Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28693
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from a sunny but chilly Vega Baja. I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production but unusually for him we have five straight anagrams and another three clues which use anagrams as part of further wordplay. If you can crack the two long ones across the middle you’ll get enough checkers to really get you going. Those of you with repetition radar will note that there are three instances of the use of the word ONE to indicate the letter I. Whatever, I enjoyed the puzzle and hope that you did too.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Content doing porridge (6)
INSIDE: A word for the content of something is also a word describing someone in prison (doing porridge). I suppose this one might class as a double definition.
4a Liking power and charm (8)
PENCHANT: P(ower) followed by a word meaning to charm.
9a Fly is twice tested, oddly (6)
TSETSE: Take the alternate letters (oddly) from TeStEd and then repeat them (twice).
10a Handle can start shaking (8)
TRANSACT: Anagram (shaking) of CAN START.
12a Leader of Conservatives stirring wild party (8)
CAROUSAL: Start with a C (leader of Conservatives) and follow with a word meaning a stirring.
13a Blokes practically great in the head (6)
MENTAL: Some blokes followed by a word meaning great as in large or high but without its last letter (practically).
15a Humiliation as member rants insanely (13)
EMBARRASSMENT: Anagram (insanely) of AS MEMBER RANTS.
22a Scattered boxes primarily empty (6)
SPARSE: A word for boxes, or at least practices boxing, followed by the first letter (primarily) of Empty.
24a By necessity some wallpaper for ceiling (8)
PERFORCE: A lurker. It’s hiding (some) in the last three words.
26a No one cheers over following rubbish turn (8)
ROTATION: Start with NO (from the clue), then the letter that looks like a one and a short way of saying cheers or thank you. Reverse that lot (over) and put it after (following) a word for rubbish.
27a Press secretary with additional note about Queen (6)
PAPERS: Two letters for a secretary followed by the additional note at the end of a letter around Her Majesty.
28a Drink’s knocked back, linger for piece of cake (8)
PUSHOVER: Nothing to do with lemon drizzle but a piece of cake as in very easy. It’s a word for to drink backwards (knocked back) followed by a word meaning to linger or hang around.
29a Reduce sound of drill (6)
LESSEN: A word meaning to reduce sounds like a word for drill as in training
1d Sound diplomacy after case of incarceration (6)
INTACT: Sound as in unbroken. It’s a word for diplomacy after IN (case on IncarceratioN). I first thought that SOUND was going to be a homophone indicator which didn’t help a lot, d’oh!
2d He parades around front line (9)
SPEARHEAD: Anagram (around) of HE PARADES.
3d Trouble from wind is turbulent (7)
DISTURB: Another lurker hiding (from) in the last three words.
5d The woman’s vulgarly mentioned slips (4)
ERRS: A word for slips as in makes a mistake sounds like (vulgarly mentioned) a common way of saying “of that woman”.
7d Change a point to accommodate lawyer (5)
ADAPT: A (from the clue) and an abbreviation of point placed around (to accommodate) an American lawyer.
8d Shot by Italy changed everything (8)
TOTALITY: A shot of whisky perhaps followed by an anagram (changed) of ITALY.
11d Postman cycles losing heart for rounds (7)
PATROLS: Start with the postman who has a black and white cat and follow with a word which can mean cycles but without its central letter (losing heart).
14d Directed by company, switched men on board (7)
CASTLED: A company of actors followed by a word for directed or guided.
16d Agree new head shows enthusiasm (9)
EAGERNESS: Anagram (new) of AGREE followed by a word for a headland.
17d To purist rambling is better (8)
OUTSTRIP: Anagram (rambling) of TO PURIST.
19d First of recipes: one’s extravagant duck dish (7)
RISOTTO: Listen very carefully, I will say this only once . . . Put together R (first of Recipes) followed by I (one), the ‘S from the clue, three letters for extravagant or excessive and finally O (duck) and you’ll get an Italian rice dish. One of those easier to solve than hint.
20d Pump up popular apartment price finally (7)
INFLATE: The usual two letters for popular followed by what British people call an apartment followed by E (pricE finally).
21d Ocean’s relating to salt? (6)
SEASON: Another word for oceans, don’t forget the S, followed by a word meaning relating to or about.
23d They are against fiddling after losing a grand (5)
ANTIS: Remove the AG from against (losing A Grand) and make an anagram (fiddling) of what’s left. This clue is a bit naughty as “against” is part of the definition and also part of the wordplay so is doing double duty. I’m not a Ximenean purist so I quite liked it.
Not quite as much blue as usual for a RayT but perhaps that’s just me. My favourite was the slightly naughty 23d followed by 4a for its elegant simplicity and 12a for the bizarre mental image of Theresa May stirring a wild party.
Quick crossword pun: GOES + TORY = GHOST STORY