Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28202
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment **
Hello everyone. I’m not going to make any wild guesses about who set today’s crossword – it’s definitely not Ray T. I thought it lacked oomph and felt as if all its get up and go had got up and gone but that may be just a reflection of how I feel today – anyway, I’ve never even tried to set a crossword. As always I’m more than happy for anyone or everyone to disagree with me so what did all the rest of you think?
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
1a A chirpy host excited fund-raising outlet (7,4)
CHARITY SHOP — An anagram (excited) of A CHIRPY HOST
10a Daughter during dinner maybe will get award (5)
MEDAL — The one letter abbreviation for D(aughter) is inside (during) something of which ‘dinner’ is an example (maybe).
11a Dubious English queen with one noisy following (9)
EQUIVOCAL — A few little bits to put together here – begin with E(nglish), add two letters meaning queen – not ER this time – then the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one and finish off with a word that means noisy or outspoken.
12a Joy about origins of excellent victory — and exalted feeling (9)
ELEVATION — A word meaning joy or delight contains (about) the first letters (origins) of E(xcellent) V(ictory).
13a A period recalled in stadium (5)
ARENA — The A(n) and a period of time reversed (recalled). I got into a slight pickle with this one for a short time although the answer had to be what it was.
14a Interfere in Florida city broadcast (6)
TAMPER — A homophone (broadcast) of a city which is a popular winter resort in Florida.
16a Abandoned ride with Celt insurgent (8)
DERELICT — An anagram (insurgent) of RIDE and CELT. To begin with I wasn’t sure which of ‘abandoned’ and ‘insurgent’ was the definition and which was the anagram indicator.
18a Police on island about to probe law getting mockery (8)
RIDICULE — A reversal (about) of an abbreviation for part of our police force with the one letter for I(sland) are contained in (to probe) a word meaning a law or regulation.
20a Poor sort of game discontented rabble (6)
MEAGRE — An anagram (sort of) of GAME is followed by the first and last letters (discontented) of R(abbl)E.
23a A cricket club shown by artist in capital (5)
ACCRA — The A from the clue is followed by the two letter abbreviation for C(ricket) C(lub) and then the usual two letters for an artist – hopefully you’ll end up with the capital of Ghana rather than the capital of Morocco which is what I did – it wasn’t until nothing at all in that corner of the crossword worked that I began to doubt it. Please someone tell me that I wasn’t the only twit to do that . . .
24a Undertaking to play a great timeless tune (9)
GUARANTEE — An anagram (to play) of A GREAT and TUNE without its T (timeless).
26a Overwhelming result scored via a lot of crosses? (9)
LANDSLIDE — This overwhelming result is one of a general election, the ‘lots of crosses’ being the ones on the ballot papers.
27a Packed hotel welcomes credit? On the contrary (5)
THICK — The letter for hotel in the NATO alphabet is inside a word that means something has been bought on credit so instead of the ‘hotel’ containing (welcomes) credit it’s the other way round (on the contrary). This is just the kind of clue that gets me into a muddle when trying to write a hint.
28a Popular account in document proving appropriate (2,9)
IN CHARACTER — The little word meaning popular is followed by a formal document written in evidence of something which contains (in) the usual two letters for AC(count.
2d Be shifty in countryside row (5)
HEDGE — Can’t do much more than say that this is a double definition.
3d Free film for distribution? (7)
RELEASE — I’m not sure if this one is another double definition or an all in one clue – either way it probably doesn’t need much explaining.
4d Article is encapsulating second academic work (6)
THESIS — The definite article and the IS from the clue contain (encapsulating) the abbreviation for S(econd).
5d Waste in much of piazza bordering messy den (8)
SQUANDER — Another word for a piazza or an area surrounded by buildings without its final letter (much of) contains (bordering) an anagram (messy) of DEN.
6d Forestall old boy through note (7)
OBVIATE — The usual two letters for O(ld) B(oy) are followed by a little word meaning through or by way of and then the seventh note of a musical scale.
7d Unusual pub item, barrel, not to be disturbed (13)
IMPERTURBABLE — An anagram (unusual) of PUB ITEM BARREL.
8d Southern church perhaps involves ministry full of intrigue (8)
SCHEMING — The one letter for S(outhern) is followed by one of the many two letters meaning church and then a two letter abbreviation of the Latin that means perhaps, or say, which contains (involves) another abbreviation, this time the one for MIN(istry).
9d Prepare for action keel scratched at sea (5,3,5)
CLEAR THE DECKS — An anagram (at sea) of KEEL SCRATCHED
15d Practice for a GP? (8)
MEDICINE — This practice is the profession of a GP or family doctor. I’ve really been scratching my head about this one – I keep thinking that I must have missed something but, if I have, I’m still missing it.
17d Far from speeding like a bullet, possibly? (8)
SLUGGISH — A slang word for a bullet is also a pest in the garden which moves very slowly in a slimy kind of way – yuk!
19d Clubs with reason to struggle become rough (7)
COARSEN — The abbreviation for C(lubs) in cards is followed by (with) an anagram (to struggle) of REASON.
21d Flexible direction keeps Liberal in charge (7)
ELASTIC — One of the points of the compass (the one to the right) contains (keeps) the abbreviation for L(iberal), finish that off with the usual two letters for I(n) C(harge).
22d Rush in professional life (6)
CAREER — A double definition the first being to rush or move very fast.
25d Journey close to home for meat dish (5)
TRIPE —A journey or outing is followed by the last letter (close to) of (hom)E.
I liked 8d. My favourite was 17d because it made me laugh.
The Quickie Pun:- BRED + STYX = BREAD STICKS