Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28316
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone from a rather chilly Oxford. This isn’t a Ray T crossword and I’m not going to make any wild guesses as to who the setter might be. I don’t think many of you will have too much trouble today but I’m more than happy for anyone to disagree.
In the hints that follow the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden 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.
1a Fool keeping a black marsupial (7)
WALLABY — One of two ways of spelling this fool or inept person contains the A from the clue and B(lack).
9a Problem giving Northern US prosecutor right to probe wharf (8)
QUANDARY — Begin with a wharf or pier – inside that (to probe) you need some abbreviations – N(orth), the two letters for a D(istrict) A(ttorney) and R(ight).
10a Shame about a university campus principally in meagre condition (7)
PAUCITY — Shame here isn’t sympathy or embarrassment, it’s more ‘bad luck’ or ‘oh dear’, and is often preceded by ‘what a ****’ – it contains the A from the clue, the abbreviation for U(niversity) and the first letter (principally) of C(ampus).
11a A few sort out computer programs (8)
SOFTWARE — An anagram (out) of A FEW SORT
12a Core military authority announced (6)
KERNEL — A homophone (announced) of a senior army officer.
13a Record quiet increase in business (10)
ENTERPRISE — Begin with another word for record or register, follow that with the one letter musical abbreviation meaning quiet and finish off with an increase or growth.
15a Feel the absence of unmarried woman (4)
MISS — A double definition.
16a Drunk riles chap getting round (9)
SPHERICAL — An anagram (drunk) of RILES CHAP.
21a A thing placed on course, maybe, as support (4)
ABET — This course is not a golf course – it’s where horses run round in circles and people sometimes win large amounts of money if the right horse wins. The A from the clue is followed by what a person needs to have placed to win the money.
22a Devoted follower around home and school (10)
DISCIPLINE — A devoted follower or believer contains (around) the little short word often used in crosswords to mean at home, or not out.
24a A uniform rule defended by chap? It’s a telling sign (6)
AUGURY — The A from the clue and U(niform) are followed by a chap or bloke which contains (defended by or surrounded by) R(ule).
25a Steep drain manufactured in West, perhaps (8)
MARINADE — This steep isn’t an adjective describing a hill, it means soak or infuse and West isn’t a direction, it’s the surname of an American actress (perhaps, meaning just an example of) – an anagram (manufactured) of DRAIN goes inside (in) the first name of that actress who was famous for her one-liners.
27a Reportedly, movie star’s leading place for a driving break? (3,4)
PIT STOP — A homophone (reportedly) of the surname of a well –known American actor, with the ‘S’, is followed by a word meaning leading or outstanding.
28a Period after which a ton may be delivered (8)
NINETIES — The period is a decade which is followed by another way of saying ‘hundreds’ or a ton. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m missing something here so please feel free if you have a better way of explaining this one – I’ve tried to make it something to do with cricket because of the ‘delivered’ bit but . . .
29a Number, say, occupying place in ground (7)
INTEGER — The two letter latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or for example goes inside (occupying) a verb meaning to place in the ground or bury.
2d Intellectual shows facade, ignoring female with male in charge (8)
ACADEMIC — Façade without its first letter (ignoring [F]emale) is followed by (with) M(ale) and then a two letter abbreviation meaning I(n) C(harge).
3d See what mate could finish around new tourist site (4,4)
LOCH NESS — An archaic way of saying ‘see’ or ‘behold’ is followed by the board game that ‘mate’ or ‘checkmate’ could finish – that game contains (around) the one letter abbreviation for N(ew).
4d Before joint engagements, one fights in the main (10)
BATTLESHIP — The large joint at the top of your leg is preceded by some engagements or combats.
5d Sport‘s just done making first-half appearances (4)
JUDO — This sport is based on unarmed self-defence techniques and comes from the first two letters (first half) of the second and third words of the clue.
6d In the military one may advance thus, conforming (2,4)
IN STEP — A double definition.
7d Zealot‘s found in cooler upstairs room, disheartened (7)
FANATIC — This ‘cooler’ is an apparatus which rotates and ventilates and it’s followed by an upstairs room or loft without its middle letter (disheartened).
8d Form group to work as printers (7)
TYPESET — A form or style is followed by a group or crowd of people.
11d In following heavenly body displaying rings, European’s showing gloomy disposition (9)
SATURNINE — The second largest planet in the solar system is encircled by a system of rings composed of small solid icy bodies (heavenly body displaying rings) – it is followed by IN (in following) and then the abbreviation for E(uropean).
14d Regarding sculpture, for instance, in spare time (10)
RECREATION — The two letter abbreviation meaning regarding or concerning is followed by something of which a sculpture is just an example (for instance) – it’s something that someone has made.
17d Bounty, great ship heading east (8)
LARGESSE — Begin with a word that means great or big, follow that with the usual crosswordland two letter abbreviation for a steamship and finish off with E(ast).
18d Stormy sea for this person is terrifying (8)
FEARSOME — An anagram (stormy) of SEA FOR is followed by an objective pronoun meaning ‘this person’.
19d A barrier, worker being stubborn (7)
ADAMANT — The A from the clue and a barrier used to restrain water are followed by a worker or a small insect.
20d A train’s transported powerful Russian (7)
TSARINA — An anagram (transported) of A TRAIN’S.
23d Upset, French and popular US soldier flare up (6)
IGNITE — Put together the French word for ‘and’, the usual short word meaning popular and a US soldier and then reverse the lot (upset).
26d One with major corporation might follow this parliament (4)
DIET — This ‘major corporation’ isn’t a large company – it’s a fat tummy so a person with one might decide to eat a bit less or go on a ****. That word is also a legislative assembly (parliament) in some countries.
I liked 9 and 15a. My favourite was 26d.
The Quickie Pun:- PENN + SHUN = PENSION