Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28736
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
A very good
Sunday Friday morning from Winnipeg. Deep Threat will be on holiday for the next six weeks, so I am the first of one of the regular bloggers taking an opportunity to provide hints and tips on a different day and for a different setter.
An enjoyable Giovanni puzzle which needed some head scratching but, even though I had to solve all the clues for a change, was solved without any fortified liquid assistance.
My favourite is 27a and the Quickie pun.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a The French bishop, one with relations who will behave badly? (8)
LARRIKIN: French female definite article, an abbreviated designation of a bishop, the single letter for one, and a synonym of relations.
5a Sporty type who operates on the border? (6)
FENCER: Double definition – the second is one who installs a type of border between two areas of land.
9a Beg Irish somehow to accept British nonsense (9)
GIBBERISH: An anagram (somehow) of BEG IRISH containing (to accept) the single letter for British.
11a Army unit and police crossing river (5)
CORPS: An informal or slang term for police containing (crossing) the single letter for river.
12a Carriage light backed with gold (6)
LANDAU: A synonym of light followed by (backed with) the chemical symbol for gold.
13a A Parisian gets married — is husband trapped and unwanted? (8)
UNWISHED: The French (Parisian) for A, a synonym for married containing (trapped) IS from the clue and the single letter for husband.
15a Man troubled with nag, scolder, gossip (13)
SCANDALMONGER: An anagram (troubled with) of MAN, NAG, and SCOLDER.
18a Aristocrat using gardener here and there (5,8)
GRAND SEIGNEUR: An anagram (here and there) of USING GARDENER.
22a Artist with a thousand things to read goes wild (8)
RAMPAGES: The usual two letters that identify an artist, the single letter for thousand, and a synonym of sheets of reading material.
23a Cathedral precinct dean initially sealed off (6)
CLOSED: The single word for the area surrounding a cathedral and the first letter (initially) of Dean.
26a Against having to travel on river (5)
CONGO: A synonym of against and a single word synonym of having to travel.
27a Thus a father joins English gunners in series of programmes (4,5)
SOAP OPERA: A synonym of thus, A from the clue, an (informal) synonym of father, and the abbreviations for English and the Army gunners – Thanks to the 2Kiwis.
28a Scheme, say, lacking a supportive section (6)
SYSTEM: Say with the A removed (lacking) and a type of (e.g. floral) supportive section – Thanks to stanXYZ, MalcolmR and Simon.
29a Big cask that may be on display in butcher’s window? (8)
HOGSHEAD: Double definition(?) the first is a container that, according to the BRB, can hold 54 gallons of beer.
1d Put within confines of the law, girl is imprisoned in shelter (8)
LEGALISE: A synonym for girl and IS from the clue contained by (imprisoned in) a synonym of shelter.
2d Beginning to relax, old boy at home may be seen in the garden (5)
ROBIN: The first letter (beginning to) of Relax, the abbreviation for old boy, and the usual synonym for at home.
3d Country responsible for taking control of wild animal (7)
ICELAND: Two letters that indicate being responsible for followed by (taking control of) a type of antelope.
4d Goddess is buried beneath island (4)
ISIS: IS from the clue after (buried beneath) a two letter abbreviation for island.
Suggested/requested(?) by Miffypops:
6d Longing to be given a new start to make an impression (7)
ETCHING: A synonym of longing with its starting letter replaced by a foreign equivalent.
7d Instance in which right thunderous god appears as beast with pulling power (9)
CARTHORSE: A synonym of instance containing (in which . . . appears) the single letter for right and a Norse god after whom Thursday is named.
8d Live with uncontrollable desire (6)
RESIDE: An anagram (uncontrollable) of DESIRE.
10d Transfer from hospital somewhere in Hampshire (8)
HANDOVER: The single letter for hospital and a town on the River Anton in Hampshire.
14d Contentment of good boy brought before the head (8)
GLADNESS: The single letter for good, a synonym for boy, before a favourite coastal feature.
16d Disputations in AGM, unrest getting nasty (9))
ARGUMENTS: An anagram (getting nasty) of AGM UNREST.
17d Notice university with imposing exterior for one at ceremony there? (8)
GRADUAND: Two letter synonym for notice and the single letter for university contained by (with . . . exterior) a synonym of imposing.
19d Sailor without companions gets something to eat from the sea (7)
ABALONE: One of the usual terms for a sailor and a single word for without companions.
20d Stupid people chat about ill-gotten gains (7)
GALOOTS: A synonym of chat containing (about) a single word for ill-gotten gains.
21d Vehicles getting hit, beginning to end (6)
TRUCKS: A synonym of hit with its first letter moved to the end (beginning to end).
24d Woman in garden is upset? It’s a riddle (5)
SIEVE: The first lady (woman in garden) and IS from the clue all reversed (upset).
25d Panel disagreed finally, with fuss ensuing (4)
DADO: The last letter (finally) of disagreed with a two word synonymic phrase (1,2) of fuss.
Back on Sunday as usual.
The Quick Crossword pun: JURY+LIES=DO YOU REALISE