Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28472
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I’m not quite sure what I thought of today’s crossword and I don’t have the first idea who set it but it’s not Ray T. I found it quite difficult while I was doing it but now I can’t see why unless it was the large number of double unchecked letters – something I rarely notice – and the small number of anagrams.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so don’t do that unless you want to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a King also known to be absorbing fine novelist (5)
KAFKA — Start off with the abbreviation for King in cards and chess and follow that with the three letters that mean also known as which contain (absorbing) F(ine).
4a Support second eleven in industrial area (8)
TEESSIDE — A support, the thingy that a golf ball sits on, the abbreviation for S(econd) and then an eleven or a team.
8a Sister dined, it’s said, in Midlands town (8)
NUNEATON — A female member of a religious order is followed by a homophone (it’s said) of a synonym for dined.
9a A comment online say close to blasphemy? It’s deplored in religion (8)
APOSTASY — A comment of the kind that lots of you will be making today, then say, and the last letter (close to) of blasphemy. I’m not sure about the ‘say’ here – maybe I’m missing something.
11a Blueprint to create university west of Hollywood area (7)
FORMULA — A verb to create or make, the one letter for U(niversity) and the two letter abbreviation for the American city where Hollywood is.
13a A line in advertising stunt that’s rife (9)
PREVALENT — The A from the clue and L(ine) go inside (in) the two letters associated with advertising and a stunt or incident.
15a A chief’s enrolled to rebuild part of campus (4,2,9)
HALL OF RESIDENCE — An anagram (to rebuild) of A CHIEF’S ENROLLED.
18a Quality of a broadcast wedding ritual (9)
RECEPTION — A double definition. I spent ages trying to make it a homophone.
21a Work of engineers some disturb in error (7)
TURBINE — A lurker, or hidden answer indicated by the word ‘some’ – he’s hiding in the last three words of the clue.
22a Primate needs way of working with group after ruin (8)
MARMOSET — A verb to ruin or spoil is followed by (after) a two letter abbreviation for the latin ‘way of working’ and a group or circle of people.
24a Sign of danger after tea’s spilt (8)
ASTERISK — An anagram (spilt) of TEA’S is followed by (after) a danger or gamble.
25a Labourer, one telling fibs over walking aid (8)
HANDRAIL — A labourer or worker is followed by the reversal (over) of someone telling porky pies or being a bit economical with the truth.
26a Source of eggs in part of cake? (5)
LAYER — A double definition.
1d Powerful piece with angle on head of state in flier (10)
KINGFISHER — Begin with one of the two most powerful pieces in a game of chess, follow that with a verb ‘to angle’ or sit for hours dangling a piece of string in a river and finish off with the two letters for our Queen (head of state).
2d Woeful enjoyment before a library’s opening (8)
FUNEREAL — Some enjoyment or amusement, a poetic word for before, the A from the clue and the first letter (opening) of L(ibrary).
3d A better firm round middle of July in foreign resort (8)
ACAPULCO — The A from the clue, a verb to better or surpass, the middle two letters of jULy and, finally, the usual two letter abbreviation for a firm or company.
4d Evidence of appreciation when consuming a French fish (4)
TUNA — Spoken evidence of appreciation – a slang way of saying ‘thank you’ around (when consuming) the French word for A.
5d Seat is shifted in period of rest (6)
SIESTA — An anagram (shifted) of SEAT IS.
6d One’s detained fashionable colleague (6)
INMATE — The usual short word for fashionable is followed by a colleague or ally.
7d Feeling of discontent with messenger dropping round (4)
ENVY — A five letter messenger or diplomat without the ‘O’ (dropping round, or the round letter)
10d Inoffensive requests by a group of conservationists (8)
PLEASANT — Some requests or appeals are followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for a charity concerned with the preservation of historic buildings (conservationists).
12d Judge‘s compliment supporting upset father (8)
APPRAISE — A reversal (upset) of a short affectionate name for your Dad is followed by compliment or express approval of.
14d Row about English having rest in decisive part of game (3-7)
TIE-BREAKER — A row or bank contains (about) the abbreviation for E(nglish) and a rest or pause.
16d Visitor may get a buzz out of this implement, or phone inventor (8)
DOORBELL — A verb to implement or put into effect, the OR from the clue and the surname of the inventor of the telephone.
17d Lords taking in old boy I fired in US city (8)
NOBILITY — The two letter abbreviation for O(ld) B(oy), the I from the clue and fired or ignited are all inside (taking in) the two letter abbreviation for the largest city in the US.
19d Fancy that professor? You need a barrier (6)
CORDON — An expression of surprise – fancy that, or blimey – is followed by a professor or fellow of a college or university.
20d Decent and quiet ranch employee (6)
PROPER — The letter that is the musical instruction to play quietly is followed by someone working on a ranch catching horses or cattle with a lasso – the BRB says this is a US and Australian word.
22d Old US TV series is pulp! (4)
MASH — A double definition.
23d Barely credible saga when last character’s gone and left (4)
TALL —A four letter saga or story minus its last letter (when last character’s gone) is followed by (and) the abbreviation for L(eft). It took me far too long to sort this one out.
I liked 8 and 11a and 2d. My favourite was 14d.
The Quickie Pun:- MILLER + KNEES = MILANESE