Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28030
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 6th February 2016
The perfect crossword for a newcomer to the world of solving cryptic crosswords, although one has to feel sorry for the poor postman carrying all the competition entries into Telegraph Towers as the number of entries must have been 24a, as I wasn’t alone in finding this one of the easiest Prize Puzzles ever.
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1a Timer almost jammed, causing alert (8)
WATCHFUL – WATCH (timer) FUL[l] (almost jammed full)
5a Train for Rugby, say (6)
SCHOOL – A verb meaning to train or a public school such as Rugby perhaps
9a Art grade for modelling in fashion industry (3,5)
RAG TRADE – An anagram (for modelling) of ART GRADE
10a Woman formerly seen around hospital floor covering right leg (6)
MATRON – MAT (floor covering)R (right) ON (the leg side on a cricket pitch)
11a There’s no end of bother behind bar in American’s carriage (7)
RAILCAR – CAR (car
e, bother, without its ‘end’) goes behind RAIL (bar)
12a Criminal, evil one goes to city having forsaken east end (7)
ILLICIT – ILL (evil) I (one) CIT (cit
y having forsaken its ‘east end’ or final letter)
13a Champion who opens Olympics? (11)
TORCHBEARER – Double definition time.
16a Take note of this: scores must embrace I say! (4,2,5)
MARK MY WORDS – MARKS (scores) ‘embrace’ MY WORD (I say!)
21a In Scotland, know and name the corrupt man (7)
KENNETH – KEN (he Scottish word for know) and an anagram (corrupt) of THE.
22a Tax returns earn free accommodation in Greece (7)
TAVERNA – Lots of discussion about the ‘accommodation’ but the BRB says “in Greece, a type of guesthouse with a bar, popular as holiday accommodation”. A reversal (returns) of VAT (tax) followed by an anagram (free) of EARN.
23a Drug work I polished off (6)
OPIATE – OP (work) I (from the clue) ATE (polished off)
24a Jumbo-sized portion of chicken or moussaka (8)
ENORMOUS – Hidden in a portion of chickEN OR MOUSsaka
25a Attack unexpectedly and get going (4,2)
TURN ON – And another double definition.
26a What a surprise — both sides fit (4,4)
WELL WELL – Both sides of this expression meaning what a surprise mean ‘fit’ and healthy.
1d Cautious about Catholic slogan (3,3)
WAR CRY – WARY (cautious) goes round RC (Roman Catholic)
2d In Serengeti, grisly river! (6)
TIGRIS – Hidden in SerengeTI GRISly
3d Chair to set out that comes in a pod (7)
HARICOT – An anagram (set out) of CHAIR TO
4d Low plants develop during thunder burst (11)
UNDERGROWTH – GROW (develop) inserted into an anagram (burst) of THUNDER
6d Third character on the radio‘s a proper idiot (7)
CHARLIE – The third letter of the alphabet – C – is represented by Charlie in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. The word is also used informally to mean a proper idiot.
7d Publicly known to be working with criminal history (2,6)
ON RECORD – ON (to be working) RECORD (criminal history)
8d Kind of policy that’s unlikely to appeal to schoolchildren (4-4)
LONG-TERM – Because children like long holidays.
12d One is late paying this tax (11)
INHERITANCE – Although it is the heirs of the ‘late’ person who actually pay the tax.
14d Discover second donkey in the open air (5,3)
SMOKE OUT – S (second) MOKE (donkey) OUT (in the open air)
15d Borderline cheek that is going over rector’s head (8)
FRONTIER – FRONT (cheek) IE (that is) R (the ‘head’ of Rector)
17d Various trams circuiting east — ring for conductor (7)
MAESTRO – An anagram (various) of TRAMS ‘circuiting’ E (east), the result then followed with an O (the letter that is ring-shaped)
18d A few part with a pound (7)
SEVERAL – SEVER (part)A (from the clue) L (£ pound)
19d Group of trees, old inside and hollow (6)
GROOVE – O (old) put inside GROVE (group of trees)
20d Young woman raised south of Virginia as servant (6)
VASSAL – LASS (young woman) reversed (raised) and put under (south of) VA (the abbreviation for Virginia).