Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28224
Hints and tips by ShropshireLad
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Good Morning to you all from a drab and dreary Shropshire. Our Tuesday Mr Ron has presented us with a relatively benign puzzle but it does have its trickier moments. At first glance, I thought we were going to have a ‘secret agent’ theme with one particularly well known chap appearing a couple of times. However, that is not the case as you will see as you unravel its wordplay.
If you need help in solving, the first hint is having each definition underlined. I have also given you hints written, musical and pictorial. If all else fails to help you reach crossword Nirvana, then you can reveal the answers by clicking on the ‘click here!’ button to reveal the answer. Happy solving.
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1a The end of play is baffling (6)
STUMPS: Double definition, the former being a term used at the end of play in cricket. Or is it?
5a Imagine, my dear, a rum after end of round (8)
DAYDREAM: An anagram (rum) of MY DEAR A, following (after) the last letter of (at end of) ’round’.
10a Question in church about acceptable fruit (6)
QUINCE: Start with a single-letter abbreviation for ‘question’ followed by IN from the clue and the abbreviation of the Church of England and put that round (about) a single letter for ‘acceptable.
11a Make-up of Universal screening ‘ET’? (8)
COSMETIC: Take a synonym of ‘universal’ with regard to the heavens and contain (screening) ET from the clue.
12a Flight of rocket with this person wearing space body suit (6,9)
SPIRAL STAIRCASE: Take a synonym for ‘rocket’ and put the term for ‘meaning oneself’ (this person) in (wearing) a synonym for a ‘space body’ and a synonym for ‘suit in the legal sense.
16a Line in funny gag (8)
STRANGLE: Does what it says on the tin – the abbreviation for ‘line’ is placed in a synonym for ‘funny’ for example ‘weird’.
18a One going into town for fish? (6)
PLAICE: A generic term for a town or a city or somewhere has the Roman numeral for ‘one’ inserted (going in to)
20a Common sense shown by British artist? In spades (6)
BRAINS: Lego time. Start with the letter B (Britain) and then add the usual abbreviation for ‘artist’ follow that with the ‘in’ from the clue and end with the abbreviation for ‘spades’ (as in a deck of cards).
21a Fresh and clear schedule of events (8)
CALENDAR: An anagram (fresh) of AND CLEAR.
22a As with a bareknuckle boxer, play hardball? (3,6,3,3)
THE GLOVES ARE OFF: Double definition the former being a cryptic definition of what a bareknuckle boxer wouldn’t be wearing.
27a Savoury dish: ingredients in welcome letter (8)
OMELETTE: A ‘lurker’.
28a Very strong, round number in gym (6)
POTENT: Start with the letter that would signify ’round’ and then a number (between 9 & 11) and insert that into the abbreviation for ‘physical training’ (gym).
29a A gem may be gleaned from his paper (8)
SAPPHIRE: An anagram (gleaned from) of HIS PAPER. Can’t say I ever seen that type of anagram indicator before.
30a Crude burrow close to spinney (6)
EARTHY: A synonym of ‘burrow’ with the end letter (close to) of ‘spinney’.
2d Rupert met fantastic musician (9)
TRUMPETER: An anagram (fantastic) of RUPERT MET.
3d Bond’s boss at the office, cringing at psychic’s skill? (4-7)
MIND-READING: Start with the letter used by James Bond’s boss and a term for ‘at the office’ (more commonly ‘at home’) and end with a synonym for ‘cringing’.
4d Charm, first of pieces put in auction (5)
SPELL: Take the leading (first) letter of ‘pieces’ and insert it (put in) in a synonym for ‘to auction’.
6d ‘Hello, Goodbye’ as performed in ‘South Pacific’ (5)
ALOHA: This is a greeting you would expect to hear in the South Pacific Islands and when you leave.
7d Reserved reduced object (5)
DEMUR: A synonym for ‘reserved’ (as in coy) minus (reduced) its last letter.
8d Former partner has taken up painting more (5)
EXTRA: The overused abbreviation for ‘former partner’ followed (taken) by the reversal (up in a down clue) a term used for painting or portrait.
9d Pal packing revolutionary weapon (7)
MACHETE: A synonym for ‘pal’ contains (packing) one of our crosswordland revolutionaries.
13d Refined fare tons put on cereal abroad (7)
TREACLE: Start with the abbreviation of ‘tons’ and add an anagram (abroad) of CEREAL.
14d Troublemaker on the Spanish force (5)
IMPEL: A synonym for ‘troublemaker’ and the Spanish for ‘the’.
15d Bond character that starts a pyramid scheme? (5,6)
CHAIN LETTER: No secret agent here – take a synonym for ‘Bond’ and add what a character is called in the alphabet.
17d Enthusiasm one may see blow over (5)
GUSTO: A synonym for ‘blow’ as in wind followed by the cricketing abbreviation for ‘over’.
19d Two chapters about a very loud and popular bird (9)
CHAFFINCH: We start with 2 abbreviations for ‘chapter’ and place them round (about) the letter ‘A’ from the clue – the abbreviation for ‘very loud’ and a synonym of ‘popular’. Best get the right picture here – is this one OK Jane?
20d Pantomime character, stooge on stage at the start (7)
BUTTONS: A synonym for ‘stooge’ followed by the ‘on’ from the clue and then the first letter (at the start) of ‘stage’.
23d Check out organ at university (3,2)
EYE UP: Most human beings have 2 of this ‘organ’ (mine are blue) and add the usual term for being at University.
24d Freeloader in shelter? Check (5)
LEECH: A synonym for ‘shelter’ followed by a 2 letter abbreviation for ‘check’.
25d One exercising veto by right? (5)
VOTER: Oh, I do not like this type of clue as I never seem to get it right. The answer comes from an anagram (exercising) of VETO followed by the abbreviation of ‘right’.
26d More than enough beer member’s got in (5)
AMPLE: A synonym for ‘beer’ containing (got in) the abbreviation of your elected representative in Parliament (member).
Well that’s me for another week. I will pick 18a as my favourite as it gives me the chance to make you groan with my terrible joke.
Name three fish that begin and end with the letter ‘K’.
Kwiksave breaded haddock
‘Surely Kilmarnock is not a fish’ I hear you cry
It’s a place – geddit? It also happens to be my home town
Did any clue give you a reason to smile?
The Quick Crossword pun: hart+seize=heartsease