Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28937
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
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5a A decent chap, mostly chasing fine material (6)
FABRIC : The abbreviation for fine, then ‘A’ from the clue and a ‘decent chap’ loses his last letter.
9a Lively pub’s motto offering cheers (7,2)
BOTTOMS UP : An anagram (lively) of PUBS MOTTO.
12a Delighted journalist after having seen story rejected (6)
ELATED : The abbreviation for a senior journalist follows the reversal of a story.
13a Teachers seeing riddles initially dismissed (8)
TRAINERS : These riddles function as sieves. Remove the first letter from another word for them.
15a Words of love now — he’s setting out (5,8)
SWEET NOTHINGS : An anagram (out) of NOW HES SETTING.
22a Demote European envoy after resistance (8)
RELEGATE : The abbreviations for resistance and European followed by an envoy possibly from the Pope.
23a Element that’s key on horse (6)
COBALT : The horse is a short-legged sturdy one, and the key is found on a computer.
26a Sing the praises of former tax cut (5)
EXTOL : The prefix meaning former and then remove the last letter from a tax that could be paid for road use.
28a No reply from this worker is out of the question (3-3)
YES-MAN : A cryptic description of an employee unlikely to give a negative response.
1d Rent, with advance sale collapsing on beginning of exchange (8)
SUBLEASE : An advance payment or loan, an anagram (collapsing) of SALE and then the first letter of exchange.
2d Powerful traditions constrain such an extremist (5)
ULTRA : A lurker hiding in the clue.
3d Stick out for a planned undertaking (7)
PROJECT : A double definition, the first is a verb, the second a noun.
4d Throw out leader ducking mediaeval tournament (4)
OUST : Remove the first letter (leader ducking) from a type of mediaeval tournament.
7d People well-placed in the race for gold? (7-2)
RUNNERS-UP : A cryptic description of those not quite winning a gold medal.
8d Rough rows in church (6)
COARSE : The letters for the Anglican Church surround rows as a way of propelling a boat.
10d Spend some money on getting a grip (8)
PURCHASE : A double definition.
16d Steps up, being formerly involved in unusual cases (9)
ESCALATES : Formerly or now deceased is inside an anagram (unusual) of CASES.
20d New money will cover firm for financial system (7)
ECONOMY : The abbreviation for a firm or business is inside an anagram (new) of MONEY.
21d Prince with no crown must protect the empty blood line (6)
ARTERY : The same prince we met in last week’s puzzle loses the first letter of his name and encloses the first and last letters (empty) of ‘the’.
24d Humble a graduate — she has no heart (5)
ABASE : ‘A’ from the clue, a Bachelor of Arts and the first and last letters of ‘she’.
25d Test part of door alarmed (4)
ORAL : And we finish with our second lurker hiding in the clue.
Our favourite this week is 14d.
Quickie pun peer + steers = pierced ears