Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28729
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning. I solved this puzzle in ** time but I’ve gone for *** difficulty because there are a few obscure bits that required a bit of head scratching. I’ve deducted a star from the enjoyment as there are no less than five clues which use the same containment indicator and I was beginning to get a bit irritated by the time I’d finished typing the hints. I’ll be interested to see if anyone else noticed.
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 Single occupying spot in Jersey (4,4)
POLO NECK: First you need to ignore the false capitalisation of the word Jersey. This is nothing to do with the Channel Islands but jersey as in a pullover. Start with an old word for a spot or pustule caused by an eruptive disease such as smallpox and insert (occupying) a word meaning single or unaccompanied. Split that lot (4,4) and you’ll get a style of jersey.
5a A quiet learner with old doctor showing composure (6)
APLOMB: A charade of A (from the clue), the usual single letter for quiet, L(earner), O(ld) and finally one of the several two letter doctors. I like clues like this. You can put the answer together as you read the clue and when you get to the end – hey presto there’s the definition.
9a Club, say, secure day to get some players (8)
WOODWIND: A type of golf club, not an iron, followed by a word meaning to secure or gain and then D(ay) gives you a section of an orchestra (some players).
10a Credit after student leaves in depression (6)
CRATER: Start with the usual abbreviation of credit and then a word meaning after or afterwards with the L removed (student leaves). I confess to wondering how taking the F out of after could be construed as student leaves, d’oh!
11a Mostly large-scale work with second poem in part of series (7)
EPISODE: A term for a large-scale work, often applied to films starring Charlton Heston, but without the last letter (mostly) the S(econd) and finally a lyric poem.
12a Leave exposed one in this way behind schedule (7)
ISOLATE: The letter that looks like a number one followed by a word meaning in this way or thus and lastly a word meaning behind schedule.
21a Agree to parking twice in a British car with hidden rear (7)
APPROVE: Take an A (from the clue) and follow with British marque of car, which is no longer made, but without its last letter (with hidden rear) and insert (in) P(arking) twice.
22a Measure of land, note, in a confined space (7)
ACREAGE: Again it’s A (from the clue) followed by a confined space with one of the sol fa notes inserted (in).
23a What is found in difficult situation in seat? (6)
BEHIND: This is seat as in your bum. Insert (is found in) a colloquial term for what or pardon into a word for a difficult situation or tight spot.
24a Modest European among varied credits (8)
DISCREET: Anagram (varied) of CREDITS with E(uropean) inserted (among).
25a Respect establishment with judge losing head (6)
ESTEEM: Abbreviation of establishment followed by a word meaning judge but without its first letter (losing head).
26a Kind fellow, expert in print style (8)
TYPEFACE: A word meaning kind, as in sort, followed by F(ellow) and then an expert.
1d Mug wept about queen (6)
PEWTER: Anagram (about) of WEPT followed by the usual two letters for Her Majesty. I thought this was the material that a mug might be made from but apparently it can also mean the mug itself.
2d Short call in card game with family (4-2)
LOOK IN: A 17th century card game from the same family as nap and euchre is followed by the usual family and then it’s split (4,2). I’d never heard of this game but apparently it’s also known as Lenterne, Lenturlu and Looterlu but I don’t suppose that helps much.
3d Welsh town‘s original wine (7)
NEWPORT: A charade of a word meaning original or fresh followed by the usual fortified wine.
4d Ponder about working model (11)
CONTEMPLATE: A single letter for about followed by a word meaning working, as in not switched off, and then a model or plan.
6d Society enthralled by South American politician with a public image (7)
PERSONA: Start with the South American politician whose wife is known as Evita and an A (from the clue) and insert (enthralled by) an S(ociety). Here’s a bit of Evita . . .
7d Prize more highly than public university in countryside area (8)
OUTVALUE: A word meaning public or exposed followed by a word for a country area, which actually means valley, with U(niversity) inserted (in). We’ve got that IN again!
8d Canal workers say turning up among those offering drinks? (8)
BARGEMEN: The usual two letters for say are reversed (turning up in a down clue) and inserted into (among) some people offering drinks in the pub.
12d Theorist’s end is to stop wrong, transcending the passage of time (11)
IMMORTALITY: Insert (to stop) a T (theorisT’s end) a word for wrong or sin.
14d Game namely supported by unruly lot (8)
SCRABBLE: The Latin abbreviation meaning namely followed by (supported by in a down clue) a word for an unruly lot or mob. Hand’s up those who thought there might be an anagram (unruly) of LOT involved here.
15d Go after sudden cold spell to get instant record? (8)
SNAPSHOT: A word for a go or try after a word for a sudden spell of cold weather.
17d Proclaim part of speech in English church (7)
ENOUNCE: Start with E(nglish) and two letters for the Anglican Church and insert (in) a part of speech.
18d Rescue service in race to create amazing achievement (7)
MIRACLE: Insert (you’ve guessed it – in) a rescue service, which might come to your aid if you car breaks down, into a race which takes the best runners slightly under four minutes. There you go, that’s five uses of IN for insertion.
19d Security device beginning to click over morning period (6)
CAMERA: C (beginning to Click) followed by (over in a down clue) the usual two letters for morning and then a long period of time, not age but the other one.
20d Perhaps lead, we hear, is showing spirit (6)
METTLE: Not lead as in go in front but the element. This word meaning spirit sounds like (we hear) what lead is an example of (perhaps).
Not my favourite puzzle but there’s a few good clues. Favourite for me was 4d closely followed by 14d and 26a.
Quick crossword pun: PITCHER + CHORD = PICTURE CORD