Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28866
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good
Sunday Wednesday morning from Winnipeg. This is the first of four Wednesdays that the 2 Kiwis are not available so I get another opportunity to solve and hint a complete puzzle.
Another delightful Jay puzzle, with perhaps some oldies but goodies, providing a very enjoyable, not overly difficult (I thought) mid-week diversion.
Candidates for favourite – 21a, 9d, and 25d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Turn to collect greeting cards late (10)
BEHINDHAND: A synonym of a type of turn containing (collecting) a two letter greeting, followed by a term for a number of (playing) cards.
6a Check store, needing time for hotel (4)
STOP: A synonym for store with the single letter for time replacing the letter phonetically represented by hotel.
10a Fighting in the outskirts of Stamford for such an area of land (5)
SWARD: The term for a prolonged period of fighting contained by (in) the first and last (outskirts) letters of StamforD.
11a Docking and showing full particulars? (9)
DETAILING: A double definition the first refers to a ‘veterinary procedure.’
12a Expand upon scream after escape that’s curtailed (5,3)
FLESH OUT: A synonym of escape, as a verb, with its last letter removed (curtailed) followed by a synonym of scream.
13a Cereal offered by women with passion (5)
WHEAT: The single letter for women and a synonym of passion.
15a Conducted bag search thoroughly (7)
RANSACK: Synonyms of conducted and bag.
17a What might come after Welsh theatre assistant? (7)
DRESSER: Can be an item of furniture.
19a Weapon offered by listener in company (7)
FIREARM: One of the organs of hearing contained by (in) a synonym of company.
21a Leaves prisoner clutching one, besieged by enemy (7)
FOLIAGE: Not the usual three letter synonym of prisoner containing (clutching) the single letter for one, all contained (besieged) by a synonym of enemy.
22a Gather popular whistle-blower’s back (5)
INFER: The usual short synonym for popular and a match official reversed (back).
24a Grabs walking aids after changing sides (8)
CLUTCHES: Walking aids (used by someone with a leg injury) with the letter for a side changed for the other letter for a side.
27a Help incorporating standard article shows discrimination (9)
APARTHEID: A synonym of help containing (incorporating) a synonym for standard and a definite article.
28a Financial arrangement bound to be reported? (5)
TRUST: A homophone (to be reported) of a synonym of bound.
29a Realise student must abandon study (4)
EARN: A synonym of study with the letter that might be used for a student removed (must abandon).
30a Gave water to soldiers before unusually dry heat finally dissipated (10)
REHYDRATED: The abbreviation of an Army Corps, an anagram (unusually) of DRY HEAT, and the last letter (finally) of dissipateD.
1d Defeat the pick of the bunch (4)
BEST: A straightforward double definition.
2d The man Ireland changed is top of the bill (9)
HEADLINER: The male pronoun and an anagram of IRELAND.
3d Pressed, once set up, to expose such lumps (5)
NODES: A reverse (set up) lurker (to expose).
4d Total invested in white wine and fish (7)
HADDOCK: A synonym of total contained by (invested in) a white wine.
5d Academic set up outside gallery and wrote music (7)
NOTATED: A type of academic reversed and containing (set up outside) the usual gallery.
7d String theory’s first success with energy (5)
TWINE: The first letter of Theory, a synonym of success, and the single letter for energy.
8d Summon artist, producing an absorbing book (4-6)
PAGE-TURNER: A synonym for summon and an 18th/19th century artist.
9d Fair offering from a VIP? (3,5)
BIG WHEEL: A double definition, the first is a fairground attraction.
14d Extravagant tip a golfer developed (10)
PROFLIGATE: An anagram (developed) of TIP A GOLFER.
16d Haste required, needing endless walk right through a city (8)
ALACRITY: Remove both end letters (endless) of wALk and follow what is left with the single letter for right contained by (through) A and CITY from the clue.
18d Steps used in clubs, say, for what to wear when atmosphere is lacking (9)
SPACESUIT: The word that describes (say) what clubs are one of in a set of four containing (used in) a synonym of steps.
20d Partner impounding short cook’s big knife (7)
MACHETE: A synonym of partner containing (impounding) a synonym of a cook with the last letter removed (short).
21d Came across empty refinery or factory (7)
FOUNDRY: A single word for came across and the ends of (empty) RefinerY.
23d Genius just crossing line (5)
FLAIR: A synonym of just containing (crossing) the single letter for line.
25d Supply food for two queens (5)
CATER: A furry queen and HM.
26d Stallion‘s set guide, wanting regulars (4)
STUD: Select some (wanting regulars) evenly spaced letters form the rest of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun: FASTEN+EIGHT=FASCINATE