Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28286
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is a Ray T crossword. It has all his trademarks – concise clues, some innuendo (plenty this week), one word answers, all the clues and answers in the Quickie are single words and anyway it’s his week. Because he divides the commentariat more than any other setter I’ve done three difficulty ratings. 2** is for the people who ‘get’ him, 3*** is for those who find him a bit tricky and 4**** is for anyone yet to be converted to his style. Please take your pick!
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the actual answers are hidden under the things that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
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1a Sniper originally hits target, sprawling, most horizontal (11)
STRAIGHTEST — The first letter (originally) of S(niper) is followed by an anagram (sprawling) of HITS TARGET. I’ve said this so often that I’m sure you all know what’s coming – there will be a prize for the first person to finish this sentence for me, “A nice long anagram . . . “
10a Assume America in revolt with Republican getting in (5)
USURP — The two letter abbreviation meaning America is followed by a little word that means in revolt or rebellion – the two are split by (getting in) R(epublican).
11a Some whimper for mercy seeing clown possibly (9)
PERFORMER — Our first lurker or hidden answer – it’s hiding in the middle of the clue and this is indicated by ‘some’.
12a Duplicate ace needed in contract (9)
REPRODUCE — Another way of saying ‘ace’, or very good at something, is inside a verb meaning to contract or become less.
13a Initially it’s learnt in anatomy, composition of bone (5)
ILIAC — One of Ray T’s trademark clues – take the first letters (initially) of the next five words of the clue.
14a Fathers about to be put in homes (6)
PADRES — One of the usual little abbreviations meaning about or concerning is inside a slang word for homes or apartments.
16a Spots magistrate thundering about scrapping R.E. (8)
STIGMATA — An anagram (thundering about) of MAGISTRATE without (scrapping) the letters RE.
18a Dangerous current spot occupied by mongrel (8)
INSECURE — Begin with another way of saying current or fashionable – this is followed by a verb to spot or notice which contains (occupied by) a mongrel or rogue.
20a Church followers start to talk getting stick (6)
CEMENT — One of the many two letters for Church, some followers and then the first letter (start to) of T(alk).
23a Snooze during sex is not appropriate (5)
INAPT — A snooze or doze is inside (during) an informal short word for sex or sexual attraction or activity.
24a Rower perhaps left in ship by crew (9)
SPORTSMAN — The nautical term for left is contained in (in) the usual crossword land two letter abbreviation for steamship and this is followed by (by) a verb to crew.
26a Bounder’s idea to pinch bottom (9)
UNDERSIDE — Our second lurker of the day – the answer is inside the first two words of the clue, indicated by ‘to pinch’.
27a Coat’s unbuttoned revealing necktie (5)
ASCOT — An anagram (unbuttoned) of COAT’S. To quote pommers when he was doing the hints some long time ago, “I wonder what he’s doing with his coat unbuttoned”!
28a Role with cabinet reshuffles in party (11)
CELEBRATION — An anagram (reshuffles) of ROLE and CABINET.
2d End of concert, then seat in club perhaps (5)
TRUMP — The last letter (end of) concerT is followed by another word for seat or bottom.
3d Double parking in a Ranger docked permit (7)
APPROVE — The A from the clue is followed by a ranger or a wanderer (the capitalisation here is deliberately misleading) without its final letter (docked) and contains two (double) of the abbreviations for P(arking).
4d Mineral aggregate under pressure below empty gantry (6)
GYPSUM — The first and last letters (empty) of G(antr)Y and the one letter abbreviation for P(ressure) are followed by (below) a noun meaning aggregate or total.
5d Mountain’s divided by burst streams (8)
TORRENTS — A mountain or hill top, with the ‘S contains (divided by) an adjective meaning burst or torn apart.
6d Putting aside row about nothing (7)
STORING — A row or series contains (about) the letter that looks like nothing or zero.
7d Covert pursuit with sortie organised (13)
SURREPTITIOUS — An anagram (organised) of PURSUIT and SORTIE.
8d Lord’s adjudication coming from posh member — I fume (8)
UMPIRAGE — Hmmm, and oh dear! Cricket! This was a new word for me. The Lord’s is the cricket ground, at least I think it must be. Start off with the letter used to mean posh or upper class, then the two letters for ‘member’ (of parliament), the I from the clue and then another way of saying fume or rant and rave.
9d Put off due to rain, spectator moved (13)
PROCRASTINATE — An anagram (moved) of RAIN SPECTATOR
15d Ring road’s shortly to circle area’s dumps (8)
DISCARDS — A ring or circle is followed by the abbreviation for roads (shortly) and contains (to circle) the one letter for A(rea)
17d Reputation of hog with energy eating remains (8)
PRESTIGE — This hog is a noun and he has four legs, big ears and a curly tail – he contains (eating) the remains or leftovers and is followed by (with) E(nergy).
19d Clubs with old band covering Queen set (7)
COTERIE — Two abbreviations to start off with – the one for C(lubs) and another for O(ld) – and then a band or fastening which contains (covering) the two letters for our Queen.
21d Former partner reportedly stalked in passage (7)
EXTRACT — The usual two letters for a former partner, be it husband, wife, lover or whatever, is followed by a homophone (reportedly) of stalked or shadowed.
22d Exhibitionist rose up flashing (6)
POSEUR — An anagram (flashing) of ROSE UP – nothing like as naughty as it sounds, but that’s Ray T for you!
25d Tough male with a cut, not keeping quiet (5)
MACHO —The one letter for M(ale), the A from the clue and then a verb to cut or hack without its final letter, ‘P’ (not keeping quiet, or the musical instruction to play quietly).
I liked 13 and 26a and 17d. My favourite was either 23a or 22d – not two favourites – just that I can’t quite make up my mind.
The Quicke Pun:- HATTER + TENSION = AT ATTENTION