Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28651
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. I’m not making any guesses about who our setter is today but if any of you out there would care to do so then please feel free. I thought it was of average difficulty with the right side being trickier than the left.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the thingies that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Revenue including award close to unbelievable (6)
INCOME — Begin with the abbreviation for inc[luding], follow that with an award and finish off with the last letter (close to) of unbelievable.
4a Means of communication developed in chalet (8)
CHATLINE — An anagram (developed) of IN CHALET
10a Flight case? (9)
STAIRWELL — Flight here is nothing to do with flying, it’s a means of going from one level of a building to another and the case is the walls around it. Oh dear – only the third clue and a rubbishy hint already.
11a Stylish seconds displayed by marketplace (5)
SMART — S[econds] followed by a marketplace.
12a US city showing elegance in the past (7)
CHICAGO — A synonym for elegance or style is followed by a short word meaning in the past or since.
13a First woman carrying official document recalled as devious (7)
EVASIVE — The name of the first woman, the one who achieved notoriety in the garden of Eden, contains (carrying) a reversal (recalled) of an official travel document.
14a Tedium of bridge opponents facing night in Calais without end (5)
ENNUI — Two opposing people in a game of bridge are followed by the French word (in Calais) for night without its final letter (without end).
15a Perhaps fat Greek character will accompany one in river (8)
NUTRIENT — Fat here is a noun and it’s just an example of the answer (perhaps) – the thirteenth letter of the Greek alphabet (character) is followed by the name of a river in Northern England which contains (in) the letter that looks like a one.
18a Noted painting represented animals round circle (4,4)
MONA LISA — An anagram (represented) of ANIMALS which contains (round) the letter that looks like a circle.
20a Crucial factor for a chef in style (5)
TASTE — A double definition , I think.
23a A voluntary group see ship in confusion (2,1,4)
AT A LOSS — The A from the clue, the old name for a voluntary group which is now called the Army Reserve, a little short word meaning see or look and, finally, the two letter abbreviation for a S[team] S[hip]. I spent quite a while trying to make an anagram of something, thinking that the definition was an anagram indicator – oh dear!
25a Car and tree obscured row of houses (7)
TERRACE — An anagram (obscured) of CAR and TREE.
26a Motivated swarm of people (5)
DROVE — A double definition.
27a ‘Knight time’ — humorous feature in advertising? (4,5)
NEON LIGHT — Begin with the one letter chess abbreviation for Knight, follow that with a time, not the usual crossword land T but an age or era, and then the second word is a synonym for humorous or not serious. I confess that this one caused trouble – I stared at it for ages before making any sense of it at all.
28a Term in EU devised for one defying authority (8)
MUTINEER — An anagram (devised) of TERM IN EU.
29a Cross mongrel (6)
HYBRID — A double definition.
1d At home, tight-knit group pens note privately? (2,6)
IN SECRET — The usual little word meaning at home is followed by a tight-knit group or cult which contains (pens) the second note of a musical scale.
2d Tribal lot round port producing kind of trumpet (7)
CLARION — A tribal lot or a family contains (round) a South American port.
3d Drink and spoil a ceremonial event almost in Georgia (9)
MARGARITA — A short word that means spoil or impair is followed by the two letter abbreviation for Georgia which contains the A from the clue and a ceremonial event or ritual without its final letter (almost).
5d Hot and bothered author in hotel, irritatingly sanctimonious (6,4,4)
HOLIER THAN THOU — H[ot] is followed by an anagram (bothered) of AUTHOR IN HOTEL.
6d Section of libretto’s captivating in opera (5)
TOSCA — Today’s one and only lurker, or hidden answer – it’s hiding in the middle two words of the clue.
7d Fashionable to conceal trouble at rising type of restaurant (7)
ITALIAN — The usual little word that means fashionable or trendy contains (to conceal) a reversal (rising) of a synonym for trouble or upset and the AT from the clue
8d Admission in course of dinner? (6)
ENTREE — A double definition.
9d A sincere canon’s arranged initial survey (14)
RECONNAISSANCE — An anagram (arranged) of A SINCERE CANON’S.
16d Mutual action in The Caretaker, for instance? Not initially (9)
INTERPLAY — Hmmm – another one that’s going to be tricky to give a hint for – if you were to describe ‘The Caretaker’ you might give the name of the playwright followed by the kind of production, so do exactly that but remove the first letter (not initially).
17d Loathsome act surrounding trial (8)
DETESTED — An act or operation contains (surrounding) a trial or ordeal.
19d Cockney has to enter old stronghold that’s rather inferior (2,1,4)
OF A SORT — Begin with O[ld] and follow that with a stronghold or castle which contains (to enter) the way in which a cockney might pronounce HAS
21d ‘Small’ bet with grand in boastful style (7)
SWAGGER — S[mall] is followed by a bet or gamble which contains the abbreviation for G[rand].
22d Managed to get on top of St Paul’s, say, briefly — that’s irregular (6)
RANDOM — A synonym for managed or organised is followed by what St Paul’s cathedral, or any other large building, has on its top without the last letter (briefly).
24d Maybe Indian company brought up English article (5)
OCEAN — Indian here is just an example indicated by ‘maybe’ at the beginning of the clue – reverse (brought up) the two letter abbreviation for company and follow that with E[nglish] and an indefinite article.
I particularly liked 14 and 15a and 5d. My favourite was 29a for its simplicity.
The Quickie pun:- BRAKE + THYME = BREAK TIME