Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28788
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It certainly has been a fascinating time lately in relation to football teams. The goings on in Russia have been interesting enough but we have been totally absorbed by the trials and tribulations of the young Wild Boars team trapped in a cave in Thailand. What a story that has been — so many heroes!
Today’s puzzle took us considerably longer to solve than usual, particularly with a couple of clues in the NE and took us well into four star difficulty time.
We are going to be away next week so another member of the blogging team will have the pleasure of doing the hints for a Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Flower shops to open in suitable environment (7)
PROSPER : The answer is a verb. The first letter of shops is inside a word for suitable or appropriate.
10a Joined revolution, persuaded (7)
COUPLED : A revolution or forceful change of government and then persuaded or guided.
12a Origin of cheap green crop (4)
CRAW : ‘Crop’ here is not something a farmer might grow, it is a body part. We have the first letter of cheap and then green or uncooked.
15a Do okay with daughter kept in (8)
CONFINED : A three letter word for do or swindle, then a synonym for okay and the abbreviation for daughter.
18a Secret sponsor will have opportunity (8)
BACKDOOR : A word for sponsor or support and an opportunity that refers to something that opens.
19a Person who preaches voting system set out by Italy (6)
PRIEST : The voting system is the abbreviation for proportional representation, next the IVR code for Italy and finally an anagram (out) of SET.
22a Set to attack quickly, having changed sides (4)
LAID : Start with a word meaning to attack quickly and change its dextral letter to a sinistral one.
23a Promoted in honour — is he decorated? (9)
NOURISHED : A lurker hiding in the clue. (It took us a while to spot this one)
26a After work, Satie developed drugs (7)
OPIATES : An artistic work and an anagram (developed) of SATIE.
27a Chilled about nature oddly showing dominance (7)
CONTROL : The first third and fifth letters of nature are inside chilled or at a low temperature.
28a Investor representing pal in a bad way (8,7)
SLEEPING PARTNER : An anagram (in a bad way) of REPRESENTING PAL.
1d Reply given by 19 worried about love (7)
RIPOSTE : The letter for the tennis score love is inside an anagram (worried) of the answer to 19a.
2d Pass out seeing court enthralled by case of sedition (5)
SWOON : The first and last letters (case) of sedition surround court in an amatory manner.
3d Independent politician needing relaxation for broadcast is overwhelmed (9)
IMPRESSED : The abbreviations for independent and a politician are followed by a homophone of a word meaning relaxation or ease.
5d Bring on, for instance (8)
OCCASION : A double definition. Bring on is a verb meaning to cause to happen, and ‘instance’ here is a noun for a happening.
6d Boy must accept university honour (4)
LAUD : The abbreviation for university is contained in a synonym for a boy.
7d Dream about love and the French play (9)
TOLERANCE : Play here is a noun meaning give and take. A word for a dream or state of enchantment contains the circle letter for love and a French definite article.
8d Women do weddings, taking some for granted (7)
ENDOWED : Another lurker hiding within the clue.
14d Copy of dossier about line missing from dodgy claims (9)
FACSIMILE : A synonym for a dossier contains an anagram (dodgy) of C(l)AIMS once the abbreviation for line has been removed.
16d Stranger sort of job on the side (9)
FOREIGNER : This sort of job, often called moonlighting, was a new usage to us.
17d Funny business from the departing prodigal? (6-2)
GOINGS-ON : Split the answer 5,3 to understand the wordplay which alludes to a biblical parable.
18d Current producer chaps born to replace leader (7)
BELLOWS : Another word for chaps has its first letter replaced by the abbreviation for born. (We initially had an electric current producer with the same starting letter until we couldn’t make it work).
20d Craftsman employing theologian’s child (7)
TIDDLER : The qualification an academic theologian may have is inside a craftsman who works with ceramic materials.
25d Second, better check (4)
STOP : The abbreviation for second and then better or surpass.
Three in the NE corner – 5d, 7d, and 10a – where we had to work very hard, get our vote for best clues.
Quickie pun county + doubt = counted out