Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29363
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. Well, here we all are now half-way through our eighth week of lockdown – I don’t know how the rest of you are doing but I’m beginning to feel more than a bit on the loopy side. OK – rant over and now on to the crossword. As it was two weeks ago when I did the hints today’s setter is definitely Ray T – last time I said it was one of the most straightforward of his that I’d ever done and almost all of you disagreed with me so I’d got it wrong. I’m going to say the same thing again this week and just hope that this time I’ve got it right – my fingers are firmly crossed so please excuse any typos!
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you need to see one.
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1a Detective’s certain to accept appeal for offence (11)
DISPLEASURE — one of the many two letter abbreviations for a fairly senior detective, with his ‘S, and a synonym for certain or positive contain an appeal or a claim
10a Method is reported to produce delicious food (5)
MANNA — a homophone (is reported) of a method or a way of doing something sounds like some delicious food that was miraculously provided in the Bible – I wonder how many of you will say that the two different words don’t sound anything like each other?
11a Menial cop turns into officer (9)
POLICEMAN — an anagram (turns into) of MENIAL COP
12a Nearly being in harmony squeezing old instrument (9)
ACCORDION — all but the last letter (nearly) of a word that means being in harmony or in keeping with contains (squeezing) the one letter abbreviation for O[ld]
13a Work over taking sexy snap (5)
PHOTO — the usual crosswordland two letter work is reversed (over) and goes round a synonym for sexy or desirable
14a Carpeted perhaps, made of strong stuff? (6)
RUGGED — if a small carpet had been put on the floor it could be called a word that means made of strong stuff
16a Mugs inside stand mostly for judge again (8)
REASSESS — these ‘mugs’ are silly people rather than things you drink coffee out of and they go inside the first three of a four letter word (mostly) that is a synonym of a stand or something that you put something on
18a Who flogs beer on board? One on board (8)
SALESMAN — a kind of beer is contained in the usual two letter abbreviation for a S[team] S[hip] (on board) and that is followed by a general term for one the pieces used in the game of chess (one on board)
20a Kicked out of sack keeping excessively upset (6)
BOOTED — this sack is a slang term for where you sleep and it contains (keeping) a reversal (upset) of a little word that means excessively or overly
23a Grass one found in jungle? (5)
MAIZE — the letter that looks like a one goes inside (found in) a synonym of jungle – this jungle is a labyrinth or a confused muddle
24a Weapon going wrong held by the German (9)
DERRINGER — a synonym of ‘going wrong’ or committing a sin is contained in (held by) the German word for ‘the’
26a Get round to eating bananas with sweetheart (9)
NEGOTIATE — an anagram (bananas) of TO EATING with E – the middle letter or heart of ‘sweet’
27a Ready to get beer right before time (5)
ALERT — some beer, the same one as that used in 18a, is followed by two abbreviations, the first one is for R[ight] and the second for T[ime]
28a Record single penned by hit Queen performer (11)
ENTERTAINER — this is one of those that I’m saying once and only once – a verb to record or write down is followed by another verb to hit or whack which contains (penned by) the letter that looks like a one (single) – then you can breathe a sigh of relief and finish it off with the easy bit – the usual two letters for our Queen. Phew!
2d Interesting order noticeable in columns originally (5)
IONIC — the first letters (originally) of the remaining words of the clue
3d Plain couple that is welcoming affair, finally (7)
PRAIRIE — a couple or a twosome and the little two letter Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ contain (welcoming) the last letter (finally) of [affai]R
4d Life of priest in strange order (6)
ESPRIT — an anagram (in strange order) of PRIEST
5d One helps to hush up a report (8)
SILENCER — this report is the sound that is made by a gun being fired
6d Unusually precise instructions (7)
RECIPES — an anagram (unusually) of PRECISE
7d Mistakenly marries best man losing one’s shame (13)
EMBARRASSMENT — an anagram (mistakenly) of MARRIES BEST MAN without the ‘I’ (losing one, or the letter that looks like a one) This is one of the words that I always have to check – how many R’s and how many S’s – however I write it it always looks wrong!
8d Revealing this compiler’s style’s primarily tricky (8)
IMMODEST — how the compiler would say ‘he is’ and a style, or a way of doing something, with the ‘S’ and then, finally, the first letter (primarily) of T[ricky]
9d Unkind extraordinary rendition case (13)
INCONSIDERATE — an anagram (extraordinary) of RENDITION CASE
15d Horses incapable of continuing race? (8)
GELDINGS — ‘continuing the race’ here means breeding
17d Plant worker beginning to deploy garden tool (8)
MANDRAKE — a general term for a male worker, the first letter (beginning to) of D[eploy] and a garden tool used to collect things into a heap
19d Small number clothing small honey (7)
SWEETEN — ‘honey’ here is a verb – begin with the one letter abbreviation for S[mall] and finish with a three letter number – in between the two (clothing) you need a synonym for ‘small’ or very little
21d Sort of art foundation almost inspiring amateur (7)
ORIGAMI — a six letter synonym of foundation or basis without its last letter (almost) contains (inspiring) the two letter abbreviation for amateur
22d Strong garden tool holds (6)
ARDENT — the only lurker or hidden answer today – it’s indicated by the last word of the clue
25d Birds fancy heading south east (5)
GEESE — an exclamation of surprise like ‘cor’ or ‘blimey’ or ‘well I never’ is followed by the abbreviation for S[outh] E[ast] – or down a bit and right a bit if you happen to be me!
I thought that there were some excellent anagrams today and I enjoyed all of them. I think my favourite was either 15d or 25a. What did all of you think?
The Quickie pun:- BRIDLE + SWEET = BRIDAL SUITE