Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28766
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from a warm and sunny Los Alcázares where I’m having a few days break and standing in for Deep Threat today. I’m not certain but I’ve a feeling I’ve blogged a Friday puzzle back in the days when Gazza was the regular Man Friday. Anyway it makes a pleasant change from my usual Thursday fare.
We have here a fairly typical Giovanni puzzle with a couple of tricky bits and a couple of religious bits but there’s enough gimmes to get you going. Overall I reckon it’s about average difficulty for a back pager and I really enjoyed it so it was ***/**** for me. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone agrees.
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 Cold sort of teacher, head showing ill temper (10)
CRABBINESS: C(old) followed by a Jewish teacher and finally the common crosswordland head as in headland.
6a Fashionable little bird losing its tail (4)
CHIC: A newly hatched bird without its last letter (losing its tail).
9a Broadcast supporting the old man not allowed out (10)
PROPAGATED: A charade of three letters meaning supporting, not FOR but the other one, your old man and a word meaning not being allowed out of a school such as Eton.
12a Boy eating beefburger ultimately becoming fat (4)
LARD: Take a word for a young boy and insert (eating) an R (beefburgeR ultimately).
13a Author‘s holy book I want badly (4,5)
MARK TWAIN: The first name of this author is one of the Gospels (holy book) and the second name is an anagram (badly) of I WANT.
15a Criminal taken in by parson is transformed (8)
ARSONIST: A lurker (taken in by) in the last three words of the clue.
16a Djibouti’s leading character is this (6)
SILENT: A cryptic definition describing the letter D in the word Djibouti (leading character). It could also describe the K in Know or the pee in swimming. Last one in and more damage to the tea tray!
18a Strikes — so politician must get stuck in (6)
THUMPS: Take a word meaning SO and insert the usual two letter politician.
20a More sensitive, suppressing expression of pain in row (8)
TOUCHIER: What you might say if something hurt inserted (suppressing . . . in) into a row, of theatre seats perhaps.
23a Cheat who may have a heart hidden away? (4-5)
CARD SHARP: This cheat may also have a club, spade or diamond hidden away as well.
24a Seaside town journey being reported (4)
RYDE: This seaside town on the Isle of Wight sounds like (reported) a journey on a horse or bicycle perhaps.
26a Servant in front half of magnificent parades (4)
PAGE: You need to think of a word for some magnificent parades and the first half of the letters are this servant.
27a Eager to proceed, I had to carry on (10)
PASSIONATE: Start with a word which can mean to proceed (4) and follow it with “I had” as in “I had my dinner” and into that lot insert (to carry) the ON from the clue.
29a Sound excellent in cranium — due to this? (7,3)
Cryptic definition of A sound, of a bell perhaps, and two letters for excellent are inserted into another word for your cranium and then split (7,3) to get something which helps your ears work better. Thanks for the tip Gazza, but it’s still hard to hint without using the first word of the answer.
2d Socially awkward types ask to be moved when girl comes in (7)
ANORAKS: Anagram (to be moved) of ASK with a girl’s name inserted (comes in).
3d Requirement for a jet-setter to get on? (8,4)
BOARDING PASS: Cryptic definition of something you need to get on an aircraft. On first pass I put CARD for the second word which made 23a a tad tricky!
4d Close thing in inlet, one in loch (4,4)
NEAR MISS: A word for an inlet of the sea and I (one) inserted into a loch which has the monster. The answer here was pretty obvious but the parsing took a couple of minutes to spot the inlet.
5d Reticent to admit sin produced by drink (6)
SHERRY: Take a word meaning reticent or coy and insert (to admit) a word meaning to sin or make a mistake.
7d A laugh about English type of transport (7)
HAULAGE: Anagram (about) of A LAUGH followed by E(nglish).
8d Restrictions ripped apart in retail outlet (5,5)
CHAIN STORE: Take some restrictions as in fetters (6) and then a word meaning ripped apart, or at least ripped. Split that lot (5,5) to get the answer.
14d What could be going or gone as part of our language (10)
PARTICIPLE: Cryptic definition of the parts of a verb represented by GOING and GONE. GOING is the present one and GONE the past.
17d Company problem involving male, a sort of ‘key worker’? (8)
COMPOSER: The usual company followed by a problem with M(ale) inserted (involving). I quite like the slightly tongue-in-cheek definition here.
21d State of Asian country area (7)
INDIANA: Of Asian country, not the country itself but someone who comes from it, followed by A(rea) gives you a US state
22d Wise person carrying English Bible — hoping to convert me? (6)
SAVAGE: Take a wise person and insert the two letter abbreviation of the King James Bible to get someone a Christian missionary might be hoping to convert to Christianity. I like this as it’s almost an all-in-one.
25d Turn taking bishop to close (4)
BEND: B(ishop) followed by a word meaning close or finish.
Quite a lot of blue today but my favourite was 16a for the tea tray moment when I finally twigged it. Also on the podium are 17d and 22d.
Not sure about the Quickie pun but here’s my guess, any better guesses gratefully accepted:-
Quick crossword pun: BEAK + HOOD = BE GOOD