Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28166
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. It’s a lovely morning in Oxford although it looks and feels very autumnal – I’m beginning to wonder if summer’s by-passed us this year. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday – I’m not going to pretend that I have much of an idea who set today’s crossword. It could be Shamus but I’m really only saying that because it’s about his turn. There’s a fair mixture of clues including a few trickier ones so I’ve given it 3* for difficulty but, as always, I’m more than happy for anyone to disagree with me. I enjoyed it. Please leave us a comment telling us how you got on today.
In the hints that follow the definitions are under-lined and the actual answers are hidden under the things that say ANSWER so only do that it you need to see them.
8a Versatile comedian holding surprised expression — it’s pretension (8)
FLUMMERY — This well known comedian is also an actor and presenter (versatile). He has a short surname into which you need to put a fairly unusual surprised expression – the BRB tells me that it means ([Lord] love me).
9a Elevated figure dividing US city almost (6)
NEARLY — The figure in the clue is elevated because he’s a member of the nobility – he’s sitting in the middle of two initials that are the abbreviation for the largest city in the USA.
10a Fuss overshadowed boxing (3)
ADO — This is a ‘lurker’ or a hidden answer – it’s in the middle of the middle word of the clue indicated by the word ‘boxing’.
11a Firm backed gambling site with a final twist in time (8)
OCCASION — Begin with a reversal (backed) of the usual two letters for a firm or a company and follow them with a place where roulette and other gambling games are played – then another reversal (a final twist) of the last two letters.
12a Resources the law distributed (6)
WEALTH — An anagram (distributed) of THE LAW
13a Standard adhered to in the US? (5,3,7)
STARS AND STRIPES — This standard is a flag.
15a Uncle, face of 13, and young reporter knocked back a drink (7)
SAMBUCA — This ‘uncle’ is the personification of the US government or its people (face of 13 ie the previous clue). Follow that with a reversal (knocked back) of a word that means a young or inexperienced reporter and finish it off with the A from the clue. With a bit of luck you’ll end up with an Italian liqueur which is made from aniseed – sounds ghastly.
18a Paint special number on car carrying chaps (7)
PIGMENT — The special number here is a mathematical symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – begin with that and follow it with two letters that mean a car designed to travel in comfort and at high speed – those last two letters contain (carrying) some chaps or blokes.
21a Capital band going round district with tune and ballad (11,4)
SCARBOROUGH FAIR — The ballad is a very well know one. Start off with a piece of clothing – a long narrow piece of material that can be wrapped around your neck or head (capital band). This contains (going round) a local government division of a city and then you need a short word for a tune or melody – one of those that’s easier to do than it is to write a hint for.
24a A hut is renovated in short break (6)
HIATUS — An anagram (renovated) of A HUT IS.
25a Means of transference between banks for an estate? (3,5)
CAR FERRY — Nothing to do with finance – the banks are river banks and the estate is a vehicle.
26a Sack fellow thrown out in rage (3)
IRE — Another word for sack or dismiss from employment without the abbreviation for F(ellow) – fellow thrown out.
27a Accepted rule, we hear, as part of snooker? (6)
CANNON — This one is a homophone of an ecclesiastical rule or law – the answer is a stroke used in snooker and billiards. I think we could probably add snooker to the ever increasing list of things that I don’t know anything about.
28a Dejected, as large number have figures one could see on stage (8)
DOWNCAST — Start off with the letter that means 500 in Latin (large number), follow that with a verb to have or possess and finish off with a group of actors (figures one could see on stage). The answer was pretty clear but the ‘why’ took a bit of sorting out.
1d Bring to light what’s allowed on the internet? (6)
ELICIT — A word meaning allowed or legal is preceded by the letter that is used for everything electronic or to do with the internet.
2d Damage independent politician before broadcast (6)
IMPAIR — The one letter abbreviation for I(ndependent) and the two letters meaning a politician or member of parliament come before a word meaning broadcast or make public.
3d Substitute circling — one pass and it could be a walkover (7,8)
PELICAN CROSSING — An anagram (substitute) of CIRCLING – ONE PASS.
4d Extremists in country support East acquiring new deadly material (7)
CYANIDE — Start with the first and last letters (extremists in) of C(ountr)Y, and follow that with a word for support or assistance which contains (acquiring) the one letter abbreviation for N(ew) – finish it all off with another one letter abbreviation, this time the one for E(east).
5d Understand very few articles, yet be shrewd (4,1,5,2,3)
KNOW A THING OR TWO — A verb to understand or be familiar with is followed by not many (very few) articles or items. This is the kind of expression that your Dad might have said to you, “I’ve been around for a while and I **** * ***** ** ***”
6d Soldier like Montgomery principally as example (8)
PARADIGM — Begin with the soldier from the clue – he’s one who is carried by air – follow him with a verb to like or be a big fan of something and finish off with the first letter (principally) of Montgomery. None of you would believe how much I now know about Field Marshall Montgomery.
7d Dishevelled woman, second of two sitting between poles (8)
SLATTERN — Not the first of two, or former, but a word for the one that came after (no – not the second) is contained in (sitting between) the abbreviations of the poles of the earth.
14d Division of company getting damage in East End (3)
ARM — A word meaning damage or injure without its first letter – as we all know anyone living in the East End of London always drops an H at the beginning of a word.
16d Leading opponent, heartless regarding records (8)
ARCHIVAL — A leading opponent or enemy number one without it’s middle letter (heartless).
17d Singer from Italian city with colour (8)
BARITONE — Begin with an Italian city in Apulia and on the Adriatic sea and follow that with a colour, or depth of colour or shade.
19d Period of years, limitlessly confused (3)
ERA — An anagram (confused) of the middle three letters (limitlessly) of YEARS
20d Allow case against top player reportedly (7)
CONCEDE — Start with a contraction of the Latin word for against and follow that with a homophone (reportedly) of a top tennis player – a word that gives them their positions in the world, I think.
22d Charge excessively for thermal coat (6)
FLEECE — A double definition, the second meaning a nice warm fluffy coat or jacket.
23d Sudden arrival sadly ruins start of holiday (6)
INRUSH — An anagram (sadly) of RUINS followed by the first letter (start) of Holiday.
I liked 8a and 1 and 6d. My favourite was 5d.
The Quickie Pun:- HEIR + BORN = AIRBORNE