Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27741
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone. It’s a bit on the nippy side in Oxford but if we can believe the forecast it’s going to be a lovely day later on. I have no doubt that this is a Ray T crossword – it has most of his trademarks and anyway it’s his week. I thought it was reasonably straightforward for one of his but have given it three stars as I got stuck in the bottom right corner – I find it really hard to judge the difficulty of a crossword when I’m doing the hints anyway.
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1a Endless banter with line I’m spinning (12)
INTERMINABLE — An anagram (spinning) of BANTER and LINE I’M. I know that I’ve said this before but a nice long and not too difficult anagram right across the top is a good start – I’m beginning to think that this might be a new Ray T trademark.
9a Lad with catapult taking tumble (9)
STRIPLING — A catapult or something with a string attached for hurling a stone contains (taking) another word for tumble or fall down.
10a Capital of Sweden? (5)
KRONA — No – not the geographical capital but the money that is used in Sweden.
11a Tremble madly, hugging figure (6)
EMBLEM — He’s there – right in between the first two words of the clue (hugging) and I caught him before he had a chance to catch me out.
12a Bit by dog, mine unfortunately, after seconds (8)
SMIDGEON — An anagram (unfortunately) of DOG MINE after the one letter abbreviation for S(econds).
13a One sketches model’s middle comparatively naked (6)
DRAWER — The middle letter of moDel is followed by a word meaning more naked or wearing fewer clothes. If someone is starkers another way of saying so is that they are “in the ***”.
15a Sun spread rejected sexy photo (8)
SNAPSHOT — Start with S(un), follow that with a reversal (rejected) of another word for spread or extent and finish with a word meaning sexy or full of lust.
18a Faithful concerned with good man consumed by hypocrisy (8)
CONSTANT — A short preposition meaning concerned with or about and the usual two letter abbreviation for crossword land’s favourite good man are contained in (consumed by)a four letter word meaning hypocrisy or insincere talk
19a Beat America, putting first of astronauts in space (6)
HIATUS — A verb to beat or strike contains the first letter of A(tronauts) and is followed by one of the normal abbreviations for America.
21a Single record on turntable ends (8)
DISCRETE — A record, maybe a CD or a DVD, is followed by a two letter abbreviation meaning on or concerning and the first and last letters (ends) of T(urntabl)E.
23a Spot politician in imposing building (6)
PIMPLE — Our usual politician is contained in (in) an imposing building or large house.
26a Cooked as French — in other words, entrée for dinner (5)
FRIED — The two letter abbreviation for FR(ench), another two letter abbreviation for the Latin meaning in other words or that is to say and then the first letter (entrée) of D(inner).
27a Rating coming down following case of excess (9)
ESTEEMING — A word for coming down – not landing but pouring with rain – is preceded by (following) the first and last letters (case of) E(xces)S.
28a Row of detectives with squad in a salute (12)
DISAGREEMENT — Time to get the lego out and start building – begin with the common abbreviation for some fairly high up detectives, follow them with the A from the clue and a word meaning salute or acknowledge which contains (in) a squad or team of blokes.
1d As an alternative, detains criminal (7)
INSTEAD — An anagram (criminal) of DETAINS
2d Itch oddly then take pulse (5)
THROB — The alternate letters (oddly) of iTcH are followed by a word meaning to take (illegally).
3d Show envy going after Queen record (9)
REPRESENT — A verb to envy or begrudge is preceded (going after) the one letter abbreviation for a Queen and an old type of record which was played at 45 rpm and usually had two tracks on each side.
4d Bird’s in bliss on and off (4)
IBIS — The alternate letters (on and off) of IN BLISS
5d Debate advanced and divided catching stick (8)
ARGUMENT — The one letter abbreviation for A(dvanced) is followed by a word meaning divided or split apart containing (catching) a verb to stick or glue.
6d Enjoyed getting beaten without clubs (5)
LIKED — A word meaning beaten or well and truly thrashed without the abbreviation for C(lubs).
7d Mate who’s drunk a bit (8)
SOMEWHAT — An anagram (drunk) of MATE WHO’S
8d French artist capturing grand attractive person (6)
MAGNET — One of the French impressionists containing (capturing) G(rand)
14d One acting so suspiciously? (8)
AGNOSTIC — An anagram (suspiciously) of ACTING SO.
16d Right killjoy covers disgusting eye-opener (9)
PRIVILEGE – Begin with a killjoy or someone likely to disapprove of a smutty joke – put another word for disgusting or repulsive inside that (covers) and finish off with the first letter (opener) of E(ye).
17d Superman at He-Man’s tackling Bane (8)
ANATHEMA — This hidden answer was nearly the one that got away today. I think all the hyphens and capitals confused me – well, that’s my excuse anyway.
18d Order fish provided by day’s end (6)
CODIFY — A large food fish is followed by a conjunction meaning provided that or supposing and finished off with the last letter (end) of (da)Y.
20d Deceit of sweetheart caught in modest embrace (7)
SLEIGHT — The middle letter of swEet (sweetheart) is contained in (caught in) a word meaning modest – not shy but a small amount of something.
22d Initially rotating arms does involve individual bones (5)
RADII — The first letters (initially) of the middle five words of the clue.
24d Stance to keep one’s balance (5)
POISE — I think this is a double definition. I also think I might have missed something here – spent ages trying to think of a three letter word meaning stance containing the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one with the ‘S from the clue but . . . if anyone has any better ideas please feel free to say so!
25d Porridge mix (4)
STIR — The first word of the clue and the answer are both slang words for time spent in prison.
I liked 12 and 15a and 7 and 22d. My favourite was 25d.
Quickie pun:- Deck+Stir=Dexter