Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28298
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
It’s Thursday, it’s my turn to blog and it’s a RayT day which almost makes up for the fact it’s raining (yet again!). I’m beginning to think that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the Vega Baja!
It’s pretty normal stuff from RayT including a couple of lurkers, a first letters clue and a few bits of innuendo but, at least for me. it didn’t quite reach the normal enjoyment level. There are six anagrams to get you started so I don’t think we’ll have as many negative comments as usual.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Question trainee got wrong about arithmetic maybe (11)
INTERROGATE: Arithmetic is one of the “3R’s” so start with an R and about it make an anagram (wrong) of TRAINEE GOT.
10a Nothing in beak but rope (5)
NOOSE: Insert O (nothing) into the real word for what is colloquially known as your beak.
11a Second’s words managed to carry fighter (9)
SWORDSMAN: A lurker and the fighter’s lurking (to carry) in the first three words. Here’s a bit of Errol Flynn buckling his swash . . .
12a Some person’s laughter is offensive (9)
ONSLAUGHT: Another lurker. It’s hidden in (some) person’s laughter. A bit odd to have two consecutive lurkers.
13a Willow often seen in elementary receptacles initially (5)
OSIER: First letters (initially) of the other words.
14a On high inside rushed to get drunk (6)
SUPPED: Here drunk is a past tense verb, not an adjective. You need to insert (inside) a two letter word for on high into a word meaning rushed or went fast.
16a Yokels given fine, overlooking pounds and shillings (8)
PEASANTS: Start with a word meaning fine or nice and remove the L (overlooking pounds). Then follow with S(hillings). A bit of a chestnut methinks, along with similar clue constructs involving some game birds.
18a Atmosphere turned, perhaps around date for last judgement (8)
DOOMSDAY: Start with a word for atmosphere or feeling and reverse it (turned). After that you’ll need a word meaning perhaps around D(ate).
20a Feeble outcome, caught out by sweetheart (6)
EFFETE: Take a word for outcome or result and remove the C (Caught out) and follow with an E (swEet heart).
23a Build up and knock down, they say (5)
RAISE: A word meaning to build up sounds like (they say) a word meaning knock down, to the ground.
24a One covers smell of rot on dead bats (9)
DEODORANT: Anagram (bats) of ROT ON DEAD.
26a Arise as priest’s last organised part of church (9)
TRANSPIRE: Arise as in to happen rather than getting up. It’s a charade of T (priesT‘s last), a word meaning organised or managed and the pointy bit on the top of a church.
27a Independence held back Ohio state (5)
IDAHO: I(ndependence) followed by a word meaning held or owned reversed (back) and finally O(hio). Can you have O for Ohio? I thought it was OH.
28a Peels in a bra, accidentally showing bosom (11)
INSEPARABLE: I know a lot of you have dirty minds like me but this isn’t what you think! It’s bosom as in “bosom buddies” and is nothing to do with a lady’s chest. It’s also an anagram (accidentally) of PEELS IN A BRA. You didn’t think I’d pass up an opportunity like this did you?
2d Retreats as negative vote’s accepting sanction (5)
NOOKS: Take a word for negative votes and insert (accepting) two letters for to sanction as in give permission.
3d Cheer and cheer, concealing envy, oddly (7)
ELEVATE: Start with a word for to cheer or make very happy and insert(concealing) the odd letters of EnVy.
4d Leave government split by factions conclusively (6)
RESIGN: Leave as in leave your job or indeed the government. It’s a word for government with an S (factionS conclusively) inserted (split by).
5d Grand at first, cad embracing one’s more seedy (8)
GROTTIER: Start with a G (Grand at first) and follow with a cad with the letter that looks like a one inserted (embracing)
6d Tiresome editor promises to pay after time (7)
TEDIOUS: Start with T(ime) and after it put the usual editor and then some promises to pay.
7d Uncaring behind bars holding criminal on charge (13)
INCONSIDERATE: Take a word for behind bars or in prison and insert the person who is in prison. Follow that lot with a word for charge as in an hourly fee perhaps.
8d Beam with nice well-disposed feeling (8)
AMBIENCE: Anagram (well-disposed) of BEAM with NICE.
9d I contort spine awkwardly for self-examination (13)
INTROSPECTION: Anagram (awkwardly) of I CONTORT SPINE.
15d Wasteful swine taking stick over nearly everything (8)
PRODIGAL: Start with another word for a swine and insert (taking) a stick and follow with a word for everything without its last letter (nearly)
17d Philander topless, somehow becoming extreme (8)
HARDLINE: Remove the first letter from philander (topless) and make an anagram (somehow) of what’s left.
19d Relative‘s favourite’s raised accordingly by name (7)
STEPSON: Reverse the usual favourite’s, don’t forget the S, and follow with a word for accordingly or in this way and then N(ame).
21d Fine and noble protecting independent American state (7)
FLORIDA: F(ine) followed by a noble with I(ndependent) inserted (protecting) and finally A(merican).
22d Mature old burgundy’s opening up in cellar (6)
BODEGA: Start with a word for mature, as in getting on a bit, then O(ld) and a B (Burgundy’s opening) and reverse the lot (up in a down clue),
You’ve probably guessed my favourite is 28a but 12a and 8d are up there on the podium.
The Quick Crossword pun: justice+hurts=just desserts