Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28118
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is not a Ray T crossword – my first impression was that it was going to be a tricky one but once I got started things fell into place without too much trouble. I’ve given it a 2* for difficulty but, as always, I’m more than happy for anyone to disagree with me.
The answers are hidden under the things that say ANSWER so only do that it you need to see them.
1a Drinks outlet belonging to criminal left in charge inside (3-7)
OFF-LICENCE — Start with a short word that means belonging to or derived from and follow that with a criminal who receives stolen goods which contains (inside) the abbreviations for L(eft) and I(n) C(harge).
6a Report of star not working (4)
IDLE — A homophone (report of) a film star.
9a Cases in which time is lost in game (5)
CHESS — These cases aren’t law suits or luggage – they’re the kind that might contain treasure – just take out (lost) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
10a Carry off bit of a brightly-coloured suit in rally (4,5)
TAKE HEART — A word that means carry off or seize is followed by one of the suits in a pack of cards that’s red (brightly coloured).
12a Noble ordered handy MG? It is seen as arrogant (4,3,6)
HIGH AND MIGHTY — Begin with another word for noble or aristocratic and follow that with an anagram (ordered) of HANDY MG IT.
14a In East End, judge calls to get ornamental accessories (8)
EARRINGS — Another homophone (calls) – remove the letter that people living in the East End of London are supposed to drop.
15a Duck coming from headland following two directions (6)
ESCAPE — Two points of the compass or directions are followed by another word for a headland or promontory.
17a Tacit support derived from a global body? (6)
UNSAID — The two letter abbreviation for the global body responsible for peace keeping, with an ‘S that means derived from, is followed by another word for support or assistance.
19a Firm with large mistake in ruin (8)
COLLAPSE — Begin with the usual two letters for a firm or business and follow them with the one letter abbreviation for L(arge) and another word for a mistake or omission.
21a Porters active at work in entrepreneurial area (7,6)
PRIVATE SECTOR — An anagram (at work) of PORTERS ACTIVE
24a Rash unionist, one originally taking part in drive (9)
IMPETUOUS — The abbreviation for U(nionist) and the first letter (originally) of O(ne) are contained in (taking part in) another word for drive or stimulus.
25a Measure of intelligence about artist, one ME national (5)
IRAQI — Begin with the two letters used to measure a level of intelligence – inside them (about) you need another two letters, this time the ones usually used for an artist and all that lot is followed by the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
26a Standard kept by man or machine? (4)
NORM — Our first lurker of the day (kept by) – the answer is hidden in the last three words of the clue.
27a Liable to be shot? (10)
PHOTOGENIC — Shot – with a camera rather than a gun.
1d Head ignoring bishop previously (4)
ONCE — A slang word for your head (or a large marble) without its first letter, ignoring B(ishop)
2d College student, one that was bound over, supported by that woman (7)
FRESHER — A reversal (over) of a slave or someone bound to work on the land is followed by (supported by) another way of saying that woman. For no particularly good reason the first bit of this one took me a while.
3d Financing IT is reviewed as very minor (13)
INSIGNIFICANT — An anagram (reviewed) of FINANCING IT IS
4d Trio in establishment going to shooting venue drive apart (8)
ESTRANGE — The first three letters (trio in) of EST(ablishment) are followed by (going to) a place where people go to shoot.
5d Making use of a deck, get plastered (5)
CAKED — An anagram (making use of) of A DECK
7d Companion in action on stage getting old money (7)
DRACHMA — The abbreviation for C(ompanion) of H(onour) are contained in (in) a word meaning a play at the theatre (action on stage).
8d Field uniform designed for the inexperienced? (5-5)
ENTRY-LEVEL — Begin with a word for the field or competitors in an event and follow that with another way of saying uniform or even. I could add another comment to this but, in the interests of not stirring up any trouble, I’ll keep quiet.
11d Shock line to interrupt antisocial behaviour? It characterises fusspots (4-9)
HAIR-SPLITTING — Right – first word – this shock is not what happens if someone says, “Boo” to you – it’s a mass of untidy or unkempt stuff growing from your head – second word – some antisocial behaviour – not bashing old ladies but something that more and more people seem to think is OK to do in public often following coughing – once you’ve got that you need to put the abbreviation for L(ine) in the middle of it (to interrupt). Sorry – not the greatest hint in the world!
13d Umpires not prepared for fresh start (10)
RESUMPTION — An anagram (prepared) of UMPIRES NOT
16d A number arranged to tour river in county (8)
SOMERSET — Not a particular number but an indefinite part of a whole number or quantity and another word for arranged or prepared – in between those two words (to tour) you need the one letter abbreviation for R(iver).
18d One tending to avoid team leader (7)
SKIPPER — I think this is probably a double definition – the first being someone who avoids or ignores details and the second being the team leader or head honcho.
20d Relate French marshal’s ringing resistance (7)
PERTAIN — Unless you’re a historian and have the name of this French marshall at your fingertips (I’m not, and I didn’t) I suspect the best way of going about this one is to think of a word that fits the clue and then do a spot of googling. The surname of a French marshall, sometimes known as the Lion of Verdun, contains (ringing) the one letter abbreviation for R(esistance).
22d Record set by old church for long period (5)
EPOCH — An old vinyl record – the kind that was played at 45rpm and had a couple of tracks on each side – the one letter for O(ld) and one of the many two letter abbreviations for church.
23d Element of fizz in Coke (4)
ZINC — Our final lurker of the day – as before the answer is hidden in the last three words of the clue.
The two that stood out for me today were 27a and 11d. What did you think?
The Quickie Pun:- (THYME) + (STABLE) = (TIMES TABLE)