Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29108
A full review by gnomethang
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This puzzle was published on 20th July 2019
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! Some very nice surface readings here and about the right level of difficulty for a Saturday Prize Puzzle in my opinion.
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1a Young tyke with more up-to-date camera? (14)
WHIPPERSNAPPER – W for With, then HIPPER (more up-to-date and finally SNAPPER for camera.
10a Opened grasping instrument — neat! (9)
UNDILUTED – UNDID for opened containing/grasping a musical LUTE.
11a Body of fighters, body short? (5)
CORPS -All but the last letter (short) of a CORPS(E) or body
12a Invade and knock down first part going eastwards (7)
OVERRUN – To knock down is to RUN OVER. Place the RUN (first part) to the back (moving eastwards in an across clue)
13a Splendid guess (6)
DIVINE – Two definitions – the first an adjective and the second a verb.
15a Dope wants odd things in stew — diet’s thrown out (4)
TWIT – remove/throw out the odd letters (things) in s T e W d I e T s.
17a Extra flexible chaps leading tango (10)
SUPPLEMENT – SUPPLE/flexible then MEN for chaps and T – Tango in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
18a Sense in keeping promises for a change (10)
IMPRESSION – IN from the clue containing/keeping an anagram (to change) of PROMISES.
20a Go mad when rejected (4)
STAB – A reversal (when rejected) of BATS for mad.
22a Lifeless study displayed by court (6)
WOODEN – A DEN or study next to WOO for court.
23a ‘Lift?’ ‘Up for repair around one, sorry‘ (7)
PITIFUL – An anagram (for repair) of LIFT UP placed around I for one.
26a Develop items on school timetable before November (5)
RIPEN – To school subjects are Religious Instruction (R.I) and Physical Education (P.E). Place these before another NATO phonetic – N for November.
27a Celebrated in bar till sozzled (9)
VRILLIANT – A sozzled anagram of IN BAR TILL.
28a French sauce delivered inadvertently? (6,8)
DOUBLE ENTENDRE – A lovely cryptic definition of the French for a piece of light smut (sauce) delivered by mistake.
2d Husband — creep that’s often at the bottom of the garden (5)
HEDGE – H for Husband and then to EDGE or creep.
3d Miserly friend, 20 (6)
PALTRY – A PAL or friend followed by a TRY – a synonym of STAB at 20 Across.
4d Six huge cooks getting round tin for snuff out (10)
EXTINGUISH – An anagram (cooks) of SIX HUGE around TIN from the clue.
5d Bubbly stuff from South of France sommelier’s opening (4)
SUDS – The south in French is SUD. Add the opening letter in S(ommelier). A nice surface reading.
6d Attribute of a Dickens or a Twain? (7)
ASCRIBE – Both A (Charles) Dickens or A (Mark) Twain might be written as A SCRIBE (writer).
7d Linked chain in copper/tin entirely suitable (9)
PERTINENT – A hidden word (a linked chain of letters) in cop PER/TIN ENT irely.
8d Celebrity is apt to stir middle-class desire? (14)
RESPECTABILITY – An anagram, indicated by ‘to stir’, of CELEBRITY IS APT.
9d Great that’s left the Globe? (3,2,4,5)
OUT OF THIS WORLD – The second (cryptic) definition suggesting that one has left Earth and is in Space.
14d Partly ready with a job offer, we hear (2,2,1,5)
UP TO A POINT – Start with UP TO for ‘ready’ and then add A POINT which is a homophone (we hear) of APPOINT or offer a job (to).
16d Trump mop restyled, with the setter using no preparation (9)
IMPROMPTU – Start with I for the setter and add a restyled anagram of TRUMP MOP.
19d Characters from clan retelling uprising, going on and on (7)
ETERNAL – A reversed (uprising) selection of letters (characters) from c LAN RETE lling.
21d Hot German bread one left out (6)
STOLEN – Remove one L for Left (out) from the German STOL(l)EN bread.
24d Talent show: pound to enter (5)
FLAIR – Place L for Librum (a pound) inside a FAIR or show.
25d Expert accomplished doffing cap (4)
ABLE – Remove the CAP from (cap)ABLE or accomplished.