Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28820
Hints and tips by Senf
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Sunday Friday morning from Winnipeg. Deep Threat is unavailable today so I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle and it is Day 2 of the Best 4 Days of the Year as I am volunteering at a professional golf tournament where the best golfers in the field will be rewarded on Sunday afternoon and, more importantly, funds will be raised to support worthy causes in the local area.
Another Giovanni puzzle, with perhaps some oldies but goodies, providing a very enjoyable end to the work week.
Joint favourites – 10a and 2d.
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1a Both comrades sadly out of action (4,2,6)
HORS DE COMBAT: An anagram (sadly) of BOTH COMRADES.
9a Fellow producing article in Paris about our country (4)
LUKE: One of the definite articles used in France (in Paris) containing (about) the abbreviated form of our country.
10a Involve troublemaker, one Conservative entering after time (9)
IMPLICATE: The usual young troublemaker followed by the single letters for one and Conservative contained by (entering) a single word for after time.
12a Minister of religion is beginning to embrace change (6)
REVISE: One of the abbreviations for a minister of religion, IS from the clue, and the first letter (beginning) of Embrace.
13a Loyalist to begin tackling man and wife (8)
STALWART: A single word for begin containing (tackling) a two letter abbreviation of a man’s name and the single letter for wife.
15a Essential lodger, type who can type (10)
KEYBOARDER: Synonyms of essential and lodger.
16a Model to disapprove of, not given work (4)
POSE: A single word for to disapprove of with the (musical) abbreviation for work removed.
18a Observe one in a bar? (4)
NOTE: A double definition – the bar in the second is musical.
20a More than one celebrity is unreal — I’m knocked for six (10)
LUMINARIES: An anagram (knocked for six) of IS UNREAL I’M.
23a Stones thrown by mere lads (8)
EMERALDS: An anagram (thrown by) of MERE LADS.
24a Maybe worker on paper pursuing beast is presented dramatically (6)
STAGED: Our favourite abbreviated form of a worker on a newspaper following (pursuing) a male member of the deer family.
26a Socialists wanting fruit mostly and fish (3,6)
RED SALMON: A four letter term for socialists followed by a (nutty) fruit with its last letter removed (mostly).
27a Spies looking both ways (4)
SEES: A palindromic (both ways) synonym of looking.
28a Animal husband kept in nasty old pen running free (8,4)
SHETLAND PONY: The single letter for husband contained by (kept in) an anagram (running free) of NASTY OLD PEN.
2d Maybe maidens, getting passionate, went too far (8)
OVERSHOT: Crickety maidens and a three letter synonym of passionate.
3d Attractively thin in general (4)
SLIM: The surname of a General who served in WW1 and WW2.
4d English politician vigorous, putting out line expressing fellow-feeling (10)
EMPATHETIC: The abbreviations for English and a politician followed by a synonym of vigorous with letter for line removed (putting out).
5d Bird with yellow part, one concealed (6) Clue revised online to “Bird with round part, one concealed” as the original version had an R ‘left over’
ORIOLE: A type of the colour yellow followed by a theatrical part containing (concealed) the single letter for one – The revised version gives us the ’round letter’ and a theatrical part, into which is inserted (concealed) the single letter that looks like a number one
6d A daughter in shout of acclaim shows bluster (7)
BRAVADO: A shout of acclaim (often heard, for example, at an opera) containiong (in) the letter A from the clue and the single letter for daughter.
7d One’s opponents in a land beyond? (3,5,4)
THE OTHER SIDE: A fairly obvious double definition.
8d Scrutiny of nasty loveless voyeurs (6)
SURVEY: An anagram (nasty) of VoYEURS with the letter that can represent love removed.
11d What Lothario leaves behind? He’s rat, possibly! (6,6)
BROKEN HEARTS: A description of an anagram (possibly) of HE’S RAT.
14d Worker on field has nasty dung on arms (10)
GROUNDSMAN: An anagram (nasty – Oops! – second use of nasty as an anagram indicator) of DUNG ON ARMS.
17d Quiet worker is devoted to a cause (8)
PARTISAN: The musical letter for quiet and a type of (skilled) worker.
19d Lever altered, made loose (7)
TREADLE: An anagram (made loose) of ALTERED.
21d Fires created by one beginning to end (6)
INGLES: A synonym of one with its first letter moved to become its last letter (beginning to end).
22d Actress giving bishop a visit (6)
BACALL: The single letter for bishop, A from the clue, and a synonym of visit (said actress was married to Humphrey Bogart).
25d Lose temper with little son needing sleep (4)
SNAP: The single letter for son followed by (needing) a synonym for sleep.
The Quick Crossword pun: MINER+CANNON=MINOR CANON
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