Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28304
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone and a very Happy Christmas to you all. I’m not much of a gambler but if I were I’d probably have a small flutter on today’s crossword being a Shamus. I thought it was really good but very difficult – maybe just me as at this time of year my brain turns to complete mush.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Reportedly take out attractive women as festive adornments (6,5)
SLEIGH BELLS — The first word is a homophone (reportedly) of take out, as in bump off or kill rather than go somewhere nice for dinner, and the second is another homophone, this time one for attractive women, or beauties.
9a Legendary British paintings mostly damaged by Scotsman (9)
ARTHURIAN — Begin with a general term for paintings, then all but the last letter (mostly) of a word that means damaged or harmed and finish that off with the very useful first name of a Scotsman – not Mac, the other one.
10a First person cut solitary fruit (5)
MELON — The first person as an object is followed by most of (cut) a word meaning solitary or sole.
11a Republican commercial about victory for believer in survival of the fittest (6)
DARWIN — A reversal (about) of the one letter abbreviation for R(epublican) and a shortened form of a commercial or an advertisement is followed by a victory or a success.
12a Christmas month, an endless period — it’s useful to hold one’s drink (8)
DECANTER — The abbreviation for the month in which we are now (Christmas month) the AN from the clue and then most of (endless) a period of time.
13a Mass with incense is focus of time-honoured scene? (6)
MANGER — Incense is a verb rather than the wafty aroundy smelly stuff and it follows the one letter abbreviation for M(ass).
15a One who followed a heavenly star? (8)
DISCIPLE — A spot of misdirection here – we’re supposed to think of the three wise men but I think the ‘heavenly star’ is Jesus. I thought that I might be missing something so I asked the Kiwis and they agreed – thanks to them.
18a Seasonal accessory possibly shown so close to tree (4,4)
SNOW SHOE — An anagram (possibly) of SHOWN SO and the last letter (close to) of treE.
19a Decorative item wrapped by aunt in sellotape (6)
TINSEL — Our first lurker, or hidden answer, of the day (wrapped) – it’s hiding in the middle of the last three words of the clue. I spent far too long wondering what on earth aunty was wrapping up in sellotape.
21a Female police relocated by Yard — it’s officially recorded (4,4)
FILE COPY — The abbreviation for F(emale) is followed by anagram (relocated) of POLICE and finished off by the abbreviation for Y(ard).
23a Paratrooper is Hebridean fellow, we hear (6)
SKYMAN — A homophone (we hear) of someone from the largest island of the inner Hebrides.
26a Role to get clock put back? (5)
REMIT — A reversal (put back) of a clock or timepiece.
27a Traditional place for hops? (5,4)
DANCE HALL — These hops are not ingredients for beer – they’re social occasions.
28a Tubby tailless dog having eaten bounds around unguarded dessert (4,7)
PLUM PUDDING — Now then, I hope you’re all concentrating – begin with a five letter word meaning tubby or a bit on the chubby side and then you need four of the five letter word (tailless) for an Australian wild dog – in between those two (having eaten) you want the first and last letters (bounds around) of U(nguarde)D. Oh dear – not the greatest hint in the world. I had such trouble with this one – just couldn’t see how to account for those middle two letters so thanks again to the 2Kiwis.
1d Government department traitors rising in renown (7)
STARDOM — Begin with the government department which is the headquarters of the armed forces and then some traitors or betrayers and then reverse the whole lot (rising).
2d Advent errand, purchasing record (5)
ENTER — The second lurker – this time the answer is in the middle of the first two words of the clue.
3d Architect’s put on cape to give showy display (9)
GAUDINESS — A Spanish architect is followed by (put on) a cape or headland.
4d Starter with bread sauce a minor error (4)
BLIP — The first letter (starter with) of B(read) is followed by a short word that means sauce or cheek.
5d Basques fit this designation, French in origin (8)
LINGERIE — Basques are a form of underwear rather than the people inhabiting the Western Pyrenees in Spain and France.
6d Set of steps taken in by Swiss ambassador (5)
SAMBA — and just when I thought I was safe we have another lurker – the answer is in the middle of the last two words of the clue.
7d Worry and run, even, after disorder (7)
UNNERVE — An anagram (after disorder) of RUN EVEN.
8d Aquatic creature, a sort almost visible in addition (8)
PLATYPUS — The A from the clue and most of (almost) a word that means sort or kind are inside (visible) another word for in addition or extra.
14d Light needs minute fitting in plan one devised (4,4)
NEON LAMP — An anagram (devised) of PLAN ONE which contains (fitting in) the abbreviation for M(inute).
16d Young bird, tiny, heading for daffs — it’s unwelcome in garden? (9)
CHICKWEED — Begin with a young bird or fledgling, follow that with a short word meaning tiny or little and finish off with the first letter (heading for) of D(affs).
17d Former President making pledge for all to see after ceremony (8)
POMPIDOU — A pledge (1,2) made at a marriage and the one letter film rating that means it’s suitable for any age come after a ceremony or ritual.
18d Orange shade for fans is developed (7)
SAFFRON — An anagram (is developed) of FOR FANS
20d Stage in event that’s extended one in field (4,3)
LONG LEG — Part of an event or contest that has been extended or elongated. Cricket!
22d Severely criticise workers’ organisation, conceivably (3,2)
CUT UP — A reversal of the national trade union centre – the reversal is indicated by the second part of the answer. One of those that’s easier to do than to write a half-decent hint for.
24d Note foreign friend in US city (5)
MIAMI — The third note of a musical scale is followed by the French word for (foreign) friend.
25d Photograph unexpected wintry spell (4)
SNAP — A double definition.
I liked most of these so just a few are 19 and 28a and 4 and 17d. My favourite was 16d.
The Quickie Pun:- SAN + TURK + LAWS = SANTA CLAUS