Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28885
Hints and tips by pomagne
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja from where today’s hints are brought to you by an effervescent amalgamation of pommers and Jane, with just a touch of gravity as the job in hand demands. The technical stuff has been done by pommers and the very good review written by Jane so here it is . . .
A bubbly Good Morning to everyone and welcome to what has to be a Mr T puzzle – the word count is spot on (if we allow him to count the shortened form of ‘he is’ as a single word!) and one of his favourite leading ladies puts in an appearance. I guess that the other one is busy overseeing the redecoration of the royal nursery. Sadly, we seem to be a bit light on innuendo today but there is still a splash of those definitions that might have you seeking confirmation from the Big Red Book.
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 Belief follows opening of scriptural passage (6)
SCREED: We start off on a biblical note by taking the first letter (opening of) Scriptural and following it with a belief, often of the religious kind, to arrive at a long written or verbal tract which, in modern day parlance, may be used to imply that said tract is unnecessarily long and frankly boring!
4a ‘The Sun’, perhaps insane carrying a Sun article (8)
MASTHEAD: Not the star which gives us heat and light, but the one that appears on newspaper stands. It’s title is made up of a 3-letter word for insane surrounding (carrying) the A from the clue, the single letter abbreviation for sun and a particular article.
9a Brochure’s ideally describing stay (6)
RESIDE: The first hidden answer of the day – to be found in (describing) the first two words of the clue.
10a A Parisian loo contains posh lotions (8)
UNGUENTS: The French (Parisian) word for one precedes a loo for male use into which is inserted the single letter which denotes ‘posh’. I doubt that the answer is to be found in a French pissoir!
11a Riddle for each partner embracing sweetheart (8)
PERMEATE: Forget about conundrums, what we are looking for is a verb meaning ‘to pass through the pores of’ and it is constructed from a word meaning ‘for each’ placed in front of a partner who has captured (embracing) the ‘heart’ of Mr T’s lady love (swEet).
13a About to go round in circle going fast (6)
RACING: One of the ways of writing ‘about’ is reversed (to go round) and slotted into a ‘circle’. Perhaps there is a connection here to the heart in the previous clue!
15a Defiant criminal undoes Britain (13)
INSUBORDINATE: The first of two long anagrams from Mr T today. This one is indicated by ‘criminal’ and involves the last two words of the clue.
18a Unlike ‘Rogue One’ he’s circling round alien star (13)
HETEROGENEOUS: And here comes the second one, where I admit to having to check the spelling! An anagram (circling) of ROGUE ONE HES wrapped around (round) everyone’s favourite alien star.
22a Leaders to make overdone utterances though hardly speaking (6)
MOUTHS: It’s a fairly straightforward ‘take the first letters’ (leaders to) to find the answer. The problem is that LEADERS is doing double duty as part of the wordplay and the definition. I suppose it could be trying to be an all-in-one but it doesn’t really work for me – pommers.
24a Significant the man’s Conservative, almost in charge (8)
HISTORIC: A way of expressing something belonging to him sits in front of a right-wing political figure minus their last letter (almost) and is followed by the usual 2-letter short form of ‘in charge’.
26a English politician unchanged, absorbing hard priority (8)
EMPHASIS: Another politician, this one denoted as being English, comes before a 2-word phrase implying ‘unchanged’ which has been infiltrated by (absorbing) the single letter for ‘hard’ (think in terms of pencils).
27a Office Romeo possesses pure guts? (6)
BUREAU: A delightful – but little used nowadays – term for a ‘Romeo’ or lover takes in (possesses) the inner letters (guts) of ‘pURe’ to give us a place of work, possibly a government department.
28a Fools possibly upset getting nervous (8)
STRESSED: Something sweet of which a ‘fool’ could be an example is reversed (upset) to leave one feeling as one part of pomagne did when starting to write these hints!
29a One crushes pain facing the French (6)
PESTLE: A person who may be considered to be a ‘pain’ comes before another bit of French – this time it’s the one used to describe a particular person or thing. The answer requires the help of a partner to achieve its task.
1d Sharpens exercises somersaulting (6)
STROPS: Possibly most often associated with cut-throat razors, this manner of achieving a usable cutting edge is the reversal of (somersaulting) a generic term for exercises.
2d Stop shouting, maintaining one’s self-control (9)
RESTRAINT: 4-letter word meaning to take a break comes before another meaning to storm or scold which is placed around (maintaining) the Roman numeral for the number one.
3d Some pretend lesson gets monotonous (7)
ENDLESS: Maybe a reference back to 1a? – this second hidden answer of the day is contained in (some) the second and third word of the clue.
5d End of chin covered in wicked spots (4)
ACNE: Almost an all-in-one here. One of those words that youngsters have come to use in place of its apparent opposite (wicked) is found surrounding the end of chiN. I’ve not included a photo here as the ones I found made me feel quite queasy – pommers.
7d Lack of interest from Macron ?(5)
ENNUI: Back to the language of Mr T’s adopted homeland indicated by the use of Macron. A French word expressing boredom.
8d Fall in grave before battle’s ultimate clash (8)
DISAGREE: a 3-letter word implying to fall, put it amidst (in) something dreadful and append the final letter (ultimate) of battlE.
12d Land inside over island (6)
TOBAGO: To land as in ‘secure’ nestles within (inside) a term for ‘over’ as used in the phrase ‘that’s — much’. The answer is a beautiful place often coupled with its neighbour, Trinidad.
14d Career that’s overturned supporting British state (6)
BRUNEI: Another case of nestling. This time it’s a word for ‘career’ in the verbal sense followed by a reversal (overturned) of the usual 2-letter abbreviation for ‘that is’, all of which goes after (supporting in a down clue) the single letter representing British. Oh, how I’d love to receive a present from the sultan of this country – perhaps some of you also saw the wedding gift he sent to Charles and Di?
16d Spongy sailor’s tendency to pinch gold (9)
ABSORBENT: A familiar sailor (don’t forget his ‘s) atop a 4-letter word indicating a leaning (tendency) which, between them, encircle (pinch) the tincture gold.
17d Cramps coming after cold drink (8)
CHAMPERS: A colloquial term perhaps used by the Hooray Henrys. Some fizz that is infinitely superior to that of your bloggers today is found by taking the one letter which represents ‘cold’ (on taps, maybe) and adding onto it a word implying ‘cramps’, as in ‘—— one’s style’. Bottoms up, chaps!
19d Practise endlessly producing tries again (7)
REHEARS: A practise for such as a theatrical performance loses its last letter (endlessly) and is then pronounced slightly differently to result in a second attempt to settle a court case.
20d Old boy, impolite, taking time to butt in (7)
OBTRUDE: This Old Boy has both Time and rough manners (impolite). He may well be known to carry out the answer we’re looking for here.
21d Bring charges as copper’s caught by super (6)
ACCUSE: The symbol for copper plus its ‘s is contained within a word used in 5d but with its more usual meaning of super.
23d High tea without small starter (5)
UPPER: A late evening meal (tea?) without the S at the beginning (without Small starter)
25d Perform play (4)
GIVE: A double definition to end today’s solve, which I confess to double-checking in the BRB.
Hopefully today’s puzzle has been found to be enjoyable and that the hints have been of some assistance to those who can struggle to get onto Ray T’s wavelength. Needless to say, pomagne found it to be all good fun!
The name was Jane’s idea so don’t run away with the idea I actually like the stuff. The blue clues were selected by me so don’t blame Jane – pommers
Quick crossword pun: CHAIR + SPECIES = CHESS PIECES