Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28376
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday and that’s the only thing I’m sure about. It doesn’t feel like a Shamus to me which, going on past history, means it probably is – maybe we’ll find out later. I thought some of it was quite difficult but that could be just me. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
7a Star could conceivably emerge from this ballet etc (10,4)
PERFORMING ARTS — An anagram of STAR – the anagram indicator is the first word of the answer.
9a Fancy bankrupt to risk everything (2,3,5)
GO FOR BROKE — Another way of saying fancy or really like something is followed by bankrupt or totally skint.
11a Kind outsider in settlement? (4)
SORT — The word settlement has a first and a last letter so each is an ‘outsider’ – you need one OR the other, hence the answer. This is one of those that’s tricky to give a decent hint for – it was tricky enough for me to have to email the Kiwis to say ‘help help – why?’ Thanks K’s.
12a Sound of skipper in foreign thoroughfare (3)
RUE — A homophone (sound of) an abbreviation for an Australian marsupial gives you the French word for a road or thoroughfare. I suppose it depends a bit on pronunciation.
13a Washing that’s best kept secret (5,5)
DIRTY LINEN — The answer is something that you shouldn’t wash in public just as you shouldn’t discuss private matters except in privacy. Oh dear – another one that’s easier to solve than write a hint for and trying to decide what to underline for the definition caused a spot of bother too.
16a Undesirable look about lively dance (4)
REEL — A reversal (about) of an undesirable look or ogle at someone.
17a Traps repairer? (7)
DENTIST — These traps are mouths.
18a Treason disturbed distinguished politician (7)
SENATOR — An anagram (disturbed) of TREASON
20a Promote in work, though not over hospital (4)
PUSH — A musical work without the cricketing abbreviation for ‘Over’ (though not over) is followed by the abbreviation for H(ospital).
21a Irish and French director in circle proving troublesome (10)
IRRITATING — Begin with the abbreviation for IR(ish) and follow that with the surname of a French film director inside (in) a circle or round.
23a Place to get round maybe in Minnesota (3)
INN — Our first lurker or hidden answer – the round is some drinks.
24a No evidence of embargo in Scottish port (4)
OBAN — The letter that looks like nothing or zero (no) is followed by an embargo or prohibition.
25a Some young volunteers rejected in private fashionable set (10)
GLITTERATI — Begin with a collection of young animals, puppies or kittens perhaps, follow that with a reversal (rejected) of crosswordland’s favourite volunteers and then put the whole lot inside the abbreviation for an American soldier (private). I hope you were all concentrating because I’m not saying that lot again.
28a Fast food maker is strain on company approved by Queen (8,6)
PRESSURE COOKER — The first word is a synonym for strain or stress – that’s followed by the usual two letter company, another two letters meaning fine or go ahead (approved) and finish off with the two letters meaning our Queen.
1d Counterpart of old Poe’s ‘Pit’, revised edition (8,6)
OPPOSITE NUMBER — An anagram (revised) of the abbreviation for O(ld) and POE’S ‘PIT’ is followed by a synonym for an edition or version.
2d Group showing a bit of patriotism (4)
TRIO — Our second lurker – he’s sitting in the middle of the last word of the clue.
3d Mistake to indicate vocal disapproval of book (4)
BOOB — A verb to indicate vocal disapproval or heckle is followed by the abbreviation for B(ook)
4d Confiscate one million quid (7)
IMPOUND — The letter that looks like the Roman numeral one, the abbreviation for M(illion) and the proper word for ‘quid’ rather than the slang.
5d In hearing, one after another, chaps with time in detention (10)
INTERNMENT — A homophone (in hearing) of a two word phrase (2,4) meaning one after another or in succession is followed by some chaps or blokes and then the abbreviation for T(ime).
6d Domestic help in priest’s residence, six-footer following Bible (10)
MANSERVANT — Start off with a priest’s residence, especially one of a parish minister of the Church of Scotland, follow that with a two letter abbreviation of a revised version of the Bible and finish off with a small biting insect that has six feet (six footer).
8d Teen hurt in port botched manoeuvre in road (5-5,4)
THREE-POINT TURN — An anagram (botched) of TEEN HURT IN PORT.
10d Fish ready with regular filleting (3)
RAY — The odd letters (with regular filleting) of ready.
14d The insects stirred up irritability (10)
TETCHINESS — An anagram (stirred up) of THE INSECTS.
15d Extravagant expenditure — thing a soul has to reform (7,3)
LASHING OUT — An anagram (has to reform) of THING A SOUL.
19d Promotional material in back of lorry? (7)
TRAILER — A double definition – the first being all the little bits of films you don’t want to see before you get to the one that you’ve gone to the cinema to watch and the second being the big bit at the back of a lorry.
22d Take off cloak with cold gone (3)
APE — A cloak or wrap without its first letter which is a C (with Cold gone).
26d For instance, 27 also left (4)
TOOL — Another word for also or as well as followed by L(eft) gives you the word of which the answer to 27d is an example.
27d Explorer removing top reveals emaciated figure (4)
RAKE — The chap who was the first person to sail round the world (explorer) without his first letter (removing top).
I liked 9 and 24a and 14 and 27d. My favourite was 25a.
The Quickie Pun:- QUEUE + BANNS = CUBANS