Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28430
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning and welcome to what I’m pretty sure is a RayThursday. I thought there was some fairly tricksy stuff in this and it just crept into 3* time. However, there are enough anagrams and a few gimmes to get you started so I think you’ll be OK. Enjoyable stuff anyway but I bet the usual suspects will complain and the other usual suspects will think it great. You can’t win at this game!
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9a Catwalk streak interrupted by posh northern women (6)
RUNWAY: A streak, of light perhaps, has the usual letter for posh, N(orthern) and W(omen) inserted (interrupted by).
11a Rogue Hollywood guy is relentless (10)
IMPLACABLE: A charade of a rogue (?) or at least a cheeky child followed by the city where Hollywood is and then a guy as in a guy rope.
12a Bordeaux can’t lose at rugby, eliminating Toulouse initially (6)
CLARET: First letters (initially) of the other words in the clue. Excellent surface reading!
14a Boozer in a hole, drunk before work (8)
ALEHOUSE: Anagram (drunk) of A HOLE followed by a word for work or operate.
15a Most sage in Kew is established (6)
WISEST: The first of today’s lurkers is lurking (in) in the last three words.
17a Voyage on board takes off (6)
STRIPS: A word for a voyage or outing has SS put around it. (On board means in a ship so the voyage is in SS for steam ship). Don’t think I’ve seen this construct for quite a while.
20a Following hostilities, blusters for sanctions (8)
WARRANTS: Start with some hostilities (3) and follow with a word for blusters.
22a Three quarters welcoming united nation (6)
SWEDEN: Three points of the compass, you have to guess which ones, are placed around (welcoming) a word meaning united as in married. It don’t help that the word for united has two points of the compass in it!
23a Conduct dire matins when drunk (10)
ADMINISTER: Anagram (when drunk) of DIRE MATINS.
24a Marseille, perhaps too French in retrospect (4)
PORT: The French word for TOO reversed (in retrospect). Calais, Cherbourg or Bordeaux would have done just as well.
25a Jail, or bird, ends with isolation ahead (6)
INTERN: Jail as a verb. Take a small seabird and before it (ahead) you need the first and last letters (ends) of IsolatioN. Here’s one for the ornithologists among you . . . Hitting the water at that speed has gotta hurt!
26a Excitedly greet men coming out (8)
EMERGENT: Anagram (excitedly) of GREET MEN.
1d Pay off a humble abode (8)
BUNGALOW: Start with a pay off or bribe, then the A from the clue and finally a word which can mean humble and you’ll get a single storey abode.
3d Close second cheated, reportedly (6)
STRICT: S(econd) followed by some letters which aren’t a word but when pronounced sound like (reportedly) a word meaning cheated or deceived. Is it fair to use homophones that aren’t real words? I’m not sure.
4d Nice touch of Gold Label isn’t half cut (8)
ORNAMENT: One of the usual two letter golds followed by a word for label or moniker and then two of the letters from ISN’T (half cut) but you have to guess which ones they are.
5d Turning against one, getting wind up (10)
ANTAGONISE: Anagram (turning) of AGAINST ONE.
6d Soprano is cold-blooded for the audience (6)
CALLAS: Maria, a famous soprano of the 1950’s, has a surname that just about sounds like (for the audience) a word meaning cold-blooded or heartless.
8d Beginning to perform in broadcast encore (6)
REPLAY: P (beginning to Perform) inserted (in) into a word for broadcast.
13d Taught again to accept school’s head being aloof (10)
RESTRAINED: S (School’s head) inserted into (to accept) a word meaning taught again.
16d Feeling excited? That is not heartless (8)
SENTIENT: A slang word for excited, which I think dates back to the 1960’s and the hippies, is followed by the usual two letters for “that is” and then N(o)T (heartless).
18d Ushering English Queen into do (8)
STEERING: E(nglish) and the usual Queen inserted into a word for do as in con.
19d Plant taken by taste, oddly, for fly (6)
TSETSE: You need a word for to plant (3) and insert it into TSE, the alternate letters (oddly) of TaStE.
21d Passionate artist’s over depression (6)
ARDENT: Reverse (over) the usual artist and follow with a depression.
22d Dishes out some appetiser vessels (6)
SERVES: Dishes out your lunch perhaps. It’s lurking (some) in appetiser vessels. Hands up those who looked for an anagram (out) of DISHES, d’oh!
24d Call sweetheart after rift, upset (4)
PAGE: Start with a reversal (upset) of a rift or space and then an E (swEet heart).
As usual there’s some good stuff but my favourite was 24d with 12a and 7a on the podium.
Quickie Pun: RAIL + HEIGHT = RAY OF LIGHT