Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27861
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone. Without any doubt at all this is a Ray T Thursday. I thought it was a fairly tricky one but, as I’ve said lots of times before, I find it really difficult to judge when I know that I’m doing the hints. I hope that all of you who love his crosswords enjoy it as much as usual and, to all of you who find him difficult, just keep calm and carry on!
The answers are hidden under the things that say “Click here” so don’t do that unless you need to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today but, however you got on, please don’t call it horrid!
1a Munch, eating a small nut (6)
CASHEW — A verb to munch or chomp with your teeth contains the A from the clue and S(mall).
4a Charlie, poorer swallowing start of soft soap (8)
CLEANSER — Begin with the letter that Charlie represents in the phonetic alphabet, this is followed by word meaning poorer, or a lesser amount of, which contains (swallowing) the first letter (start of) soft.
9a Native American swiftly catches horse’s head (6)
APACHE — Another word for swiftly or rapidly contains (catches) the first letter (head) of H(orse).
10a Hymn about America facing American abomination (8)
ANATHEMA — A hymn, or spiritual song, contains (about) A(merica) and is followed by (facing) a second abbreviation for A(merican).
11a Fan with no time for act (8)
SIMULATE — A verb to fan or excite without one of its abbreviations for T(ime).
13a Reportedly longs for wife (6)
MISSUS — A homonym (reportedly) of a word that means longs or feels the lack of gives you an informal way of how a man might refer to his wife – it’s usually preceded by “The”.
15a Dessert in diet unusually generous (13)
DISINTERESTED — An anagram (unusually) of DESSERT IN DIET.
18a Awkward and formal once but relaxed (13)
UNCOMFORTABLE — Another anagram (relaxed) of FORMAL ONCE BUT. This one caused me such grief – with a few letters in the answer was clear but I completely missed the anagram indicator for ages – dim, blind or possibly both!
22a Capital haunt’s empty around old inn (6)
HOBART — The first and last letters (empty) of H(aun)T contain the one letter abbreviation for old and another word for an inn or pub.
24a Sultry redhead seen in local (8)
TROPICAL — A word meaning local or regional contains the first letter (head) of R(ed).
26a Later on I fancy Chinese, possibly (8)
ORIENTAL — An anagram (fancy) of LATER ON I.
27a Medical containers restricting temperature for organs (6)
VITALS — These organs are not musical instruments but the innards of an animal. You need some containers or small bottles which are often made of glass and are used to hold medicines which contain (restricting) the one letter abbreviation for T(emperature).
28a Sweet product, Polo centre, consumed by loads (8)
MOLASSES — The middle two letters (centre) of p(OL)o are put inside (consumed by) a word meaning loads of or, if you happen to be one of the Famous Five, lashings of something (usually ginger beer).
29a Guard posted next to railway (6)
SENTRY — Another word for posted or mailed is followed by (next to) the two letter abbreviation for a railway.
1d Obscene programme for the audience (6)
COARSE — A homonym (for the audience) of an educational programme or series of classes.
2d Erratic cop tormented with sadism (9)
SPASMODIC — An anagram (tormented) of COP with SADISM.
3d Blows out former wife then husband drinks … (7)
EXHALES — The usual two letter abbreviation for a former wife (or husband) is followed by (then) the one letter abbreviation for H(usband) and some alcoholic drinks that are a kind of beer.
5d … left single? (4)
LONE — The abbreviation for L(eft) and then another word for single or only. Hmmm – for some reason this is a bit tricky to give a hint for.
6d Like this, when finally sat on horse? (7)
ASTRIDE — A two letter conjunction meaning when or while, the last letter (finally) of (sa)T and then what you’d be about to do if you were on a horse. Sorry – that’s really one of my less than good hints but I hope you can all make some kind of sense of it!
7d Spot on manuscript appears (5)
SEEMS — A verb to spot or observe is followed by the two letter abbreviation for a manuscript.
8d Epic poem of perhaps ‘Odyssey’ (8)
RHAPSODY — The first of our hidden answers or ‘lurkers’ for today (of) – the word you’re looking for is in the middle of the last two words in the clue.
12d PA is tense with anger (6)
TANNOY — This PA is not your Dad or your secretary – it’s something that is used to make loud announcements. Begin with T(ense) and follow that with a verb to anger or irritate.
14d Clergyman bound by direct order (6)
RECTOR — Our second ‘lurker’ (bound by) – he’s obviously learnt how to do it from the answer before the last one as he’s hiding in the same place – ie in the middle of the last two words of the clue.
16d Biting fish catching river insect (9)
TRENCHANT — A dark brown freshwater fish contains (catching) the abbreviation for R(iver) and that is followed by one of the small insects that are so useful to crossword setters.
17d Sprout puree on jumper missed opening (8)
MUSHROOM — This sprout isn’t a green cabbagy vegetable that lots of people hate – it’s a verb that means to grow rapidly. Begin with a puree or sloppy food, follow that with a jumper – a short form of an Australian marsupial – and finish that off with the first letter (opening) of M(issed).
19d US state’s protecting Republican force (7)
MARINES — An American state – the largest one in New England – with the ‘S contains (protecting) the one letter abbreviation for R(epublican).
20d Bishop inclined — one’s given English name? (7)
BAPTISE — The abbreviation for B(ishop), another way of saying inclined or tending to and then the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one, the ‘S and then the one letter abbreviation for E(nglish).
21d Expressionless girl embraced by heartless bloke (6)
GLASSY — A young girl is contained in (embraced by) another word for a bloke or man without the middle letter (heartless).
23d Cool source of babbling brook (5)
BRILL — This kind of ‘cool’ is an informal way of saying ‘excellent’! The first letter (source of) B(abbling) is followed by a brook or small stream.
25d Scarce record album initially by Queen turned up (4)
RARE — The Queen has finally ‘turned up’ but she’s taken her time about it today. The first two letters (initially) of R(ecord) and A(lbum) are followed by a reversal (turned up) of the two letters for our Queen.
I liked 9 and 26a and the combination of 3 and 5d. I think my favourite was probably 21d because of the mental image that it conjures up!
The Quicke pun (Bell)+(Hid)+(And)+(Sir)=(Belly dancer)