Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28328
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone from a very cold, frosty and foggy Oxford. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it isn’t Ray T. I thought it was good fun and not too tricky but I’m sure some of you will disagree with me and that’s fine.
In these hints the definitions are underlined and the answer is hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
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1a Lots in police will get backing to be forceful (7)
DYNAMIC — A word meaning lots or several is inside (in) a branch of our police force and then the whole thing needs to be reversed (will get backing).
5a Drink left for set of fans (7)
SUPPORT — A verb to drink is followed by the nautical term for left.
9a Some Spanish ruggedly showing sign of indifference (5)
SHRUG — Our first lurker or hidden answer indicated by ‘some’ – it’s hiding in between the second and third words of the clue.
10a It’s a crime to disband guarantor of peace? (9)
ARMISTICE — An anagram (to disband) of IT’S A CRIME.
11a Suitable pressure to produce commercial vehicle (5,5)
GOODS TRAIN — Split 4,6 you need a word meaning suitable or appropriate followed by another word for pressure or stress.
12a Stand holding up someone that’s pegged out — alcohol’s mentioned (4)
BIER — A homophone (mentioned) of an alcoholic drink made from malted barley and hops is a stand for a coffin. I wonder if some of you will say that you don’t pronounce these two words in the same way as so often happens with homophones.
14a Fantastic age for a firm’s dairy product (7,5)
FROMAGE FRAIS — An anagram (fantastic) of AGE FOR A FIRM’S.
18a Skill required in smart job — competitive opening? (8,4)
STARTING POST — A short word meaning skill or ability is inside another word for smart or tingle – this is followed by a job or a position.
21a Military force mad to lose leader (4)
ARMY — A five letter word meaning mad or batty without its first letter (to lose leader).
22a Bright person touring a remote island venue for game (6,4)
SAFARI PARK — A clever or quick witted person, often referred to as ‘a bright *****’ contains (touring) the A from the clue, a word meaning remote or distant and the abbreviation for I(sland).
25a One for whom no order is welcome? (9)
ANARCHIST — A cryptic definition of someone favouring a complete absence of law or government.
26a Report of man that’s stood by castle in dark period (5)
NIGHT — A homophone (report of) a chessman gives us the hours of darkness.
27a Grey metal workman heading off with lorry, discontented (7)
ELDERLY — Someone who works with metal using any of several methods without its first letter (heading off) is followed by (with) the first and last letters of L(orr)Y (discontented, or without its middle or content).
28a Bit round river? This is unseen in Greek city (7)
CORINTH — This ‘bit’ is money – a word meaning some loose change contains the usual one letter abbreviation for R(iver) – it’s followed by TH(is) – is unseen.
1d Plan to remove authorisation? (6)
DESIGN — This plan or draft could mean to remove an endorsement of a document.
2d A bishop comes in at this time, tight (6)
NARROW — The A from the clue and the two letter abbreviation of a bishop – R(ight) R(everend) – are inside a word meaning at this time or at present.
3d One on the bench taking millions is a target for abuse (10)
MAGISTRATE — The one letter for M(illions) is followed by an anagram (for abuse) of IS A TARGET.
4d Consider initially what could get cut in professorial role? (5)
CHAIR — The first letter (initially) of C(onsider) is followed by some stuff that grows on your head which sometimes needs cutting.
5d Calculated work for a mathematician — or a judge (7-2)
SUMMNG-UP — A double definition – a mathematician would call it doing some addition and a judge would call it presenting a brief outline of a case.
6d Refined tempo shortened? Not altogether (4)
POSH — Our second lurker (not altogether) – again it’s hidden in the second and third words of the clue.
7d Creative test to be entered by one with spirit (8)
ORIGINAL — A spoken rather than written test or exam contains (to be entered by) the letter that looks like a one and an alcoholic drink made from distillation (spirit)
8d Article on riots disturbed ideologue (8)
THEORIST — The definite article is followed by (on) an anagram (disturbed) of RIOTS
13d Cricketer turned wrong’un around start of play (3,7)
OFF SPINNER — Oh dear – here we go! A short word meaning turned or rotten and unfit to eat is followed by a ‘wrong’un’ or someone who has offended especially from the point of view of religion – this ‘wrong’un’ contains (around) the first letter (start of) P(lay).
15d Fellows, volunteers, switched on with variable way of thinking (9)
MENTALITY — Some fellows or chaps, our usual two letter volunteers and a word that means switched on or illuminated are followed by one of the letters for a mathematical variable – not X – the other one.
16d Curious case comes before ‘father of French adventure‘ (8)
ESCAPADE — An anagram (curious) of CASE is followed by (comes before) a short affectionate way of referring to your Dad and is finished off by the French word for ‘OF’ (of French).
17d Following a service, abbreviated bit of applause one milks, perhaps (4,4)
FARM HAND — The first word comes from the abbreviation for F(ollowing), the A from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for the R(oyal) M(arines) (service). The second word is just a bit of applause, as in ‘give them a big ****’ when people have performed.
19d Element underpinning start of joint talk for specialists? (6)
JARGON — The first letter (start of) J(oint) is followed by (underpinning) a colourless, odourless, inert gaseous element. No, I certainly didn’t know any of that – I looked it up.
20d Small vessel in artistic work (6)
SKETCH — The one letter abbreviation for S(mall) is followed by a two-masted sailing vessel.
23d After a time, credit’s cut short in storage site? (5)
ATTIC — Begin with the A from the clue and the abbreviation for T(ime) and finish off with an informal word for credit or delayed payment without its last letter (cut short).
24d Indelible mark in cliff (4)
SCAR — A double definition – the first being a mark from an old injury and the second being a steep place on a hill face.
I liked 12 and 18a and 4 and 13d. My favourite was 27a.
Now then – this Quickie pun caused me more grief than the whole of the cryptic crossword. I knew the second word but have never said it – it’s hardly the kind of word that’s used in everyday nattering so I had no idea how it was pronounced – I know now.
The Pun:- PARRY + SCION = PARISIAN