Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28394
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Morning all and welcome to another RayThursday. Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I found this a bit trickier than recent RayT puzzles have been. Enjoyable all the same with all the usual hallmarks of a RayT offering. I’ll be interested to see what you guys think of it.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a By chance, one new score’s interrupted by detectives (12)
ACCIDENTALLY: Start with playing card number one followed by N(ew) and a word meaning to keep score and then insert (interrupted by) the usual three letter detectives. I’ve said before that I like it when 1a goes straight in. Unfortunately, this time it certainly didn’t! Tricky little rascal to start with.
9a Marker is only beyond motorway, in case (9)
MILESTONE: Take a word for only or single and put it after (beyond) the motorway which goes from London to Leeds and a rather old fashioned word for ‘just in case’ and you’ll get a marker, which you might find on said motorway.
10a Worried in the past, for instance (5)
TENSE: A word meaning worried is also something that past is an example of. Future or present would work equally well. A bit of a chestnut but I still like it.
11a Judge concerned with jailbird pocketing grand (6)
RECKON: Two letters for concerned with and the usual jailbird has a letter indicating a thousand (grand) inserted (pocketing).
12a The woman’s wearing a hollow ‘supporter‘ (8)
ADHERENT: The word indicating ‘the woman’ is inserted into (wearing) the A from the clue and a hollow or depression, in the wing of your car perhaps.
13a Sins of large sections of Church (6)
LAPSES: L(arge) followed by some parts of a church
15a Alien phoned back endlessly outside (8)
STRANGER: Start with the usual word for phoned, not called but the other one, and round it (outside) put the back of a boat without its last letter (endlessly).
18a Son runs into copper, facing minute analysis (8)
SCRUTINY: S(on) followed by R(uns) inserted into the chemical symbol for copper and then a word meaning minute as in very small.
19a Equilibrium unaltered on edges of seat (6)
STASIS: ST (edges of SeaT) followed by a phrase (2,2) meaning or the same.
21a Suggest right piece of work’s put inside pen (8)
PROPOUND: R(ight) and the usual two letter work put inside a word for a pen, where stray dogs are kept perhaps. We had the pen working the other way round in the last puzzle I blogged – 28a in DT 28370.
23a Comparatively dirty canine initially more ill-bred (6)
CRUDER: C(Canine initially) followed by a word for more ill-bred or less polite.
26a Old under orderly facing hospital (5)
NEATH: An archaic word for under is a word for orderly or tidy and then H(ospital).
27a Queen’s revolving set fitted upright (9)
REPUTABLE: Reverse (revolving) the usual two letters for Her Majesty and follow with a word for to set or to place and finally a word for fitted or capable.
28a Bent police tried changing end of confession (12)
PREDILECTION: Anagram (changing) of POLICE TRIED followed by an N (end of confessioN).
2d Gripes about Opposition’s leader left in charge (5)
COLIC: Gripes that babies get are a single letter for ‘about’ followed by O (Opposition’s leader), L(eft) and then the usual two letters for in charge.
3d Bent detective was brilliant on street (9)
DISHONEST: An abbreviation of a detective inspector is followed by a word for was brilliant, think light not cleverness, and the usual street. Strange to have the same definition word in two different clues.
4d After knockout about to rise in corner (4)
NOOK: Start with the abbreviation for a knockout in boxing and then two letters for about and reverse the lot (to rise in a down clue).
5d Roughly caned over extremities in true story (8)
ANECDOTE: Anagram (roughly) of CANED followed by O(ver) and TE (extremities in TruE).
7d With hour inside gives in, going off rails (8)
INVEIGHS: Rail as in to make a verbal attack. It’s an anagram (going off) of GIVES IN with H(our) inserted (inside).
8d Go off Church reading, perhaps upsetting minister (6)
RECTOR: Take a word for go off or fester, the abbreviation of Church of England and what reading is an example of (along with writing and arithmetic) and reverse the lot (upsetting).
14d Coppers on alert suppressing offensive (8)
PERSONAL: A lurker. It’s lurking (suppressing) in coppers on alert.
16d A northern course circling radius for polar region (9)
ANTARCTIC: A (from the clue), N(orthern) and a course of action are put around (circling) an R(adius).
17d Caught in homicide, ran sneakily up (8)
ENSNARED: Another lurker but this time it’s reversed (up in a down clue).
18d Prostrate having done in backbone … (6)
SUPINE: A single letter for done, as in the done thing, socially acceptable or proper, is inserted into your backbone.
20d … rise being supported by doctor (7)
SURGEON: A rise followed by a word describing your position relative to something that’s supporting you. Nice to have this word clued without reference to a certain Scottish politician!
22d More trouble going topless (5)
OTHER: Some trouble without its first letter (going topless).
24d Emirate is style capital (5)
DUBAI: Style as in to name followed by two letters for capital as in very good.
25d Stone‘s old before tour’s over (4)
OPAL: O(ld) followed by a reversal (over) of a tour, of a race track perhaps.
There’s few good ones but my favourite was 28a, just for its surface reading.
Quick crossword pun: GEAR + TEEN = GUILLOTINE