Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28448
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it’s definitely not Ray T – I do have my suspicions – any ideas anyone? I really found it quite difficult so it’ll be interesting to see how everyone else gets on.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the actual answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so try not to do that by mistake.
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1a Part of ship in port? (4)
HOLD HULL — This is a double definition. The first part is easy enough but I’d never heard of the second one – it is in the BRB [Corrected. BD]
3a Part of a US locomotive that’s for rolling stock? (10)
COWCATCHER — This is the American equivalent to the Australian ‘roo bar’ – a strong metal grid on the front of a car or a train to protect against collision with animals or, as in this clue, to ‘roll’ animals (stock) out of the way. Phew – not an easy one to give a hint for.
9a Mistake in party politics (4)
TYPO — Our only lurker or hidden answer – he’s hiding in between the last two words of the clue.
10a One who’s retiring that sits up in bed? (10)
WALLFLOWER — An informal word for a shy or retiring person (usually a woman) who does not take part at a social event is also a spring bloom – the bed is in the garden.
11a Drunk, vermouth bottle empty? (3,2,2)
OUT OF IT — If all the vermouth had been consumed you might say you were *** ** **. Oh dear – another one that’s jolly difficult to give a decent hint for.
13a Torn bags date, revealing chemical substance (7)
REAGENT — Another word for torn or ripped contains (bags) a date or time.
14a With nothing admitted, malice said to circulate in networking platforms (6,5)
SOCIAL MEDIA — An anagram (to circulate) of MALICE SAID contains the letter that looks like a zero (with nothing admitted).
18a Sweet crackers switched on facing page (6,5)
BANANA SPLIT — An informal word for crackers or insane and the one letter abbreviation for P(age) is followed by (facing) a way of saying switched on or having light.
21a Bad publicity getting fraction of the number? (7)
ADVERSE — The usual abbreviation for publicity is followed by a part (fraction) of a musical number or song.
22a Bash breaking twine that’s loose, making secure (3,4)
TIE DOWN — This bash is a party so you need the crosswordland little word for a party contained in (breaking) an anagram (that’s loose) of TWINE.
23a Disguise not on, as pal in trousers (10)
PANTALOONS — An anagram (disguise) of NOT ON AS PAL.
25a Narrativ? (5,5)
SHORT STORY — If the ‘word’ in the clue had an ‘E’ on the end what would it be? Since it doesn’t have that ‘E’ it’s an abbreviated tale. And another one that’s really hard to think of a hint for.
26a Back with first of girlfriends, very excited (4)
AGOG — A word meaning back or past is followed by the first letter (first of) of G(irlfriends)
1d You must plug water source where heat encourages growth (8)
HOTHOUSE — A source of water in the garden contains (must plug) an archaic pronoun meaning ‘you’.
2d Cosmetic put under cheek (8)
LIPSTICK — Cheek or impertinence is followed by (under in a down clue) another word for put or install.
4d Old piece, modern style (2,3)
OP ART — The one letter abbreviation for O(ld) and a piece or a bit.
5d Mark welcomes actors from somewhere in America (9)
COLORADAN — The mark here is a punctuation mark and it contains (welcomes) some actors – not specific actors but where they are trained.
6d Unlikely admirer initially has date in US city (11)
TALLAHASSEE — Begin with a word for something unlikely – a **** story perhaps, then the first letter (initially) of A(dmirer), the ‘has’ straight from the clue and finish off with a verb to date or go out with someone.
7d Hard twisting wears rope (6)
HAWSER — H(ard) is followed by an anagram (twisting) of WEARS.
8d Wonder if ceremony mainly is about fish? On the contrary (6)
RARITY — Wonder here is a noun. Most of (mainly) a four letter word for a ceremony is contained in a large edible fish. We’re told that the ceremony is about the fish but the last bit of the clue (on the contrary) tells us to do the opposite.
12d Shock, as fat brute eats starters of raw greens (11)
FLABBERGAST — Some fat or blubber is followed by a brute or monster which contains (eats) the first letters (starters) of R(aw) and G(reens).
15d Vegetable extract crushed by hand (9)
MANGETOUT — A verb to extract or remove (3,3) is preceded by (crushed or underneath) a hand or a worker.
16d Jolly healthy (8)
BLOOMING — A double definition – the first is an informal euphemism.
17d Fetid eggs coming up, majesty! (8)
STINKING — These eggs are those laid by head lice – reverse them (coming up) and follow with a male royal person (majesty).
19d Plain fool with plan drawn up (6)
PAMPAS — Start off with a fool – not the usual ass but another one – and a plan or chart and reverse the whole thing (drawn up).
20d Decent chance with love, all the same (4,2)
EVEN SO — A decent chance in betting terms is followed by the letter that looks like a love score in tennis.
22d Singer‘s important number — ‘Gold’ (5)
TENOR —Think of a number from one to *** and follow that with one of the usual two letter words meaning gold. I’m not sure why this number is important – maybe because it’s the number that the decimal system is based on. Does anyone have any other ideas – over to you.
I liked lots of these clues so just a few are 10 and 11a and 5, 12 and 17d. My favourite is one of these.
The Quickie pun:- WATER + DISC + RACE = WHAT A DISGRACE A brilliant pun.