Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28544
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone. I don’t have any idea who set today’s crossword. I quite enjoyed it but thought it was probably the most straightforward back page cryptic that we’ve had for some time. There are an average number of anagrams, a lurker and a homophone but no unusual words or sport or anything to upset anyone really.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
8a Predict role left for recasting (8)
FORETELL — An anagram (for recasting) of ROLE LEFT
9a Old fellow arresting detective? Very likely! (4,2)
ODDS ON — The abbreviation for O(ld) and a fellow, not a man or a chap but a university lecturer, contain (arresting) a two letter abbreviation for a fairly senior detective.
10a School missing first of teachers for long time (3)
EON — A well known boys public school without its second letter (missing first of T[eachers]). I’m never sure if this kind of clue is fair on non-UK residents.
11a Cook’s ultimate advantage concerning English rice dish (8)
KEDGEREE — Begin with the last letter (ultimate) of cooK, then an advantage or superiority, the usual two letters meaning concerning or about and, finally, E(nglish).
12a Book that can be adjusted on radio? (6)
VOLUME — A double definition – a book or something that can be turned up or down on a radio. I wondered, briefly, if the radio bit was indicating a homophone – it isn’t.
13a Bins, bollards and benches for urban loungers? (6,9)
STREET FURNITURE — A collective term for all the bits and pieces seen in a town centre which are for public use. I’d never heard of this but it is in the BRB
15a Host politician close to office in centre (7)
COMPERE — The usual two letters for a politician and the last letter (close to) of (offic)E are contained in (in) another word for centre or nucleus.
18a Writer with sex appeal in confines of rich Cumbrian town (7)
PENRITH — A writer, not a person but something you can write with, are followed by the first and last letters (confines) of RicH and these contain the two letters used to mean sex appeal – not SA but the other two. This is another answer that could be tricky for people who live outside the UK.
21a Mid-year calamity disrupted Sandhurst, say (8,7)
MILITARY ACADEMY — An anagram (disrupted) of MID-YEAR CALAMITY.
24a Some secret inadequacy found in sensitive element in a viewer (6)
RETINA — Our one and only lurker or hidden answer (found in) – it’s hiding in the middle of the second and third words of the clue.
25a I moan terribly about female American of bad repute (8)
INFAMOUS — An anagram (terribly) of I MOAN which contains (about) the one letter abbreviation for F(emale) is followed by another abbreviation meaning American.
26a Manage function (3)
RUN — Another double definition which probably doesn’t need any further explanation.
27a Hazy, a bit, in pronouncing Chinese cuisine (3,3)
DIM SUM — A word that means hazy or not very bright is followed by a homophone (in pronouncing) for a bit or a little.
28a My saintly character? (8)
GOODNESS — A double definition – the first is an interjection used to express surprise.
1d Importance of mount holding sign (6)
MOMENT — The two letter abbreviation for mount contains (holding) a sign or warning.
2d Measurement no longer used in competitive division (6)
LEAGUE — An old measure of length is also the word used to describe where sporting clubs rank in comparison to each other, or something along those lines.
3d Volunteers summed up with word of thanks (11,4)
TERRITORIAL ARMY — The old term for the voluntary military force was often abbreviated (summed up) to two letters – these are an informal way of saying ‘thank you’.
4d Joyous sensation arising in much of bay (7)
GLEEFUL — A bay or inlet without its final letter (much of) contains (in) a reversal (arising) of a word that means a sensation or perception. I’m not sure that the middle bit works but that might be ‘just me’. What does anyone else think?
5d Assemble round unusually nice chef’s business for ready-made grub (11,4)
CONVENIENCE FOOD — A word that means assemble or meet countains (round) an anagram (unusually) of NICE. This is followed by a general word for what a chef might produce.
6d Wedding vow delayed for one besotted? (8)
IDOLATER — Split the first three letters 1,2 – that’s the wedding vow bit and this is followed by a word meaning delayed or afterwards.
7d Private try-out on a regular basis? Nonsense (8)
TOMMYROT — A private soldier in the British Army is followed by the alternate letters (on a regular basis) of tRyOuT.
14d Strike sheep (3)
RAM — A double definition.
16d Loves hosting in the flesh with the Italian part of Mediterranean diet (5,3)
OLIVE OIL — Two of the letters that look like a love score in tennis contain a word meaning in the flesh or in reality – then you need the Italian word for the.
17d Most dear minister touring centre of Nice (8)
PRICIEST — This ‘dear’ is to do with cost not love. A member of the clergy contains (touring) the middle two letters (centre) of nICe.
19d Something to put in drink or decorate a cake? (3)
ICE — A double definition.
20d Medical accessory in grey’s redesigned (7)
SYRINGE — An anagram (redesigned) of IN GREY’S.
22d Require partner for supply? (6)
DEMAND — A double definition.
23d Uses bananas with instant dessert (6)
MOUSSE —An anagram (bananas) of USES comes after an instant or short space of time.
I liked 18 and 27a and 3 and 7d. My favourite was 28a.
The Quickie Pun:- MATTRESS + SIDE = MATRICIDE