Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28927
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from a slightly chilly but bright morning in the Vega Baja. I’ve no idea who today’s setter is but whoever it is he/she has given us a treat, with just enough trickiness to make it more than just a walk in the park. I’ll be interested to see what you all thought of it.
This will be my last blog of 2018 so I’d just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
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 Cleaned quietly inside vehicle (6)
MOPPED: Put the usual letter for quietly inside a small, two-wheeled vehicle.
5a Glimpsing first bit of gunk beside piercing (8)
GLANCING: Start with a G (first bit of Gunk) and follow with a word for piercing, as a doctor might do to a boil.
9a Appreciate eastern Cornwall town’s biscuits (10)
DIGESTIVES: A charade of a nineteen sixties word for appreciate or like very much, E(astern) and a resort town on the north coast of Cornwall which attracts a lot of artists. I like plain chocolate ones of these.
10a Indulgence consumed by major gymnast (4)
ORGY: A lurker lurking in (consumed by) the last two words of the clue.
11a Consider overwhelming Spain in marine attack (3,5)
SEE ABOUT: Take the IVR code for Spain and insert it into (in) a word for marine followed by a word for an attack, of flu perhaps. Then split that lot (3,5) to get the answer.
12a Sloppiness from the French kiss, one totally discontented (6)
LAXITY: A charade of a French definite article followed by a letter denoting a kiss, then the letter that looks like the number one and finally TY (TotallY discontented).
13a Trim left side of boundary to make another (4)
EDGE: Take the sort of boundary you might have around your garden and remove (trim) the first letter (left side) and you’ll be left with another word for a boundary.
15a Long time wound up with former lover to begin with (8)
EXTENDED: For once long has nothing to do with yearning but literally means long as in lengthy. Start with T(ime) followed by a word for wound up or completed and put the usual two letters for a former lover or spouse at the beginning (to begin with).
18a Work in a sty, I’d fancy there’s no worse place (8)
DYSTOPIA: The usual two letter work is placed inside (in) an anagram (fancy) of A STY I’D.
19a Unceremonious over leaving playing area (4)
CURT: Take the O out of (O(ver) leaving) the playing area used for a game of tennis.
21a Swordsman runs after handler of stolen goods (6)
FENCER: R(uns) after a slang term for a handler of stolen goods.
23a Got on space vessel within berth (8)
EMBARKED: Start with a printers space, not EN but the other one, and follow with Noah’s vessel within a word for a berth or place to sleep.
26a Modern mobile few in England ordered (10)
NEWFANGLED: Anagram (mobile) of FEW inserted into (in) and anagram (ordered) of ENGLAND.
27a Trashy clubs girl in Putney regularly ignored (8)
UNCLASSY: C(lubs) and a word for a girl are inserted into (in) the alternate letters (regularly ignored) from PUTNEY.
28a Want expensive threads, leaving studies aside (6)
DEARTH: Want as in lack of. A word for expensive is followed by the word THREADS from the clue but remove the word which means studies to leave just the first two letters (leaving . . . aside).
2d Short boy who asked for more fruit (5)
OLIVE: The Dickensian boy who asked for more without his last letter (short) is a fruit which is grown a lot around here.
3d Common pal never dances tango (9)
PREVALENT: Common as in widespread. It’s an anagram (dances) of PAL NEVER followed by the letter designated by the word tango in the phonetic alphabet.
4d On-line business boss bringing in nothing after October is upset (6)
DOTCOM: Take two letters for a boss or chief executive and insert the short form of October and an O (nothing) and then reverse the lot (upset in a down clue).
5d Let on what poacher handing out freebies did (4,3,4,4)
GAVE THE GAME AWAY: A double definition with the second part a bit cryptic.
6d Certain hoop inside a bustle getting misshapen (8)
ABSOLUTE: An O (hoop) inside an anagram (getting misshapen) of A BUSTLE.
7d Maybe trainer announced requirement to make profiteroles (5)
CHOUX: This stuff from which profiteroles are made sounds like (announced) what the sort of trainer you wear on your feet is an example of. I had some of these with my lunch yesterday.
8d Near rush to imbibe whiskey, that’s habit of one retiring (9)
NIGHTWEAR: Take a word for near or close followed by a word meaning to rush or career and insert W(hiskey) to get the clothing (habit) of one going to bed (retiring).
14d Heading off fraud suspect with entry ticket (3,6)
DAY RETURN: Take the first letter off FRAUD (heading off) and make an anagram (suspect) of what’s left along with ENTRY.
16d Climbing in automobile, silver and gold, to go up country (9)
NICARAGUA: Reverse (climbing in a down clue) the IN from the clue. Follow that with a common word for an automobile and the chemical symbol for silver. Finally you need the chemical symbol for gold but it’s reversed (to go up in a down clue). After all that you’ll find you have a country in Central America.
17d Clandestine groups entering unknown into vaults (3,5)
SPY RINGS: Insert a letter for an unknown into a word for vaults, as in jumps, and split the result (3,5).
20d Moving down river, overseas on boat, perhaps (6)
ABOARD: Take a word describing where you are if you’re overseas and move the R(iver) a couple of places down.
24d Something happening in square that’s close (5)
EVENT: A word for square as in not owing anything followed by a T (thaT’s close)
Quite a lot of good stuff here but my favourite was 18a with 24d and 5d on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: FORM + MICE + INNS = FOR MY SINS