Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28268
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday and I really don’t have any idea at all who set today’s crossword – I don’t think many of you will have too much trouble with it.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see it.
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7a Sailor following fine friend around to get something for tea? (8)
FLAPJACK — Begin with the abbreviation for F(ine), follow that with a reversal (around) of a short informal word for a friend and finish off with one of the many possible crosswordland sailors.
9a A swine almost keeping quiet — that’s unexpected (6)
ABRUPT — The swine here is an unpleasant or bullying person without the final letter (almost) and containing (keeping) the letter that’s the instruction to play music quietly.
10a Put favourable slant on cricketer’s skill? (4)
SPIN — A way of bowling in cricket that means the ball doesn’t end up where the batsman thinks it’s going to is also a favourable interpretation of a policy or a piece of news.
11a Edgy orator at work that’s critical (10)
DEROGATORY — An anagram (at work) of EDGY ORATOR
12a Disorganised lot in game played on board with first pair missing (6)
RABBLE — The word game played with little tile thingies on a board without its first two letters (first pair missing).
14a Study period out for review during test (8)
TUTORIAL — An anagram (for review) of OUT inside (during) a test or an ordeal.
15a Prize pub in ancient city (6)
TROPHY — The two letter abbreviation for a pub, or a P(ublic) H(ouse) as seen on maps, inside (in) an ancient Greek city.
17a Performs religious duty, we hear, producing acclaim (6)
PRAISE — A homophone (we hear) of what people do in church (performs religious duty).
20a Note I’m enthralled by Indian instrument and sword (8)
SCIMITAR — A one letter musical note and the I’m, from the clue, are contained in an Indian instrument with a long neck played by plucking the strings.
22a Emergency call from PM before division in week (6)
MAYDAY — One of the seven divisions of a week is preceded by (before) the surname of our present Prime Minister
23a In which one finds peers and English bishop in a grand conspiracy (3,7)
AGE BRACKET — The peers here are equals rather than nobles. The A from the clue, the abbreviation for G(rand) and a conspiracy or a fraudulent activity contain the abbreviations for E(nglish) and B(ishop).
24a Top athletes defending course (4)
PATH — A lurker or a hidden answer indicated by defending.
25a Nut chewed with regret? It’s like a pork pie (6)
UNTRUE — This pork pie is cockney rhyming slang – it’s an anagram (chewed) of NUT followed by (with) a word meaning to regret or be sorry for.
26a Healthy bit of food found in inn? Utter rubbish (8)
NUTRIENT — An anagram (rubbish) of INN UTTER
1d Cheek, being seen on pot in paper? It’s disrespectful (8)
FLIPPANT – An informal word meaning cheek or insolence and a pot or a cooking utensil are contained in (in) a daily newspaper – the pink one.
2d Competition‘s not close (4)
OPEN — A kind of competition that anyone can enter is also the opposite (not) of close or shut.
3d Name composer is given on radio (6)
HANDLE — An informal word for a name is a homophone (on the radio) of the surname of a German composer.
4d Urge halt in development in response to cracks? (8)
LAUGHTER — An anagram (in development) of URGE HALT. The cracks are jokes.
5d Female artist hereafter taking top off for male bonding? (10)
FRATERNITY — Start off with F(emale) and follow that with the usual two letter crosswordland artist – finish off with a word that means hereafter or in some future time without its first letter (taking top off).
6d Role in Salvation Army in austere city (6)
SPARTA — A role or representation is contained in (in) the abbreviation for S(alvation) A(rmy).
8d Source of kerfuffle, a judge in choppy exchange? (6)
KARATE — The first letter (source of) K(erfuffle), the A from the clue and a verb to judge or assess.
13d Artistic quarter flourishes with place in ground (10)
BLOOMSBURY — A verb to flourish or blossom is followed by (with) another verb to place in the ground or inter.
16d Trouble making essential part of tea? (3,5)
HOT WATER — A double definition.
18d Love of old work on stage that’s difficult (8)
EXACTING — The two letters meaning love of old or a previous lover or partner are followed by working on stage or performing. I confess to a complete blind spot with this one – couldn’t see the relevance of the first word of the clue so thanks to the Kiwis for sorting me out.
19d Faulty knowledge of Scotland — brother should be on top of it (6)
BROKEN — The Scottish word for knowledge – think of John Peel, the song not the DJ – is preceded by (should be on top of) the abbreviation for brother.
21d Persuasive county fellow? (6)
COGENT — The two letter abbreviation for County is followed by a fellow or a man.
22d Foreign character, arts benefactor, making change (6)
MUTATE — The twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet (foreign character) and a benefactor after whom one of the major London art galleries is named.
24d Overly formal chief cut short (4)
PRIM — The first four of a five letter word (cut short) meaning chief or principal.
I liked 9 and 23a and 2d.
The Quickie Pun:- HALLEY + BUTT = HALIBUT