Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28100
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone and welcome. This is a Ray T crossword and unless it’s because I’m out of practice having not done the hints for one of his for some time it’s quite a tricky one.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see it.
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1a Love being in cool pants? I’m turning urbane (12)
COSMOPOLITAN — An anagram (turning) of COOL PANTS I’M which contains (in) the letter that looks like a love score in a game of tennis.
8a Running alongside sweetheart? (7)
ELOPING — This is what two people do when they decide to leg it to go off and get married on the quiet.
9a Shut up inside more open cooler (7)
FRESHER — My first thought here was that the ‘cooler’ was the slang word meaning prison – it’s not. Begin with a word that means more open or less confined. Inside that (inside) you need two letters that you might say to someone if you wanted them to shut up or stop talking.
11a Account for former husband maybe left in drag (7)
EXPLAIN — The usual two letters for a former husband (or wife) are followed by a noun meaning someone who is a drag or nuisance which contain L(eft).
12a Riotous crew gripping paddle (7)
ROARING — A crew or gang, perhaps criminals, contain (gripping) a paddle or something used to propel a boat.
13a Light from church on hill (5)
TORCH — Start with a hill or rock-face and follow that with one of the many two letter abbreviations for church.
14a Occasionally thus answered the compiler’s vacuous enigmas (9)
SOMETIMES — String together two letters meaning thus or in this way, a word meaning answered or satisfied, another two letters for how the compiler might refer to himself and, finally, the first and last letters (vacuous, or empty) of E(nigma)S.
16a Short record frill by Queen, nearly perfect (9)
EPHEMERAL — An old kind of vinyl record, the sort that had a couple of tracks on each side, a frill or trimming, the two letters for our Queen, and the first two letters of a three letter word meaning perfect or total.
19a Fellow robed in Augustinian raiment initially (5)
FRIAR — The first letters (initially) of the remaining five words of the clue – a Ray T special, if ever I saw one.
21a Back nag, not first after finish (7)
ENDORSE — Start off with a word meaning finish or close and follow that (after) with a nag or steed without its first letter (not first).
23a Modest, taking small plunge (7)
DESCENT — A word meaning modest or proper contains (taking) S(mall).
24a Raunchier photo that is found in Sun, right? (7)
SPICIER — A short informal word for a photo or snapshot and the usual two letters for that is are contained in S(un) and R(ight).
25a Green Party, following article, almost outspoken (7)
AVOCADO — Begin with the indefinite article and follow that with the first four letters of a five letter word meaning outspoken or vociferous –finish off with an informal word for a party or get together.
26a Free support before shower in nude, unusually (12)
UNRESTRAINED — A support or prop (before) a shower or spell of wet weather – all contained in (in) an anagram (unusually) of IN NUDE.
1d One cuts start of county cricket, say (7)
CHOPPER — The first letter (start of) C(ounty) is followed by a way of describing a cricket or small chirping insect – not the sport that always gets me in a complete dither, thankfully, although I did panic a bit when I first read the clue!
2d Sort of crop rotation, endlessly long (7)
SPINACH — A rotation or twist is followed by the first three of a four letter word (endlessly) meaning long or pine for.
3d Arranger of scores in a group making comeback (9)
ORGANISER — Our first lurker or hidden answer – not just hidden in the clue, it’s reversed (making a comeback) as well. I know I’m bad at these but really – oh dear! I only got the answer when there was nothing else that would fit with all the letters that I had and then I still didn’t see it for ages.
4d Old iron in fire oddly present (5)
OFFER — The one letter for O(ld) is followed by the first and third letters of FiRe (oddly) which contain (in) the chemical symbol for iron.
5d Muddled account accepted by one following (7)
INEXACT — Begin with the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one and follow that with a word meaning following or coming immediately after which contains (accepted by) the two letter abbreviation for account.
6d Shame, it turned into disbelief (7)
ATHEISM — An anagram (turned) of SHAME IT
7d Criminal even shelters still (12)
NEVERTHELESS — . . . immediately followed by another anagram (criminal) of EVEN SHELTERS.
10d Recording about soldier on base stifling resistance (12)
REGISTRATION — Two letters meaning about or concerning and another two letters for a soldier, an American one, are followed by a base or headquarters which contain (stifling) the one letter for R(esistance).
15d Theatrics from Dame with moral performing (9)
MELODRAMA — An anagram (performing) of DAME and MORAL
17d Emperor deceived over new look, sent up (7)
HADRIAN — Start with an informal way of saying ‘deceived’, as in “You’ve been ***”, and follow that with a reversal of N(ew) and a look or general manner.
18d Spread tiny amount holding knife perhaps (7)
MARMITE — A tiny amount or a smidgeon contains (holding) something of which a knife is an example (perhaps) – it could just as easily be a gun or another weapon.
19d Safe’s too noticeable to hold swag (7)
FESTOON — Our second lurker or hidden answer (to hold) – he’s in the middle of the first three words of the clue.
20d Erin lad possibly from here (7)
IRELAND — An anagram (possibly) of ERIN LAD.
22d Better get over embracing bird (5)
EGRET — And as if two weren’t enough here’s our third and final lurker (embracing) – it’s also reversed (over).
I liked 8 and 14a and 18d. My favourite was 24a. What did you think?
The Quickie pun:- (PRIOR) + (FUR) + (TIE) = (PRIVATE EYE) Thanks to BD, Gazza and CS – I would never have got this one.