Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28624
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you all. I didn’t know what to expect from the crossword today its being the first non-Rufus Monday. I thought it was a good start to the new year with nice concise clues, a sensible number of anagrams and nothing too difficult – perhaps the setter was anticipating a few thick heads this morning and was being kind to us! I only noticed when writing the hints that there seemed to be a lot of answers containing something – a letter or a word.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the ANSWER thingies so only do that if you need to see one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Learning about a hot city in Pakistan (6)
LAHORE — Some learning, the kind that gets handed down through generations, containing (about) the A from the clue and H(ot)
4a OK to enter figure, seeing ability (8)
EYESIGHT — OK as an affirmative goes inside (to enter) a figure or number.
9a With respect to problem marriage, finally continue (6)
RESUME — The usual two letters that mean with respect to or concerning are followed by a problem, a mathematical one, and then finish of with the last letter (finally) of (marriag)E.
10a Primate takes bite into fruit (5,3)
GREAT APE — Some fruit – it could be black or green and with or without pips – containing bite or nibble.
12a So in sci-fi film, boy is mysterious (8)
ESOTERIC — SO from the clue is contained by (in) a sci-fi film, the one about an ugly little alien, and that lot is followed by a boy’s name – I can’t really think of a way of helping with the last bit as there are quite a few to choose from.
13a Believe short quote about communist (6)
CREDIT — Most of (short) a verb to quote or name containing (about) one of the usual crosswordland communists.
15a Immediate sensation, aunt dancing (13)
INSTANTANEOUS — An anagram (dancing) of SENSATION AUNT.
18a Around church, scattered epistles in a papal place of worship (7,6)
SISTINE CHAPEL — Oh, here comes another one – (scattered) of EPISTLES IN A around one of the two letter abbreviations for church.
20a Find old moggy in middle of glen (6)
LOCATE — O(ld) and a moggy or feline go inside (in) the middle two letters of gLEn.
22a Develop popular line (8)
INCREASE — The usual little word meaning popular are followed by a line or fold.
24a Not thick, monarch using his brain? (8)
THINKING — The opposite of thick, in consistency rather than number of grey cells, are followed by a male monarch.
25a Reptiles coming from opposite directions — fishes losing head (6)
SNAKES — Two opposite directions – not E and W but the other two – are followed by some fishes without their first letter (losing head). Not quite sure about the plural of fish?
26a Approach organ that’s been sketched? (4,4)
DRAW NEAR — Split 5,3 this could be an organ of hearing that has been sketched or portrayed.
27a Boring drivel a problem in the house? (3,3)
DRY ROT — Two three letter synonyms here – the first is one for boring or dull and second is for drivel or a load of tosh. This one caused a brief(ish) spot of bother as for some reason I got a bit fixated on the house being one of the houses of parliament.
1d Bigger drink about right (6)
LARGER — A drink of the pale and beery variety contains (about) R(ight).
2d Welcome novels, books about the past (9)
HISTORIES — A little short slangy word for welcome or hello is followed by novels or tales.
3d Fairy tale spirit spins little shreds, impressing king (15)
RUMPELSTILTSKIN — A dark alcoholic spirit is followed by an anagram (shreds) of SPINS LITTLE which contains the abbreviation for K(ing).
5d Narrative that may be woven? (4)
YARN — A fairly straightforward double definition.
6d Rapper’s ranting upset gangster ultimately, fellow combatant (8,7)
SPARRING PARTNER — An anagram (upset) of RAPPER’S RANTING is followed by the last letter (ultimately) of (gangste)R.
7d £1,000 — magnificent! (5)
GRAND — A double definition – a slang term for £1,000 and an interjection expressing enthusiasm.
8d Source of pleasure is English essay (8)
TREATISE — A source of pleasure or an indulgence is followed by the IS from the clue and E(nglish).
11d Buccaneers traipse all over the place (7)
PIRATES — An anagram (all over the place) of TRAIPSE.
14d Initially lost, beautiful work of art (7)
ETCHING — An eight letter adjective meaning beautiful or charming without its first letter (initially lost).
16d Ship’s lieutenant and equipment thrown overboard, we hear, after ten uprising (3,6)
OIL TANKER — I’m only saying this lot once. Start off with a reversal (uprising) of two letters that look like ten ie a one and a zero, follow them with a two letter abbreviation for lieutenant and finish off with a homophone of a piece of equipment that might get thrown overboard to stop the ship going anywhere. Is this one going to cause controversy as homophones sometimes do? I think it’s fine but . . .
17d Complicated detail, so withdrawn (8)
ISOLATED — An anagram (complicated) of DETAIL SO.
19d Accommodation to rent — county has it (6)
BEDSIT — An abbreviation of the county which has Luton airport and
Milton Keynes (I think) Whipsnade Zoo in it is followed by the IT from the clue.
21d Tea to keep in teacups etc? (5)
CHINA — A three letter word that means tea contains (to keep) the IN from the clue.
23d Old South American appears during curtain call (4)
INCA —Our one and only lurker or hidden answer indicated by during – it’s hidden in the middle of the last two words of the clue.
I particularly liked 24 and 27a and 3 and 16d. My favourite was 20a although I did feel a bit sorry for the old moggy.
The Quickie pun:- MANURE + NIGH + TED = MAN UNITED