Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28867
Hints and tips by pensionista pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Yep, since my last blog three weeks ago I have become an OAP, (I think that’s probably a code for “grumpy old man”), but the upside is that my first pension payment arrived in the bank yesterday! I can now get bus and train passes and a free trip up the lift to Alicante castle which is well worth seeing if you’re ever in the area.
I don’t know who the setter of this puzzle is but I have a suspicion which I will keep to myself for now to avoid embarrassment. It’s a nice puzzle which I quite enjoyed. Nothing to really frighten the horses and a few anagrams for those that like them as a way into the puzzle.
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 Against Capone, say, law enforcement taking back all wine (12)
VALPOLICELLA: Start with the single letter for against followed by the first name of Mr Capone the gangster. After that you need the people who enforce the law and finally the word ALL from the clue but reversed (back). When you’ve done all that you’ll get an Italian wine.
10a Fish leaving current location (5)
PLACE: Take an edible flatfish and remove (leaving) the symbol for electric current.
11a Old engineer set back advanced capital city (6)
OTTAWA: O(ld) followed by a reversal (set back) of a famous Scottish engineer and finally A(dvanced) will give the capital city where our blogger Falcon lives.
15a Switch off broadcast about Bletchley Park workplace beginning to drag (4,4)
SHUT DOWN: A word for broadcast or spread is placed around (about) the type of building where the work was done at Bletchley Park and a D (beginning to Drag).
18a Arboreal rodent bit guards an hour after noon (8)
CHIPMUNK: A bit or piece is placed around (guards) a way of writing the first hour of the afternoon. I don’t see that these rodents are arboreal as they live in burrows and the BRB has “mainly terrestrial”.
19a Wicked people taking king away from companions (6)
FIENDS: Take the usual letter for King out of a word for companions or pals.
21a Flag hung — sail at sea (8)
LANGUISH: Anagram (at sea) of HUNG SAIL.
23a Cut last pieces of fig roll, one creation of Mr Kipling (6)
MOWGLI: Nothing to do with exceedingly good cakes but a literary creation of the other Mr Kipling. It’s a word for cut, the grass perhaps, followed by the final letters (last pieces of) fiG rolL and finally the letter that looks like one.
26a Dug up object in auditorium (5)
MINED: This word for dug up sounds like (in auditorium) a word meaning to object or be unhappy about.
27a Restricting liquor, ultimately managed to reverse being in debt (9)
NARROWING: You need an R (liquoR ultimately) and a word for managed and reverse it (to reverse) and follow with a word meaning “being in debt”. Nothing to do with an IOU for once.
1d Reduction in degeneracy, Conservative’s success (7)
VICTORY: A word for degeneracy without its last letter (reduction in) followed by a Conserative.
2d Vaulted lodge lacking interior fitting (5)
LEAPT: A word which might mean lodge, as in be located, but without its central letter (lacking interior) followed by a word for fitting or suitable.
3d With controlling position following cricket deliveries hit for six (9)
OVERWHELM: W(ith) followed by a controlling position, on a yacht perhaps, is placed after (following) the word for six deliveries in cricket.
4d Oddly ignored big riot, centre of Santa Fe (4)
IRON: The even letters (oddly ignored) from BIG RIOT followed by the middle letter (centre of) Santa gives the element for which the chemical symbol is Fe. Nicely concealed definition.
5d Cover the news travelling around area (8)
ENSWATHE: Anagram (travelling) of THE NEWS around A(rea).
6d Welcome being ahead on racing circuit, say (3,2)
LAP UP: A way of describing someone who’s ahead on a racing circuit because he’s been round one more time than everyone else.
7d Haggard oarsman going north in vessel (8)
CAREWORN: Take another word for an oarsman and reverse him (going north in a down clue) and then place him in a vessel which might contain baked beans or beer perhaps.
8d Defeated second-rate English/American team with a man down? (6)
BEATEN: A charade of the letter for second class, E(nglish, A(merican) and a football team who’s a man down.
14d Petty Officer, clueless, heartless and pitiable (8)
POIGNANT: Start with the abbreviation of Petty Officer and follow with a word meaning clueless or unknowing without its middle two letters (heartless).
17d Popular when seen drunk, to some extent (2,1,5)
IN A SENSE: Start with the usual popular, then a word meaning when and an anagram (drunk) of SEEN an split the result (2,1,5).
18d Upright army officer regularly selected gunmen (6)
COLUMN: An abbreviation of a senior army officer followed by the alternate letters (regularly selected) fron gUnMeN.
20d Gravel stored in smashing lean-to (7)
SHINGLE: A lurker. It’s lurking in (stored in) the last two words of the clue.
22d For all to see, nude rogue is improper (5)
UNDUE: The letter for a film that anyone can watch followed by an anagram (rogue) of NUDE.
24d Shame being short of time, departs club (5)
GUILD: A word for shame without the final T (short of T(ime)) followed by D(eparts).
Some good stuff here but my favourite, for its well hidden definition, is 4d with 1a and 16d up on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: EYE + SEA + NOSE + CHIPS = I SEE NO SHIPS