Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28550
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all and welcome to a RayThursday. I thought this was going to be pretty easy when I got eight of the acrosses on first pass but then I only got eight of the downs, even with the checkers in place. It was well into *** time by the time the rest had revealed themselves. For me the enjoyment level was its usual high but I bet we’ll have some disagreement about that.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
7a Pig, our man decides to eat pig (8)
GOURMAND: We start today with a lurker. This chap who likes to eat and drink a lot is hidden (to eat) in PIG OUR MAN DECIDES.
9a Cold and damp and spacious, we hear … (6)
RHEUMY: The answer sounds like (we hear) a word describing somewhere spacious.
11a United get trained working out (10)
INTEGRATED: Anagram (working out) of GET TRAINED.
12a Beer belly of a being consumed by drink (6)
PAUNCH: Start with a party drink and insert (being consumed by) the A from the clue.
14a Shocks from power cuts without resistance (8)
OUTRAGES: An American term for power cuts goes around (without) an R(esistance).
15a The French experiment is most recent (6)
LATEST: The feminine definite article in French is followed by an experiment or trial.
17a Colour is fashionable till over (6)
INDIGO: The usual word for fashionable is followed by a word meaning to till and then an O(ver).
20a Cutting edge round old empty cask causes closure (8)
BLOCKADE: Start with O(ld) and a CK (empty CasK) and around it (round) place a cutting edge or knife.
23a Hostility strangely against keeping on male (10)
ANTAGONISM: Anagram (strangely) of AGAINST placed around (keeping) the ON from the clue and then M(ale) at the end.
24a Part inside tree’s heartwood initially (4)
PITH: First letters (initially) of the other words in the clue.
26a Church service still new, with good following (8)
EVENSONG: A phrase (4,2) meaning still is followed by N(ew) and G(ood).
1d Move missing wingers in squad getting fit together (8)
DOVETAIL: “Missing wingers” means remove the first and last letters from something. So, remove the first and last letters from MOVE to leave you with OV and then put this into a word for a squad of soldiers.
2d Hope beam supports stern of ship (4)
PRAY: A beam of light after (supports in a down clue) the last letter (stern of) of shiP
3d District‘s hot south of foreign capital (6)
PARISH: H(ot) is placed after (south of in a down clue) a foreign capital city where RayT lives.
4d Panic is appropriate being trapped in bog (8)
FRIGHTEN: To panic someone is a word for appropriate or correct in (trapped in) the type of bog you find in East Anglia.
5d Split pants are ruined, holding vulgar expression back (10)
SEPARATION: Take an anagram (ruined) of PANTS ARE and insert (holding) a vulgar expression used to attract attention but it’s reversed (back).
6d This compiler’s strangely deep and slow (6)
IMPEDE: How the compiler might say he is followed by an anagram (strangely) of DEEP. We’ve already had this anagram indicator in 23a.
8d Internet company‘s ruin, accepting tick, oddly (6)
DOTCOM: Take a word for ruin or a terrible fate and insert the alternate letters (oddly) from TiCk.
13d Evident single guy embraces sweetheart after zero time (10)
NOTICEABLE: Start with another way of saying zero followed by T(ime). After that you need an I (single) and a word for a guy rope into which you need to insert (embraces) an E (swEet heart). One of those that’s much easier to solve than hint.
16d Mature offspring adopting a child (8)
SEASONED: Take a biblical word for offspring and insert (adopting) the A from the clue and a male child.
18d It’s part of lover to need suggestion (8)
OVERTONE: The second lurker is hidden in (part of) LOVER TO NEED.
19d Perhaps Game of Thrones Queen upset formula (6)
RECIPE: A word describing Game of Thrones or any Charlton Heston film and the usual Queen is all reversed (upset in a down clue).
21d Delay vessel taking on gallons (6)
LINGER: Start with a passenger ship (vessel) and insert (taking on) a G(allons).
22d Bad actor surmounts hindrance to get Shakespearean role (6)
HAMLET: A bad actor is followed by (surmounts in a down clue) a legal word for a hindrance, usually seen in the phrase “without ??? or hindrance”.
24d Hard drink, lifting elbow (4)
PUSH: H(ard) and a word meaning to drink are reversed (lifting in a down clue).
I found this an enjoyable puzzle but without a stand-out favourite. All round good stuff but if pushed I’d go for 13d as tops.
Quick crossword pun: KNOW + WIRE + DEAR = NO IDEA