Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29268
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on another damp, grey morning.
Since today’s crossword is a near-pangram missing only the letter X, we may make a stab at identifying the setter as ProXimal. It took me a little time to get on to his wavelength, but after that it was a steady solve.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Hot spice sick one quietly put in soup (6,6)
CHILLI POWDER – Put together another word for ‘sick’, the Roman numeral for one, and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’, then wrap a thick soup (possibly with clams) around the result.
9a Blunder of six deliveries location reported (9)
OVERSIGHT – A set of six deliveries in cricket followed by a homophone (reported) of a word for ‘location’.
10a Look to secure universal thin fabric (5)
GAUZE – An abbreviation for Universal inserted into a steady look.
11a Awkward throw returned by another (6)
BOLSHY – Reverse (returned) a three-letter word for a type of throw, then add another three-letter throw.
12a Article about this writer and really criminal act (8)
THIEVERY – Wrap a definite article around the pronoun for ‘this writer’, then add an adverb meaning ‘really’ or ‘extremely’.
13a Again, go over adult’s tips on two school subjects (6)
REPEAT – Put together the common abbreviations for Scripture and Gym lessons in school, then add the outside letters (tips) of AdulT.
15a Notice for travellers at sea: boarding’s not starting (4,4)
ROAD SIGN – Anagram (at sea) of (b)OARDING’S with the first letter removed (not starting).
18a Number in St Kitts regularly filling wharf (8)
QUANTITY – Another word for a wharf or dock wrapped around the alternate letters (regularly) of iN ST KItTs.
19a Value eastern links to the west (6)
ESTEEM – An abbreviation for Eastern followed by the reverse (to the west) of a word for ‘links’ or ‘joins up’.
21a Ecstasy developed in happy realisation (8)
EPIPHANY – The usual abbreviation for the drug known as Ecstasy followed by an anagram (developed) of IN HAPPY.
23a Pitched support for monarch on the radio (6)
THROWN – A homophone (on the radio) of what the monarch sits on.
26a It’s unacceptable either way (3,2)
NOT ON – A palindromic expression (either way) for something which is unacceptable.
27a Seriously close to home on island (2,7)
IN EARNEST – Put together Island, ‘close to’, and a bird’s home.
28a Lion feasting after playing with boks (4,2,6)
KING OF BEASTS – Anagram (after playing) of FEASTING and BOKS.
1d Pry about argument with lawyers (7)
CROWBAR – Put together one of the Latin abbreviations for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, a three-letter argument, and a collective term for barristers.
2d Current agreement is unsurpassed (5)
IDEAL – The scientific symbol for electric current followed by an agreement.
3d Despair at roles he messed up (4,5)
LOSE HEART – Anagram (messed up) of AT ROLES HE.
4d Send message to part of website (4)
PAGE – Double definition, the second being what the blog you’re reading is in relation to the Big Dave website.
5d Who’d act barking? Guard, primarily (8)
WATCHDOG – An all-in-one clue, where the whole clue forms the definition. Anagram (barking) of WHO’D ACT, followed by the first letter (primarily) of Guard.
6d Bird repeatedly shaking wings in heat, ugly hen (5)
EAGLE – Remove the wings, or outside letters, from hEAt, uGLy and hEn and put the rest together to get this bird.
7d Young Jack starts to use vessel on European river (8)
JUVENILE – Put together the card symbol for a Jack, the first letters (starts) of Use Vessel, European, and the longest river in Africa.
8d Know no uprising in African land (6)
KENYAN – A dialect word for ‘know’, as in the song about John Peel, followed by the reverse (uprising) of an old word for ‘no’.
14d Performer in part, thespian is terrible (8)
PIANISTE – Hidden in the clue.
16d Issue detective’s accusation (9)
DISCHARGE – The abbreviation for a senior detective, plus the ‘S, followed by the formal accusation that a suspect answers in court.
17d Fools set up with trap good for robbing (8)
STINGING – Reverse (set up) some fools, then add a variety of animal trap and Good.
18d Cats playing cards somewhere in New York (6)
QUEENS – Triple definition, the last being one of the New York boroughs.
20d Notes explosives around exterior of U-boat (7)
MINUTES – Some explosive devices which may be found floating in the sea, wrapped around the outside letters of U-boaT. The answer refers to the notes of a meeting.
22d Back international language (5)
HINDI – The back part of an animal are its —- quarters. Add an abbreviation for International to get this Asian language.
24d Award Yankee son accepts (5)
OBEYS – The sort of award you may get in the New Year’s Honours, followed by the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet and an abbreviation for Son.
25d Personality from France, the French revolutionary (4)
SELF – Put together the IVR code for France and one of the forms of the French word for ‘the’, then reverse (revolutionary) the result.
I’m off to London this afternoon, and hope to see some of you at the Birthday Bash tomorrow. As often happens, I have another meeting tomorrow which means that I won’t arrive till late. Is anyone meeting up this evening?
The Quick Crossword pun BOOS + CREWS = BOOZE CRUISE