Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28778
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***/****
A very good
Sunday Friday morning from Winnipeg. I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle on a Friday as the final ‘stand-in’ for Deep Threat before he returns from his expedition to who knows where.
Another enjoyable Giovanni puzzle, with some double unches, providing an enjoyable end to the work week.
If the musical hints are not quite to your taste, I can promise you Neil Young when I am back to solving and hinting half a puzzle on Sunday.
Joint favourites – 27a and 7d.
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1a A person may be entitled to start with this (10)
BIRTHRIGHT: A term for entitlement from when one is born.
9a Wreck international organisation over allowing 500 in (4)
UNDO: The abbreviation for an international organization and the single letter for over containing (allowing . . . in) the Roman numeral for 500.
10a Job cancelled with frigidity in public building (4,6)
POST OFFICE: Synonyms for job, cancelled, and frigidity.
11a Most splendid poem about dwelling in a tree? (6)
FINEST: the title of a (Kipling) poem reversed (about) and where a bird sets up home.
12a Very large lady by front of hotel who welcomes guests? (7)
HOSTESS: Two letters that can be used to indicate very large and a fictional (Hardy) lady after (by front of) the single letter for hotel.
15a Small illustration, a ship, by old artist (7)
PICASSO: An abbreviated (small) term for an illustration, A from the clue, the usual two letters for a ship, and the single letter for old.
16a Girl in state of confusion left (5)
HAZEL: A single word that might indicate a state of confusion followed by the single letter for left.
17a Limited number operating — twelve (4)
NOON: A two letter abbreviation (limited) for number and the usual two letter word for operating.
18a Report of rude person in the nude (4)
BARE: A homophone of a word that can be used to describe a rude person.
19a Pale little man declined (5)
WANED: A synonym of pale and the two letter abbreviated form of a man’s name.
21a Not taken out, not having the time? (7)
UNDATED: A double definition – the first can mean not having a boy or girl friend.
22a Money paid over period for chemical (7)
REAGENT: A type of payment (money paid) for something that is not owned containing (over) a type of (time) period.
24a Estate could provide facility for refreshment (3,3)
TEA SET: An anagram (could provide) of ESTATE.
27a Principal’s ways of speaking to convey grave things (10)
HEADSTONES: A synonym for principal’s (including the possessive S) and a synonym for ways of speaking.
28a Enjoyable nook with husband out of the way (4)
NICE: A synonym for nook with the single letter for husband removed (out of the way).
29a Somehow he’s angrier getting ready for a show? (10)
REHEARSING: An anagram (somehow) of HE’S ANGRIER.
2d Knowing about home side at The Oval (2,2)
IN ON: The two letter word for (at) home and a crickety side.
3d That’s bad university teacher putting off men repeatedly (3-3)
TUT-TUT: A university teacher with (military) men removed (putting off) and repeated.
4d Devil-may-care group of fliers — brill? (7)
RAFFISH: A (military) group of fliers and what brill is a type of.
5d Win one more time with leader absent (4)
GAIN: A single word for one more time with the first letter removed (leader absent).
6d Plant person on field to get stuck into work (7)
TREFOIL: The short form of a match official contained by (to get stuck into) a synonym for work – the answer is also the symbol for a youth organization.
7d Downplay what citizens of repressive regime are? (10)
UNDERSTATE: As (5,5) the answer can describe citizens of a repressive regime.
8d Argue against prisoner time and time again wanting to keep dog? (10)
CONTROVERT: The three letter synonym for prisoner, the single letter for time twice (again) containing (wanting to keep) a dog’s name.
12d Language in Indian huts possibly? (10)
HINDUSTANI: An anagram of INDIAN HUTS.
13d What offers an ‘edgy’ performance accompanied by music? (5,5)
SWORD DANCE: A type of dance frequently performed ‘north of the bortder’.
14d Boy in holy band getting healthy food? (5)
SALAD: The two letter abbreviation of a religious organization and a synonym for boy which when written as (2,3) suggests a boy as a member of said organisation.
15d Safe foundation for church (5)
PETER: A double definition – the first is a synonym for a safe.
19d What settles the clothes being put on outside (7)
WEATHER: A single word for clothes being put on containing (outside) THE from the clue.
20d Dad swimming with ease? He wouldn’t be, in this lake! (4,3)
DEAD SEA: An anagram (swimming with) of DAD and EASE.
23d Georgia slouches awkwardly in dances (6)
GALOPS: The abbreviation for the US state of Georgia and a synonym of slouches awkwardly (I think).
25d Club with hot tub (4)
BATH: A synonym of club with the single letter for hot.
25d Scottish location in which to plant a vegetable (4)
BEAN: A Scottish location containing (in which to plant) A from the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun: BEAT+ROUX=BE TRUE