Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28807
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from a lovely sunny morning in Los Alcázares. The previous clients in our apartment went home last Monday and the next don’t arrive until tomorrow so we’re having a bit of a holiday. A good idea in view of the heat wave currently gripping Spain. It’s a lot cooler here by the sea than it is in Almoradí where we live.
I don’t know who today’s setter is but, whoever it is, he/she has done a great job. I really enjoyed this puzzle which I found just tricky enough to exercise the brain but not so hard as to fry it which is something the heat wave can do without any assistance.
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1a Is mum‘s seafood chowder out of the ordinary? (5,2)
CLAMS UP: Listen very carefully . . . Start with the seafood that is found in chowder and then a word for what said chowder is an example of but without the O (out of the Ordinary) and then split it (5,2) and you’ll get a phrase which means IS MUM as in keeps quiet. A tricky one to start with a well-concealed definition.
5a Mean goblin bashed elf’s head (7)
IGNOBLE: Anagram (bashed) of GOBLIN followed by an E (Elf’s head). This conjurs up a weird mental image. Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Lord of the Rings.
9a Arab megalomaniac’s not all there (5)
OMANI: This particular Arab is lurking in megalomaniac (not all there). Sorry, couldn’t find a picture of an Arab megalomaniac!
10a Large antelope chasing bat over plateau (9)
TABLELAND: Start with L(arge) and crosswordland’s favourite antelope and put them after (chasing) a reversal (over) of BAT (from the clue).
11a Thoroughly chaotic in Lidl, get close to apoplexy (10)
DILIGENTLY: Anagram (chaotic) of IN LIDL GET followed by a Y (close to apoplexY). I think the setter must have been to the Lidl store here in Los Alcázares as this seems a pretty good description of it.
12a Hammer-wielder having appropriated gold from writer (4)
THOR: This is the hammer-wielder from old Norse mythology. You need to remove (having appropriated) the chemical symbol for gold from a writer
14a Cracking any video game in first excursion (6,6)
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Anagram (cracking) of ANY VIDEO GAME.
18a Camouflaged creatures stay in groups (5,7)
STICK INSECTS: Start with a word for stay or remain, then the IN from the clue and finally some groups of religious people then split that lot (5,7). This creature was the answer to 1a in the very first blog I ever did. It was DT26489 published on 2 March 2011.
21a Have confidence, dance with energy (4)
HOPE: A colloquial term for a dance followed by E(nergy)
22a Information terminal in store, share age (10)
The information terminal is the things in your body which carry your info coded in DNA. Start with a short term for info and then the final letter (terminal in) of storE. Follow that with a share or allotment. Thanks to Gazza et al.
25a Rogue ignores an argument (9)
REASONING: Anagram (rogue) of IGNORES AN.
27a Discredit knight following mass in church (7)
CHEAPEN: Take word for a mass or large pile and insert into (in) an abbreviation for the Church of England and follow with the knight from chess notation.
28a Soldiers, exhausted, went to bed (7)
RETIRED: Some of the usual soldier followed by a word meaning exhausted as in fatigued rather than used up.
1d Grey hollow chimney muffles roaring (6)
CLOUDY: Grey here is referring to the weather. CY (hollow C(himne)Y) goes around (muffles) a word for roaring as in very noisy.
2d Top moral tale potentially fruitful for one growing (6)
ARABLE: Take a moral tale, there’s one about a good Samaritan, and remove the first letter (top)
4d Misled don (3,2)
PUT ON: Double definition. Don as in don an item of clothing.
5d Unevenness of one motorway leads to blooming awful puncture (9)
IMBALANCE: A charade of I (one), M(otorway), BA (leads to Blooming Awful) and a word meaning to puncture, a boil perhaps. The setter has definitely been to Los Alcázares where the motorway road surface leaves something to be desired.
6d Occasion in legend regularly overlooked (4)
NEED: Alternate letters (regularly) from iN lEgEnD.
7d Repaired chair ably, short of arm (8)
BRACHIAL: Anagram (repaired) of CHAIR ABL(y) but without the last letter (short).
8d Approved retailers getting rid of five European diamonds (8)
ENDORSED: You need a word for some retailers and remove the V (five) from the beginning (getting rid of five). Follow that with E(uropean) and D(iamonds).
13d Leaders in government office organised reform (2,8)
GO STRAIGHT: Leaders in Government Office are GO so that’s the first word. The second word means organised as in lined up and the whole lot means to reform as in no longer be a criminal as Norman Stanley Fletcher did in the sequel to Porridge.
16d Chips are all over the place, but not totally global (8)
ASPHERIC: Anagram (all over the place) of CHIPS ARE.
17d Lose timid people outside climbing mountains (8)
MISPLACE: Some timid people placed around (outside) a reversal (climbing in a down clue) of some European mountains.
20d Advanced hospital staff can be found here (6)
ONWARD: If you split the answer (2,4) you get a description of where nurses may be found in a hospital.
24d Lark rising in the afternoon over river (4)
ROMP: Start with the two letters for afternoon then O(ver) and R(iver) and reverse the lot (rising in a down clue).
A lot of blue today but favourite has to be 18a for the memory with 1a and 5d up on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: NIGHT + SCUPPER + TEE = NICE CUP OF TEA