Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28190
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone – me again. This is definitely not a Ray T Thursday. It could be a Shamus but I’m bad at spotting his crosswords and don’t really know. After my initial, “I can’t do this at all” feeling I didn’t think it was too tricky and everything fell into place without too much trouble.
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In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER
1a Airport area that’s packed — I’m clear to move ahead (7,7)
BAGGAGE RECLAIM — The first word is a general term that covers everything you take with you when you’re off on holiday (that’s packed) and the second is an anagram (to move) of I’M CLEAR. I wondered for a long time if I was missing something here but, if I am, I still can’t see it.
9a Film about a leader in trouble getting abuse (8)
MISTREAT — The film here isn’t something you’d see at the cinema, it’s a haze or a fog – follow that with an abbreviation meaning about or concerning, the A from the clue and finish off with the the first letter (leader in) of T(rouble).
10a Correct pieces penned by journalist (5)
EMEND — The usual two letters for a fairly high up kind of journalist contain (penned by) some ‘pieces’ you might use in a board game.
12a Promise kept by goatherd (4)
OATH — Our first lurker, or hidden answer (kept by) – it’s in the middle of the last word of the clue.
13a Savvy old comedian following Whitehall, say (10)
STREETWISE — Start off with something of which Whitehall is just an example (say) and follow that with one half of a pair of very well known comedians – sadly both no longer around. I wonder how fair this kind of clue is on non-UK citizens – could any of us name many foreign comedians? I certainly couldn’t.
15a One styling short hint for summer event (8)
BARBECUE — Begin with someone a man might go to for a hair cut (one styling) without its final letter (short) and follow that with another word for a hint or a reminder.
16a Batting and ready to grab century — such is cricket (6)
INSECT — Oh dear – here we go! The little short word that means in the middle of an innings in that game is followed by another way of saying ready or prepared which contains (to grab) the one letter abbreviation for a C(entury). This is the clue that makes me think the crossword could have been set by Shamus.
18a Specialist and former favourite? About right (6)
EXPERT — The usual two letters for a former anything are followed by a favourite or treasure which contains (about) R(ight).
20a In review, officials note cunning footballer’s move (8)
TRANSFER — Start off with some sports officials, follow that with the one letter abbreviation for n(ote) and a noun meaning cunning or ingenuity and then reverse the lot (in review). I’m beginning to think that someone’s out to get me today – cricket only two clues earlier and now football . . .
23a A feature of astrology intended for discussion in task (10)
ASSIGNMENT — The A from the clue is followed by two homophones (for discussion) – the first is one of a twelfth part of the zodiac (feature of astrology) and the second is intended or planned.
24a Hero sanctified partly in statue (4)
EROS — The second lurker, indicated by partly – the answer is hidden in the first two words of the clue.
26a Animal left in hands of Eastern monk (5)
LLAMA — A Buddhist priest or a monk in Tibet contains (in hands of) the one letter abbreviation for L(eft).
27a Secured hat being in a storm (2,3,3)
IN THE BAG — An anagram (in a storm) of HAT BEING.
28a Reserve found in testimonials for dictionaries etc (9,5)
REFERENCE BOOKS — A word meaning testimonials or letters of commendation contain (found in) another way of saying reserve or keep for future use.
2d Good means for carrying people in showy material (7)
GLITTER — The one letter abbreviation for G(ood) is followed by a means of carrying an injured person.
3d A group with end coming up for singer (4)
ALTO — The A from the clue is followed by three letter word for a group or a quantity which has its final letter moved up (end coming up).
4d Unusually busy outlet blocking production of fuel (8)
EVENTFUL — An outlet or duct is in the middle of (blocking) an anagram (production) of FUEL.
5d High regard European encounters after rise (6)
ESTEEM — The abbreviation for E(uropean) is followed by a reversal of (after rise) a word meaning encounters or comes across.
6d Officer represented in centre of Bolton? (10)
LIEUTENANT — This officer is a commissioned one in the Army just below a captain – the title can be abbreviated to (represented) in the middle two letters (centre of) boLTon. I spotted the answer long before I saw why it was right.
7d Romantic pair is beginning to examine list (7)
ITEMISE — A romantic pair or a couple in an established relationship is followed by the IS from the clue and the first letter of (beginning to) E(xamine).
8d Dame ruins TV set in hazardous practice? (11)
ADVENTURISM — An anagram (set in) of DAME RUINS TV.
11d Repeat culpability for error in court (6,5)
DOUBLE FAULT — This court is not a court of law – a word to repeat or duplicate is followed by another meaning blame or liability.
14d Backward trader, ogre needing replacement (10)
RETROGRADE — An anagram (needing replacement) of TRADER OGRE.
17d Mad fellow, Frenchman, with nervous habit (8)
FRENETIC — The one letter abbreviation for F(ellow) is followed by a common first name for a Frenchman and then a nervous habit or a twitch.
19d Pops to meet wise guy in alley (7)
PASSAGE — Pops here is an affectionate name for your father or Dad – it’s followed by a wise man (guy) or oracle.
21d Extreme resistance in the past creating mess (7)
FARRAGO — A word meaning extreme or distant is followed by the one letter abbreviation for R(esistance) and a way of saying in the past or previously.
22d Person on strike’s happy when one won’t lift a finger (6)
UMPIRE — This ‘one’ is a sporting official – not the one we had in 20a but the other kind. I think if he holds up a finger the batsman (person on strike) is out so if he doesn’t hold up a finger (won’t lift a finger) it’s all fine! Oh dear – oh dear – now I’m sure that someone’s out to get me!
25d Kind of plant seen in the woman’s book (4)
HERB — A word meaning ‘the woman’s’ or belonging to the woman is followed by the abbreviation for B(ook).
I liked 23 and 27a and 17d. My favourite was 11d.
The Quickie Pun:- HAAR + MONIKER = HARMONICA