Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28816
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
I found this puzzle from Dada rather tough but very enjoyable. I quite like his style and often solve his puzzles in The Grauniad.
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1a Bound to break track record in competition (11)
SHOWJUMPING: Place a word meaning to bound or leap inside a word meaning one’s place in a sporting or other contest
10a Cool river for big animal (5)
HIPPO: Cool as in down and dirty with the sweet young things. The river exists only in northern Italy where it is severely depleted by drought
11a Feeling — touch (9)
SUSPICION: A double definition both nouns.
12a Juvenile error loading old weapon (9)
STRIPLING: The old weapon is what David used to slay Goliath. This includes a verb meaning to stumble often followed by the word up
13a Star sign’s last — might one go after the fishes? (5)
HERON: This star is a person much admired for their courage. He precedes the last letter of the word sign. One of these regularly visits our river.
14a A painful thing admitting hospital afloat no longer? (6)
ASHORE: Begin with the letter A generously donated by our erudite setter. Add a painful place on one’s body. Bung in the abbreviation for Hospital.
16a Split by a pass, flankers in live game (8)
LACROSSE: Split 1,5 we need a pass of the ball from the wings to the centre close to the goal. This is placed within the outer letters (flankers) of the word LivE
18a Witness old boy with tennis player, perhaps? (8)
OBSERVER: Begin with the abbreviation for an old boy of some school or other (why anybody wants to have any more to do with school once one has left is beyond me). Add the chap or the grunter hitting the ball at the start of each game in a tennis match. I doubt that Miss J Hunter Dunn grunted whilst playing tennis
Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn,
Furnish’d and burnish’d by Aldershot sun,
What strenuous singles we played after tea,
We in the tournament – you against me!
Love-thirty, love-forty, oh! weakness of joy,
The speed of a swallow, the grace of a boy,
With carefullest carelessness, gaily you won,
I am weak from your loveliness, Joan Hunter Dunn.
Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, Miss Joan Hunter Dunn,
How mad I am, sad I am, glad that you won,
The warm-handled racket is back in its press,
But my shock-headed victor, she loves me no less.
Her father’s euonymus shines as we walk,
And swing past the summer-house, buried in talk,
And cool the verandah that welcomes us in
To the six-o’clock news and a lime-juice and gin.
The scent of the conifers, sound of the bath,
The view from my bedroom of moss-dappled path,
As I struggle with double-end evening tie,
For we dance at the Golf Club, my victor and I.
On the floor of her bedroom lie blazer and shorts,
And the cream-coloured walls are be-trophied with sports,
And westering, questioning settles the sun,
On your low-leaded window, Miss Joan Hunter Dunn.
The Hillman is waiting, the light’s in the hall,
The pictures of Egypt are bright on the wall,
My sweet, I am standing beside the oak stair
And there on the landing’s the light on your hair.
By roads “not adopted”, by woodlanded ways,
She drove to the club in the late summer haze,
Into nine-o’clock Camberley, heavy with bells
And mushroomy, pine-woody, evergreen smells.
Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, Miss Joan Hunter Dunn,
I can hear from the car park the dance has begun,
Oh! Surrey twilight! importunate band!
Oh! strongly adorable tennis-girl’s hand!
Around us are Rovers and Austins afar,
Above us the intimate roof of the car,
And here on my right is the girl of my choice,
With the tilt of her nose and the chime of her voice.
And the scent of her wrap, and the words never said,
And the ominous, ominous dancing ahead.
We sat in the car park till twenty to one
And now I’m engaged to Miss Joan Hunter Dunn.
20a Sweet animal, reportedly (6)
MOUSSE: The dessert is a sickly smooth light mass in which the main ingredient is whipped cream and egg white. The animal is an elk.
23a Topping in cake is not gooey, initially (5)
ICING: This topping is formed by using the initial letters of five consecutive words in the clue. The answer is as sickly as the one above.
24a Scoffing ten, bun eater remarkably buoyant (9)
EXUBERANT: Anagram (remarkably) of BUN EATER including (scoffing) the letter which represents ten in Roman Numerals
26a Dusk near, female given shelter by giant (9)
NIGHTFALL: Begin with a noun meaning near. Find a synonym for the word giant (or just a bit bigger than average) insert the abbreviation for female.
27a Story penned by an outsider (5)
ALIEN: A story or fib is placed inside the word an from the clue
28a Add one litre, tap turning (11)
INTERPOLATE: This is a new word for me and nearly (only nearly mind) had me reaching out for a pencil and paper. The answer is an anagram (turning) of ONE LITRE TAP
2d That woman, employing leaders in youth programme, becomes very excited (5)
HYPER: The initial letters of the words youth programme are placed inside a pronoun meaning a female
3d Monster fiction? (7)
WHOPPER: A double definition both of which are reminiscent of comics from the fifties and sixties
4d Guy loses coat, and is strangely silent (6)
UNSAID: Begin with the U from the word guy minus its outer letters (loses coat) Add an anagram (strangely) of AND IS
5d Student getting good in pub game, operation looking up (8)
POSTGRAD: Place the abbreviation for good inside a once popular pub game involving small pointed missiles and a circular target with numbered divisions. Add the abbreviation for operation. Reverse what you have as indicated by the word up
6d In Brunei, the regime is not one thing nor the other (7)
NEITHER: The answer lies within the words of the clue lurking with intent.
7d Book, first of several in the hairdressing establishment belonging to Scotsman? (13)
THESSALONIANS: Begin with the word THE from the clue. Add the first letter of several. Add what a hairdresser works from. Add a regular crosswordland Scotsman’s name along with the letter that attributes ownership of goods to him. The book is one from the Holy Bible
8d Terrible joints, we hear, for those writing regularly (8)
DIARISTS: Split 4,6 (yes I know there are only eight letters in the answer, bear with me here) we have a word meaning dreadful (think Mark Knopfler’s old group) and the joints connecting your hands to your arms. Said quickly these two words sound like (reportedly) people who write daily journals.
9d Various units entering flat (13)
UNINTERESTING: Anagram (various) of UNITS ENTERING. This one did not have me almost reaching for a pencil.
15d Seaside town is obliged to cover up swindle (8)
HASTINGS: A swindle such as that in the popular old film with the ragtime piano music starring Robert Redford and a bloke whose name I cannot remember is placed inside a verb meaning to be obliged to do a specific thing
17d Make green tea after brewing (8)
GENERATE: Anagram (after brewing) of GREEN TEA
19d Not left off? Absolutely correct (5-2)
RIGHT-ON: Do as the clue says. Not left means the opposite of left. Not off is also its opposite.
21d Garment top of the pile? (7)
OVERALL: This workwear garment could be split 4,3 to suit the second part of the clue
22d Stop being palindromic? (4,2)
PULL UP: A Phrase meaning stop is a palindrome. This means that even without the answer you can add checkers to other clues.
25d Very famous fighter on the way (1-4)
A-LIST: Begin with a famous boxer who last fought in 1981 against a man I met a couple of years ago in Blackpool. Add the abbreviation for a way or public thoroughfare typically lined with houses. Split 1,4 we have what this boxer would have been right at the top of in his lifetime
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Quickie Pun: hiss+tang+bull=Istanbul