Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28897
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s throwing it down big time. A good job that Chris Lancaster provided the puzzle last night as the site still isn’t up and running so many thanks to him.
I’m pretty sure this puzzle is a RayT as most of his calling cards are there apart from Her Majesty, who’s now missed the last two of Ray’s puzzles. Perhaps she has better things to do than appear in crossies.
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 Tongue-tied single, taciturn with ale drunk (12)
INARTICULATE: Start with an I (single) and follow with an anagram (drunk) of TACITURN ALE.
8a Raced around first man returning fast time (7)
RAMADAN: Put another word for raced or sprinted around he first man in the bible and you’ll a what is a fast time if you’re a Muslim.
9a Lessen warmth holding back chill (7)
RAWNESS: The answer is hidden in (holding) the first two words but it’s reversed (back).
11a Intended to purchase new investment (7)
FINANCE: This intended is the chap you’re going to marry. Insert (to purchase) an N(ew) to get the answer.
12a About repulsed cutting open ham (7)
OVERACT: One of the two letters for “about” (not RE but the other one) is reversed (repulsed) and inserted (cutting) into a word meaning open.
13a Scandinavian with Estonia due east initially (5)
SWEDE: As the capital of Estonia is pretty much due east of Stockholm this Scandinavian does indeed have Estonia due east. He’s also the first letters (initially) of the first five words. Here’s a few Scandinavians . . .
14a They pretend this compiler’s puzzle’s taking time (9)
IMPOSTERS: Start with a way the compiler might say “he is”, follow with some puzzles and insert (taking) a T(ime).
16a Unwise being saucy embracing Romeo (9)
IMPRUDENT: A word for saucy, as in cheeky, has an R(omeo) inserted (embracing).
19a Piano seen in old time musical drama (5)
OPERA: An O(ld) followed by a long time with a P(iano) inserted.
21a ‘Cure’ play after playing in comeback (7)
NOSTRUM: A way of playing a guitar perhaps is placed after a reversal (in comeback) of a word which might mean playing.
23a Developing source of aroma in name perfume (7)
NASCENT: The source of aroma is, of course, the A so insert that into N(ame) followed by a another word for perfume. Personally I think this clue would have been better if it were a NEW perfume. Works just the same but makes more sense.
25a Studio fed fiction before actor’s finale (7)
ATELIER: A charade of a word meaning fed or consumed, a fiction or untruth and finally an R (actoR’s finale).
26a Still, overturned stable roughly shelters (12)
NEVERTHELESS: Reverse (overturned) a word which can mean stable and follow with an anagram (roughly) of SHELTERS.
1d Me and mine playing, including son – that’s great (7)
IMMENSE: An anagram of ME and MINE with an S(on) inserted (including).
3d Some East-ender is eating mash? (9)
TENDERISE: A lurker. It’s hidden in (some) the next few words of the clue. A nine letter lurker in a twenty five letter clue is pretty good going!
5d Woman having oddly wilder heart, like Bonnie Parker? (7)
LAWLESS: This clue is possibly a tad easier if you happen to know that Bonnie Parker was the Bonnie part of the gangsters “Bonnie and Clyde”. Start with a word for a woman, or more commonly a girl, and in the centre put the alternate (oddly) letters from WiLdEr, (having . . . heart).
6d Stand and scold over end of immature adolescent (7)
TEENAGE: A charade of a stand for a golf ball, a word meaning scold or henpeck and finally an E (end of immaturE).
7d Experienced person if also retrained (12)
PROFESSIONAL: Anagram (retrained) of PERSON IF ALSO.
10d Tests, assuming one works, all right (12)
SATISFACTORY: Take the acronym for the tests carried out the assess progress in primary schools and insert (assuming) an I (one). Follow this with a word for a works as in an industrial plant.
15d Sovereign head consuming ordinary wine (9)
POTENTATE: A word for the top of your head has inserted (consuming) an O(rdinary) and a red wine from the Alicante region of Spain. I live in Alicante province and I’ve never seen this stuff, it’s all Jumilla around here.
17d Trek with donkey covered by sheet (7)
PASSAGE: Cover the usual donkey with a sheet, of paper from a book perhaps.
18d Lift adulation supporting United (7)
UPRAISE: Start with a U(nited) and follow (supporting in a down clue) some adulation.
19d Offensive bad smell’s revolting prospect (7)
OBSCENE: Take the two letters for the bad smell of an unwashed person and reverse them (revolting) and follow with a prospect or view.
20d Laments idea regularly adopted by European members (7)
ELEGIES: These are laments heard at funerals and they are the alternate letters (regularly) from IdEa inserted into a charade of E(uropean) and some members as in limbs.
Lots of good clues here but my favourite was the splendid and factually accurate 13a. Also on the podium were 3d and 5d.
Quick crossword pun: MISS + TUM + HEN = MISTER MEN