Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28388
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. As usual on a non-Ray T Thursday I’m not making any guesses about who set today’s crossword. I found it quite tricky to get started, which is why I’ve given it 3* for difficulty, but most things fell into place once I got a few answers in – a couple of them made me panic a bit.
There didn’t seem to be very many anagrams but there are quite a few that involved removing first letters.
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 Musician’s recital stint broadcast (12)
CLARINETTIST — An anagram (broadcast) of RECITAL STINT
9a Rural traveller seeing someone taking risks by river — not good (7)
RAMBLER — Begin with a person taking risks often of the financial kind and swap its first letter for the usual one letter abbreviation for R(iver) – (River not Good).
10a Booze, old style, and stagger — trouble by the sound of it (4,3)
REAL ALE — Two homophones (by the sound of it). The first sounds like stagger or lurch and the second like trouble or afflict. I’m not sure about the old style unless it’s that there are fewer and fewer pubs serving it – anyone got any better ideas?
11a Top arguing in court, rejecting pressure (7)
LEADING — A verb meaning arguing in a court of law without its first letter (rejecting P[ressure])
12a Italian singers in operas composed with no end of style (7)
SOPRANI — An anagram (composed) of IN OPERAS, without the last letter or end of styl[E]
13a Distortion in soft sweet (5)
FUDGE — A double definition.
14a A crew lent out for community service (3,6)
LAW CENTRE — An anagram (out) of A CREW LENT. This is something I’ve never heard of.
16a Make stronger use of religious education? (9)
REINFORCE — The two letters meaning R(eligious) E(ducation) are followed by seven more which, if split 2,5, can mean ‘use’ or ‘apply’. Sorry – this isn’t the best hint ever and explaining the answer caused me some trouble. Thanks to the 2Kiwis for the moral support.
19a Gentleman confronting two bridge players — one sounds the alarm (5)
SIREN — A respectful way of referring to a man or one who has been knighted is followed by (confronting) two opposing bridge players.
21a Drunk needs bit of advice, getting escorted after parking (7)
TIPPLED — Begin with a bit of advice or a hint, follow that with the one letter abbreviation for P(arking) and finish it off with the past participle of a verb meaning to escort or guide.
23a Mistake regarding small footwear (4-3)
SLIP-ONS — A mistake or blunder is followed by a short word meaning regarding or concerning and then the one letter abbreviation for S(mall).
24a Work extremely large amount to see marsupial (7)
OPOSSUM — Lego time – begin with the abbreviation for a musical work, follow that with two letters that mean extremely large or outsize and finish it off with an amount or total.
25a Curious dance card (7)
ODDBALL — A word meaning curious or a bit strange rather than inquisitive is followed by a formal dance.
26a Pugilist with sweat covering face — ‘Hang on!’ we hear (12)
WELTERWEIGHT — Two parts to this one – a word that means sweat or endure great heat without its first letter (covering face) is followed by a homophone (we hear) of an instruction to ‘hang on’ or ‘don’t do anything for the moment’.
1d Understanding group of high-ranking officers (7)
COMMAND — A double definition – they’re both nouns.
2d What late-night barman will do clearing clubs is unsurpassed (3-4)
ALL-TIME — Something that a late night barman or pub landlord does in order to get rid of everyone when it’s very late and he needs to close without the first letter (clearing or removing the one letter abbreviation for C(lubs).
3d Mercenary perhaps in Irish uniform (9)
IRREGULAR — The two letters for IR(ish) are followed by a word meaning uniform or even.
4d Precious items not given introduction but they have titles (5)
EARLS — Some semi-precious jewels formed in oysters without their first letter (not given introduction).
5d Long walk exciting a priest (7)
TRAIPSE — An anagram (exciting) of A PRIEST.
6d Builders’ material is transported round a US city (7)
SEALANT — The A from the clue and an abbreviation for a US city – not NY this time but the other one in California – go inside (round) a word that means transported or dispatched. I had no idea that I knew as many kinds of building materials until I went through several before I hit on the right one.
7d Public relations speech about biography’s rapid growth (13)
PROLIFERATION — The two letters for P(ublic) R(elations) are followed by a speech or an address which contains (about) someone’s memoirs or history.
8d Incandescent with rage referring to others? (6,7)
BESIDE ONESELF — A double definition.
15d Eccentric owns teeth sharpener (9)
WHETSTONE — An anagram (eccentric) of OWNS TEETH.
17d Young offender to stray — or get better? (7)
IMPROVE — This young offender is a naughty child rather than one likely to end up in the juvenile courts and he, or she, is followed by a verb to stray or wander.
18d Site of professional shooting? (4,3)
FILM SET — The professional shooting here produces something likely to end up in the cinema.
19d Asian language retained by extremists in struggling party (7)
SHINDIG — An Asian language of Northern India goes inside the first and last letters (extremists in) of S(trugglin)G.
20d Olympic city with diplomatic approach that’s read as a severe warning (4,3)
RIOT ACT — The city that hosted last year’s Olympics is followed by a diplomatic approach or handling with kid gloves.
22d Object shown in streetside murals (5)
DEMUR — Our one and only lurker or hidden answer – he’s hiding in the middle of the last two words of the clue – I caught him before he had a chance to catch me.
I liked 9 and 21a and 2d. My favourite was 17d.
The Quickie Pun:- COURT + ARISING = CAUTERISING