DT 25798

Daily Telegraph Cryptic 25798 – 12 Dec 08

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Today I can hold my head slightly higher than usual, have got through most of the crossword by elevensies. I won’t put all the answers below (that’s bad form), but most and a few hints.

Across

1 As reported, wouldn’t keep a rodent (9)

Not wild about this clue. ‘As reported’ means ‘sounds like’. So ‘woodchuck’ sounds like ‘would chuck’ = wouldn’t keep. And a woodchuck is a rodent.

10 Hell as spy gets tortured, unfortunately (9)

Anagram of Hell as spy = haplessly

12 Description left by a couple of blokes … (9)

It means ‘description’. Left isn’t L, but ‘port’. And the blokes are Ray and Al. Portrayal.

13 … or by this person (in dire strait) (6)

The … implies it sort of follows on from the previous clue. Portrayal. By this person? Dire indicates anagram = artist.

19 Deep regret about detective dying on TV (7)

About = re. Detective dying on TV is morse. Remorse.

21 Odd characters with worry sneering (3)

Odd characters in the word ‘worry’ are w-r-y. Wry.

23 Plan camping? (6)

Intent.

27 Positions badly situated – time to get stuck in (9)

Nicely hidden anagram here. Situated + T (time getting stuck in) = Attitudes.

28 Cute duke with yen to be conveying a nobby country image? (6)

Cute is twee. Duke = d. Yen = y. Tweedy.

29 Ray, loving to be different, boasting in an empty manner (9)

Anagram of Ray loving – vainglory.

30 Small class always intelligent (6)

Small class is just ‘cl’. always = ever. Clever.

31 Reliable, in the main? (9)

I think this is a reference to The Spanish Main, or the naval version of main. In which case Reliable is seaworthy. Yes. Not great.

Down clues below…

Down

2. One delivering a speech that’s partly exploratory (6)

It’s in the word exploratory. Orator.

3 Get rid of The Tel. Editor? Some would appear upset! (6)

It’s reversed (upset) inside (appear) The Tel. Editor – Delete

4 Soldier in a rush, running over sand — and falling (6)

Hussar.

5 Hotchpotch display in education institute having a misprint (7)

Education institute is Coll. Having ‘a’. Misprint is GE? Collage.

8 Mathematicians greet some in a peculiar fashion (9)

Anagram of greet some = geometers.

14 It’s a crime, disturbing the peace for a while (9)

Anagram of it’s a crime. You’ll get it…

15 Son looked after by mum – too much so, it seems! (9)

Son = s. Looked after by mum = mothered. Smothered.

16 Soldier near ridge getting shot (9)

Anagram of near ridge, which means soldier. You’ll work it out.

17 Seat in gym that’s weak (3)

Pew.

22 A career for a career’s sake? (3,4)

Not sure why, but it’s Rat Race.

25 However, tragic king won’t need a servant (6)

However = but. The king is shakespearean. Remove the ‘a’ and you get the name of a servant…

26 Frantic chaser in the hunt (6)

Anagram of chaser, meaning hunt/look for.

One comment

  1. Strange one today – some fantastic clues (especially 6 and 7 down), but some really poor ones as well (1 and 31 across spring to mind).
    by Jarrel December 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm

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