Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28604
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. Yet again, it’s not a Ray T Thursday – we haven’t had one of his back page cryptics for several weeks. I don’t have any idea as to who might have set this one. I thought it was straightforward but, as always, I’m very happy for anyone to disagree with me – it’s all to do with wavelength and I find it hard to judge difficulty and enjoyment when I know that I’m doing the hints.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
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8a Violent protesters initially roaring ‘Tories out’ (7)
RIOTERS — An anagram (out) of the first letter (initially) of R(oaring) and TORIES
10a Preserving energy, Romans relaxed — slaves driving galley, maybe (7)
OARSMEN — An anagram (relaxed) of ROMANS which goes round (preserving) E(nergy
11a Voting system not nice, unfortunately, in US university (9)
PRINCETON — The two letter abbreviation for a system of voting is followed by an anagram (unfortunately) of NOT NICE
12a Criticise or clap? (5)
BLAST — A double definition. I had a bit of a dither about this one – I can’t quite make clap = the answer somehow.
13a Where men are on board ship beside revolutionary (5)
CHESS — The first name of a South American revolutionary who is so useful to crossword setters is followed by the two letter abbreviation for S(team) S(hip).
14a Snack to put with something sparkling and European (7)
TOASTIE — Take the TO from the clue, follow that with a fizzy wine (something sparkling) and finish off with the abbreviation for E(uropean)
17a I’m so interfering, travelling as a politician? (7,8)
FOREIGN MINISTER — An anagram (travelling) of I’M SO INTERFERING
19a Country folk appearing in operatic piece (7)
ARMENIA — The operatic piece is a vocal solo and it contains (appearing in) some folk or people
21a Bottle — optic possibly applied to it? (5)
NERVE — This kind of ‘bottle’ is a slang word for courage. The second word in the clue is nothing to do with pub measurements – if you put the answer after that word you get something to do with your eye. Oh dear, oh dear – one of those that’s much easier to do than to give a half decent hint for.
24a Old communist figure turning back on Left (5)
LENIN — Begin with L(eft) and follow that with a reversal (turning back) of a figure or a number – the one between eight and ten would do very nicely.
26a Dreadful experience being near horse nursing temperature (9)
NIGHTMARE — An archaic word for near or approaching and a horse, a female one, are separated by (nursing) the abbreviation for T(emperature).
27a Boy captures the work of Shakespeare, for example (7)
SONNETS — A male offspring is followed by captures or traps.
28a Loving a swindle, gang (7)
ADORING — The A from the clue and a verb to swindle or cheat are followed by a gang or a band of people.
1d Subject inspiring reverence primarily, one circling the globe (6)
TROPIC — A synonym for a subject or a theme contains (inspiring) the first letter (primarily) of R(everence).
2d Around pit, person keeping busy, as boss about (8)
DOMINEER – A pit or colliery goes inside (around) a person who gets on with stuff rather than just sitting and thinking about it.
3d Part of orchestra that’s supersonic when vibrating (10)
PERCUSSION — An anagram (when vibrating) of SUPERSONIC.
4d Stumble after a few drinks, going one way then the other (5,4)
ROUND TRIP — A word for a few drinks, as in, “It’s his *****”, is followed by another word for stumble or fall.
5d Dreary poet sent up (4)
DRAB — A reversal (sent up) of a word for a poet or a writer.
6d This person is overlooking agreement in effect (6)
IMPACT — How ‘this person’ would say he or she is is followed by (overlooking) an agreement or treaty.
7d King has designed a winter scarf, say (8)
KNITWEAR — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for KING in cards and chess and follow that with an anagram (designed) of A WINTER.
9d Genesis character in paradise then (4)
SETH — A lurker or hidden answer – the answer is in the middle of the last two words of the clue.
15d A story on country producing hostility (10)
ALIENATION — The A from the clue, another word for a story or a fib and then a country or state.
16d Where one finds chicks, ear’s bitten seriously (2,7)
IN EARNEST — Where you might find some baby birds (2,4) contains (bitten) the EAR from the clue.
17d Perfect female, unruly (8)
FLAWLESS — The one letter for F(emale) is followed by an adjective meaning unruly or criminal.
18d Freshwater reptile bringing one salmon up in ten (8)
TERRAPIN — The TEN from the clue contains (in) a reversal (up) of the letter that looks like a one and a word for a young salmon.
20d Two relatives meeting tomorrow in Madrid? (6)
MANANA — The two relatives are affectionate ways of referring to your Mum and your Gran – the Spanish word has a squiggly thingy, the name of which escapes me, over the first N.
22d Go green, changing policy finally (6)
ENERGY — An anagram (changing) of GREEN is followed by the last letter (finally) of policY.
23d A grand queen going to a city in India (4)
AGRA — The A from the clue, the one letter abbreviation for G(rand), the one letter abbreviation for the Latin for queen and then another A, also from the clue.
25d Want to work hard, you announce? (4)
NEED — A homophone (you announce) of a verb to work hard as you might do when making bread.
I particularly liked 4 and 20d and my favourite, just the one, was 21a.
The Quickie pun:- GOPHER + ASPEN = GO FOR A SPIN For some reason this took me ages to see.