Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28735
Hints and tips by Kath’s kindly stand in
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I found this to be a tricky puzzle to solve but very enjoyable.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
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1a Girl in Great Britain puts down craftspeople (12)
GLASSBLOWERS: Place a girl, maiden, wench or young lady inside the abbreviation for Great Britain. Add a word which means drops down or lessens in height
9a At present, bishop’s inside unharmed, restricted by weather (9)
SNOWBOUND: Find a word that means at present in time. Add the abbreviation for bishop. Place this inside an adjective meaning in good condition
10a A pupil skipping starter ordered rice dish (5)
PILAU: Anagram (ordered) of A PUPIL minus (skipping) the first letter of pupil
11a Old king painting Ben in film? (6)
ARTHUR: Start with the branch of creative ability that includes painting and add the second name of the Ben in a 1959 epic film directed by William Wyler.
12a Way to get round permit for gambling game (8)
ROULETTE: Place a verb meaning to permit or allow inside a synonym for a way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination.
13a European left in Greek island resort returned (6)
SLOVAK: Find a Greek Island resort. Reverse it (returned). Insert the abbreviation for left. Goodness knows how many Greek islands there are. Each has many resorts. If you are stuck try the island of Corfu
15a Take care of yard after middle of fence gets bent (8)
TENDENCY: Begin with a verb meaning to look after or nurse. Add the middle letters of the word fence and finish off with the abbreviation for yard
18a Dire pint turned out to be stout (8)
INTREPID: Anagram (turned) of DIRE PINT
19a Rodent‘s to harm retreating cat (6)
MARMOT: Start with a word meaning to harm or spoil. Add the reverse (retreating) term for a male cat.
21a Worried terrible old brute (8)
TROUBLED: Anagram (terrible) of OLD BRUTE
23a Ridicule you in text with answer in book (6)
JOSHUA: Begin with a verb meaning to ridicule or tease. Add the letter representing you as used by youngsters who text. Add the abbreviation for the word answer to find the sixth book of the Old Testament
26a Song about King Cole, essentially (5)
CAROL: Begin with the Latin abbreviation for the word circa which means about. Add the abbreviation for king as used in chess notation. Now add the heart or essence (middle two letters) of the word Cole. Phew!
27a Get rid of priest and friend outside home (9)
ELIMINATE: The biblical priest is from Shiloh. He joins your friend or chum. Although they wish to be together forever they will be eternally separated by a two-lettered word meaning at home.
28a Reams in posh novel on husband’s equestrian ability (12)
HORSEMANSHIP: An anagram (novel) of REAMS IN POSH follows (on) the abbreviation for husband
1d Good, primarily, at servicing traps? They are (7)
GASBAGS: Use the abbreviation for good. Add the primary letters of the words at and servicing. Add a word meaning traps.
2d A contest not far away (5)
ABOUT: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a word meaning a contest such as a boxing match.
3d Two vessels put away for master (9)
SUBJUGATE: The first vessel travels underwater. The second is a cylindrical container with a handle and a lip, used for holding and pouring liquids. The words put away refer to eating.
4d Avoiding the head, thump disrespectful person (4)
LOUT: Find a word meaning to thump. Remove its first letter. (Avoiding the head)
5d Gaping wound one wiped (4-4)
WIDE-OPEN: Anagram (wound) of one wiped
6d Spurn insurgent after change of heart (5)
REPEL: Find an insurgent and change the middle letter (change of heart)
7d Choice about one metal or another (8)
PLATINUM: Place an informal noun meaning choice, wonderful or marvellous around the letter A (one) and a silvery white metal
8d Morose eating last bit of chocolate, no doubt (6)
SURELY: Place a synonym for morose around the last letter of chocolate
14d Motor in the open panel (8)
OUTBOARD: This motor found attached to the back of boats can be found by using a word meaning in the open and a synonym of panel
16d Rocky Inca road north is harsh (9)
DRACONIAN: Anagram (rocky) of INCA ROAD followed by the abbreviation for North
17d Dull selfie shot in outskirts of Leeds (8)
LIFELESS: Anagram (shot) of SELFIE placed within the first and last letter (outskirts) of LeedS
18d Whole section in joint action (6)
INTACT: The only lurker of the day. The answer is hidden within the words of the clue.
20d Buy a bigger property when business is better (5,2)
TRADE UP: A double definition. Both fairly obvious
22d Bear expression of disapproval about the French revolutionary (5)
BALOO: Kipling’s Jungle Book bear can be found by placing the reverse (revolutionary) French feminine word for the inside the traditional theatre land expression of disapproval
24d Covering of blades, with or without small opening (5)
HEATH: There are two types of blade used in this clue. Start with the close fitting cover for a knife or sword. Remove the abbreviation for small. You are left with a tract of uncultivated land covered by blades of grass. This clue took some time to parse.
25d Strong male holding up tree (4)
FIRM: The abbreviation for Male lies underneath (holding up) an evergreen coniferous tree.
Thanks for the Thursday spot Kath. I do like the Thursday puzzles
Quickie Pun: Cereal+Eyes=Serialise