Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29288
Hints and tips by Merusa’s Mate Max
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Good morning from the sodden heart of Downtown L I. It’s wet out there folks but the sun is shining and the temporary lake formed by the river breaking its banks does look very pretty. Hopefully nobody has flooded and livestock are all ok.
Today’s puzzle by Allan Scott is typically Mondayish so should suit most of our puzzlers. If you solve The Quickie look out for the second pun on the bottom line.
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1a Shakespearean actress? (4,8)
ANNE HATHAWAY: This Oscar winning actress shares her name with the bard of Warwickshire’s wife
9a Article with advice regarding a cocktail snack (9)
ANTIPASTO: When first looking at explaining how this clue works I was flummoxed as to how to explain the last two parts of the answer. The whole thing is a charade. First off use the form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound. Secondly add a piece of advice or a hint. Thirdly use two two-letter words meaning regarding. I don’t know why on Earth I was flummoxed
10a Brownie‘s photographs I initially enlarged (5)
PIXIE: Begin with a shortened word for photographs Add the letter that looks like the number one. Add the initial letter of the word enlarged
11a Use device to track me on the way back (6)
EMPLOY: Place a device, ruse or trick after the reverse of the word me
12a Figure of speech that’s upset mother, about father retiring (8)
METAPHOR: An anagram (upset) of MOTHER sits around the reverse of an endearing term for ones father
13a Country club, briefly after game (6)
RUSTIC: The abbreviation for a ball game played by teams of fifteen is followed by a club or short thin piece of wood minus its last letter
15a Fantastic article about new musical instrument (8)
CLARINET: Anagram (fantastic) of Article which sits around the abbreviation for new
18a Unlawful occupant, stockier (8)
SQUATTER: A double definition the first of which have rights
19a Monstrous female and two sons therefore turned back (6)
OGRESS: The abbreviation for son is doubled and followed by a word meaning therefore. Then the whole thing is reversed (turned back). All done with eight words
21a Army unit‘s diet close to front (8)
REGIMENT: A synonym of diet is followed by the final letter (close to) of the word front
23a Despicable person, that woman? On the contrary (6)
RATHER: A three-letter word used to describe a despicable person is followed by a feminine pronoun
26a Power in early woodenheaded golf club (5)
SPOON: The abbreviation for power sits inside a word meaning early or not long to go
27a Complicated tale a bore spun (9)
ELABORATE: Anagram (spun) of TALE A BORE
28a Easy to understand addict attending pre-season game? (4-8)
USER-FRIENDLY: A word describing a (drug) addict is followed by a word used to describe a pre season practice match where the result doesn’t really matter. In reality these games are not played as described and the result certainly does matter.
1d Friend invested in gold rings, originally a dabbler (7)
AMATEUR: A pal or chum sits between the two letters that make up the chemical symbol for gold. This is all followed by the initial letter of the word rings
2d Don raised tennis umpire’s call? (3,2)
NOT UP: To don as in wear something is reversed to give a call given by the umpire when a player plays a ball that has already bounced twice, i.e. the ball was out of play when the player played it.
3d Stage entertainer is tense after python uncoiled (9)
HYPNOTIST: An anagram (uncoiled) of PYTHON is followed by the word IS from the clue and the abbreviation for tense
4d Job of Tut, primarily, when king (4)
TASK: The initial (primarily) letter of Tut is followed by a two-lettered word meaning when. This is in turn followed by the abbreviation for king
5d A lovable rogue, especially (5,3)
ABOVE ALL: Anagram (rogue) of A LOVABLE
6d Greek character employed by local pharmacy (5)
ALPHA: When all else fails look for a lurker. The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. As indicated by the words employed by
7d Brief argument in place where shares are traded? (8)
EXCHANGE: A double definition. The second is usually preceded by the word stock
8d Hide mostly hidden (6)
SECRET: A word meaning to hide something has its last letter removed (mostly) This was my last one in and it took me some time to twig the answer.
14d Supplier of caviar, one who operates across heart of Vietnam (8)
STURGEON: One who operates in a hospital theatre sits around the central letter of the word Vietnam
16d Cook married a character in a long complicated procedure (9)
RIGMAROLE: Begin with an informal verb meaning to alter dishonestly. Add the abbreviation for married. Add the letter A from the clue. Add a character or part in a play.
17d Check on reportedly pricey animal (8)
REINDEER: Begin with a word meaning to check or guide a horse. Add a homophone (reportedly) of a word meaning pricey. It’s not Christmas. Why is this animal even here?
18d Force small lock (6)
STRESS: The abbreviation for small is followed by a lock of hair
20d Apologetic about church suggesting witchcraft (7)
SORCERY: The word we say when we apologise sits around the abbreviation for the Church of England
22d Below zero in America after end of snowstorm (5)
MINUS: A three-part charade. The word IN from the clue. The usual abbreviation for America. The final letter of the word snowstorm. Arrange to suit the wording of the clue and the underlined definition
24d Difficult to carry round store (5)
HOARD: An easy synonym of the word difficult sits around (to carry) the round letter.
25d Couple‘s piano tune (4)
PAIR: The musical abbreviation for piano is followed by a tune favoured by crossword setters
Top line marked+Wayne=Mark Twain
Bottom line suite+torque=sweet talk