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DT 30173 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30173

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 17th Dec 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A straightforward and splendid Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and significant feedback.

Demon bowler, the answer to the clue of 9d, made me inquisitive and I made a trip to the net and discovered that that epithet is now particularly associated with Frederick Spofforth, the Australian pace bowler of the nineteenth century. He was the first bowler to take 50 Test wickets and the first to take a Test hat-trick. He played in Test matches between 1877 and 1887 and then settled in England where he played for Derbyshire. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009. The title was first adorned by John Jackson who earned this name in the 1850s, but not much is known about how he came to be identified with that name. Jackson played for Nottinghamshire in 1855 and belonged to the All-England Eleven from 1857 to 1867. A short story about a literally demonic cricketer appearing in a dream entitled ‘The Demon Bowler’ by Alfred Crowquill was published in 1847. Perhaps that might have influenced the name. However, the fame of Australian cricket was established for all time at Lord’s in 1878 with their victory against the Marylebone Cricket Club and Spofforth, who picked up ten for twenty after first clean-bowling Grace, an English amateur cricketer, for a duck, became known forever as ‘The Demon Bowler’.

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1a    Kick policeman, you will pay for it (4,3,4)
FOOT THE BILL: A charade of FOOT (kick) as to kick, especially to kick away and THE BILL (policeman) as the slang term for a member of the police force, also referred to as the Old Bill, guiding to the definition of an idiom meaning to pay for something, especially something expensive

7a    More succinct legal summary about to be returned (7)
BRIEFER: BRIEF (legal summary) as a summary of the facts and legal points in a case given to a barrister to argue in court followed by the preposition RE (about) as a commercial jargon used to indicate ‘with reference to’, ‘concerning’ or ‘about’ to be brought back (returned) as a reversal in the across clue, taking to the definition of an adjective in comparative degree meaning more concise in expression 

8a    Bid of 500 to protect damaged reef (7)
OFFERED: OF from the clue and D (500) as the Roman numeral for five hundred to take inside (protect) an anagram (damaged) of REEF, arriving at the definition of a verb in the past tense meaning presented something for someone to accept or reject as desired

10a    Go to pieces after being dismissed in disturbance (8)
OUTBREAK: BREAK (go to pieces) as to come apart or give way, especially of a person’s emotional strength or control preceded by or following (after) OUT (being dismissed) as no longer batting or at bat in cricket or baseball, leading to the definition of a riot or public disturbance or a breaking out of violence or illness

11a    Partly resemble mysterious symbol (6)
EMBLEM: Part of or hidden inside (partly) resEMBLE Mysterious guides to the definition of something that is a symbol of a quality, idea or principle

13a    Crazy unknown has some (4)
ZANY: The definition of an adjective meaning crazy or amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic is arrived at from a charade of Z (unknown) as an unknown or yet to be ascertained quantity or factor as used in mathematics and (has) ANY (some) as a determiner used to refer to one or some of a thing or number of things

14a    A bishop has the answer, redemption (10)
ABSOLUTION: A from the clue followed by B (bishop) as the abbreviation for bishop in chess notation and (has) SOLUTION (the answer) as the solving of, answer to, a problem, leading to the definition of the act of forgiving someone for having done something wrong or sinful or ecclesiastical declaration that a person’s sins have been forgiven

16a    Forced to include remarkable square disguise (10)
MASQUERADE: MADE (forced) as compelled someone to do something to take inside (include) an anagram (remarkable) of SQUARE, taking to the definition of a verb meaning to go in disguise

18a    Natural encore (4)
ECHO: A cryptic definition of a repetition or a call of encore of sound that is produced by the natural phenomenon of the reflection of sound waves from a wall, mountain or other obstructing surface

21a    Close follower of stock movements (6)
DROVER: A cryptic definition of a person whose occupation is to follow closely or keep a close watch on a drove that is a herd, stock or flock of animals, especially cattle or sheep, being driven or moved from one place to another

22a    Entire large tin removed (8)
INTEGRAL: An anagram (removed) of LARGE TIN leads to the definition of an adjective meaning entire or whole and not fractional

24a    Beast having its pride (7)
LIONESS: Pride as a collective noun used to describe a group or company of lions cryptically defines a female member of that group

