Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28774
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1a Party splits on script being manipulated — who’s responsible? (4,6)
SPIN DOCTOR: A two-lettered word for a party splits an anagram (being manipulated) of ON SCRIPT
6a Smile that’s supportive (4)
BEAM: A double definition
9a Stop claiming rotten giblets okay to eat (10)
DIGESTIBLE: A word meaning to pass away (stop) has an anagram (rotten) of GIBLETS inside it (claiming)
10a Helpful type (4)
KIND: Another double definition
12a Palm beginning to sway in the past (4)
SAGO: Take the beginning letter of the word sway and add a word meaning in the past.
13a Church dealt with arch in disrepair (9)
CATHEDRAL: Anagram (in disrepair) of DEALT with ARCH
15a Sceptical, a number turning back on little jerk (8)
AGNOSTIC: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Reverse a number, in this case not numeric but a number such as Ed Sheeran might croon. Add a short jerky movement
16a Protected by faith, a Catholic Greek island (6)
ITHACA: A word hidden within (protected by) the words of the clue
18a Head’s part in place of worship (6)
TEMPLE: A double definition. A part of the head between the forehead and the ear
20a Media reporting finished in prison (8)
COVERAGE: Place a word meaning finished inside a word that can mean a prison or to imprison
23a Constellation wonderful and simple, did you say? (5,4)
GREAT BEAR: The common name for the constellation Ursa Major. A synonym for wonderful followed by a homophone (sound alike) of an adjective which means basic and simple
24a Country in Vanuatu reported back (4)
PERU: A word hidden within (in) the words of the clue. To make it harder to find it is reversed (reported back)
26a River course has eighteen of these (4)
TEES: The name of a river. A full-sized golf course will have eighteen of these features.
27a Conductor hearing German songs that are forbidden? (10)
BANDLEADER: The conductor of a musical group is made up of two homophones split 4,6 The first is a homophone of a word meaning forbidden or taboo. The second is a homophone of a type of German song of which Schubert was a great proponent
28a Take out fruit (4)
DATE: A double definition the first being a romantic appointment
29a Unpopular day, interminable (10)
FRIENDLESS: Begin with a three-lettered abbreviation for one of the days of the week. Add a synonym of the word interminable
1d Team sounded exasperated in report? (4)
SIDE: Yet another homophone clue. Another word for a team sounds the emission of a long deep audible breath.
2d Fix every second of six ‘Nigeria’ signs (7)
INGRAIN: Every Second letter of the last three words in the clue.
3d Sad record on well past midnight? (12)
DISCONSOLATE: Begin with another word for a record. Add the word ON from the clue. Now add two words 2,4 than can mean well after midnight.
4d Repeated feature cheers (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN: The feature is facial. Used twice it has the same meaning as cheers when drinking
5d Nothing boring ending on plate recently (2,4)
OF LATE: A three-part charade. 1. The letter that looks like nothing. 2. A synonym for boring or dull. 3. The end letter of the word plate
7d Nation tearier after collapse? (7)
ERITREA: Anagram (after collapse) of TEARIER
8d Lead shot penetrating those causing irritation in medieval times (6,4)
MIDDLE AGES: An anagram (shot) of LEAD is placed between (penetrating) those blasted insects that cause misery to those in Scotland at this time of year
11d Prominent image screened, part blurred (6,6)
CENTRE SPREAD: Anagram (blurred) of SCREENED PART
14d List of actors I shut up, reprimanded (10)
CASTIGATED: A three-part charade. 1. A list of actors 2. The letter I from the clue. 3. A word meaning confined to college.
17d Breakfast that’s served inside? (8)
PORRIDGE: A slang term for prison is also a breakfast staple
19d Actress using post to tether sheep (3,4)
MAE WEST: A female sheep is placed inside a post used to sling sails from on a ship
21d Shorten a violin part (7)
ABRIDGE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the part of the violin that supports the strings at the correct height
22d Regarding couple, make good (6)
REPAIR: Start with a word meaning regarding. Add a couple or a twosome
25d Flower from Dublin possibly, cut (4)
IRIS: The Nationality of one from Dublin becomes a flower when its last letter is removed (cut)
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