Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28759
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Hola and welcome to definitely not a RayThursday, he’s in the Toughie seat today. I’ve no idea who the setter is, and maybe it’s just me being a bit of a grumpy old man this morning, but I really didn’t get along with this puzzle. I’ll be interested to see if you all agree.
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 First sign of contentment, marital partner getting plump (6)
CHUBBY: C (first sign of Contentment) followed by a colloquial term for your husband.
4a Stopped benefit coming into home (6)
PAUSED: Another word for benefit (?) inserted into a slang term for your home. What?
8a Means of paying Spooner’s frosty captor (4,4)
GOLD CARD: This sounds like a Spoonerism of a “frosty captor” but the second part isn’t a real word but a homophone with no indication. I dislike Spooner clues in general and especially ones where they include bits that aren’t real words.
10a Return your dreadful uniform (6)
LIVERY: Take an abbreviation of YOUR followed by a word meaning dreadful or wicked and reverse the lot (return).
11a Ladies’ man rejecting 50% of people at university? (4)
STUD: Remove (rejecting) half of the letters from a word for the people studying at university.
12a Ignored cut in price (10)
DISCOUNTED: Double definition.
13a Kitchen appliance beginning to rattle inside, fear griddle’s defective (6,6)
LARDER FRIDGE: R (beginning to Rattle) inserted into (inside) an anagram (defective) of FEAR GRIDDLE. Does anyone actually use this term for a fridge without an icebox?
16a French city by Rhone is desperate for churchgoers (12)
PARISHIONERS: The French capital city followed by an anagram (desperate) of IS RHONE.
20a Attempt to resolve dispute about Charlie’s treatment (10)
MEDICATION: An attempt to resolve a dispute placed around a C (Charlie in the NATO phonetic alphabet) gives some medicine.
21a That’s reflected in heart of benevolent characters (4)
LOVE: The answer to this all-in-one is reversed in the centre of the word BENEVOLENT.
22a Cook endless seabird stew (6)
BRAISE: Anagram (stew) of SEABIR(d) but without the final letter (endless).
23a Sound from turkey eating (8)
GOBBLING: Double definition.
24a Reserved a little fairground stall in school holidays, initially (6)
SHYISH: A fairground stall where your throw balls at coconuts followed by the first letters (initially) of In School Holidays.
25a Liberate secure complex (6)
RESCUE: Anagram (complex) of SECURE.
2d Revoked some sound ideas (5)
UNDID: A lurker lurking in (some) the last two words of the clue.
3d Split in fabric underneath black bag (7)
BLADDER: A split in the fabric of your stocking following (underneath in a down clue) a B(lack).
5d Nobody is in the dark totally (3,4)
ALL TOLD: Nobody is in the dark because everybody has been informed.
6d Figure observed boxing tournament, perhaps (9)
SEVENTEEN: A word meaning observed placed around (boxing) a tournament or at least something that’s happening.
9d Deplorable grids in sets to be reworked (11)
DISTRESSING: Anagram (to be reworked) of GRIDS IN SETS.
14d Treachery of the French place, far from warm welcoming in Italian (9)
DUPLICITY: Start with the French word meaning OF THE and follow with an abbreviation of place. After that you need a word meaning far from warm or very cold and insert (welcoming in) an abbreviation of Italian, vermouth perhaps.
15d Royal holding nothing against region (8)
PROVINCE: Take a royal person, a son of the monarch, and insert (holding) an O (nothing) and the single letter meaning against as in Spurs against Arsenal.
17d People like you are composed, I’d be cross now and then (7)
READERS: Anagram (composed) of ARE followed by the alternate letters (now and then) from I’d be cross. The setter appears to be assuming that I read the paper but the only things in it that I read are the crossword clues and I read those on the website.
18d Worthless cast in Globe (7)
IGNOBLE: Anagram (cast) of IN GLOBE.
19d Gentleman with teaching qualification — flipping rubbish (6)
DEBRIS: Start with a word for a gentleman or Knight of the Realm and then a degree in teaching and reverse the lot (flipping).
21d Shout about one climbing tree (5)
LILAC: A word meaning shout reversed (climbing in a down clue) and placed around an I (about one).
Not my favourite puzzle but it did grow on me a bit while writing the review. My favourite clue was the all-in-one at 21a with 1a and 5d up there on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: MIST + ARTICLE = MISTER TICKLE
If you want to know what this is all about – Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves, published 10 August 1971.