Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28748
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The heart of downtown LI is awash with rain. I have been given two tickets for tomorrow’s big game at Twickenham. Saracens v Exeter. I do love watching from a position of impartiality. May the best team win. Today we have a very clever puzzle by Giovanni. We have a smattering of obscurity and an overabundance of anagrams. I do wish there was a limit to the number of anagrams used by each setter. One per month possibly.
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1a Set with mishap at sea? They hope not! (9)
SHIPMATES: The sailors and their friends can be found by solving an anagram (at sea) of SET and MISHAP. A lovely clever clue to set the bar
6a Animal with desire has briefly got outside (5)
HYENA: Begin with a synonym for desire. Place outside this word the first two letters (briefly) of the word HAS which can be lifted straight from the clue.
9a Dad — gosh! — beginning to nibble cinema food (7)
POPCORN: We have a three-part charade in this clue. 1. A three-letter informal word for you dear father. 2. An exclamation similar to gosh, blimey or my. 3. The first or beginning letter of the word nibble. I take issue with the definition. No food should be consumed at the cinema. I will not go to the multiplexes that stink of cola, candy and the solution to this clue. Saint Sharon and I only go to the cinema at Warwick Arts Centre where audiences arrive in good time, watch in silence and frown gently if anybody dares to unwrap a sweet.
10a Box with crazy old jokes? (9)
CHESTNUTS: A box or coffer is followed by a synonym for crazy to find a description of old tired jokes. It is also used to describe tired old crossword clues.
11a Skilled worker is biased, wanting leader got rid of (7)
ARTISAN: Remove the first letter (wanting leader got rid of) from an adjective meaning prejudiced in favour of a particular cause
12a A new husband in gloomy state — a male condition! (7)
MANHOOD: Place the letter A (gifted to us by a kind setter) together with the abbreviations for new and husband inside an angry irritable or sullen state of mind
13a Admit defeat now and then, sir? Oh, that’s bad! (5,2,4,4)
THROW IN ONE’S HAND: A very easily solved anagram (that’s bad) of NOW AND THEN SIR OH
18a Removes risk element from brilliant exercises (7)
DEFUSES: Begin with a three-lettered informal adjective which is a synonym for brilliant and until now known only to our setter. Add a synonym for exercises. My brain has been truly exercised with this simply solved but hard to explain clue.
20a Applauds a miser reforming, having hoarded pennies once (7)
ADMIRES: Anagram (reformed) of A MISER which contains the Latin abbreviation for a penny. The clue asks for pennies which suggests two times the letter suggested. The word once tells us only one is required.
22a One can work a miracle? The claim’s false! (9)
ALCHEMIST: Anagram (false) of THE CLAIMS. One of the aims of these chaps was to create an acid so strong that it would dissolve anything it came into contact with. If successful what would they have kept it in?
23a Severe sort of wind heading for England (7)
AUSTERE: An archaic term for a south wind (represented by an old man with dusky wings) is followed by the initial (heading) letter of the word England. A quick search of google images was in order to try to understand what dusky wings might look like. It came up with lots of pictures of old aircraft. Now I may be wrong but I reckon that the good old BRB will not tell you that the archaic term for the south wind is also an aeroplane. Bizarrely there are several plates of oysters as well. Possibly it is the French word for Oyster.
24a Most of cast starts to experience pressure — docile types? (5)
SHEEP: Find a synonym for the word cast as in what a snake does with its skin. Remove its last letter as the clue only asks for most of this word. Add the beginning letters (Starts, note the plural) of the words experience and pressure
25a Support one group and tease kids naughtily (4,5)
TAKE SIDES: Anagram (I do get so bored by these) of TEASE KIDS indicated by the word naughtily.
1d Replace inadequate substitute worker (8)
SUPPLANT: Start with a replacement such as a replacement teacher. The word inadequate is asking us to remove the last letter of this word. Add one of Crosswordland’s regular worker insects.
2d Phoney person gets nothing right, going after this person’s job (8)
IMPOSTOR: Begin with a contraction of I Am (this person) Add a synonym for a job) Add the letter that looks like nothing or zero. Add the abbreviation for the word right
3d Indigenous people wander north over island (6)
MAORIS: Use the reverse (north in a down clue) of a word meaning wander. Add one of the abbreviations for the word Island
4d Container that’s brown put outside home, third for recycling (3,3)
TIN CAN: Place a word meaning at home followed by the third letter of the word recycling inside a yellowish brown colour. Or Place a word meaning at home followed by the third letter of the word recycling inside a verb meaning to become browner due to exposure to the sun
5d Business guys reconvened en masse, about fifty (8)
SALESMEN: Anagram (reconvened) of EN MASSE placed around (about) the Roman numeral for fifty
6d Has to go around smart coastal town (8)
HASTINGS: Place the word HAS from the clue around a verb meaning a sharp pain
7d Does wrong, pocketing copper coin (6)
ESCUDO: Anagram (wrong) of DOES which has the chemical element symbol for copper inside it
8d A maiden exploited, unlike a famous queen? (6)
AMUSED: Begin with the letter A form the clue. Add the abbreviation for maiden. Add a verb meaning exploited. The queen mentioned is Victoria. She was not thus.
14d Exhausted wife, a female joining party in NI (6-2)
WASHED-UP: A Lego clue. Build it up bit by bit. Do as the clue suggests and all will be revealed. Start with the abbreviation for Wife. Add the letter A from the clue. Add the feminine pronoun. Add one of the political parties from Northern Ireland. Job done.
15d Out of sorts titaness can be most unpleasant (8)
NASTIEST: Oh, Lordy Lordy. Not another one. Anagram (out of sorts) of TITANESS
16d A situation where some may be brought down to earth (8)
AIRFIELD: A cryptic definition of somewhere a passenger plane might land. A situation being a location.
17d Little girl with emotional state, extreme suffering (8)
DISTRESS: We need to begin with a girl’s name. Not only do we have to choose correctly from the entire list we also have to shorten it as indicated by the word little. If it helps it’s Harry’s Mum. Followed by a state of mental or emotional tension.
18d Road held up with animals hidden under covers (6)
DRAPES: Use the reverse (held up) of an abbreviation for road. Add a load of monkeys
19d Superficial account placed in record folder (6)
FACILE: Place the abbreviation for account inside a document
20d A change of policy said to be needed in military action (6)
ATTACK: Use the letter A from the clue and add a homophone of a change of policy which is itself based upon a sailing manoeuvre
21d Lots of married fools (6)
MASSES: Use the abbreviation for the word married and add a word meaning fools to get a perfect example of 10 across.
Sarries v Exeter tomorrow. I have a ticket. Bring it on.
Quickie Pun: miss+tree=mystery