Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28502
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is a Ray T crossword – it has most of his trademark clues and some particularly good anagrams. I didn’t find it too difficult but, as always, I’m more than happy for anyone, or everyone, to disagree with me. The Quickie pun is a good one too.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons so only do that if you want to see one.
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1a Dress up lie foolishly covering a resentment (11)
DISPLEASURE — An anagram (foolishly) of DRESS UP LIE which includes (covering) the A from the clue.
10a Men scoffed after harangue (5)
ORATE — Our usual crosswordland two letter abbreviation for members of the armed forces not holding commissions (men) followed by scoffed, or had a meal.
11a Sailor saw a bit on travelling (9)
BOATSWAIN — An anagram (travelling) of SAW A BIT ON
12a Almost dismiss anger with graduate vacantly producing blasphemy (9)
SACRILEGE — All but the last letter (almost) of a verb to dismiss from employment, another verb to anger or annoy and, finally, the first and last letters (vacantly) of G(raduat)E.
13a Like this compiler would start to entertain digression (5)
ASIDE — A little short word that means like or in this way, how the compiler might say he would and the first letter (start to) of E(ntertain).
14a Shake head finally facing stranger (6)
DODDER — The last letter (finally) of (hea)D and then a synonym for stranger or less normal.
16a Stones admitting sex worries (8)
AGITATES — These stones are semi-precious gems and they contain (admitting) a little short word often used to mean sex – sex appeal or activity.
18a Return of Queen — sense overlapping sample record collection (8)
REGISTRY — A reversal (return) of the two letters for our Queen and then a four letter word meaning sense or crux and a three letter word that means sample or test – the last letter of the first and the first of the second are the same (overlapping) so they share that letter. Oh dear – that’s a bit of pig’s ear but it’s as good as it gets.
20a Girl excelling in serving, having artistic beginnings (6)
GEISHA — A Ray T special – the first letters (beginnings) of the remaining words in the clue.
23a Your old skinny sweetheart (5)
THINE — Skinny or slender and the middle letter (heart) of swEet.
24a Covered empty loft before going into outhouse (9)
SHELTERED — An outhouse contains (going into) the first and last letters (empty) of L(of)T and a poetic word that means before.
26a Failing that mother wisely comprehends (9)
OTHERWISE — Our first lurker or hidden answer indicated by comprehends or grasps – he’s hiding in the third and fourth words of the clue.
27a Black night’s beginning after storm (5)
RAVEN — Storm or talk wildly is followed by (after) the first letter (beginning) of N(ight).
28a Clear front of Tyne Tunnel — car’s broken down (11)
TRANSLUCENT — The first letter (front of) T(yne) is followed by an angram (broken down) of TUNNEL CAR’S.
2d Individual Sarah and Abraham conceived originally (5)
ISAAC — And another Ray T special – the first letters (originally) of the remaining words in the clue. I’m never quite sure what to underline as the definition in this type of clue.
3d Force to accept Church upset faithful (7)
PRECISE — A verb to force or lever contains a reversal (upset) of one of the usual two letter crosswordland abbreviations for Church.
4d Symbol we see partly resemble medallion? (6)
EMBLEM — Our second lurker (partly) – the answer is hidden in the last two words of the clue.
5d Search small grotto and say name echoing (8)
SCAVENGE — S(mall) is followed by a grotto or underground chamber and then a reversal (echoing or coming back) of the two letter abbreviation of the Latin for example or say, and N(ame).
6d Hinge on craft providing new opening (7)
RESTART — Hinge or depend on is followed by a craft or skill.
7d Criminal group share respect (13)
CONSIDERATION — Our usual criminal – not lag but another one – and a group or team are followed by a share or allowance.
8d With help climbing inside measures beams (8)
RADIATES — Measures or grades contain (inside) a reversal (climbing) of a synonym for help or assistance.
9d Getting dinner and gut’s rumbling (13)
UNDERSTANDING — An anagram (rumbling) of DINNER AND GUT’S.
15d In which boxers do combat? (8)
DOGFIGHT — These boxers aren’t the kind who beat hell out of each other in the name of sport, they’re ones with four legs and a tail.
17d Terrible puns — air’s becoming sort of blue (8)
PRUSSIAN — An anagram (terrible) of PUN’S AIR.
19d One fleeces lambs trimmed right round a river (7)
SHEARER — Some lambs (or ewes or rams) without their last letter (trimmed) are followed by the one letter abbreviation for R(ight) and contain (round) the A from the clue and another abbreviation, this time the one for R(iver.
21d Hospital department twisting about in charge of intestines (7)
ENTERIC — Everyone’s favourite (and most common crosswordland) hospital department is followed by a reversal (twisting) of the abbreviation that means about or concerning, and then another abbreviation, this time it’s I(n) C(harge).
22d Party taking in a show (6)
REVEAL — A rowdy party or celebration contains (taking in) the A from the clue.
25d Rent forced to be capped (5)
RIVEN —Forced or pushed into doing something without its first letter (capped).
I liked 16 and 23a and 6 and 15d. I think my favourite has to be 26a for the sneaky use of the word used as a hidden answer indicator.
The Quickie Pun:- PLEA + SINK + WIRY = POLICE ENQUIRY