Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28466
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/*** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. There’s no doubt at all that this is a Ray T crossword. I didn’t think that it was one of his more difficult ones but, as always, I’m more than happy for anyone or everyone to disagree with me. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the things that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
1a Boob gets married — I use catcall crudely (12)
MISCALCULATE — A verb to boob or make a mistake – the one letter that means married is followed by an anagram (crudely) of I USE CATCALL. I’m sure you’re all fed-up with hearing me say this but a nice long answer across the top is a really good start.
9a Fancy chair occupied by male after little time (9)
SWEETMEAT — This ‘fancy’ is a little cake – a chair or sofa contains the one letter abbreviation for M(ale) which is preceded by a short word meaning little and the usual one letter for T(ime).
10a Light captured by Monet or Chagall (5)
TORCH — Our first lurker, or hidden answer – he’s in the middle of the last three words of the clue.
11a The compiler’s left to provide meaning (6)
IMPORT — How the setter could refer to himself is followed by the nautical word for left.
12a Company soldier died protected by second soldier (8)
COMMANDO — The usual two letters for company are followed by another two letters that mean a short space of time (second) – these contain (protected by) a soldier and the one letter abbreviation for D(ied). Phew – I do hope I’ve made some sort of sense of that.
13a Encore of Queen record with Plant (6)
REPLAY — Start off with the one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for a Queen, then an old kind of vinyl record which was played at 45rpm but had two tracks on each side rather than just one like a single and finish that off with a short word to plant or put down – ignore the misleading capitalisation of Plant. Please, someone, tell me that I wasn’t the only one to spend ages trying to justify REPEAT.
15a Thin and starving finally after fish (8)
GANGLING — The last letter (finally) of (starvin)G is followed by a verb that means fishing (after fish).
18a Seaside town beginning to be fashionably left-wing? (8)
BRIGHTON — The first letter (beginning to) of Be and then an adjective (5-2) meaning trendy or in keeping with the latest ideas or fashions.
19a Drive round the bend following British car (6)
BANGER — The one letter for B(ritish) is followed by a verb to drive round the bend or infuriate.
21a Tars at sea circling lake in vessels (8)
ARTERIES — An anagram (at sea) of TARS contains (circling) one of the great lakes.
23a Former politician effectively chasing work in retirement (6)
POWELL — A reversal (in retirement) of the usual two letter abbreviation for a musical work is followed by (chasing) a word meaning effectively or skilfully.
26a Carbon measurement should offer certainty (5)
CINCH — The chemical symbol for C(arbon) and then a short measure of length (measurement) in pre-decimal times.
27a Old judge catching one with trap to begin (9)
ORIGINATE — The one letter abbreviation for O(ld) is followed by a verb to judge or evaluate which contains (catching) the letter that looks like the Roman number one and a kind of trap or snare.
28a Drunken bore’s posture becomes unruly (12)
OBSTREPEROUS — An anagram (drunken) of BORE’S POSTURE.
1d Bank below motorway’s more obscure (7)
MISTIER — A motorway that goes from London to the north, with its ‘S, is followed by (below in a down clue) a bank or row.
2d Fast-rising odds gathering support (5)
STEEP — The ‘odds’ here are racing odds (a two letter abbreviation) and contain (gathering) a support, the golfing kind.
3d From oaf, term at Harvard produces results (9)
AFTERMATH — Our second lurker – hiding in the second to fifth words in the clue. I didn’t see this for ages.
4d Munch cold cut (4)
CHEW — The one letter for C(old) and then a verb to cut or chop down.
5d Coastal area lacking imagination, we hear (8)
LITTORAL — A homophone – this adjective sounds like another that means lacking imagination or colourless.
6d Symbol of support on head of Mohican (5)
TOTEM — Support is followed by the first letter (head of) M(ohican). I can’t find anything that makes the first four letters of the answer = support. We had it quite recently meaning ‘raise’, I think. Has anyone got any ideas.
7d Running topless and making an impression (8)
PRINTING — A word that means running flat out or as fast as possible without its initial ‘S’ (topless).
8d Crush bottom in endeavour to wear skimpy costume (6)
THRONG — The last letter (bottom in) of (endeavour)R is inside (to wear) a skimpy costume – a very skimpy pair of knicks.
14d Untouched can must be gripped by force (8)
PRISTINE — Another word for a can is contained in (must be gripped by) a verb to force or lever.
16d Beautify a girl with some sprucing up (9)
GLAMORISE — An anagram (sprucing up) of A GIRL with SOME.
17d Wood covering empty mango’s top … (8)
FOREMOST — A large area of land covered in trees (wood) goes round (covering) the first and last letters (empty) of M(ang)O.
18d … bough with top of bough spread (6)
BRANCH — The first letter (top of) B(ough) is followed by a spread (a mainly American word) or estate.
20d Arbitrator’s swallowing deceit from substitutes (7)
RELIEFS — This arbitrator, with his ‘S, is the chap with the whistle in football etc and he contains (swallowing) a deceit or untruth.
22d Recovery establishment helping addicts’ behaviour initially (5)
REHAB — A Ray T special – the first letters (initially) of the remaining words of the clue. I never know what to underline as the definition in these kinds of clues.
24d Muse seeing her reaction, oddly removed (5)
ERATO — The even letters (oddly removed) of the third and fourth words of the clue.
25d Obscure English coin (4)
DIME —A word meaning obscure or indistinct followed by E(nglish).
I liked 23a and 7 and 22d. My favourite was 18a.
The Quickie Pun:- RAW + CAN + ROLE = ROCK ‘N’ ROLL