Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28991
Hints and tips by Grizz Wyllie
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Kia Ora , I am standing in for The 2Ks today as they continue their camping trip to Fiordland on South Island.
Jay has provided a real humdinger of a puzzle today. All fairly clued but with just enough trickery to baffle and delight in equal measure. The fun begins at one across and stays with us all the way to 24 down. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
There are two lurkers in this puzzle. There are lots of lurkers reading this blog. How about de-lurking today. The 2Ks will be watching this space and will be delighted to hear from you
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1a Grass over after graduate mob runs riot (6)
BAMBOO: A clue which I solved backwards. The abbreviation for over follows an anagram (runs riot) of MOB which follows the abbreviation for a university degree
5a Edges in wearing shoes, being careless (8)
SLIPSHOD: The plural of the edge of a hollow container or an opening sits inside a word meaning to be wearing shoes.
9a One problem splitting thread is such illumination (5,8)
STRIP LIGHTING: a dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation sits nicely inside a thread. Thicker than cotton, thinner than rope. The difficult situation here appears once more in this puzzle with a completely different meaning
10a Maintain power and propriety of manner (8)
PRESERVE: Begin with the abbreviation for power and add a word synonymous with reticence or formality
11a Empire builders taking some from answer (6)
ROMANS: A hidden word (lurker) The answer is hidden amongst the words of the clue. The word some tells us so
12a Cake or meal found in 75% of France once (6)
GATEAU: Your afternoon meal sits nicely inside the first three letters of a four-letter word for France. The France of Asterix
14a Fool declines credit (8)
DIPSTICK: A word meaning declines or drops is followed by an old fashioned word for credit
16a Theory incorporating different line that’s charted to a degree (8)
ISOTHERM: The wordplay works like this – a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement (that is three letters of the clue explained) contains a word meaning different.
The definition is this – a line on a map connecting points having the same temperature at a given time or on average over a given period.
Thank you Google
19a Settle comfortably in finest leather (6)
NESTLE: This is also a hidden word clue. The word in tells us so
21a Name inscribed in heart — a bit of a looker (6)
CORNEA: Begin with a word meaning the heart or middle of something. (An Apple will do nicely) Insert the letter N (Name) and append the letter A from the clue. The answer is part of one’s eye
23a Ultra-modern sort of green gathering speed (5-3)
SPACE AGE: A type of green named after a herb gathers (surrounds) a word meaning a speed (of walking perhaps) There is a nice cheese from Derby made with this herb
25a Running through reason for deadlock (8-5)
STICKING POINT: Impaling with a piece of wood followed by a reason or particular gist of an argument
26a Hover around poor diner being sociable (8)
FRIENDLY: To hover like a Kestrel contains an anagram (poor) of DINER
27a Grant immunity to former partner, mostly unoccupied (6)
EXEMPT: Ones former boyfriend, girlfriend, or marital partner is followed by a word meaning unoccupied or containing nothing minus its last letter (mostly)
2d A short hearing covering American nation (7)
AUSTRIA: Begin with the letter A which is a gift from the setter. Add the abbreviation for The United States (American) Add a hearing in a court of law minus its last letter
3d Reveals feature of prison holding English (5)
BARES: These features of a prison prevent escape through windows. They need to include the abbreviation for English.
4d Convenient being one up for review around harbour (9)
OPPORTUNE: An anagram (for review) of ONE UP sits around a harbour where ships load and unload
5d Allowance from crown included in remit (7)
STIPEND: One’s crown is an extremity. Place a three-letter word meaning an extremity inside a verb meaning to remit money. This answer appeared quite often many years ago. Only seen in Crosswordland
6d Divine liquid offered by church singers after promoting one (5)
ICHOR: I have given two explanations for this clue. Use the one you understand
Move the letter I (one) from a church singing group to the beginning of the word thus promoting it to lead position.
Find a word which means a church singing group. Move the letter I three spaces to the left where it will now sit at the beginning of a new word
7d Shifting emphasis to keep time for companions on board (9)
SHIPMATES: Anagram (shifting) of EMPHASIS which also includes the abbreviation for time
8d Natural love and caring, oddly (7)
ORGANIC: The letter which looks like the number that represents the love score in tennis is followed by an anagram (oddly) of CARING
13d Comprehensive may be costly, needing tons for parking (9)
EXTENSIVE: A word meaning costly or dear has the letter P (parking) exchanged for the letter T (tons) (needing tons for parking)
15d Fruit produced from two trees (9)
PINEAPPLE: Two trees unite to create a fruit. The first tree is a conifer and has ones called Scots and Ponderosa the second tree is a fruit tree producing Granny Smiths and Cox’s Orange Pippins
17d Provide finance for track around the outskirts of Nimes (7)
SPONSOR: The track or scent of an animal sits around the outer letters (outskirts) of the word Nimes
18d Skill in construction of ‘Madonna carrying child’ (7)
MASONRY: The name of the Madonna carries the gender of her child
20d Promise to go topless on a horse, and suddenly look cheerful (5,2)
LIGHT UP: A promise has its first letter removed (topless) This is followed by a word meaning on a horse. The promise appeared earlier at 9 across where it had a completely different meaning
22d Demanded a second look ultimately with journalist (5)
ASKED: A long charade. Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the abbreviation for second. Add the final letter of the word look (ultimately) Add our usual journalist, the one who edits.
24d English low-fat cream (5)
ELITE: The abbreviation for English is followed by a word meaning low calorie which is a misspelling of the word light
It has been an honour to take over from The 2Ks. I hope I have maintained their excellent standards
Quickie Pun: miss+defying=mystifying