Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28813
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ***/**** — Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone and what a relief to have a bit of cooler weather after all the heat. This is a Ray T crossword which I found to be at the trickier end of his range of difficulty – I wonder what the rest of you thought. There were very few anagrams – I made it only four but maybe I can’t count – and that, for me anyway, contributed to the difficulty level as I do rely on them to get started in any crossword. I had particular trouble with the bottom right hand corner.
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In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
1a See core ideas changing about Church (11)
ARCHDIOCESE — An anagram (changing) of CORE IDEAS around (about) one of the many two letters meaning Church – it’s always nice to have a long answer all the way across the top especially if you can get it immediately but I didn’t.
10a Overtly gazes, letting eyes settle initially (5)
OGLES — The first letters (initially) of the remaining words of the clue.
11a Almost put out admitting temper is reckless (9)
DANGEROUS — A five letter word meaning to put out (a fire) with water without its final E (almost) which contains (admitting) a synonym for temper or rage.
12a Charm of a fine cat’s dissipating (9)
FASCINATE — An anagram (dissipating) of A FINE CAT’S.
13a Actor employed by sex trade (5)
EXTRA — Our first lurker or hidden answer indicated by the word employed – it’s hiding in the last two words of the clue.
14a Passages east of Florida Keys (6)
AISLES — The final letter of Florida ie the easterly one (or for those directionally challenged like me the one on the right) is followed by another word for ‘Keys’ or little bits of land in the sea.
16a Maximum load for schooner? (8)
GLASSFUL — A spot of lateral thinking is required here – this schooner is not a boat.
18a Boro’ under Southgate clinching game (8)
ROUNDERS — Another hidden answer (clinching) is in the first three words of the clue
20a Doesn’t eat going without last of fine banquets (6)
FEASTS — A synonym for doesn’t eat or starves contains the final letter (last) of fine.
23a Cut digit catching front of remote drone (5)
THRUM — A synonym for a digit, not a number but one of the useful bits on the end of your hand, without its final letter (cut) containing the first letter (front) of remote.
24a English jumper in charge for vault (9)
STOREROOM — Charge, or attack suddenly, contains (in) the one letter abbreviation for English and another abbreviation, this one being for a large Australian marsupial which jumps (jumper). I took a very long time to get the answer and then even longer to see why it was what it was.
26a Bad smell over time produces neurosis (9)
OBSESSION — A reversal (over) of a bad smell, the kind coming from someone who hasn’t had a shower for a while, is followed by a period of time or a sitting.
27a Fellow comprehends American author (5)
TWAIN — A fellow or counterpart contains (comprehends) a one letter abbreviation for American.
28a ‘Earthly time slips’ describing Einstein’s first experiment (11)
TERRESTRIAL — Begin with an abbreviation for Time, follow that with a verb that means slips or makes a mistake and stick an E (Einstein’s first) in the middle of it and then finish that lot off with an experiment or test. Phew – another one that took me ages.
2d Has a spin in posh car (5)
ROLLS — A nice straightforward double definition.
3d Opposed upright member supporting House (7)
HOSTILE — A word meaning an upright member in framing or panelling comes after (supporting) an abbreviation for House. I’d never heard of that meaning of the second bit of the answer.
4d Possibly serve up inside pub restaurant (6)
INDIAN — A reversal (up) of a synonym for serve or assist goes inside another word for a pub or tavern.
5d Do with females commonly embracing ultimately fanciable clots (8)
CONGEALS — The answer is a verb – this kind of ‘do’ means cheat or diddle and it’s followed by a slang word for females or girls which contains the final letter (ultimately) of fanciable. I spent far too long thinking that the ‘clots’ were a noun that meant twits.
6d They pursue limits of knowledge kept by prophets (7)
SEEKERS — A synonym of prophets or fortune-tellers contains (kept by) the first and last letters (limits) of knowledge.
7d Fire criminal lot hosting ‘Blue Peter’? (13)
CONFLAGRATION — Our usual criminal, or prisoner, and a lot or share are divided by (hosting) a word of which ‘Blue Peter’ is an example – it’s not a children’s programme.
8d Bishops and pawn touching rows (8)
PONTIFFS — The one letter chess abbreviation for Pawn, a synonym that means touching or in contact with and, finally, some rows or minor quarrels.
9d Formation fighting his battles capturing soldiers (13)
ESTABLISHMENT — An anagram (fighting) of HIS BATTLES contains (capturing) a three letter word meaning soldiers.
15d Quite conservative Queen wears dresses, husband follows (8)
SQUARISH — Two letters which are an abbreviation for Queen – not ER this time – go inside (wears) some dresses, the kind worn by Indian women, and then we need a one letter abbreviation for Husband.
17d Supporter nearly getting more rowdy (8)
BRASSIER — A bit of women’s underwear (supporter) without its final letter (nearly).
19d Estate seemed strangely to possess new interior (7)
DEMESNE — An anagram (strangely) of SEEMED contains (to possess) the one letter abbreviation for new.
21d One puts up vicar after tea, essentially (7)
ERECTOR — The central letter (essentially) of tea is followed by a vicar or priest.
22d Particles found around hip articulations (6)
JOINTS — Some particles or little bits containing (found around) a short word meaning hip or fashionable.
25d Occasionally, cops also called into foreign port (5)
OSAKA — The even letters (occasionally) of cops are followed by a three letter abbreviation that means is also called or known as.
I particularly liked 23 and 28a and 25d (even if that one took me for ever). My favourite was 15d.
The Quickie Pun:- RUE + LINK + LASS = RULING CLASS