Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28900
Hints and tips by the sensational Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
We have a puzzle from Chris Lancaster today which may be his last offering to appear on a Monday. I found it trickier than most Monday offerings but got finished in the end.
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7a Turned round to talk (8)
CONVERSE: A double definition
9a A cross heading off trouble? (6)
AMULET: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a cross between a donkey and a horse. Now add the first letter (Heading off) of trouble. The definition here is all of the clue.
10a Frenchman in short trousers? (4)
JEAN: The name of this Frenchman is also the name given to denim trousers minus their last letter
11a Club after crack athlete (4-6)
SHOT-PUTTER: Place a golf club after another word meaning to ha a go or a crack at something
12a By crossing nobleman, Charlie forfeited reward (6)
BOUNTY: Place the word BY from the clue around a nobleman without the abbreviation for Charlie
14a Living well at home with constant sweetheart (2,6)
IN CLOVER: Begin with a short word meaning at home. Add the abbreviation for constant. Now add a synonym for your sweetheart.
15a Hold back Greek character during row (6)
DETAIN: Place a Greek letter inside a noise or row
17a Hat wife discarded, and old jacket (6)
BOLERO: Begin with a hat once worn by businessmen in the city. Discard the abbreviation for Wife. Add the abbreviation for Old.
20a Case of Greek wine sent back by foremost of customers (8)
CANISTER: Begin with a Greek wine (awful stuff). Add the first (foremost) letter of the word Customers. Reverse the lot. (Sent back)
22a Prior in favour of me and king (6)
FORMER: Begin with a preposition meaning in favour of or in support of. Add the word me from the clue. Finish off with the abbreviation for Rex as in king
23a Incontrovertible evidence of bad habit shown by one on a shoot? (7,3)
SMOKING GUN: Place the term for one on a shoot (not a beater) after a disgusting and vile habit.
24a Cast of ‘Jaws’ he directed (4)
SHED: The answer to this clue is hidden within the words of the clue
25a Female lookalike, mostly unconventional (6)
FRINGE: Start with the abbreviation for female. Now find a word that means a lookalike. This word is often used for a racehorse or greyhound that resembles another. The word mostly tells us to remove the last letter of this word
26a Fairness: English characteristic (8)
EQUALITY: Take the abbreviation for English and add a characteristic or trait
1d Furniture made of this revolted conductor (8)
ROSEWOOD: Begin with a word meaning revolted as in fought against authority. Add the conductor who started The Proms. (Thanks to Cryptic Sue for this one)
2d Almost finished on new stove (4)
OVEN: Begin with a word meaning done or completed but minus its last letter (almost) Add the abbreviation for new
3d Lively, loud, and dangerous (6)
FRISKY: Start with the musical notation for loud. Add a word meaning dangerous or hazardous
4d The old man in Arizona church, brought in to work for soup (8)
GAZPACHO: Place an affectionate term for your father between the abbreviations for Arizona and church. Now place all of these inside an adjective meaning to function or work properly
5d One with lots to offer? (10)
AUCTIONEER: This chap sells lots to bidders in a sale
6d Strict member of the clergy turned up in diocese (6)
SEVERE: Place the reversed and shortened form of a member of the clergy inside a word meaning a diocese
8d Striking quote about beast climbing (6)
EXOTIC: Place a word meaning to quote something around a beast of burden. Reverse what you have. (Climbing)
13d Fool, leading gathering, splitting hairs (3-7)
NIT-PICKING: Begin with a word for a fool. Finish with a word meaning gathering as one might with gooseberries to make a fool
16d Perhaps ﬁancé‘s current engagement finally was over (8)
INTENDED: Begin with a word meaning current or trendy. Add the final letter of the word engagement. Add a word meaning finished or was over.
18d Work before on dry area — light work (8)
OPERETTA: Begin with the abbreviation for a musical work. Add the poetic form of the word before. Add the abbreviation for one who abstains from taking alcohol and finally add the abbreviation for area.
19d Accent of born scallywag (6)
BROGUE: This marked accent (usually Irish or Scottish) can be found by using the abbreviation for born followed by a rascal or scamp
21d Respect a mass grave outside (6)
ADMIRE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Use the abbreviation for Mass with a word meaning serious or grave like the straits Mark Knopfler found himself in wrapped around it
22d With pleasure, organise charity event? (3,3)
FUN RUN: A synonym of pleasure is followed by a synonym of organise
24d Fish alone (4)
SOLE: A double definition. The fish can be Dover, Megrim or Lemon
Well done Ireland
Quickie Pun: fee+licks+toe=Felixstowe