Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28400
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 going to make any guesses as to who set today’s crossword although I do wonder if the answer to 1d is giving us a hint. I thought it was good fun and fairly straightforward but I’m more than happy for any or all of you to disagree so please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answer is under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
8a Hint: this could be left in potter’s equipment (4)
CLUE — The ‘sticky’ thing that someone playing snooker or billiards (potter) uses to hit the ball contains (in) the abbreviation for left.
9a Various establishments bottling milk (3)
USE — Our first lurker or hidden answer – it’s in the middle of the first two words of the clue.
10a Volunteer army retreats, or appears before and after Churchill, say (6)
ORATOR — A reversal (retreats) of the now outdated two letter abbreviation for the volunteer army is preceded and followed by the OR from the clue (before and after).
11a Guide offering massage with first of rises in charge (6)
RUBRIC — Massage or knead is followed by the first letter of the last three words of the clue.
12a Spend horrible time in warm climes mostly (5,3)
SHELL OUT — A horrible time or a time of suffering is contained in (in) the warmer part of a country or area (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere) without its final letter (mostly).
13a Prisoner held amid best threat he devised for prevailing authority (3,6,4,2)
THE POWERS THAT BE — The initials of a prisoner taken during a battle goes inside (held amid) an anagram (devised) of BEST THREAT HE.
15a Powerful businessman, a great knight, entertained by partner (7)
MAGNATE — The A from the clue and the two abbreviations for great and knight are contained in (entertained by) a partner or other half.
17a Idiot, mature, going round university in temper (7)
ASSUAGE — An idiot or someone not very 3d and a verb to mature or ripen contain the one letter abbreviation for university. This kind of ‘temper’ isn’t a paddy – it means to moderate.
20a Intern or handler disorientated in part of the UK (8,7)
NORTHERN IRELAND — An anagram (disorientated) of INTERN OR HANDLER.
23a I’ll go by ship to make speedy delivery of comic? (3-5)
ONE-LINER — How someone could refer to him or herself is followed by a large passenger ship.
25a Pick house in Greek island close to shore (6)
CHOOSE — The two letter abbreviation for house is contained in one of the many Greek islands and that’s followed by the last letter (close to) of shore.
26a Reportedly preserve French resort (6)
CANNES — A homophone (reportedly) – a method of preserving by putting in a tin sounds like a French resort on the Mediterranean coast.
27a Regular portions of plaice or pork pie (3)
LIE — This ‘pork pie’ is Cockney rhyming slang – you need the alternate letters (regular portions of) plaice.
28a College with celebrity backing (4)
ETON — A reversal (backing) of a word that means celebrity or fame gives the name of a well known boys public school.
1d Detective in criminal hustle (6)
SLEUTH — An anagram (criminal) of HUSTLE.
2d Aquatic animal keeps quiet in habitat (8)
TERRAPIN — Another word for habitat or environment contains the letter that is the musical instruction to play quietly (keeps quiet).
3d Ready source of evidence about Edward showing mental agility (5-10)
QUICK-WITTEDNESS — Another word for ready or prompt is followed by a source of evidence – someone who saw a crime being committed and is called to give evidence in court – which contains (about) one of the abbreviations for the name Edward.
4d Fool perhaps taking sun in arid environment (7)
DESSERT — This fool is a different kind to the one in 17a – it’s a kind of pud usually made from fruit and cream. You need a very dry sandy place where cactuses grow inside which (taking) is the abbreviation for Sun.
5d In need of very top dancing hit (7-8)
The Telegraph subscriber version is ‘In need of hit after volume in verse’. Thanks MP. I assume this was changed as it doesn’t quite work.
POVERTY-STRICKEN — The first word is an anagram (dancing) of VERY TOP and the second is the past tense of a verb to hit or whack.
6d Plant laid curiously around a hotel (6)
DAHLIA — An anagram (curiously) of laid goes around the A from the clue and the letter represented by Hotel in the phonetic alphabet. I quite like some of these plants but so do the slugs and snails and the frilly ones (the plants not the slugs and snails) are always full of earwigs which I hate.
7d Asian food is served in front of union (4)
TOFU — The second lurker indicated by served in – it’s inside the last three words of the clue. I didn’t spot it for ages although the answer had to be what it was.
14d Chatter over person’s particular interest (3)
BAG — A reversal (over) of an informal word for chatter or idle talk.
16d Fuss in a social function (3)
ADO — The A from the clue is followed by crosswordland’s favourite party.
18d Tortured soul none set free (8)
UNLOOSEN — An anagram (tortured) of SOUL NONE
19d Cricket side topping a list having continued success (2,1,4)
ON A ROLL — Oh dear – here we go! A little two letter ‘crickety’ term which I don’t understand and am not even going to attempt to explain is followed by (topping) the A from the clue and a list or register.
21d Skill shown in continental enterprise (6)
TALENT — Our third and final (thankfully) hidden answer – it’s in the last two words of the clue.
22d Pained expression after food, restaurateur’s nightmare? (2-4)
NO-SHOW — If you split this the other way round ie 4,2 you need a slang word for food followed by (after) what you might say if someone trod on your toes (pained expression) Other versions could be possible if that person trod very hard on your toes.
24d Clean without water (4)
NEAT —A double definition – the second is a drink taken without water.
I liked 25 and 27a and 5 and 14d. My favourite was 22d.
The Quickie pun:- SPIN + ACRE = SPINNAKER