Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28154
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday – I have an idea of who it might be but I’ve been wrong so many times that I think I’ll keep my suspicions to myself and wait and see if anyone calls in to take ownership. I really enjoyed it although I noticed quite a few anagrams which won’t suit all of you. I didn’t think it was too tricky but I am, as always, more than happy for you to disagree with me so what did you think? Please leave us a comment.
The definitions in the hints are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
1a Greeting from Chicago — what are the odds? (4)
CIAO — An Italian greeting comes from the odd letters of Chicago.
3a Someone getting up part of the staircase (5)
RISER — This is a double definition – the first is fairly obvious and the second is part of a step in a staircase even though I’m never really sure which part.
6a Leaders of radical avant garde slated in tabloids (4)
RAGS — The first letters (leaders) of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth words in the clue give you some of the more disreputable newspapers.
8a Ceremony from which bride and groom emerge with double-barrelled name? (7,8)
SHOTGUN MARRIAGE — A wedding involving coercion often by the armed father of the bride.
9a Supposed setback for De Niro, tackling ‘Page’ instead of ‘King’ (6)
OPINED — Reverse (setback) of De Niro swapping (tackling) the one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for ‘King’ for another abbreviation, this time the one one for ‘Page’. This was much easier once I’d stopped trying to make it something to do with Robert.
10a Mugs develop this flaw (8)
HALFWITS — An anagram (develop) of THIS FLAW.
11a Rough justice rules when Bet ran the Rovers? (5-3)
LYNCH LAW — The surname of Bet in the pub in a long running soap opera is followed by a set of rules or statutes. Thank you, Mr Google, – having never watched this I was a bit sunk but did recognise the name of the pub.
13a Mellow blend of tea and rum (6)
MATURE — An anagram (blend) of TEA and RUM.
15a Half of short-form cricket score (6)
TWENTY — The word in this answer repeated is a fast-paced form of cricket. Oh dear – well how was I to know? I looked up forty which seemed to make sense but wasn’t helpful . . .
17a Feel slur involved nationalism (4-4)
SELF-RULE — An anagram (involved) of FEEL SLUR
19a Major temptation for the First Lady in Manhattan (3,5)
BIG APPLE — The capitalisation of ‘First Lady’ is a red herring – the first lady here got up to no good in the Garden of Eden when she succumbed to the offer of a piece of fruit.
21a Getting through last course? (6)
COPING — A double definition – the second being the covering course of masonry of a wall.
22a Smoke and mirrors in timeless political solution strangely not over (7,8)
OPTICAL ILLUSION — An anagram (strangely) of POLITICAL, without the T (timeless) and SOLUTION, without the abbreviation for O(ver) (not over).
23a Relation of wholewheat bread without a majority of rye (4)
GRAN — Some wholewheat or brown bread – the kind with malted seeds in it – without the A from the clue and the first two letters (majority of) RYe.
24a Artist’s agent is less flamboyant (5)
DRYER — A double definition – the first one being something an artist might use to dry some oils or paint.
25a Extremely colourful flare (4)
VERY — A double definition (I think) – a word that means extremely, or ever so, is also the name of a coloured flare fired from a pistol and named after the naval officer of the same name.
1d Cook ‘osculates’ French dish (9)
CASSOULET — An anagram (cook) of OSCULATES.
2d Eternity with piercing pain arising due to wind (7)
AEOLIAN — A four letter word meaning an eternity or a very long time contains (piercing) a reversal (arising) of a word for pain or trouble.
3d Only a rude drunken song and dance (9)
ROUNDELAY — An anagram (drunken) of ONLY A RUDE.
4d East Londoner’s property and house in South West anyway (7)
SOMEHOW — The abbreviation for South West contains (in) how an East Londoner might refer to his (or her) abode, assuming he or she drops the H as all East Londoners are supposed to do certainly as far as crossword clues are concerned, and the two letter abbreviation for house.
5d Rustic Murray limitlessly out of sorts before middle of Wimbledon (5)
RURAL — An anagram (out of sorts) of the middle four letters (limitlessly) of mURRAy is followed by the middle letter of wimbLedon. Very topical.
6d Outcome of downpour in rocky terrain swamping western area (9)
RAINWATER — An anagram (rocky) of TERRAIN which contains (swamping) the abbreviations for W(estern) and A(rea).
7d Comedian name-dropped Mafioso (7)
GAGSTER — A member of the Mafia or band of violent criminals without (dropped) the one letter abbreviation for N(ame).
12d It can go on spreading disease (9)
CONTAGION — An anagram (spreading) of IT CAN GO ON.
13d ‘Minuscule tooth-filling’ clue set (9)
MOLECULAR — This ‘tooth’ is one of the big ones at the back of your mouth – it contains (filling) an anagram (set) of CLUE.
14d Internet boon, storing information in a crisis (9)
EMERGENCY — The one letter meaning anything to do with the internet is followed by a boon or a blessing which contains (storing) some information or data. I had a nasty moment or two when I first read this one – it all sounded very IT to me but turned out not to be at all – phew, what a relief.
16d Women’s Institute’s admitting husband according to rumour (7)
WHISPER — The abbreviations for W(omen’s) I(nstitute) contain (admitting) the abbreviation for H(usband) – don’t forget the ‘S – these are followed by a short Latin word for according to, or by means of.
17d Identify mushrooms served up I fancy superficially (7)
SPECIFY — Begin with a reversal (served up) of some edible mushrooms and follow that with the I from the clue and the first and last letters (superficially) of F(anc)Y.
18d Take advantage of United match featuring oldies here and there (7)
UTILISE — The abbreviation for U(nited) is followed by a word meaning match or equal which contains (featuring) the alternate letters (here and there) of oLdIeS.
20d Welsh party for squares? (5)
PLAID — When followed by Cymru this is the Welsh Nationalist Party – on its own it’s Welsh for party and it also means squares, as in tartan.
I liked lots of these but I’ll restrict myself to a few so will go for 10 and 19a. My favourite was 5d.
The Quickie Pun:- KNOW + THYME + TOULOUSE = NO TIME TO LOSE