Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28346
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***/****
Hello everyone. This is definitely a Ray T Thursday – a few of his trademarks are missing but I’m sure that it’s one of his crosswords. Cheer up to those of you who find them tricky because it’s very much at the easier end of his range of difficulty.
In the hints 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 today.
1a Free nude in arrest, surprisingly (12)
UNRESTRAINED — An anagram (surprisingly) of NUDE IN ARREST
8a Amused lass in grass (7)
REGALED — A lass, or a dialect form of girl, is inside (in) a kind of grass that’s so useful to crossword setters.
9a Extract offspring vocally expressing triumph (7)
SUCCEED — Here we have two homophones (vocally expressing) – the first is a verb which means extract or absorb and the second is a synonym for offspring or descendants.
11a Illicit boozer‘s brilliance hiding empty bottle (7)
SHEBEEN — Another word for brilliance or lustre goes around the first and last letters (empty) of B(ottl)E.
12a Petty and oddly vain during rehearsal (7)
TRIVIAL — A rehearsal or a practice contains (during) the first and third letters (oddly) of vain.
13a Reportedly composes ceremonies (5)
RITES — A homophone (reportedly) of composes or puts down on paper.
14a Painkiller that could produce endlessly calm easing (9)
ANALGESIC — An anagram (could produce) of CAL(m) (endlessly) and EASING.
16a Representation from Left facing abuse, some say (9)
PORTRAYAL — The nautical term for left is followed by a homophone (some say) of a verb to abuse or rant.
19a Discretion accepting one’s understood (5)
TACIT — Discretion or diplomacy contains (accepting) the letter that looks like a one.
21a Criminal in trouble, say, famous gangster (7)
ILLEGAL — Another word for trouble or ail is followed by the two letter abbreviation for ‘say’ and then the first name of crosswordland’s favourite American gangster.
23a Goes off eating ends of edible dishes (7)
TUREENS — A verb that means ‘goes off’, often used to describe milk that looks a bit lumpy when you put it in coffee, contains (eating) the first and last letters (ends of) E(dibl)E.
24a Fat cat, exhausted, getting collared (7)
NOBBLED — This ‘fat cat’ isn’t an overfed moggy it’s an overpaid idle person and it’s followed by another word meaning exhausted or drained.
25a Record, single, needs volume for example (7)
EPITOME — An old kind of vinyl record, then the letter that looks like a one, or single, and a volume or very large book.
26a Musician‘s recital isn’t ruined by tenor initially (12)
CLARINETTIST — An anagram (ruined) of RECITAL ISN’T and then the first letter (initially) of T(enor).
1d A French bloke eats high-class cream (7)
UNGUENT — The French word for A is followed by a bloke or a chap which contains the one letter used to mean high-class or posh.
2d Posh car carrying Queen giving waves (7)
ROLLERS — Oh – posh, again! A large flashy and very expensive (posh) car contains (carrying) the usual two letters for our Queen.
3d Still in garden in sun before day’s end (9)
SEDENTARY — The garden where Adam and Eve supposedly got up to a load of no good goes inside (in) a word for which the sun (from the clue) is just an example – follow that lot with the last letter (end) of (da)Y.
4d Others without beginning of idea take test again (5)
RESIT — A word meaning others or the remainder goes around (without or outside) the first letter (beginning) of I(dea).
5d ‘Chin-chin’ — gently swallows going slowly (7)
INCHING — Our first lurker, indicated by swallows – the answer is hiding in the first three words of the clue.
6d See mine blowing up foes (7)
ENEMIES — An anagram (blowing up) of SEE MINE.
7d Copier prints erratically — instruction needed (12)
PRESCRIPTION — An anagram (erratically) of COPIER PRINTS.
10d Dines with a select spread from here? (12)
DELICATESSEN – A bit like buses, here’s another anagram (spread) of DINES and A SELECT
15d Garden is completely excessive, with chaps digging in (9)
ALLOTMENT — Begin with a synonym of completely or totally and follow that with three initials that mean excessive or far too much which contains (digging in) some chaps or blokes.
17d Give new name for party in spin (7)
RELABEL — The abbreviation of one of the three main political parties is contained in a verb to spin or wheel.
18d Pull up in back, as frequent pub-goer (7)
REGULAR — A reversal (up) of a short word that means pull or drag goes inside back or stern.
19d Minister: ‘Ministry includes transport depots’ (7)
TERMINI — Our second lurker (includes) – the answer is in the middle of the first two words of the clue.
20d Revolutionary radical’s cigar (7)
CHEROOT — The first name of a South American revolutionary is followed by radical or primary.
22d Weighed down and left a hole (5)
LADEN —L(eft) and the A from the clue are followed by a hole or a lair.
I liked 8 and 11a and 7 and 15d. My favourite was 3d.
The Quickie pun:- TREAT + HOPS = TREE TOPS