Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28212
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good morning from what looks to be a nice day (weather wise) here in Shropshire. Our Tuesday Mr Ron has given us a puzzle which I don’t think will trouble too many of you – there are a few ‘groaners and old chestnuts’ but it’s an enjoyable solve nonetheless. Happy solving.
As usual, the definitions are underlined to give you a leg up if required and then you have my hints and pictures to hopefully aid you in solving the puzzle. If all else fails – you can reveal the answer by pressing on the ‘click here’ button.
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1a Give prisoner commendation (10)
CONTRIBUTE: A charade a synonym for ‘prisoner’ followed by another synonym for ‘commendation’.
6a Dull poet makes a comeback (4)
DRAB: Mr Shakespeare perhaps? Reversed (makes a comeback).
9a Tree from Rome raised in the centre? (5)
ROWAN: Start with what you would be called if you lived in Italy’s capital (from Rome) and turn the middle letter upside down (raised in the centre). I can’t recall having seen this device used before and I suppose if I were being pedantic – it would depend on what font you used. This was also the first type of tree I climbed as child and, subsequently, the first tree I fell out of.
10a Host‘s hair formed into a rounded mass after a twirl (9)
ABUNDANCE: Start with name for how a person might wear their hair (hair formed into a rounded mass) and place it behind the ‘A’ from the clue (after a) and end with a ‘Viennese Waltz’ perhaps (twirl).
12a Swimming deep, lad prayed (7)
PLEADED: An anagram (swimming) of DEEP LAD. The picture clue is for my fellow Tuesday blogger as a thank you for sending me the grid early this morning. Thanks Kitty.
13a Six with place to stay (5)
VISIT: Take the Roman numeral for ‘six’ and follow it with a synonym for ‘place’.
15a Former lover sat naked (7)
EXPOSED: Start with Crosswordland’s usual abbreviation for ‘former lover’ and then a verb for ‘sat’ (as for an artist). A bit of an old chestnut methinks.
17a Concert — remember having no conclusion about it (7)
RECITAL: Take a synonym for ‘remember’ and remove the last letter (having no conclusion). What you are left with takes in (about) the ‘it’ from the clue.
19a Working out four and ten — that’s a large sum (7)
FORTUNE: An anagram (working out) of FOUR & TEN.
21a Notices time, getting hindered by difficult questions (7)
POSTERS: What difficult questions are sometimes called with the abbreviation for ‘time’ inserted in it (hindered by).
22a Fury when moving Queen’s stove (5)
RANGE: Start with a synonym for ‘fury’ and move the single letter for ‘Queen’ – the clue doesn’t specify where to move her but I’ll tell you – to the front. At least we’re spared the cycling / recycling formula – that would have conjured up pictures of ‘Her Maj’ making her way round the ‘Tour de Londres’ on a velocipede.
24a Check before opening (7)
PREVENT: Another charade of a synonym of ‘before’ and the frequent crosswordland for ‘opening’.
27a Is fish tailless in river? That’s life (9)
EXISTENCE: Start with the ‘IS’ from the clue and a freshwater fish without its last letter (fish tailless) an insert them (in) into the name of a West Country river.
28a This writer following article’s message (5)
THEME: A way the setter may describe himself to you after (following) a 3 letter article.
29a The woman with diamonds to take off (4)
SHED: The woman here is the name of a song sung (?) by Charles Aznavour and covered by Elvis Costello followed by (with) the abbreviation of diamonds in a deck of cards.
30a Theresa May almost moved to embrace leader of department, one high up in education (10)
HEADMASTER: An anagram (moved) of THERESA MAY without the last letter (almost) containing (to embrace) the first letter (leader) of ‘department’. I think the clue would have better if she’d served as Education Secretary – but I don’t think she was. I believe she was the Shadow spokesperson for schools.
1d Better to catch river fish (4)
CARP: The ‘better’ here is not a gambler but is a verb ‘to do better’. Containing (to catch) the abbreviation for ‘river’.
2d Weep with sprain, upset and losing one’s rag (9)
NEWSPAPER: An anagram (upset) of WEEP & SPRAIN without (losing) the Roman numeral for ‘one’.
3d Rebel pinches new hair colouring (5)
RINSE: Nope, no ‘Che’ or any other revolutionary / rebel required today. Again we are looking for a ‘to do’ word for ‘rebel’ containing (pinches) the abbreviation for ‘new’.
4d Jumped on wild pig and went belly up? Not I! (7)
BOARDED: A wild pig is required here to start us off and is followed by (and) a term for ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’ with the ‘I’ removed (not I).
5d Aerial warning storm’s coming? (7)
THUNDER: A cryptic definition of what my Mother always told me was ‘Just God moving his furniture around’.
7d Soldiers managed to go on skis regularly (5)
RANKS: The standard 3 letter synonym for ‘managed’ is followed by (to go on) every other (regularly) letter of ‘skis’. Not one of my favourites.
8d Dead excited? (10)
BREATHLESS: Double definition, the latter maybe used to describe an eager young man in anticipation of his first sexual encounter. I suppose it could also ‘at a stretch’ be considered as a cryptic definition – or maybe not.
BD couldnt resist adding this video! He saw Jerry Lee perform this song live at the Wimbledon Theatre back in the mid-sixties, on a bill that included Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers and Lee Dorsey.
11d Plans of French to cover up peccadillos (7)
DEVICES: Start with the French for ‘OF’ followed by a synonym for ‘peccadillos’. This one doesn’t work for me – maybe I’ve parsed it wrong. I’m sure BD will sort me out. [BD thinks it should say peccadillo then it could go inside the three-letter French word for “of”, or maybe more than one peccadillo could be considered singular, but, like SL, I don’t like it.]
14d Company‘s salesman turning up earlier, first in store (10)
PERFORMERS: The usual abbreviation for ‘salesman’ is reversed (turning up in a down clue) followed by a synonym for ‘earlier’ and then the letter ‘S’ (first in store).
16d Boss sent to dismiss second undergraduate (7)
STUDENT: The ‘boss’ here relates to use on a shaft or wheel followed by ‘sent’ without (dismiss) the abbreviation for ‘second’.
18d Doctor Matt enters, not coming to a conclusion to give this? (9)
TREATMENT: An anagram (doctor) of MATT ENTERS without the last letter (not coming to a conclusion). I’d say this is an all in one clue. I’ve been known to be wrong.
20d Cross when captivated by pen — see high price (7)
EXPENSE: The ‘cross’ you need is a mathematic cymbal (sic) for multiplication and is contained in (captivated) an anagram (high) of PEN SEE.
21d Power concerned with minister is imaginary (7)
PRETEND: The standard abbreviation for ‘power’ is followed by another standard abbreviation for ‘concerned with’ and a verb for ‘to minister’.
23d Sound emerging from soprano is exquisite (5)
NOISE: Our one and only ‘lurker’ of the day – I think.
25d Spear carrier starts to tire, resourcefully flipping axe around (5)
EXTRA: You need the leading (starts) letters of ‘tire’ & ‘resourcefully’ and then surround them with a redistribution of the letters of AXE. I think CGI in films nowadays reduces the budget for these people.
26d Indication of sadness right after meal (4)
TEAR: Take the abbreviation for ‘right’ and place it after a ‘meal’ you can take in the afternoon comprising of sandwiches, fancy’s etc.
Well, that’s me done for another Tuesday. Which clue(s) raised a smile for you today?
The Quick Crossword pun: way+tin+rheum=waiting room