Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28220
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Hola from the Vega Baja where it looks like autumn is arriving as there was a distinct chill in the air this morning. I’m pretty sure that this is a RayT as it’s all short clues and it has three lurkers and a first letters clue. However, there’s a much larger than normal anagram count (6), Her Majesty hasn’t come out to play and the synonyms aren’t squealing much so perhaps it isn’t he after all. I thought it was at least as tricky as the last RayT a couple of weeks ago that seemed to frighten everyone’s horses so I’ll be interested to see what you all think of it.
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1a Roughly punishes with pain ignoring one’s misery (11)
UNHAPPINESS: An anagram (roughly) of PUNISHES PAIN but you need to remove one of the I’s (ignoring one). This is slightly naughty as there are two I’s in the fodder and you only need to remove one of them. At least it doesn’t matter which!
10a Decree frontiers should have no boundaries (5)
ORDER: Another word for frontiers between countries has its first and last letters removed (have no boundaries).
11a Count part return of asset a remuneration (9)
ENUMERATE: The first lurker. It’s hidden in (part) the last three words but it’s backwards (return).
13a Place providing opening for birds in storm? (5)
GABLE: Take a word for a storm or high wind and insert a B (opening for Birds in) and you’ll get a place where birds might be able to take shelter. I think this is trying to be an all-in-one but it doesn’t quite work for me, although we did have some martins nesting in this part of our house in England.
14a Back in a moment? (6)
SECOND: Double definition. Back as in support and a short period of time.
16a Doctor is rude to stranger (8)
OUTSIDER: An anagram (doctor) of IS RUDE TO.
18a Clueless stupidly ranting about nothing (8)
IGNORANT: An anagram (stupidly) of RANTING with O inserted (about nothing).
20a Section of ‘Star’ is endlessly followed (6)
ARISEN: Another lurker. It’s in (section of) ‘Star’ is endlessly.
23a Room at the top in cottage initially (5)
ATTIC: The first letters (initially) of five words in the clue. Of course, the fact that the room is actually at the top of the house gives a nice twist.
24a Rising in power while insincerity covers butt (9)
ASCENDANT: Start with a word for while (2) and a word for insincere talk (4) and insert (covers) a word for a butt or stub. I didn’t help myself by putting ING as the last three letters, d’oh!
26a Former favourite compiler’s receiving large curse (9)
EXPLETIVE: You need to read compiler’s as ‘compiler has’. Start with the usual two letter former partner and the usual teacher’s favourite and follow with an abbreviated way the compiler might say he has something. Then insert L (receiving L(arge)) and you’ll get a curse or swear word.
27a Slow early bird doesn’t finish work (5)
LARGO: The musical term for slow. Start with a bird said to rise early without its last letter (doesn’t finish) and follow with a two letter word which can mean to work.
28a ‘Get up, get up!’, to welcome duke’s regiment (11)
STANDARDISE: Regiment here isn’t a bunch of soldiers but a verb. It’s two ways of saying ‘get up’ with a D(uke) inserted (to welcome).
2d ‘Bottom‘ fun, a director admits (5)
NADIR: Another lurker. This time it’s in (admits) fun a director.
3d A right shower reportedly in charge (7)
ARRAIGN: Charge as in a court of law. It’s A (from the clue), R(ight) and then some letters which aren’t a word but when pronounced sound like (reportedly) a shower. Sounds like a description of Westminster!
5d Sick, showing common sense without a purpose (8)
NAUSEOUS: Take a word for common sense and place it around (without) an A (from the clue) and a word for purpose. I’m not going to get into a discussion about whether without means around the outside.
6d Abuses cricketer oddly solo on boundaries (7)
SLEDGES: This is the way Australian cricketers are said to abuse the opposition’s batsmen. It’s the alternate letters (oddly) of SoLo followed by some boundaries or borders.
7d Drops aitches it turned out, not right posh (13)
SOPHISTICATED: An anagram (turned out) of DROPS AITCHES IT but you need to remove the R (drops R(ight)). Same construction as 1a but this time it works better as there’s only one R to remove.
9d Wandering about in art opening I fancy (13)
PEREGRINATION: Two letters for about inserted (in) an anagram (fancy) of ART OPENING I. This was my last in and it took all the checkers, a fair bit of ‘guess what letter goes where’ and a consultation with the BRB.
15d Opera company hit featuring in church memorial (8)
CENOTAPH: Start with two letters for church and insert (featuring in) the initials of a national opera company and a word for a (gentle) hit
17d Smart and so vain, terribly offensive (8)
INVASION: A military offensive. Start with a word for smart or fashionable (2) and follow with an anagram (terribly) of SO VAIN.
19d Chauvinist admitting European’s most saucy (7)
RACIEST: Take a chauvinist or bigoted person and insert (admitting) E(uropean).
21d Class ruled and caused resentment (7)
RANKLED: A word for class or standing followed by a word for ruled as in was the leader.
22d Plan‘s south roughly around bottom edge? (6)
SCHEMA: Take S(outh) followed by two letters for roughly or about and insert (around) the bottom edge of a skirt for example.
25d Lots of winners accepting silver finally (5)
ACRES: Some cards which are usually winners with R inserted (accepting silveR finally).
I think 7d is favourite for it’s fine surface reading or perhaps 23a, I’m not sure. Once again with a RayT puzzle it’s a bit short on photo opportunities.
The Quick Crossword pun: dear+neigh=DNA