Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28338
Hints and tips by Mr Kitty
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. Today I needed a dash of electronic help to get the grid filled and the hints written before the blog submission deadline. I’m not sure if that’s because my head is still fuzzy from flying all over the world recently, or if it’s an indication that this is a tougher puzzle than we’ve had on recent Tuesdays. I greatly enjoyed the solve and unscrambling some clever and novel clue constructions. I’m ranking it above average for enjoyment.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and what you thought.
1a Decided what hairdresser might have done (3,3,5)
CUT AND DRIED: The past tense of a standard hairdressing procedure provides a cryptic definition of an adjectival phrase meaning decided.
9a Every second, a flier’s coming in behind schedule (9)
ALTERNATE: The A from the clue, followed by Jane’s favourite seabird placed inside (coming in) a word meaning “behind schedule”.
10a This person’s returned twice to tour a city (5)
MIAMI: Take two copies of the contracted form of how the setter would say “this person is”. Reverse them (returned) and place one on each side of the A from the clue (toured a).
11a Test monitor (6)
SCREEN: A double definition. At first I wanted to put SURVEY in here because it seemed to fit both definitions, but annoyingly the puzzle site thought otherwise.
12a Go with swimmer to find toll road (8)
TURNPIKE: A charade of a go in a board game and a predatory fish. While the answer is now usually associated with the US, the BRB also lists it as a historical UK term. Here’s one in 19th century London.
13a Search agent, overlooking info for battle (6)
COMBAT: Link together a verb synonym of “search thoroughly”, and AgenT from the clue minus some information.
15a Mean to get price for trendy plan (8)
STRATEGY: Start with a synonym of mean or tight-fisted. Inside it replace (to get ….. for) crosswordland’s usual word for trendy with a synonym of price.
18a Occupant let team inside (8)
RESIDENT: A word meaning let (e.g a flat) contains a sports team.
19a Jack, stableworker, runs away to jog (6)
JOSTLE: Jog here means shake. The answer is found from the playing card abbreviation for J(ack) followed by a stableworker minus its R (runs away). I hadn’t heard of this stableworker and so I needed to verify him afterwards in the BRB.
21a Sneak out of place after 60 per cent of force deserted (8)
FORSAKEN: Sixty percent, or 3/5, of FORce followed by an anagram (out of place) of SNEAK.
23a One espousing leather trousers? (6)
SINGLE: The second and third words of the clue hide (trouser) the answer. Best lurker indicator ever.
26a Ace party? Shame! (5)
ABASH: A timely clue. I’ve heard that the birthday do on Saturday was certainly not a C-party and nor was it a B-celebration. No, it was most definitely an …….. (or, for those wanting a serious hint, the answer is a charade of the playing card abbreviation for A(ce) and a synonym for party).
27a Sit and fete DI upset, as given in evidence (9)
TESTIFIED: An anagram (upset) of SIT FETE DI.
28a Revolutionary, 20, adopting line ‘I’m in charge of support!’ (11)
CHEERLEADER: Crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary, followed by the answer to 20d containing the abbreviation for L(ine) (adopting line).
1d First form going on about great work (7)
CLASSIC: A (5,1) phrase that could mean “first form” in a school followed by (going on, in a down clue) the single letter abbreviation for about. So very many possibilities for music to accompany this clue. This great work feels appropriate:
2d Egyptian king familiarly seen with gold coach (5)
TUTOR: A charade of the short nickname for the well-known Egyptian boy king, and the heraldry abbreviation for gold.
3d Mobile insured to include mother and nanny (9)
NURSEMAID: An anagram (mobile) of INSURED containing (to include) a two-letter mother.
4d Trade board (4)
DEAL: Double definition. The board is made of wood.
5d Like an actor showing unfairness? (8)
INEQUITY: Split (2,6) the answer describes a member of the American actors’ union.
6d Protest over new diabolical spirit (5)
DEMON: A charade of a protest and the abbreviation for N(ew).
7d Navy tie modelled to present innocence (7)
NAIVETY: An anagram (modelled) of NAVY TIE.
8d Renewed fame isn’t obvious (8)
MANIFEST: An anagram (renewed) of FAME ISN’T.
14d Abuse film superstar going topless (8)
MISTREAT: Join a four-letter film or thin layer (of water, perhaps), and a superstar minus its first letter (topless).
16d Native sailor beginning to head east (9)
ABORIGINE: One of our usual sailors and a synonym of beginning joined together, and then placed on top of (to head, in a down clue) E(ast).
17d Disturb international organisation supported by Yorkshire Dales town (8)
UNSETTLE: The usual two-letter international organisation followed by (supported by, in a down clue) a small market town in North Yorkshire. [The town is probably best known for the its railway line to Carlisle. Michael Portillo regards helping to keep this line open as the highlight of his time as an MP. BD]
18d Burden umpire with bad weather (7)
REFRAIN: This burden is not heavy. Rather, it’s a part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza. We find it by following an umpire like hoofit with some wet weather.
20d Book substitute before a Liverpool fan’s turned up? (1-6)
E-READER: Concatenate a poetic word for before, the A from the clue, and the reversal (turned up, in a down clue) of the informal name for a supporter of Liverpool Football Club (named for the team colours).
22d Unplanned commercial wine broadcast (2,3)
AD HOC: Our usual two-letter commercial and a word that sounds like (broadcast) a German white wine.
24d Smile and start to detest the nine-to-five? (5)
GRIND: Link together a broad smile and the first letter (start to) of Detest.
25d American exposed hero as addict (4)
USER: The usual two-letter American followed by hERo without its outer letters (exposed).
Thanks to today’s mystery setter for an enjoyable solve. A long list of likes today, including 1a, 13a, 15a, 23a, 28a, 1d, 16d, and 20d. My favourite is 9a for the very smooth surface and the misdirecting definition. Which clues did you like best?
The Quick Crossword pun: HEIGHT+REASON=HIGH TREASON