Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28750
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Mrs MP and I enjoyed a great day out in Twickenham on Saturday. A beer, An Italian meal. A walk by the river opposite Eel Pie Island watching the eights rowing by. Another pint at The Barmy Arms followed by the walk to the stadium and the game itself. Perfect. Congratulations to Saracens upon their victory on Saturday in the sunshine. Thanks to Liam Gallagher for the thumbs up to Coventry last night in the War Memorial Park. Good luck to The Sky Blues at Wembley today.
Oh, the crossword, blooming lovely. A pleasure to solve. I believe it is one from Chris Lancaster. None too difficult and a belter of a clue at 1 across.
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1a Upset as dog eats pet snails (10)
GASTROPODS: Place an anagram (upset) of AS DOG around (eats) a pet. Not the sort of pet you pat. The pet that is a bad mood or temper.
6a Run exclusive Sun originally missed (4)
COOP: A journalistic exclusive (and the title of a book by Evelyn Waugh) minus its first letter (Sun originally missed)
9a Scratch some flawless cufflinks (5)
SCUFF: A lurker. The answer is hidden amongst the words in the clue.
10a Dull article, one penned by prisoner (9)
INANIMATE: Place a two-lettered article and the letter that looks like the number one inside a common term for a prisoner
12a Wild West action with old actor (5,8)
CLINT EASTWOOD: An anagram (wild) of WEST ACTION OLD should lead you to an actor known for playing a part in daft spaghetti westerns
14a Second one climbing quickly? (6-2)
RUNNER-UP: A double definition, the first describing the person coming second in a race.
15a Gangster twin heard working? It might add colour (6)
CRAYON: A homophone based upon the surname of sixties twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald is followed by a short term meaning working
17a Start of showers and terrible April wind (6)
SPIRAL: Begin with the initial or start letter of showers and add an anagram (terrible) of APRIL.
19a Invest nothing in redevelopment of premium store (8)
EMPORIUM: Anagram (redevelopment of) PREMIUM with the letter O (nothing). You may include the letter O in the anagram which will make the Jo’s easy, or try to solve the anagram and then work out where to place the letter O.
21a In scale for amount of food consumed (13)
PROPORTIONATE: A regular three-part charade. 1. Find a three-letter term meaning for. (the opposite of con) 2. Add an amount of food. A part of a whole. 3. Add a synonym for consumed. The past participle of eat
24a Delight bear (9)
TRANSPORT: A rather nice double definition, the second being to carry people or goods
25a Cross powerless buccaneer (5)
IRATE: Find a buccaneer, privateer, marauder or corsair and remove the abbreviation for power
26a That man had announced caution (4)
HEED: Sounds like (announced) a contraction of he had.
27a Western bandleader seen in Commonwealth city (10)
WELLINGTON: Begin with the abbreviation for Western. Add one of the Jazz greats. Which one? Edward Kennedy who played Coventry Cathedral in 1966.
1d Oddly glum and quiet outpouring (4)
GUSH: Use the odd numbered letters of the word glum. Add the sound a parent might use to quieten a child
2d A little liquid refreshment before study (7)
SOUPÇON: Begin with a liquid foodstuff made by boiling ingredients together in water. Add the usual crosswordland study. The use of the cedilla in your answer is not compulsory
3d Cool places for rare tigers to play (13)
REFRIGERATORS: Anagram (to play) of FOR RARE TIGERS
4d Engineer put in rot, causing laser emission? (8)
PRINTOUT: Anagram (engineer) of PUT IN ROT
5d Drink before a play (5)
DRAMA: A drink such as a tot of whisky in Scotland followed by the letter A from the clue
7d Speechifying (not loud) in favour of a Conservative (7)
ORATORY: Begin with a three-letter word meaning in favour of. Remove the letter signifying loud in musical notation. Now add the letter A from the clue followed by a term for conservative
8d What writers sometimes assume? (10)
PSEUDONYMS: A cryptic definition of writers’ aliases or pen names
11d Go on, irritate criminal with new questioning (13)
INTERROGATION: Anagram (criminal) of GO ON IRRITATE. Add the abbreviation for new
13d Religious symbol on bed could make someone grumpy (10)
CROSSPATCH: Begin with the religious symbol for Christianity. Add a synonym for a bed in an allotment garden perhaps. Together they make a word which describes today’s hinter if he is allowed to get hungry
16d The setter’s deadly and forever going on (8)
IMMORTAL: Split 2,6 this is how a setter might declare that he is subject to death. Contracted into one word the answer means living forever, never dying or decaying
18d Separate admission of tardiness with minutes vanishing (7)
ISOLATE: Split 2,2,4, how one might admit tardiness; then drop the abbreviation for minutes
20d Bill to support popular former partner? That’s rough (7)
INEXACT: We have a bill set in law by parliament. We have a synonym for popular which is regularly used by setters and a former partner (husband wife boyfriend girlfriend) also regularly used by setters. The clue suggests the order you need to put them in
22d Cut government’s last British unit (1-4)
T-BONE: This cut of steak can be made up from the final or last letter of government. The abbreviation for British and a single unit.
23d Fellow spotted in hide-and-seek (4)
DEAN: As the down clues began with a lurker, so they finish. Happy hunting
Carnival day in downtown LI. Rain forecast as usual.
Quickie pun: Melon+Collie=Melancholy