25a    More vigorous passion one with word of hesitation produced (7)
LUSTIER: A charade of LUST (passion) as a passionate or strong sexual desire, I (one) as the Roman numeral for one and (with) ER (word of hesitation produced) as an exclamation used to express or represent a pause, hesitation, uncertainty etc gives rise to the definition of an adjective in comparative degree meaning more vigorous or healthful

26a    Face athlete leading contestant (11)
FRONTRUNNER: A charade of FRONT (face) as the face or appearance and RUNNER (athlete) as a person who runs competitively as a sport or hobby takes to the definition of the contestant who is leading in a race or other competition


1d    Resort in front in chaos (7)
FRINTON: An anagram (in chaos) of IN FRONT guides to the definition of a small seaside town in the Tendring district of Essex, having a reputation for being an old-fashioned, exclusive resort

2d    See lower crossing place (6)
OXFORD: A charade of OX (lower) as cryptically an animal that lows or makes the sound of cattle and FORD (crossing place) as an area in a river or stream that is not deep and can be crossed on foot, on horseback or in a vehicle leads to the definition of the diocese of the Church of England that forms part of the Province of Canterbury and covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

3d    A bed rather dishevelled, ragged (10)
THREADBARE: An anagram (dishevelled) of A BED RATHER guides to the definition of an adjective meaning thin and tattered with age or much use, especially of cloth, clothing etc

4d    Painful getting up for lover (4)
EROS: SORE (painful) as aching or causing pain, especially of one’s body due to wounds, bruises etc being taken upwards (getting up) as a reversal in the down clue, taking to the definition of the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid

5d    Inside celebrated having exceedingly bad reputation (8)
INFAMOUS: A charade of IN (inside) as expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else and FAMOUS (celebrated) as known about and recognised by many people guides to the definition of an adjective meaning notoriously vile or having a reputation of the worst kind

6d    Maiden from folklore Leila discovered (7)
LORELEI: Part of or hidden inside (discovered) folkLORE LEIla guides to the definition of a beautiful maiden in German legend who threw herself into the Rhine River in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren who lured fishermen and sailors to their death

7d    Emblazon with red problematic prize (6,5)
BRONZE MEDAL: An anagram (problematic) of EMBLAZON and (with) RED guides to the definition of a medal made of bronze or having the appearance of bronze that is awarded as a prize for winning the third place in a race or competition

9d    Wickedly fast delivery person? (5,6)
DEMON BOWLER: A cryptic definition of an exceptionally fast or skilful bowler in cricket is arrived at from a player who is bowling or hitting deliveries (delivery person) preceded by the demonstration of one of the demonic qualities (wickedly fast)

12d    Double corn mistakenly used in cookery (6,4)
CORDON BLEU: An anagram (mistakenly) of DOUBLE CORN guides to the definition used in cookery to describe cookery or cooks of the highest standard

15d    Splendid personality in part of unconscious mind (8)
SUPEREGO: A charade of SUPER (splendid) as excellent or exceptionally good and EGO (personality) as a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance guides to the definition of the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalisation of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience and a sense of guilt

17d    Boast as play cancelled (4,3)
SHOW OFF: A charade of SHOW (play) as a play or other stage performance, especially a musical and OFF (cancelled) as abandoned or cancelled guides to the definition of a phrasal verb meaning to boast or brag about one’s accomplishments or abilities

19d    Ship
that might incubate disease? (7)
CARRIER: Double nounal definition; the second being a person or animal that transmits a disease-causing organism or passes a disease to others, especially without themselves displaying symptoms that takes to the first a military vehicle or ship that is used to move soldiers, weapons etc

20d    Button‘s issue after info on the radio (6)
JENSON: SON (issue) as a male child of one’s own preceded by or following (after) GEN (info) as an informal term for information serving as a homophone heard by the audience (on the radio), arriving at the definition of the first name of Jenson Alexander Lyons Button, the British racing driver who won the 2009 Formula One World Championship

23d    Attention-seeker seen in Bishop’s Stortford (4)
PSST: Part of or hidden inside (seen in) BishoP’S STortford guides to the definition of an exclamation used to attract someone’s attention quietly or surreptitiously

There were several clues that I liked in this pangrammatic puzzle such as 1a, 7a, 14a, 26a, 2d, 9d, 15d, 19d, 20d and 23d; 1a being the best of the lot. Thanks to BD for the encouragement, to Cephas for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.

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