Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28944
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Hola from a cold but sunny Vega Baja. I don’t think this is a RayT puzzle as there’s a ten word clue, Her Majesty is absent and the quick crossword is mostly two word clues. Perhaps it’s proXimal who set the last puzzle I blogged. Whoever it was I thought it was really good but a tricky little rascal but maybe that’s just me being a bit slow today. I’ll be interested to hear your views.
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 Resin down there in pouch (7)
SHELLAC: The usual word for the underworld (down there) inserted into (in) a pouch or bladder.
5a Fur essential covering chest over (7)
MUSKRAT: A word meaning essential placed around (covering) a reversal (over) of a chest or coffer. The character in the middle is one of these.
9a Banking controller one suffering at work (7)
AILERON: This banking controller is part of a wing and is used to control the banking of an aircraft. It’s a word for someone suffering followed by a two letter word meaning at work or, more usually, working.
10a Marsupial has big problem crossing river (7)
OPOSSUM: Two letters for big in clothing sizes and an arithmetical problem placed around (crossing) the usual Italian river.
11a Spectacle taking long time in food store (9)
PAGEANTRY: A long time inserted (in) into the room off your kitchen where food is stored.
12a This weave includes leaning lines primarily (5)
TWILL: First letters (primarily) of the other words in the clue. Very clever as the clue is a pretty good description of the weave as shown in this picture.
13a Apparent poverty traps (5)
OVERT: The answer is hidden in (traps) POVERTY.
15a Attractive area — extremely quiet London region (9)
APPEALING: A(rea) followed by two letters for very quiet in musical terminology and finally a part of London where comedy films were once made.
17a Vibration from terrible snore can start to echo (9)
RESONANCE: Anagram (terrible) of SNORE CAN followed by an E (start to Echo). It’s actually an anagram of SNORE followed by an anagram of CAN followed by the E but I’m sure that’s just coincidence.
19a Physicist caught following criminal raid (5)
DIRAC: This guy who won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1933 is an anagram (criminal) of RAID followed by the letter for caught in cricket notation.
22a Is obliged to interrupt gym period (5)
PHASE: A word meaning is obliged, to do something perhaps, is inserted into one of the two letter acronyms for exercise.
23a Why lovers love scientific discipline? (9)
CHEMISTRY: This could be a sort of cryptic double definition. It’s a scientific discipline but the word is also used to describe the attraction between lovers. Seems an awful long time since I studied this subject.
25a Absurd when one is followed by quite a few more (7)
ASININE: A word for when followed by the letter that looks like a one followed by quite a few, nearly ten in fact.
27a Mild mid-evening in days before Easter (7)
LENIENT: Mild as in not severe. The three middle letters (mid-) of evening are inserted into the period leading up to Easter.
28a Evil daughter has come in sozzled (7)
DEMONIC: D(aughter) followed by an anagram (sozzled) of COME IN.
1d Cleaner has mop, shuffling round (7)
SHAMPOO: This cleaner for hair or carpets is an anagram (shuffling) of HAS MOP followed by a round letter.
2d City diary ends in unforgettable poem (7)
ECLOGUE: The postcode for the City of London followed by a word for a diary or record of event and finally EU (ends in UnforgettablE).
3d Rock on radio for immature six-footer? (5)
LARVA: This early stage in the development of an insect (six-footer) sounds like (on the radio) the sort of rock that comes out of a volcano.
4d Force prisoners to exercise (9)
CONSTRAIN: Some of the usual prisoners followed by a word for exercise or practice.
5d Sullen, low and deplorably gutless (5)
MOODY: Low here is nothing to do with low down or sad but it’s what cows do. Follow that with DY (D(eplorabl)Y gutless). Here’s one from the Blues of that ilk . . .
6d Understaffed editor dispensed with rapid writing (9)
SHORTHAND: Take the usual editor off (dispensed with) a word meaning understaffed and you get the type of rapid writing used by secretaries taking dictation..
7d Composer admitting small sin to French king (7)
ROSSINI: S(mall) and SIN (from the clue) inserted into (admitting . . . to) the French word for king.
8d Delay prisoner, holding up prison sentence? (4,3)
TIME LAG: A prisoner (not the one in 4d but the other one) after (holding up in a down clue) a slang term for a prison sentence.
16d Rep tensed, relaxed, delivered pitch? (9)
PRESENTED: Anagram (relaxed) of REP TENSED.
17d Painter needs to chat girl up (7)
RAPHAEL: A word with many meanings, one of which is chat, followed by a reversal (up in a down clue) of a biblical girl’s name, she was a wife of Jacob and sister of Rachel.
20d Republican worried about man shot again? (7)
RETAKEN: Shot again as a photograph or film might be. Start with an R for republican then a word for worried at something but it’s reversed (about) then a short man’s name. Personally I dislike what seems to me to be a growing trend of using MAN or GIRL to clue a name. It’s hardly fair as here are thousands to choose from and it looks to me to be lazy clueing.
21d Hidden clue here will be … (7)
CRYPTIC: A word meaning hidden is also a description of this crossword.
23d … bust of Nietzsche’s Trampedach! (5)
CHEST: This bust is that of a woman. It’s hidden in (of) the last two words.
24d I love wearing stupid expression (5)
IDIOM: Start with the I from the clue and after it you need the letter for love in tennis placed inside (wearing) a word for stupid or not very clever
Lots of blue today but my favourite was 12a with 28a and 1d on the podium.
Quick crossword pun: AWESOME + WELLS = ORSON WELLS