Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28232
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone. This is definitely a Ray T crossword. It has all his trademarks – short clues, a bit of innuendo, although not as much as there is sometimes, a reference to the Queen and all one word clues and answers in the quick crossword. I didn’t think it was as tricky as his crosswords can be – the three star difficulty bit is for those of you who find his style hard to cope with.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Cold tea almost pleasant during breakfast, say (10)
MECHANICAL — You need a four letter word for something of which breakfast is just an example (say) – inside that word (during) you put an alternative for tea and a synonym for pleasant without its last letter (almost).
6a Detective’s heading for criminal record (4)
DISC — A two letter abbreviation for a senior detective, with the ‘S, is followed by the first letter (heading for) of C(riminal).
9a Deck ratings facing dock (5)
ORLOP — Begin with the two letters for members of the armed forces not holding commissions and follow them with a word meaning dock or chop off.
10a Possibly do a rating to find this? (9)
GRADATION — An anagram (possibly) of DO A RATING. . .
12a Amazingly Herculean lacking that man’s kind of power (7)
NUCLEAR — . . . and close on the heels of that one comes another anagram (amazingly) of HERCULIAN without the first two letters (lacking that man).
13a Power rise certain to consume gallons (5)
SURGE — Certain or positive contains the abbreviation for G(allons).
15a Exorbitant game’s number one streetwise talent (7)
RUINOUS— The two letter abbreviation for one of the many sports that I don’t understand – not cricket, or football or golf but Rugby Union – is followed by the letter that looks like a Roman numeral for one and then finish off with a word meaning streetwise talent or just general common sense.
17a Polite behaviour heard in country houses (7)
MANNERS — A homophone (heard) – some large and flashy country houses sound like polite behaviour or general social graces.
19a Most mysterious bug seen by river (7)
DEEPEST — A bug – not a germ but a nuisance – is followed by (seen by) a river – a Scottish one or one in North Wales, take your pick as it doesn’t matter which.
21a Master’s expert teacher on ancient kingdom (7)
MACEDON — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for M(aster), then one of our usual crosswordland experts, and finish off with a university teacher.
22a Bone’s top part rotating (5)
TIBIA — The letter and number denoting top class and a part or small piece of something is all reversed (rotating) to give you one of the two bones in your lower leg.
24a Demure gal I allow to purchase special dress (7)
REGALIA — Our first lurker or hidden answer of the day – this special or ceremonial dress is hidden in the first to fourth words of the clue.
27a Dancer from dance scene for the audience (9)
BALLERINA — A formal dance is followed by a homophone (for the audience) of a scene or stage.
28a Lifted lady’s garment (5)
STOLE — A double definition, the first one meaning lifted as in pinched and the second being a piece of women’s clothing worn around the shoulders.
29a Former husband with a male inspection (4)
EXAM — The usual two letters for a former anything – husband, wife or any other partner – are followed by (with) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for M(ale).
30a Explicit nude — reckons to lose £1,000 for alteration (10)
UNCENSORED — An anagram (for alteration) of NUDE RECKONS without the K – (to lose £1,000).
1d Fortune raised creates bad feeling (4)
MOOD — A reversal (raised) of a word meaning fortune or destiny.
2d Plant planted in choice land in England (9)
CELANDINE — Our second lurker (planted in) – this plant is hidden in the last four words of the clue.
3d Like good cold jelly? (5)
ASPIC — The usual two letter conjunction meaning like or in the same way, an abbreviation meaning good or smug and self-righteous and then the one letter for C(old.
4d Painter beginning to stucco entrance (7)
INGRESS — A French artist is followed by the first letter (beginning to) of S(tucco). If you aren’t familiar with this painter he’s worth remembering as he does turn up from time to time.
5d Sheet is one of these (7)
ANAGRAM — I usually hesitate to say what kind of clue something is as I’m not sure enough of my ground but I think this is an all in one clue – whatever it is it took me ages and was one of my last answers.
7d Riskier losing head getting more hostile (5)
ICIER — Begin with a word meaning riskier or of a less certain outcome and remove its first letter (losing head).
8d Familiar rascal oddly hiding in nunnery (10)
CONVERSANT — The first, third and fifth letters of rascal (oddly) are inside (hiding in) a nunnery or priory.
11d Poison scare in stews (7)
ARSENIC — An anagram (stews) of SCARE IN.
14d Honourable guy has tried changing inside (10)
CREDITABLE — The ‘guy’ here is not a chap or a verb meaning to tease but a cord or a rope to stop your tent blowing away (hopefully, and if you’ve done it properly) – inside that word is an anagram (changing) of TRIED
16d Dismay of lover a website exposed (7)
OVERAWE — Our third and final lurker of the day indicated by exposed or without its outside letters – it’s hiding in the middle of the third to fifth words of the clue. We seem to have had rather more than our fair share of these little beasts today.
18d Labour always reportedly below target (9)
ENDEAVOUR — A homophone (reportedly) of a word meaning always or constantly is preceded by (below) a target or objective.
20d Intro’s changed round opening of Oliver Twist (7)
TORSION — An anagram (changed) of INTRO’S contains the first letter (opening) of O(liver). The false capitalisation of ‘Twist’ was a bit sneaky.
21d Good speed following motorway journey (7)
MIGRATE — Begin with the motorway that goes from London to the north and follow that with the abbreviation for G(ood) then finish off with a word meaning speed or velocity – using that word in the same sentence as that particular motorway doesn’t seem quite right to me!
23d A block turned in wood (5)
BALSA — The A from the clue and a block or a chunk of something is all reversed (turned).
25d Many seeing love replaced by useless cravings (5)
LUSTS — A word meaning many or a very great number – take out the letter that looks like a zero and instead put in two letters which are an abbreviation for useless or unserviceable (love replaced by useless).
26d Take in text showing rising Queen hype (4)
READ — A reversal (rising) of the two letters for our Queen is followed by an abbreviation for hype or publicity.
I liked 1 and 12a and 5 and 8d. My favourite was 28a.
I think it was pommers who said recently that Ray T crosswords don’t really lend themselves to interesting pics – I agree with him.
The Quickie Pun:- BREAK + SIT = BREXIT