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DT 28809

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28809

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This puzzle was published on 4th August 2018

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An unusual Saturday Prize Puzzle experience, in that I enjoyed the solve, which I thought had some nice quirky elements and the smile-inducing 28a, more than the blog writing, not least because I had to repeat myself several times

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1a    When my speech is written, they should mark my words (8,6)
INVERTED COMMAS – a cryptic definition of the marks put round written speech

10a    Charlie dances about following parking for reduced rate (4-5)
HALF-PRICE – An anagram (dances) of CHARLIE goes ‘about’ abbreviations for Following and Parking

11a    Fine old instrument used to make glass (5)
FLUTE – F (fine) LUTE (old instrument)

12a    Labour carrying in loud chef’s essential item? (7)
TINFOIL – TOIL (labour) ‘carrying’ IN (from the clue) and F (loud, musical term)

13a    Note that one may leave quickly after hanky-panky (4-2)
POST-IT – POST (after) IT (sex, hanky-panky)

15a    Boyhood’s occasionally misplaced, coming from east London area (4)
SOHO – A reversal (coming from the east in an Across clue) of the even letters only (occasionally misplaced) of bOyHoOdS

17a    Vacant sty pens worried pet chicken (7-3)
SCAREDY-CAT – The outside letters (vacant) of StY ‘pens’ CARED (worried), the result followed by a pet CAT

18a    Tense and bitter after arrest (4-6)
NAIL-BITING – BITING (bitter) goes after NAIL (arrest)

20a    Amber nectar insect’s found by river (4)
BEER – BEE (insect) found by R (river)

22a    Loves wearing different red suits, plus spectacles for a spell (6)
HOODOO – Two different uses for the letter O here, firstly O O (loves plural) ‘wearing’ the abbreviations for the two red suits in a pack of cards – H (hearts) and D (diamonds. Two further Os which look like spectacles (well they do in crosswordland anyway) follow.

23a    A portrait may be this high and mighty (5-2)
STUCK-UP – An informal expression meaning snobbish and arrogant could describe what you could have done with a portrait.

26a    Article should be wrapped in less plastic, in which 10a items could go (5)
SALES – A (indefinite article) ‘should be wrapped’ or inserted into an anagram (plastic) of LESS

27a    Power lies with Europe manoeuvring around as it’s hard to see through (3-6)
PEA-SOUPER – P (power) inserted into an anagram (manoeuvring) the result going round AS (from the clue)

28a    Wobbly bodies seen in these? (8,6)


2d    Material from US city underwritten by 50% of capital (5)
NYLON – NY (New York, US city) underwritten by, or going on top of in a Down clue) LONdon (50% of our capital city)

3d    Appoint this person that’s come up with scheme (6)
EMPLOY – A reversal (that’s come up in a Down clue) of ME (this person) followed by PLOY (scheme)

4d    Smashed particle — it becomes more than double (10)
TRIPLICATE – An anagram (smashed) of PARTICLE IT

5d    Wild animal or something at the water’s edge, looking up (4)
DEER – A reversal (looking up in a Down clue) of REED (something at the water’s edge) Anyone who solved the NTSPP last Saturday will have noticed that Chalicea did something very similar in reverse!

6d    Motorway exit where tractors should go? (3-4)
OFF-ROAD – Here tractors go on the roads too – this clue relies on you describing a motorway exit as an OFF ROAD

7d    Looks painful, having ring inserted in facial feature (9)
MOUSTACHE – MUST ACHE (looks painful) having an O (ring) inserted

8d    Weekly magazine’s laid on wine for Wimbledon tennis perhaps (9,5)
SPECTATOR SPORT – SPECTATORS (weekly magazine’s) PORT (wine)

9d    Pictures, strangely shiny, set in process that gives everything more life (14)
PHOTOSYNTHESIS – PHOTOS (pictures) followed by an anagram (strangely) of SHINY SET

14d    Nuts attached to bonnet maybe limiting force in part of engine (10)
CRANKSHAFT – CRANKS (nuts) attached to HAT (bonnet maybe) ‘limiting’ or having inserted F (force)

16d    Masses hit oil pool with no time to deviate (3,6)
HOI POLLOI – An anagram (to deviate) of HIt OIL POOL once you have removed the T (no time)

19d    British getting over defeat order something pink and frothy? (7)
BLOSSOM – B (British) LOSS (defeat) OM (Order of Merit)

21d    Lots of squares taking in arrangements of basic numbers — it’s puzzling (6)
SUDOKU – A cryptic description of something Mr CS puzzles over regularly – give me a crossword anytime!

24d    In Moscow, change on the rise awoke poker-faced guards (5)
KOPEK – Lurking in reverse (on the rise in a Down clue) in awoKE POKer

25a    Frank in love with writer (4)
OPEN – O (love) PEN (writer)

5 comments on “DT 28809

    1. You’ve changed your alias again – both this one and your full name one should work from now on

      Can I blame the heat and an infection for the error which I actually thought I’d spotted myself and corrected? Probably not, but I’ll sort it now

    2. They were inverted commas at my junior school and became quotation marks at my senior school. I had not heard the term inverted commas since then

      1. Inverted commas was what we always used. I think quotation marks came from America, what RD would call an Americanism. I think the older you are, the more likely you are to use inverted commas.

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