Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28070
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello all – you’ve got me again today. This isn’t a Ray T crossword. I thought it was quite tricky so it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of you got on with it.
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1a Local left in charge is put in shade as annoying character (6,8)
PUBLIC NUISANCE — I hope that you’re all sitting up and paying attention – I’m only saying this lot once. First word first – begin with a local, not a bar, nor an inn but another three letter one. Follow that with the abbreviation for L(eft) and finish off with another abbreviation, this time the one for I(n) C(harge). Now the second word – start off with a word meaning shade or a subtle degree of difference which contains (put in) IS from the clue – phew!
9a Emphasise position of leading tennis player? (5,2)
POINT UP — A tennis match is made up sets and games and something smaller – you need one of those and a word meaning ahead. I’ve never heard of this meaning but it is in the BRB.
10a Slight curve going round hospital room (7)
CHAMBER – A slight curve or convexity on the upper surface of a road or ship deck contains (going round) the abbreviation for H(ospital).
11a American school makes one exhilarated (4)
HIGH — This is a double definition – the American school is the one that we would call secondary school (or, when you’re very little, big school) and it also means exhilarated or drunk.
12a Son with papers, say, and weapon gets fleeting look (4,6)
SIDE GLANCE — Start off with S(on) and follow him with some papers – not newspapers but something that is required by law to be carried at all times in some other countries – then you need the two letters meaning say, or for example and finally a weapon – a pointed one used by the cavalry. Another one that I’m not in a rush to repeat!
14a Expert play on words said in French (6)
PUNDIT — A play on words, a bit like the first couple of clues in the Quickie crossword, is followed by the past participle of the French verb ‘to say’.
15a Gave a hand when located round back of offices (8)
ASSISTED — A two letter word for when or while is followed by one meaning located or placed which contains (round) the last letter (back of) office(S).
17a Horrible brute with lie almost getting disproof (8)
REBUTTAL — An anagram (horrible) of BRUTE is followed by (with) three of four letters (almost) of a word meaning a lie or fib.
18a Priest in old British military outfit showing faith (6)
BELIEF — Unless you know this ‘old British military outfit’ which operated abroad in both World Wars (I didn’t) it’s really a question of thinking of a six letter word for faith or ethic which contains a three letter biblical priest and then looking up the remaining letters. I’ll save you all the trouble – they stand for B(ritish) E(xpeditionary) F(orce).
21a Titled woman about ready to reform king? Idealist (10)
DAYDREAMER — A titled woman – Judy Dench for example – contains (about) an anagram (to reform) of READY then follow that with the one letter latin abbreviation for king.
22a Stock evidence of a wrongdoer, it’s said (4)
GILT — This ‘stock’ is an investment regarded as being very safe – it’s also a homophone of evidence of a wrongdoer, or the verdict reached in a court of law.
24a Ale a keg spilt — from this? (7)
LEAKAGE — An anagram (spilt) of ALE A KEG. This one was much easier to solve when I stopped reading ‘spilt’ as ‘split’. Oh dear!
25a Partygoer at home by six — something holding up the ball? (7)
INVITEE — This partygoer is an expected guest rather than a gatecrasher. Start with the usual two letters meaning ‘at home’ and follow that with the Roman numerals for ‘six’ and then finish off with the funny little thing that a golf ball perches on before it’s whacked into the middle distance.
26a Showing the full effects of crashing? (4,2,3,5)
DEAD TO THE WORLD — This kind of crashing means fast asleep. Well, I hope it does otherwise it’s a rather macabre answer!
1d Dads’ dance — in which uncle pays up (3-4)
POP-SHOP — This uncle isn’t your Mum’s or Dad’s brother, he’s a pawn broker. An affectionate word for your father, with the ‘S’ is followed by a dance, or a dancing party.
2d Garb’s undeniably wrong for charity event (5,3,3,4)
BRING AND BUY SALE — An anagram (wrong) of GARB’S UNDENIABLY
3d Regulars in minor team getting tiny amount (4)
IOTA — You need the alternate letters (regulars) of mInOr TeAm.
4d Table accessory and kitchenware taken up by family (6)
NAPKIN — A reversal (taken up) of a piece of kitchenware or cooking container is followed by a word meaning family or clan.
5d Expand where night-watchman might be? (8)
INCREASE — The night-watchman here is not someone guarding premises during the hours of darkness – he’s a cricketer, more specifically a relatively unskilled batsman sent in to bat towards the end of the day’s play – split 2, 6, it’s where he’d be. I do hope that you’re all pround of me for getting this one.
6d A hardly believable paper invariably (2,3,5)
AT ALL TIMES — The first two words of this answer, split 1, 4, are often followed by ‘story’ meaning something hardly believable or pretty unlikely – here they’re followed by a paper, a newspaper – not the DT but one of the other more reputable ones.
7d Chancellor perhaps gets basic intern time reviewed (7,8)
CABINET MINISTER — An anagram (reviewed) of BASIC INTERN TIME
8d One that’s thick infernal sort? About right (6)
FRIEND — This thick isn’t stupid, crowded or made of extra warm material – it’s a person who you’re close to or intimate with – as thick as thieves for example. Start with an infernal sort of being – a beast, demon or devil – which contains (about) the one letter abbreviation for R(ight).
13d Hotel meeting place in ground set down in dependent region (10)
HINTERLAND — The one letter for Hotel as used in the phonetic alphabet is followed by (meeting) a verb to place in the ground or bury and after that you need another word for set down or come down to earth.
16d European city uprising over, as in receipt of German OK (8)
SARAJEVO — Take the word ‘over’ from the clue and the word ‘as’ from the clue – between them (in receipt of) put the German word for OK or yes – then reverse the whole lot (uprising).
17d Sift puzzling piece of verse (6)
RIDDLE — A double definition – the first meaning to separate big bits from smaller ones by passing through a sieve.
19d Idiot in craze hoarding articles (7)
FATHEAD — A craze or vogue contains (in) two articles – the definite and the indefinite.
20d Look forward to chutney perhaps (6)
RELISH — Another double definition, I think, although I’m not quite sure that it really means to ‘look forward to’ – more to enjoy or appreciate.
23d Acknowledge a victor with pained expression (4)
AVOW — The A from the clue, the one letter for V(ictor) and a pained expression meaning ‘that hurt’. A nice easy one to end up with.
A funny one today – not many anagrams – I made it four with another partial one although a couple of them were spectacularly long No lurkers unless they’re lurking so successfully that I’ve missed them altogether.
I liked 12 and 14a. My favourite was 2d.
The Quickie Pun:- (OWE) + (CAR) + (PEAS) = (OKAPIS)