Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28136
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone – today we have a Ray T crossword. Apart from a couple of clues that I had a spot of bother with I didn’t think it was too tricky. As usual I’m more than happy for anyone to disagree with me.
I hope, as I’m sure we all do, that Ray T has not been affected too much by the terrible floods in Paris.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today and what you thought
1a Spoilt star with nerves getting cross (10)
TRANSVERSE — An anagram (spoilt) of STAR and NERVES. I know I say this quite often but a nice long and not too difficult anagram to start off with is a good beginning.
6a Stunner starts to bare all becoming excited (4)
BABE — A Ray T special – take the first letters (starts) of the last four words of the clue.
9a Sweetheart wearing sacks for dresses (5)
ROBES — The middle letter ie the heart of SWEET is contained in (wearing) another word for sacks, not bags but plunders.
10a Stop swallowing most of beer, it’s common (9)
PREVALENT — A word to stop or keep from contains (swallowing) two of a three letter (most of) kind of beer.
12a Insignificant balls in over seen in Test (7)
TRIVIAL — The Roman numerals for the number of balls in an over in a game of cricket are contained in (seen in) a test or examination. Even I know how many balls there are in an over . . .
13a Knight perhaps clear in front of Queen (5)
RIDER — A verb to clear or do away with is followed by (in front of) the two letters for our Queen.
15a Paragraph’s opening covered and checked (7)
PROOFED — The first letter (opening) of P(aragraph) is followed by a verb meaning covered as a building might be.
17a Fantastic man? Not half! (7)
CENTAUR — This is a mythical creature – half man, half horse so “man” – not half. I think the expression goes something like “when you’re in a hole stop digging . . . “
19a Most indiscreet break around tree (7)
RASHEST — A break or an interval goes round (around) a tree that is less common than it used to be due to a disease.
21a Fold and quits holding King (7)
CREASES — A word meaning quits or stops contains (holding) the one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for King. I think this may be a mistake – perhaps the definition should be folds rather than fold. Thanks to Gazza and CS. I now have it on good authority that the online version has been updated – the definition is folds and not fold.
22a Surprised expressions, catching front of perfect body (5)
CORPS — The plural of a word expressing surprise contains (catching) the first letter (front of) P(erfect). To begin with I thought I was looking for two different expressions of surprise.
24a Body of motor first off contains dipstick (7)
CARCASS — Begin with a motor or a type of vehicle, follow that with the first letter (first off) of C(ontains) and finish off with another way of saying a dipstick or a twit.
27a France possibly consumes the compiler’s life (9)
ANIMATION — France here is just an example (possibly) – it could just as well be Spain – it contains (consumes) how the compiler might say “he is”.
28a Supporter, very ordinary one provides uplift (5)
BRAVO — The usual supporter, or what most women wear under their outer clothing, and then the one letter abbreviation for V(ery) and another one for O(rdinary).
29a Greek god‘s angry being overthrown (4)
EROS — A reversal (overthrown) of a word meaning angry or offended.
30a Measure beat in heart (10)
CENTIMETRE — This measure is a noun. A word meaning beat or tempo is contained in (in) heart or middle.
1d Hasty repair securing part of car (4)
TYRE — Our first lurker, or hidden answer, indicated by ‘securing’.
2d Bird by altar sobs uncontrollably (9)
ALBATROSS — An anagram (uncontrollably) of ALTAR SOBS.
3d Initially some uncooked seafood’s hidden in dish (5)
SUSHI — Another Ray T special a bit like 6a – take the first letters (initially) of the middle five words in the clue.
4d English politician confined then cleared (7)
EMPTIED — Start off with the abbreviation for E(nglish), follow that with two letters for a politician and finish off with confined or restricted.
5d The woman will put on endless varnish (7)
SHELLAC — A way of saying the woman will is followed by a three letter word meaning to put on or pretend to be without its final letter (endless).
7d Change commercial about knights perhaps (5)
AMEND — The usual two letters for a commercial contain (about) some knights or other thingies on a board in a game of chess.
8d Kirk’s ship‘s log on power increase (10)
ENTERPRISE — Log here is a verb meaning to make a record of and it’s followed by (on) the one letter abbreviation for P(ower) and a word meaning increase or grow.
11d Set out for Himalayas, maybe touring Everest’s heart (7)
ARRANGE — Himalayas are an example (maybe) of a chain of mountains and this word contains the middle letter (heart of) Everest.
14d Tapas recipe changed, missing Southern relish (10)
APPRECIATE — An anagram (changed) of TAPAS RECIPE without (missing) the abbreviation for S(outh).
16d Delivers excellent rearing plant (7)
FREESIA — A word for delivers or liberates is followed by a reversal (rearing) of a way of saying excellent or top quality.
18d Pass is tantalisingly going round teammate (9)
ASSISTANT — The second lurker or hidden answer (going round) – it’s in the middle of the first three words of the clue. This one took me ages to see – no surprises there.
20d Substantial moggie up on roof (7)
TACTILE — A reversal (up) of a moggie, a feline (or a Kitty) is followed by (on) a verb to roof or put the top on a building.
21d Gold item seen in court? (7)
CORONET — Begin with the abbreviation for court. This contains (seen in) one of the usual crossword words for gold and another way of saying an item or unit. Thanks again to Gazza and CS – I wasn’t too sure about the item in this one so I appreciated the moral support.
23d Greek character holding smart beast responsible for charges? (5)
RHINO — The seventeenth letter of the Greek alphabet contains (holding) a way of saying smart or up to date.
25d Work for a pound, with hesitation (5)
ALBUM — This work is a musical one. Begin with the A from the clue and follow that with the two letter abbreviation for pound, in weight. Finish off with a hesitation – not ‘er’ this time but another one.
26d Model, outsize, getting into exercise (4)
POSE —The two letters meaning exercise, or P(hysical) E(ducation) contain (getting into) another two letters meaning too big.
I liked 12 and 30a and 5d. My favourite was 20d.
The Quickie Pun:- BLUR + DIM + AIRY = BLOODY MARY This caused me more grief than the whole of the cryptic crossword put together.