Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28849
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have returned with a bang. After some rather spectacular thunder and seriously torrential rain, like 35mm in 30 minutes, over the last few days the skies have cleared and it’s forecast to get up to 35°C over the weekend. Not bad for late September!
Anyway, to the puzzle . . . It’s a RayT but there’s nothing to really frighten the horses and there’s more than his usual quota of anagrams to get you going. I’m sure even the RayT sceptics will get along with this one.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Celebrates dancing round piano, upright (11)
RESPECTABLE: Anagram (dancing) of CELEBRATES around a P(iano).
11a Report of frozen deluge creating vision problem (9)
EYESTRAIN: Another sounds like clue (report of). The first syllable of the answer sounds like a word for frozen and the second syllable sounds like a deluge of water from the sky. A bit topical around here after the recent weather! At least we didn’t have a deluge of hailstones.
12a Correct current slang for ‘beggar‘ (9)
MENDICANT: A charade of a word for to correct or to put right, the letter for electric current in physics and finally a word meaning slang or jargon.
13a Epic poem is long. It’s also dull, initially (5)
ILIAD: One of the epic poems by Homer is made up of the first letters (initially) of the other words in the clue. It’s certainly long at 15,693 lines but whether it’s dull or not I can’t say as I’ve never read it.
14a United trained to take on Newcastle finally … (6)
TEAMED: Take a word meaning trained or pacified and insert (to take on) an E (NewcastlE finally). It would have been icing on the cake if Newcastle were playing one of the other Uniteds this weekend but unfortunately they’ve got Crystal Palace.
16a … Bury facing new wingers from Arsenal inside (8)
INTERNAL: The usual word for bury followed by (facing) an N(ew) and AL (wingers from ArsenaL).
18a Excess praise one’s Queen rejected (8)
RESIDUAL: You need a word for to praise followed by I (one), the ‘S from the clue and the usual Queen. You now have to reverse the lot (rejected).
20a Consent from top admitting Church doctrine’s first (6)
ACCEDE: Start with the top card in a suit and insert the abbreviation of the Church of England and a D (Doctrine’s first).
26a Improve conditions spreading deeper love endlessly (9)
REDEVELOP: Anagram (spreading) of DEEPER LOV(e) but without the final E (endlessly).
27a East River capsized craft (5)
TRADE: E(ast) and a river in Devon all reversed (capsized).
28a Kill like elite force with crime destroyed (11)
ASSASSINATE: A charade of a two letter word for like, an elite regiment of soldiers, a word for a crime and a word which can mean destroyed or, more likely, consumed.
2d Scoffed feta at beano, regularly (5)
EATEN: Alternate letters (regularly) from feta at beano.
3d Force to accept this compiler twisting proposition (7)
PREMISE: Take a word for to force, with a lever perhaps, and insert (to accept) how the compiler may refer to himself but he’s reversed (twisting).
4d Emperor about right to hold tide back (6)
CAESAR: Start with one of the two letter abouts and an R(ight) and insert (to hold) a word for tide (?) but reversed (back). Not 100% convinced about this word for tide.
5d Warning of drink round around time (8)
ALERTING: Warning here is a verb. You need a common crosswordland drink followed by something round placed around T(ime).
6d Row about dodgy art for gents, perhaps (7)
LATRINE: Another word for a row placed around (about) an anagram (dodgy) of ART.
8d Light playing in arcade (8)
RADIANCE: Anagram (playing) of IN ARCADE.
9d Pure, natural duet moving journalist (13)
UNADULTERATED: Anagram (moving) of NATURAL DUET followed by the usual journalist.
15d Bolts sailors do on empty decks (8)
ABSCONDS: Nothing to do with Jamaican sprinters. It’s bolts as in runs away. Start with some of the usual sailors, don’t forget it’s plural, followed by a word meaning to do as in defraud and finally DS (empty D(eck)S).
17d A small room turned up around lobby — heaven! (8)
VALHALLA: A (from the clue) and an abbreviation of the toilet (small room) reversed (turned up in a down clue) and placed around a word for a lobby or vestibule.
19d Drops containing skin of elder extracts (7)
DERIVES: Drops, as in falls rapidly, placed around (containing) the outer letters (skin of) from EldeR.
21d Punish Conservative over race (7)
CHASTEN: A single letter for conservative placed before (over in a down clue) a word for to race or hurry.
22d Experts of French exercise a school head embraces (6)
ADEPTS: Take the French word for OF and two letters for exercise, not PE but the other one. Around this (embraces) put the A from the clue and an S (School head).
25d Maudling ran Treasury accepting gift (5)
GRANT: A lurker lurking in (accepting) the first three words of the clue.
I thought this one lacked some of the usual sparkle. Not so much blue as usual but fav was 13a with 14a and 25d up there on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: HOST + RILE + EAR = AUSTRALIA