Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28946
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Morning All! This was pretty standard difficulty for a Saturday with a quick flurry of nice clues.
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1a At sea, I’ll float fleet (8)
FLOTILLA – An anagram, appositely indicated by ‘at sea’, of I’LL FLOAT
6a Walk short way then go on horseback (6)
STRIDE – ST for a short abb. of STREET and then RIDE for ‘go on horseback’.
9a Influence loud performer (6)
FACTOR – F for loud/Forte and then an ACTOR or performer/thespian.
10a Short-term worker not on time to produce pattern (8)
TEMPLATE – A charade of TEMP (a short term worker) and LATE for ‘ not on time’.
11a Sucker’s target? (5-3)
BULL’S EYE – A double definition – An old gobstopper sweet and a target in a dartboard or archery board.
12a Calm down quickly if captured (6)
PACIFY – Place IF from the clue inside PACY for quickly.
13a Supports two old railway experts (4,2,6)
PAIR OF BRACES – A lovely charade of PAIR OF (two), BR (the former nationalised/old railway) and ACES for expert.
16a Powerful man having his way in London? (6,6)
REGENT STREET – A REGENT or powerful man and a STREET for a way/thoroughfare.
19a Tongue that’s used to make things shiny (6)
POLISH – An old chestnut of two definitions.
21a Type of fiend that’s found outside (5,3)
FRESH AIR – I had never heard of the phrase ‘FRESH AIR FIEND’ but this is a cryptic definition of someone who opens the windows to make the inside the same temperature s the outside whilst extolling the benefits.
23a Genuine sportsman staunchly faithful (4-4)
TRUE-BLUE – A charade of TRUE/faithful and an Oxford or Cambridge BLUE (a recognised sportsman for the University).
24a We backed abandoning the wrong crowd (6)
THRONG – Remove (abandoning) the reversal (backed) of WE from TH (e w)RONG.
25a New York perhaps withholding drug — trendy drug (6)
STATIN – Remove (withhold) the E for Ecstasy (Drug) from New York STAT( e) and then add IN for ‘trendy’.
26a Kind of blue? One follows in leader’s plane (3,5)
AIR FORCE – A blue colour and the Leader of the USA flies in AIR FORCE ONE – that is ONE follows the answer in the leader’s plane. Personally I just wrote the answer in.
2d About five kilometres for the union (6)
LEAGUE – Two definitions – The distance and also a union of countries.
3d Small amount, nearly all, everything (5)
TOTAL – A charade of a TOT (small amount) and also nearly all of the word, ahem, AL(l).
4d Thief left fire-raiser, reportedly (9)
LARCENIST – L for Left and then ARCENIST whic is a reported homophone of ARSONIST or fire-raiser.
5d Complicated trade with company offering particular style (3,4)
ART DECO – An anagram (complicated) of TRADE and then CO for company.
6d The last thing maths lecturer might do (3,2)
SUM UP – A cryptic definition of a a closing speech alluded to by a maths guru.
7d Talent cur misused, not being willing (9)
RELUCTANT – A misused anagram of TALENT CUR.
8d Shop without obligation? (4-4)
DUTY-FREE – A cryptic definition of the cheaper sale point with the cryptic part alluding to duty = obligation.
13d Power over living club official (9)
PRESIDENT – P for Power above (over in a down clue) RESIDENT for ‘living’.
14d One might guard female captured by flier (9)
BEEFEATER – F for Female inside/captured by a BEE-EATER bird/flier.
15d Short protest about sailor turning politician (8)
DEMOCRAT – A DEMO(nstration) or short protest, C for about/circa and then a reversal (turning) of a TAR or sailor.
17d Stout upended over cheese is silky stuff (7)
TAFFETA – Reverse/upend FAT for stout and then add FETA cheese.
18d Meal to take out (6)
PICNIC – A simple cryptic definition with out meaning outdoors.
20d Lady the lender houses (5)
HELEN – A hidden word is inside (is housed by) t HE LEN der.
22d Brother’s ring seen underneath instrument (5)
HARPO – Place O for a ring/zero underneath a HARP. One of the Marxes’s