Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28654
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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National league One. Coventry win – Check. Six Nations Rugby. England win – Check. All is well with the world then. Today’s puzzle from our new puzzles editor may give a few problems here and there but it is quite doable. A bit of a stretch at 14ac to get a synonym for lie. I was disappointed to find no food to chobble along the way but with a leap of faith there appeared in abundance at 18ac.
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1a Mad relatives a potential cause of mishap (6,4)
BANANA SKIN: Split 7,3 We have the plural of the yellow fruit used to denote being mad. This is followed by a noun meaning one’s family or relations
6a Short rounds? (4)
AMMO: Rounds in military jargon means ammunition. Your solution needs to be a common shortened word for this.
10a Unusual degree in dance (5)
RUMBA: Begin with a three-lettered word meaning unusual or odd and add the abbreviation for a popular degree.
11a Some complain Tiverton’s miserable (9)
PLAINTIVE: A lurker, not very well hidden within the words of the clue
12a It holds arm in place for drawing (7)
HOLSTER: A cryptic definition of what holds a handgun (arm) in place in readiness for drawing out in order to fire
13a European reader one makes cross (7)
ELECTOR: The abbreviation for European is followed by a reader who reads lessons in church services
14a Lie about Conservative linked with Marxist gets reviewed (12)
RECONSIDERED: Place an unusual synonym of the word lie around one of the abbreviations for a Tory. Add our usual crosswordland Marxist expressed as a colour
18a Like gallery or halls with no more to pay? (3-9)
ALL-INCLUSIVE: This expression meaning with nothing more to pay sums up two of the words from the clue. Halls and Gallery. A kinder hinter would use capital letters and bold text to make this hint more understandable. Not me though. I like to leave you some work to do.
21a Book covering state of Africa (7)
MOROCCO: A fine flexible leather made from goatskins tanned with sumac and used especially for book covers is also a country in Africa.
23a Expand area beyond lake in redevelopment of green (7)
ENLARGE: Anagram (redevelopment of) of GREEN which contains the abbreviations for area and lake
24a Clean, could become dull in use (9)
UNSULLIED: Anagram (could become) of DULL IN USE
25a Set location (5)
PLACE: A double definition
26a Pan opponent hit by boxer (4)
HOOK: My last one in. The Pan in the clue is Peter. His arch rival shares his name with a boxing punch
27a Constituent blasted dingier hospital department (10)
INGREDIENT: Anagram (blasted) of DINGIER followed by the abbreviation for a hospital department regularly found in Cryptic Crosswords
1d Dawn’s reported offering places to sleep (6)
BERTHS: Places to sleep on boats may sound like new beginnings
2d Quick — storage unit’s engulfed by river (6)
NIMBLE: An African river surrounds the abbreviation of a unit of computer information storage
3d Like a ring that’s a little blue? (4,3,7)
NEAR THE KNUCKLE: Where a wedding ring may be worn also describes something verging on the indecent or offensive
4d Stand-in covers for each winger in US final (9)
SUPERBOWL: Wrap the abbreviation for a stand in or replacement around (covers) a preposition meaning for each. Add a bird (winger). A wise old bird.
I think this US Final may have taken place yesterday.
5d Traitor that is going around cross (5)
IRATE: A traitor or deserter sits inside the abbreviation for that is
7d Tourism ruined by English rain? (8)
MOISTURE: Anagram (ruined) of TOURISM followed by the abbreviation for English
8d Supersede order I’ve sent out (8)
OVERRIDE: Anagram (sent out) of ORDER I’VE
9d Like a picture that comes out badly scrawny (14)
UNDERDEVELOPED: A double definition. The first describing a photograph maybe. The second a malnourished child
15d Upset American consumer that keeps stocking up (9)
SUSPENDER: Overturn (upset) our regular two-lettered American. Add a consumer defined by what he does with his money
16d Stop opening in Welsh town (8)
BARMOUTH: Begin with a verb meaning to prevent or prohibit. Finish with an opening. You have one such on your face
17d Regularly nail fine score playing in The Open (2,6)
AL FRESCO: Take the even numbered letters of the word NAIL. Add the abbreviation of the word fine. Finish of with an anagram (playing) of SCORE
19d Make of jalopy that needs injection of energy (6)
CREATE: Find another name for a jalopy or old banger. Insert (needs injection) the letter E, The abbreviation for Energy
20d Leave afters with only one portion of seconds (6)
DESERT: In terms of dining, afters means puddings or sweets.
Find another word for this course and remove the letter S therefore leaving only one letter S
22d Men head off wild animal for hunter (5)
ORION: Begin with our armed forces men. Those below the rank of officer. Add a wild animal without its initial letter
That’s all folks..