Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28184
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone – only me! I have no doubt at all that this is a Ray T crossword – it has all his trademarks and anyway it’s his week. I think it’s probably somewhere in the middle of his range of difficulty but, as always, I’m very happy for any or all of you to disagree with me as I find it almost impossible to judge when I know that I’m doing the hints.
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In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that tell you to ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them and try not to do it by mistake.
1a Aggravated by lie altered on purpose (12)
DELIBERATELY — An anagram (aggravated) of BY LIE ALTERED. A nice long anagram almost all the way across the top is such a nice way to start off specially if you’re smart enough to do it straight away – I wasn’t and didn’t.
9a Covering Rolling Stones, perhaps getting older (9)
BANDAGING — The Rolling Stones is just an example of what they were, indicated by ‘perhaps’, so it could be the Beatles or Manfred Mann or whoever takes your fancy – follow that with a word for what they’re all doing (getting older) whether or not they care to admit it.
10a Hug sweetheart and complain (5)
GRIPE — This kind of ‘hug’ is not a nice cuddly affectionate one – it’s more of a tight hold and it’s followed by the middle letter (heart) of sweet – a trademark Ray T clue.
11a Faith must be given hard push (6)
THRUST — A word meaning faith or belief contains (must be given) the one letter abbreviation for H(ard).
12a Steps too much, turning heel (8)
STILETTO — These steps are the kind that you could clamber over on a country walk and they’re followed by a reversal (turning) of three letters meaning too much or more than is necessary.
13a Take issue from seed if fertilised (6)
DIFFER — Our first lurker of the day – the answer is hidden (from) in the middle of the last three words of the clue. If I can find it, and I did, so can all the rest of you.
15a Attractive female creating impression (8)
FETCHING — Start off with the one letter abbreviation for F(emale) and follow that with an impression or engraving.
18a Bore I’m interrupting to put off (8)
DIAMETER — The full way of saying ‘I’m’, in other words without using an apostrophe, is inside (interrupting) a word to put off or discourage.
19a Love practically naked flipping bird (6)
DUNLIN — A word meaning love, or nothing as a score, and three of a four letter word (practically) for naked or bare are all reversed (flipping) – with a bit of luck you’ll come up with this bird that I’d never heard of which is also called a Sandpiper or a Stint.
21a Grow corn by rotating uncultivated ground (8)
MUSHROOM — Corn here is not a crop – it’s a word that is over-used or sentimental – it’s followed by a reversal (rotating) of a large area of wild or uncultivated ground.
23a Sack with gold brick’s first found in coat (6)
BEDAUB — The sack is what people might hit when retiring for the night – it’s followed by the two letter chemical symbol for gold and finished off with the first letter of B(rick) (brick’s first).
26a Rover‘s certainly not hot under the collar (5)
NOMAD — A short word meaning certainly not or don’t even think about it is followed by another meaning hot under the collar or angry.
27a Fancy stylish gallery has almost plush interior (9)
INTRICATE — Another way of saying stylish or fashionable is followed by a London art gallery which contains (has) most of (almost) a word meaning plush or luxurious.
28a Church people having opinion about Genesis (12)
COMMENCEMENT — One of the many two letter abbreviations for church and a general term for people or the human race are contained in (having opinion about) another word for an opinion or remark.
1d Considered performance circling club (7)
DEBATED — A performance or act around (circling) the kind of club that whacks a cricket ball.
2d Form of Nile river transport? (5)
LINER — An anagram (form of) of NILE is followed by the one letter abbreviation for R(iver).
3d Garment that’s about to be suspended below neck? (9)
BRASSIERE — This ‘neck’ isn’t the bit of you that attaches your head to the rest of your body – it’s rudeness or boldness (or lip or cheek to carry on the body theme) – beneath that (to be suspended below) you just need to add the two letter abbreviation meaning that is and another one for about or concerning.
4d Sack backup supporting Queen (4)
RAID — The one letter for the Latin word for Queen is followed by a backup or assistance.
5d United tie, letting in own goal (8)
TOGETHER — A verb to tie, often meaning to restrain an animal with a length of rope, contains (letting in) the two letters for that terrible faux pas, an O(wn) G(oal) – something I’d never heard of in pre-blog days.
6d Sanctioned member and a Labour leader (5)
LEGAL — The member is not a member of parliament, it’s a limb and most people have two of them – follow one of them with the A from the clue and the first letter (leader) of L(abour).
7d Bad case of wind gripping one (8)
MISTRIAL — The ‘wind’ is a cold dry NE one in Southern France – it contains (gripping) the letter that looks like a one in Roman numerals. A lot of misdirection here – the answer is not at all as it first seems!
8d Take ages to fit in (6)
BELONG — If this is split 2,4 it means take ages or too much time as in if you’re going somewhere someone could say, “OK, but don’t ** ****”.
14d Obscurely see a form that’s terrifying (8)
FEARSOME — An anagram (obscurely) of SEE A FORM.
16d Burn abnormally acute growth (9)
CAUTERISE — Another anagram (abnormally) of ACUTE which is followed by a growth or an increase.
17d Sensuality‘s odd methods in wasting time (8)
HEDONISM — . . . and another anagram (odd) this time of METHODS IN without (wasting or getting rid of) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime). This one caused grief, huge grief – I didn’t see the anagram indicator and it was my last answer. Oh dear!
18d Embraced by blonde, man denies urge (6)
DEMAND — Our second lurker or hidden answer indicated by ‘embraced by’ – it’s in the middle of the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
20d Most aristocratic old boy left in retreat (7)
NOBLEST — The two letter abbreviation for O(ld) B(oy) and the one letter for L(eft) are contained in (in) a retreat or shelter.
22d Wireless router accesses data — internet opening starts (5)
RADIO — The first letters (starts) of the middle five words of the clue – another of Ray T’s trademark clues which gave me temporary blindness – thought we were being a bit ‘techie’ here when I first read it.
24d Wide open space in empty amphitheatre (5)
AGAPE — A space or cavity are contained in (in) the first and last letters (empty) of A(mphitheatr)E.
25d Shock seeing potty upset (4)
STUN — A reversal (upset) of a word meaning potty, as in not quite sane.
I liked lots of these but to keep it short a few of them are 21 and 26a and 3 and 25d. My favourite was 7d.
The Quickie Pun:- CASH + HEWN + HUTS = CASHEW NUTS