Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28244
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a Ray T crossword. It has most of his trademarks although there are more anagrams than is usual for him, a bit less innuendo than there is sometimes and the Queen seems to be on holiday. I found it very much at the gentle end of his range of difficulty but I am, as always, more than happy for any or all of you to disagree with me.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the actual answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see them.
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1a Cruel, cruel habit and endlessly revolting (12)
UNCHARITABLE — An anagram (revolting) of CRUEL HABIT with the first two letters (endlessly) of AN(d).
9a Settled admitting father right to get divorced (9)
SEPARATED — Another word for settled or sitting contains (admitting) an affectionate name for your father and the abbreviation for R(ight).
10a Spruce up grand space (5)
GROOM — The one letter abbreviation for G(rand) is followed by a space or an area.
11a Controlled animal’s lair after purge (6)
RIDDEN — A verb to purge or clear out is followed by (after) a lair or hideout.
12a Telling-off, catching chill in grass (8)
SCOLDING — This kind of grass isn’t the green stuff in your garden that’s forever needing cutting – it’s a verb meaning betray and it contains (catching) a word meaning chill or iciness.
13a Comparatively confined in dock, accepting fine (6)
POKIER — A dock or quay contains (accepting) an informal way of saying something is fine or indicating agreement.
15a It delays getting drunk with regularity (8)
STEADILY — An anagram (getting drunk) of IT DELAYS
18a Intense scheming consuming the compiler’s genius! (8)
EINSTEIN — An anagram (scheming) of INTENSE which contains (consuming) how the compiler might refer to himself.
19a Shining silver pound sweetheart’s pocketed (6)
AGLEAM — Begin with the chemical symbol for silver and follow that with a verb that means to pound or beat which contains the central letter or heart of swEet (sweetheart’s pocketed).
21a Inside place, not a pharaoh’s empty tomb (8)
CENOTAPH — The first lurker, or hidden answer – it’s in the second, third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
23a Bird’s back with practically complete beast (6)
ANIMAL — A reversal (back) of one of the possible spellings of an Asiatic bird known for its talent of mimicking human speech is followed by the first two letters (practically) of a three letter word meaning complete or total.
26a Detectives seen with company in nightclub (5)
DISCO — Some of our usual crossword detectives are followed by (seen with) our usual crossword abbreviation for company.
27a Scared by blunder provided, held by United (9)
TERRIFIED — A verb to blunder or make a mistake and a conjunction meaning provided that or on condition that are contained in (held by) another word for United or joined.
28a Sauciest hint changed, becoming zealous (12)
ENTHUSIASTIC — An anagram (changed) of SAUCIEST HINT.
1d Take off and run past flashing (7)
UNSTRAP — An anagram (flashing) of RUN PAST
2d Managed PC editor (5)
COPED — This PC is an informal word for a member of our police force and is followed by the usual abbreviation for an editor.
3d Enter game after resolving contract (9)
AGREEMENT — An anagram (after resolving) of ENTER GAME.
4d It’s one tiny amount initially (4)
IOTA — The first letters (initially) of the first four words of the clue.
5d Sailor in charge, in time, quit (8)
ABDICATE — One of the common crosswordland sailors is followed by a word meaning a specified time which contains (in) the abbreviation for In Charge.
6d Constitutional member, a Labour leader (5)
LEGAL — A member – not an MP this time but a limb – is followed by the A from the clue and the first letter (leader of) Labour.
7d Willing to take motorway home (8)
DOMICILE — Another word for willing or obliging contains (to take) the motorway that goes from London to the north of the country.
8d Scheming to trap fool with satisfaction (6)
SMUGLY — A word meaning scheming or crafty contains (to trap) a fool or a twit.
14d Affection of family head ringing daughter (8)
KINDNESS — A short word meaning family or clan and a head or promontory contain (ringing) the abbreviation for D(aughter). I wonder if I was the only one to spend far too long trying to justify the wrong answer here – I couldn’t but it played havoc with 13a.
16d Some peculiar gent in Asian republic (9)
ARGENTINA — Our second lurker – the answer is hidden in the second, third, fourth and fifth words in the clue.
17d Forward found in girl’s bed (8)
DISPATCH — One of the common crosswordland girls, with her ‘S, is followed by a bed – the kind of bed you might find in the garden, before any smutty minds get to work here.
18d Former capital of Portugal (6)
ESCUDO — This former capital was the unit of currency in Portugal before the introduction of the Euro.
20d Musical portion’s over, captured by microphone (7)
MELODIC — A reversal (over) of a word for a portion or a share is inside (captured by) an abbreviation for a microphone.
22d Gashed gripping hard point (5)
THORN — Another word for gashed or lacerated contains (gripping) the abbreviation for H(ard.
24d The bulk keeps one clammy (5)
MOIST — The bulk or larger part of something contains (keeps) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one.
25d Reportedly makes vases (4)
URNS – A homophone (reportedly) of a word that means makes or merits.
I liked 12 and 19a and 1 and 17d. My favourite, even though it was one of my dreaded ‘lurkers’, was 16d.
The Quickie Pun:- HARRIES + OWNER = ARIZONA