Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28672
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Good day from Reeth in The Yorkshire Dales where MP and SS have spent the weekend enjoying Coventry Rugby Clubs massive win against Darlington Mowden Park. I have ticked off a bucket list “must do” by visiting the highest pub in Great Britain The Tan Hill Inn. It also has the slowest service I have ever come across. I could have done the entire shift on my own wearing boxing gloves and roller skates chatting merrily away to customers. I managed to order two rounds of drinks without the barman speaking a word. Dearie, dearie me.
Today’s puzzle is probably by Dada. It is his turn in the new Monday regime.
If you are a regular visitor to this site you should know how it works.
If you are a new visitor I am sure you can work it out for yourselves. Have fun. Comment. Play nicely.
1a County band’s back, or group (6)
DORSET: Begin with the last letter (back) of the word band. Add the word OR from the clue. Finish off with a synonym of the word group
5a Nut to eat, while must be buried (6)
CASHEW: To eat is what one does to food before swallowing. A short synonym of the word while needs to be inserted into this verb.
10a Part of reply, in general dishonest (5)
LYING: A lurker. A word hidden amongst the words in the clue indicated by the words part of.
11a Edge behind transport container (9)
CARTRIDGE: An edge such as an escarpment is placed after a form of transport which might be pulled by a horse. Together they make a container for ink or shot.
12a Lever altered, adjusted (7)
TREADLE: Anagram (adjusted) of ALTERED
13a Describe old prairie (7)
EXPLAIN: Our regular two-lettered word for old as in old boy or girlfriend is followed by a word meaning prairie or wide-open tracts of land
14a Completely depressed Tory (9)
DOWNRIGHT: Begin with a word meaning depressed, sad or blue and add the side of centre usually attributed to the Tory party
17a Not sparkling, yet (5)
STILL: A double definition, the first of which could describe a non-fizzy drink
18a Lead missed in substandard card game (5)
RUMMY: This popular card game can be found by removing the first letter (lead missed) of a word meaning substandard
19a Warm glow in plane journey punctuated by fury (9)
FIRELIGHT: A single word for a journey by aeroplane has a word meaning fury inserted (is punctuated by)
21a King, say, has month to hold on (7)
MONARCH: A word meaning what a king is can be found by inserting the word ON (to hold on) from the clue into one of the twelve months of the year.
23a Evacuated city, double big blow? (7)
CYCLONE: Remove (evacuated) the internal letters of the word city. Add a word meaning to double as used to produce Dolly the sheep
25a Conversation in nightclub sure ridiculous! (9)
DISCOURSE: Begin with a type of nightclub popular in the seventies and add an anagram (ridiculous) of SURE
26a I am on time for photograph (5)
IMAGE: Begin with the shortened way of writing I am. Add a period of time
27a Stop! Unrestricted zone — move on out (6)
FREEZE: Begin with a synonym for unrestricted and add the word zone from the clue minus the word ON (move on out)
28a Almost get stuck in back door like this? (6)
HINGED: Place the word GET minus its last letter (almost) inside a word meaning back. This word is often used to describe the rear quarters of animals
2d Duck, as it happens, a shade of green (5)
OLIVE: The letter that looks like the score a batsman has achieved when he gets a duck is followed by a description of an event taking place right in front of you. Although we are looking for a colour the answer is also one of my favourite snacks that goes well with the unsalted nuts and cheese elsewhere in this puzzle.
3d Cheese good in bread? Yes, when spread (4,5)
SAGE DERBY: Anagram (when spread) of BREAD YES including the abbreviation for good
4d Hair on face, in fact a cheek (5)
TACHE: Our second lurker of the day. Indicated by the word in
5d Fish put down for chippy (9)
CARPENTER: A freshwater fish is followed by a word meaning to put down as in a journal or a log
6d Belt goes up (5)
STRAP: When reversed (up) this belt means goes or leaves
7d Charming concoction of grenadine (9)
ENDEARING: Anagram (concoction of) GRENADINE
8d Like a roof that’s condemned (6)
SLATED: A double definition the first describing the use of a roofing material mined in Wales.
9d Sovereign, leader dispatched in error after uprising (6)
REGNAL: The reversal (after uprising) of an error or stupid mistake (if you can’t work out the error [C]LANGER) without its initial letter (leader dispatched) – sovereign here is an adjective
15d Philanderer giving wife nothing, remains unreliable (9)
WOMANISER: In only six words our setter asks us to add the letter that looks like nothing to the abbreviation for wife and then solve an anagram (unreliable) of REMAINS
16d Animal presented, fighter so hopeless (4,5)
GIFT HORSE: Anagram (hopeless) of FIGHTER SO
17d Second vote choice (9)
SELECTION: Use the abbreviation for second. Add a word meaning a vote poll or ballot.
18d Heal me, dry eyes initially deteriorating (6)
REMEDY: Anagram (deteriorating) of ME DRY together with the initial letter of the word eyes
20d Draw with colour in layers (6)
TIERED: Start with a synonym for the word draw as in score the same points as your opponent. Add a cardinal colour.
22d River — rush to drain American one (5)
RHONE: Drain US (American), the internal letters, from the word R[US]H. Add the word ONE.
23d European means of payment discussed? (5)
CZECH: This European person sounds like (discussed) an old-fashioned method of payment. When was the last time you wrote one of these?
24d Speak on religion and theological events, primarily (5)
ORATE: The initial letters (primarily) of five words in the clue
RIP Auntie Betty. Now your generation have gone, we are it. Ah well. He not busy being born is busy dying.
Quickie Pun Cars+Stink+Ouch=Casting Couch