Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28004
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is the last time I’m doing the hints for a while – we’re off on a long trip on Sunday and not back until the beginning of March so I’ll ‘see’ you all then. Today’s crossword is the first Ray T production for about three weeks – I thought it was quite tricky but, as I keep saying, I find it almost impossible to judge difficulty or enjoyment when I’m doing the hints.
In the hints the definition is underlined and the answer is hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Put off, seeing pop style madness surrounding ‘Posh’ (10)
DISCOURAGE — A style of music, usually played very loudly in clubs, and a word meaning madness or temper are split by (surrounding) the usual one letter word for ‘Posh’.
6a Members with Air Miles both gutted (4)
ARMS — The first and last letters (both gutted, or having the middles removed) of AiR MileS.
9a Reserve holding opener for lotion or ointment (5)
SALVE — A word meaning reserve or keep back contains the first letter (opener) of L(otion).
10a Wine in imitation piece of glass, we hear (9)
CHAMPAGNE — Two homophones (we hear) – the first is one for imitation or fake and the second is a piece of glass – the kind you might find in a window.
12a Make-up artist‘s alien accepted by astronomer (13)
COSMETOLOGIST — A general term for someone who studies the universe contains (accepted by) the usual crossword land alien who was the star of a 1982 Steven Spielberg film.
14a Novel and elves — bound to work? (8)
ENSLAVED — An anagram (novel) of AND ELVES
15a Violent explosion under the bridge? (6)
SNEEZE — The bridge is part of your nose . . .
17a Scathing about for instance flipping butt (6)
TARGET — Another word for scathing or acid contains (about) a reversal (flipping) of the usual two letter abbreviation for for instance or as an example.
19a Possibly sew name right in trousers? (8)
MENSWEAR — An anagram (possibly) of SEW NAME is followed by R(ight).
21a Painter, I rework Monet’s ‘Irises’, power replacing energy (13)
IMPRESSIONIST — Begin with the I from the clue and follow that with an anagram (rework) of MONET’S IRISES with one of the ‘E’s (energy) being swapped (replacing) for the one letter abbreviation for P(ower).
24a Financial paper’s in crisis with new document-writer (9)
DRAFTSMAN — A crisis or a touch of the histrionics contains (in) the two letter abbreviation for a financial newspaper – the pink one, and don’t forget to include the ‘S – follow that with N(ew) from the clue.
25a Ace bed after taking in second course (5)
ASCOT — Start with A(ce) and follow that with a bed for a child which contains S(econd).
26a River duck going to east (4)
NILE — Another word for a duck or no runs in cricket is followed by (going to) E(ast).
27a Fondle embracing the French lovely ends with haste (10)
CARELESSLY — Begin with a word meaning fondle or cuddle which contains (embracing) the word for the French definite article and follow that with the first and last letters (ends) of L(ovel)Y
1d Destroy tree that has died first (4)
DASH — A well known timber tree is preceded by the one letter abbreviation for D(ied) (has died first).
2d Singles out for empty love in groups (7)
SELECTS — The first and last letters (empty) of L(ov)E are contained in (in) some groups or cults.
3d Old lines blokes tell originally about junk’s exaggeration (13)
OVERSTATEMENT — Start off with the one letter abbreviation for O(ld) follow that with some lines or a poem and the first letter (originally) of T(ell) which contain (about) some blokes, or chaps and some junk or rubbish. That’s a bit of a dog’s dinner – sorry folks!
4d Rose quickly and staggered clutching edges of table (8)
ROCKETED — Another word for staggered or swayed containing (clutching) the first and last letters (edges) of T(abl)e.
5d Fertiliser gathered under avian nests, organic initially (5)
GUANO — The first letters (initially) of the middle five words of the clue.
7d ‘Jazz‘ by Queen, a grand release in comeback (7)
RAGTIME — The one letter abbreviation of the latin word for queen, the A from the clue, another one letter abbreviation, this time for G(rand) and then a reversal (in comeback) of a release or discharge.
8d Where test involved grasping a flame (10)
SWEETHEART — An anagram (involved) of WHERE TEST which contains (grasping) the A from the clue.
11d Divine erotic snap got hacked (13)
PROGNOSTICATE — An anagram (hacked) of EROTIC SNAP GOT.
13d Finest travelled by horse and dominated (10)
BESTRIDDEN — A word meaning finest or of the highest quality is followed by another way of saying rode on horseback.
16d Run down wildcat beneath lair (8)
DENOUNCE — A lair or hideout is followed by (beneath) a wildcat otherwise known as the snow leopard and only ever encountered in crosswords.
18d Artist’s music style, heavenly on and off (7)
RAPHAEL — Start with a style of music which has a silent C at the beginning and follow that with alternate letters (on and off) of HeAvEnLy.
20d Apprentice stupidly holding leads on (7)
ENTICES — A lurker or a hidden answer (holding) – it’s in the middle of the first two words of the clue.
22d Country, in origin, somewhere around Micronesia or Australia (5)
SAMOA — The first letters (in origin) of the last five words of the clue.
23d Endure time in express (4)
STAY – A short word to express or put into words contains (in) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
I liked 15 and 24a and 4 and 16d.
The Quickie Pun:- FARCE + TEDIOUS = FASTIDIOUS