Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28653
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on 3rd February 2018
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! A lot of charades today and a couple of very good cryptic/double definitions. The solving time took me into 3 star territory.
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1a Very end of May — that comes after May (6)
MIGHTY – There is a false capitalisation in the second May which simply means “might”. Add the end of (ma)Y afterwards.
4a Attacked when put to sea (8)
ASSAILED – A charade of AS (when) and SAILED (put to sea).
9a Not far off being involved in barney (6)
NEARBY – An anagram (involved) of BARNEY.
10a Generous worker foregoes a certain amount (8)
HANDSOME – A HAND or worker goes before (foregoes) SOME for a certain amount.
11a Father takes part in the early release of a prisoner (6)
PAROLE – A charade of PA (father) and ROLE (part in a play).
12a Flower out of range, awkwardly, which I will go after with hesitation (8)
GERANIUM – An awkward anagram of RANGE followed by I from the clue and (with) UM for a hesitation.
14a Chap after dieting who’s often seen in dock? (10)
LIGHTERMAN – A chap after dieting might cryptically be referred to as a LIGHTER MAN.
18a Publicist arrived, set to get agitated (10)
ADVERTISER – An anagram (getting agitated) of ARRIVED SET.
22a Biased, but perhaps wholly right (3-5)
ONE-SIDED – The cryptic indication of ‘wholly right’ gives us ONE SIDED.
23a Get one’s case cleared … (6)
UNPACK – A straightforward cryptic definition of what one does after a holiday (and nothing to do with a trial!)
24a … if served (8)
PROVIDED – Two definitions and a succinct but straightforward clue.
25a Bump mum off for estate? (6)
DOMAIN – To bump of mum might, in the vernacular, be to DO MA IN.
26a Frenchman for instance rejected sandwiches commercial, being a rebel (8)
RENEGADE – A regular Frenchman in crosswords is RENE. Start with him then reverse (reject/turn back) EG and insert an AD or commercial (it is sandwiched) – RENE G (AD) E
27a Scattered tattered trews — new to follow (6)
STREWN – An anagram (tattered) of TREWS followed by N for new.
1d Kind of record set ahead of college game (8)
MONOPOLY – Start with a MONO record (as opposed to stereo) and then add a POLY(technic) or college.
2d Short woman is teasing in party clothes (4,4)
GLAD RAGS – GLAD is short for Gladys (a short woman). Add RAGS for ‘is teasing’.
3d Catalogue not allowed after the usual time (8)
TABULATE – A charade of TABU (an alt spelling of taboo or not allowed) and then LATE or after the usual time.
5d Son cooking made a chef embarrassed (10)
SHAMEFACED – S for son and then an anagram (cooked) of MADE A CHEF.
6d Article by cleric from a South American region (6)
ANDEAN – A charade of AN (an article) and DEAN or cleric.
7d Fifty, loves family — getting chance to participate? (4-2)
LOOK-IN – L for 50 from Roman Numerals, then O and O for two loves or zeros in tennis and finally KIN for family.
8d Read about my being vague (6)
DREAMY – An anagram (about) of READ followed by MY from the clue.
13d Advanced position in card game with top master? (10)
BRIDGEHEAD – A charade of BRIDGE (card game) and HEAD(master).
15d Make an impression and refuse to agree (5,3)
STAND OUT – Two definitions, the second cryptically referring to making a stand
16d Adventure in our time, boarding flight (8)
ESCAPADE – Place AD (Anno Domini – in our time) inside or boarding ESCAPE for fight.
17d Wild robin Kenneth’s caught and tamed (6-2)
BROKEN-IN – Make an anagram (wild) of ROBIN and insert KEN for Kenneth.
19d Metal detector? (6)
COPPER – A nice definition and cryptic definition with a COPPer or policeman being a crime detector/detective.
20d Long-legged creature consuming single drug (6)
HEROIN – I for a single inside a HERON.
21d Revolt is encircled, apparently (6)
RISING – If IS is encircled then one might say that IS is in a RING hence R IS ING.
Thanks to the setter – I will be back next Thursday.