Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28178
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone – me again. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it’s not a Ray T. I started off thinking that it was going to be a tricky one but then changed my mind. I enjoyed it. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
Apologies if the hints are not quite up to scratch – I’ve had some ‘assistance’ today from a young and very beautiful border collie who is staying with us – rather a distraction!
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the things that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see them.
1a Computer record incorporating a note to read further (6)
LAPTOP — Begin with the record – an old kind made of vinyl and played at 33 rpm – and inside that put the A from the clue and an instruction (note) to look at the other side of the piece of paper.
4a A paper having liberal line over period despite everything (5,3)
AFTER ALL — The A from the clue and a newspaper – the pink one – a short period of time, or an age, are followed by (over) two abbreviations for L(ine) and L(iberal). I always have trouble writing a hint for this kind of clue – I know exactly what I’m trying to say but, somehow, it never turns out quite as I mean it to.
9a Style of programme suitable to partner mostly (6)
FORMAT — A short word meaning suitable or appropriate to is followed by another word for a partner or your other half without its final letter (mostly).
10a Effort completed for walk in the park (8)
PUSHOVER — This walk in the park is an expression meaning something that is easily achieved. An effort or strain is followed by another way of saying completed or finished.
12a Tired officer’s area to patrol (4)
BEAT — This is a double definition, I think – the word for tired often being preceded by ‘dead’.
13a Social and political organisation (5)
PARTY — Another double definition. I’m always a bit wary of saying a clue is a particular kind as I’m not always right.
14a Cheese not lasting long, fine to ignore (4)
BRIE — A word meaning not lasting long or short without its final letter, which happens to be an F – F(ine to ignore) should give you this yummy squidgy French cheese.
17a Foreign character creates law for regulating hazardous material (7,5)
NUCLEAR WASTE — The thirteenth letter of the Greek alphabet (foreign character) is followed by an anagram (for regulating) of CREATES LAW.
20a Impropriety and hubris a movie dissected (12)
MISBEHAVIOUR — Another anagram (dissected) of HUBRIS A MOVIE.
23a Top copy, ten required (4)
APEX — A verb to copy or imitate is followed by the Roman numeral for ten.
24a Plant close to fence devoured by small horse (5)
PEONY — A small horse or one that is less than 14.2 hands high contains (devoured by) the last letter (close to) of fencE.
25a What goes into Genoa’s tipple? (4)
ASTI — Our first lurker, or hidden answer indicated by goes into – the answer is in the middle of the final two words of the clue.
28a Deter daughter getting publicity in publication (8)
DISSUADE — Start off with the abbreviation for D(aughter) and follow that with another word for a publication or edition which contains (getting in) an abbreviation for publicity or an advertisement.
29a Most of what riders do with one or two items of beachwear (6)
BIKINI — These ‘riders’ are cyclists. You need a verb for what they are doing without its final letter (most of) followed by (with) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
30a National institution working to stop protest by yard (8)
MONARCHY — An organised protest or demonstration contains (to stop) a word meaning working (the opposite of off) and finished off (by) the abbreviation for Y(ard).
31a Overturned pot — family’s table accessory (6)
NAPKIN — A reversal (overturned) of a pot or other cooking container is followed by a word meaning family or relatives.
1d Deserted site gathering interest as artistic quarter (4,4)
LEFT BANK — A word meaning deserted or abandoned is followed by a financial institution or a site that takes interest on loans.
2d Standard weapon in a manner of speaking (8)
PARLANCE — A short word for standard or usual is followed by a cavalry weapon or spearhead.
3d Correct without marks exam (4)
ORAL — A word meaning correct in the ethical sense without its first letter – an M – (without M[arks])
5d Rum chief in TA’s drunk as a pub staple? (5,7)
FRUIT MACHINE — An anagram (drunk) of RUM CHIEF IN TA.
6d City house? ‘City house!’ (4)
ECHO — Two letters meaning the city, as in the centre of London, are followed by the two letter abbreviation for house and then do it again from the clue. Oh dear – one of those that’s much easier to solve than write a coherent hint for!
7d State admitting duke and bishop regularly, say (6)
ADVERB — A verb, to state or declare, contains (admitting) the abbreviation for D(uke) and finished off with another abbreviation, this time the one for B(ishop).
8d Pound yielding less in East End store (6)
LARDER — The one letter for pound, the money pound, is followed by a word meaning yielding less or firmer – this starts with an H so the H is dropped as pronounced by someone living in the East End of London.
11d Habits harder to change in small measure (5-7)
HAIRS-BREADTH — An anagram (to change) of HABITS HARDER. This one took me ages.
15d Worth found in former itinerary (5)
MERIT — Our second lurker of the day (found in) – the answer is in middle of the last two words of the clue
16d A vet’s arranged place for notes (5)
STAVE — The notes are musical ones – an anagram (arranged) of A VET’S.
18d Woman’s instant control in plane (8)
JOYSTICK — A short woman’s name with the ‘S is followed by an instant or short moment in time.
19d Perhaps mandarin number one’s given rise for achievement (8)
FRUITION — The mandarin here is a small orange rather than a Chinese official and is just being used as an example (perhaps). It’s followed by a reversal (given rise) for how number one could be written.
21d Bike not made for touring over passes (6)
TANDEM — An anagram (for touring) of NOT MADE without the O – O(ver) passes.
22d Motive concerning crime devoid of right (6)
REASON — The usual short preposition meaning concerning or on the subject of is followed by a specific crime – setting fire to something illegally – without its R (devoid of right).
26d Sound of a queen maybe, largely untainted queen (4)
PURR — This ‘queen’ is a female cat and the sound is something she might make when very happy or contented. Begin with a word meaning untainted or righteous without its final letter (largely) and follow that with the one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for queen. For a little while my ‘queen’ was a bee but somehow ‘buzz’ didn’t seem to work.
27d Singer that’s enthusiastic on the up (4)
DIVA — A reversal (on the up) of a word meaning enthusiastic or eager.
I liked 24a and 18 and 26d. My favourite was 21d.
The Quickie Pun:- PARR + MYSTERY = PALMISTRY