Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28878
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This post was sent at 12:13 but didn’t arrive until 18:51. I have used it to replace my hurried effort. BD
Morning! Apologies for being slightly tardy. A trip to the dentist took a bit longer than expected. I’m here covering for our regular Wednesday analyst and tackled this in the waiting room. All very pleasant as you’d expect from the Wednesday Wizard and nothing terribly demanding other than 18 across, which was my Last One In and held me up until the penny dropped.
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1a Seeming attractive, having swapped sides (9)
APPEARING: Take a word that means attractive or pretty and replace L with R (change sides!).
6a Confronted church absorbed by short-lived fashion (5)
FACED: A word for a passing trend has an abbreviation for the Church (of England) inside to give something meaning confronted.
9a Slump sees daughter, impecunious, coming back (5)
DROOP: The abbreviation for daughter and the reverse of something impecunious gives a word meaning to slump.
10a A person who doesn’t know may be stupidly smug on air (9)
IGNORAMUS: Someone who is mentally challenged is and anagram (stupidly) of SMUG ON AIR
11a Lake in African republic only occupied by a tense business group (12)
CONGLOMERATE: Inside the name of an African republic (and river) goes L (lake) and likewise inside a word that means only goes A and T (tense). This gives the name for a large business organisation.
14a A pirate’s rude song to be broadcast (7)
CORSAIR: A word for a type of pirate is a homophone for a rude song.
16a Financial institution popular, of course, with Republican (7)
INSURER: A company specialising in particular financial transctions is found by taking a word meaning popular, adding a synonym for ‘of course’, and the abbreviation for Republican.
17a Soldier’s regular letters in verse. (3)
ODE: The alternate letters of SOLDIER give a type of verse.
18a Unwrapped smartest things to wear? (7)
NAPPIES: This was the last one in and I had two choices: NAPKINS or the answer, and I couldn’t see which until I realised that if you take a word meaning the smartest (as in well-dressed) and remove the first and last letters (unwrap), you get something else to wear.
20a Give back vacant residence and shop (7)
RESTORE: The reverse of the last one. This time take the first and last letters of residence (vacant) and add a type of shop, especially in the US, and you get something meaning give back.
22a Embarrassing church about call in front of dignitary (12)
CRINGEWORTHY: Something that means embarrassing is found by making another appearance for the church abbreviation and inserting a word meaning to call. Add to this an old name for a civic Dignitary and you have your entry. It’s also the surname of one of the Bash St Kids!
26a Genuine article pinched by relative in charge (9)
AUTHENTIC: Take a word for a (definite) article and put inside a name for a female relative. Add the abbreviation for in charge and you have something meaning real or genuine.
27a Spike protecting new weapon (5)
LANCE: A type of weapon is found by taking a word meaning to spike (a drink) and putting N (new) inside.
28a Conditions for parts of school year (5)
TERMS: A double definition. A word meaning conditions and parts of a school year.
29a Vacant role for each politician in theatre (9)
REPERTORY: A type of theatre is found by taking the first and last letters of ROLE (another appearance for vacant), and adding the Latin word meaning ‘for’ and a nickname for politician from the current ruling party.
1d Stage performance as if deaf intermittently (4)
AIDA: The name for a famous theatrical production (one with music) is revealed by taking the alternate letters (intermittently) of AS IF DEAF
2d Part of a garden scheme (4)
PLOT: A double definition. Something that means a piece of land or garden as well as a scheme or plan.
3d A jar in the morning for broadcast beginning to appeal (7)
AMPHORA: The name for a wine jar in ancient time is revealed by taking the abbreviation for morning, adding a homophone of ‘for’ and the first letter of appeal.
4d Classic ingenuity, boxing Victoria’s decoration? (5)
ICING: A hidden answer. Inside ‘classic ingenuity’ is the name for the covering on a cake. At the risk of being mauled by Mary Berry, Prue Leith or Paul Hollywood (or our very own Lemon Drizzle Queen), I thought proper Victoria sponges had a dusting of this type of sugar, rather than the covering implied by the answer. <Stands back and runs>
5d Punter injured leg in door (9)
GONDOLIER: An anagram (injured) of LEG IN DOOR gives a particular type of punter, i.e. one who punts a punt.
6d Instrument of pressure in armed services (7)
FORCEPS: Inside the name for the army, navy and other armed services goes P (pressure) to give a type of surgical instrument.
7d Fellow citizen moving camp to civil disturbance (10)
COMPATRIOT: A word for a fellow citizen is found by taking an anagram of CAMP to and adding word for a disturbance.
8d Depress detectives and try and catch up (10)
DISHEARTEN: Take an abbreviation for detectives and add a word for try as in a case in court. Then add the reverse of a word meaning catch and you’ll get something meaning to depress.
12d Heretic caught invading various locations (10)
ICONOCLAST: Inside an anagram (various) of LOCATIONS GOES C (caught) to give
13d Owner favouring voting system that’s to run (10)
PROPRIETOR Take a word meaning favouring, add the abbreviation for a voting system and the abbreviation for ‘that is’, plus TO and R (RUN). This gives the name for the owner of a business.
15d Got up wet to get perfume (9)
ROSEWATER: Add a word meaning to wet after one meaning to have got up and you have a type of perfume.
19d Resigns in order to make an entrance (7)
INGRESS: A posh word for an entrance is found by rearranging the letters (in order) of RESIGNS.
21d Student type of panel supplying energy welcomes central heating (7)
SCHOLAR: Another name for a student is found by taking a type of (energy) panel and inserting CH (central heating)
23d Right — step up and go through again (5)
RECAP: : Something meaning to go through once more is found by taking a word meaning step, reversing it and placing it after the abbreviation for right.
24d Very keen on batting — test opener originally! (4)
INTO: A word meaning mad keen on something is found by taking a synonym of batting in cricket and adding the first letters of test opener.
25d Refuse to acknowledge study on male chromosome (4)
DENY: A word meaning to study, plus the letter associated with the male chromosome gives you something meaning to refuse to acknowledge.
Once again apologies for the late posting. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and a big thanks to our regular Wednesday Wizard. See you again at the weekend.
The Quick Crossword pun: nigh+sir+spy=nice as pie