Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28627
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/*** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but it’s not Ray T. In general I thought it was fairly plain sailing although my last few answers took longer than they should have done hence the extra star for difficulty.
In these hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the ANSWER button so only do that if you need to see one.
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1a Propose measure after drink to reserve glossy publication (6-5 4)
COFFEE-TABLE BOOK — Begin with a drink that most people have first thing in the morning and follow that with (after) a word that means propose a measure or, in less ‘managerial speak’, suggest something to be talked about, and finish off with a verb to reserve or keep. This one seemed to be having a spot of trouble with enumeration when I did the crossword but all seems to have been sorted out now.
8a A fighter with love for friend abroad (5)
AMIGO — The A from the clue, a Russian warplane (fighter) and lastly the letter that looks like a zero, or a love score in a game of tennis.
9a Surprise about knight in TV series (4,4)
STAR TREK — A five letter word that means surprise or shock, the usual little two letters for about or concerning and then the one letter abbreviation for K(night).
11a Commercial enterprise opening beside Yorkshire river (7)
VENTURE — An opening or outlet is followed by a three letter North Yorkshire river.
12a Determined to come out of unproductive spell of tennis? (4,3)
DEAD SET — A synonym for unproductive or useless is followed by part of a game of tennis.
13a End of shift in middle of day is unacceptable (3,2)
NOT ON — Another way of saying twelve o’clock (middle of day) around the last letter (end of) of (shif)T and then split 3,2.
15a Resistance in Texas, say, by US soldier, cold and calculated (9)
STRATEGIC — The one letter abbreviation for R(esistance) goes inside (in) what Texas is an example of (say), the usual two letter US soldier and then another abbreviation for C(old).
17a Hurry up, this could bring gale! (5,1,3)
SHAKE A LEG — An informal way of saying hurry up or get moving could be an anagram indicator for the last word in the clue. Oh dear – I knew I was going to get into a muddle doing a hint for this one.
20a Shows impatience with current African people (5)
TUTSI — The plural of an exclamation showing impatience or mild disapproval is followed by the physics symbol for electrical current. I’ve never heard of these African people – anyone else?
21a Second favourite bit of data about November (7)
INSTANT — The usual little word meaning favourite is followed by an abbreviation for some data or tables which contains (about) the letter represented by November in the phonetic alphabet.
23a Fruit with a soft Italian cheese? No thanks (7)
APRICOT — The A from the clue and the letter which is a musical instruction to play softly or quietly is followed by an Italian cheese without its last two letters (no thanks, or ta).
25a Fine looker in new make-up capturing hearts, one idolised? (4,4)
FOLK HERO — The one letter abbreviation for F(ine) is followed by an anagram (in new make-up) of LOOKER which contains (capturing) the abbreviation for H(earts) in a game of cards.
26a Kitchen napkins mopping up dye (5)
HENNA — The first lurker or hidden answer of the day indicated by mopping up – the answer is hidden in the first two words of the clue. Keep looking – there are more of these!
27a Close circle poet cultivated to get valuable object (10,5)
COLLECTORS PIECE — An anagram (cultivated) of CLOSE CIRCLE POET.
1d Convinced one’s of superior kind, vain with chic suit repaired (12)
CHAUVINISTIC — An anagram (repaired) of VAIN and CHIC SUIT.
2d Fake element in penknife ignored (5)
FEIGN — . . . and here’s our second lurker . . .
3d Rhetoric of old heartless queen in the Spanish church (9)
ELOQUENCE — The one letter abbreviation for O(ld) and the Queen from the clue but without her middle letter (heartless) are inside (in) the Spanish word for the and one of the many two letter abbreviations for church.
4d Varied seats left with small ornamental hangings (7)
TASSELS — An anagram (varied) of SEATS L(eft) and S(mall).
5d Limit outspoken school pupil (7)
BOARDER — A homophone (outspoken) of a limit or boundary.
6d Section of text Rattigan found to be superfluous (5)
EXTRA — . . . here it comes again – the third and final lurker or hidden answer (section of).
7d Mistake in supervision (9)
OVERSIGHT — A double definition.
10d Female wear mostly rated poorly as routine offering (5-2-5)
STOCK-IN-TRADE — Begin with a piece of hosiery worn by women – remove the final letter (mostly), make an anagram (poorly) of RATED and then split all that into 5-2-5 to make an unimaginative or trite response.
14d Rotter’s swag turned up? It’s poisonous to digest (9)
TOADSTOOL — A rotter or despicable person, with his ‘S, is followed by a reversal (turned up) of some swag or stolen goods.
16d Stir up hot rages in role in teaching (9)
TUTORSHIP — An anagram (rages) of STIR UP HOT.
18d Most agile male after time appearing in roll of names (7)
LITHEST — A roll of names contains T(ime) followed by (after) the masculine form of a personal pronoun.
19d Allure in good Latin love affair (7)
GLAMOUR — Begin with two one letter abbreviations – G(ood) and L(atin) – and follow them with a French word for a love affair.
22d Fester right away in joint (5)
ANKLE – A verb to fester or cause bitterness without its first letter R(ight) away.
24d A number entering sides of Chinese boat (5)
CANOE — The A from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for number go inside (entering) the first and last letters (sides of) Chinese.
I liked 23a and my favourite was 17a.
The Quickie Pun:- WHIST + EERIER = WISTERIA