to find a decade known as roaring or the Jazz age
21d Shake joint up that’s visited by bishop (6)
WOBBLE: Reverse (up) one of the two joints of your arm. Throw in the chess notation abbreviation for a bishop to get a fine word rarely seen in crosswordland but very welcome.
22d Secret I’d discovered initially guarded by female (6)
HIDDEN: Use the words I’D from the clue. Add the initial letter of the word Discovered. Place these three letters inside a well-known female
23d Careless, with respect to young lady (6)
REMISS: Use a two-lettered term meaning with respect to and add the usual form of address to a single girl
24d Old pope from the city (5)
URBAN: A double definition the first being one of eight popes
26d Group of players thrown out (4)
CAST: The collective name given to a group of players or actors
That’s all folks.
Quickie Pun: Assault+Seller=A Salt Cellar