Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28256
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. Today’s crossword has put me into a bit of a dither. I was expecting it to be a Ray T and I’m not convinced that it is. It does have some of his trademarks – short clues, mostly, and an appearance by the Queen – but it doesn’t feel quite right somehow and the quick crossword has more than one word clues. Over to you – what do you all think?
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 need to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought and how you got on today.
1a Rarest tuna prepared here? (10)
RESTAURANT — An anagram (prepared) of RAREST TUNA
6a Actual kingdom miles away (4)
REAL — Just find another word for a kingdom or an empire and remove its final letter, an M – miles away.
9a Stylish public transport should return (5)
SMART — A reversal (should return) of a public transport system that runs on roads in some big cities – they’re known as streetcars in North America.
10a Change holiday: Conservative leaves for Rhode Island (9)
VARIATION — A holiday or leave of absence has the one letter abbreviation for C(onservative) taken out (leaves) and replaced with the abbreviation for R(hode) I(sland).
12a Storm destroyed a party (7)
TORNADO — A word meaning destroyed or split is followed by the A from the clue and the usual two letter crosswordland party.
13a Youngster with a large sum (5)
TOTAL — A youngster or toddler, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for L(arge).
15a No iris develops without good roots (7)
ORIGINS — An anagram (develops) of NO IRIS which contains (without or outside) the abbreviation for G(ood).
17a Standing where everyone’s coming or going? (7)
STATION — I think this is probably a double definition. The standing or status of someone is also a place where people are getting on or off trains.
19a Recommend us eggs — scrambled — with last bit of toast (7)
SUGGEST — An anagram (scrambled) of US EGGS followed by (with) the last letter of (toas)T
21a One appears on stage in clubs — first, a bit of ‘Hair’ (7)
ACTRESS — The one letter abbreviation for C(lubs) is preceded by (first) the A from the clue and then followed by a lock of hair.
22a Studies English? Foolish (5)
DENSE — A noun meaning studies or studios is followed by E(nglish)
24a Expose United Nations fellow corrupt at heart (7)
UNCOVER — The abbreviation for the U(nited) N(ations) is followed by an Australian informal or old British slang word for a fellow, or chap, and then the middle letter (at heart) of corRupt.
27a Remember seeing roc in flight (9)
RECOGNISE — An anagram (in flight) of SEEING ROC
28a Describe Liberal’s lengthened speech (5)
DRAWL — A word meaning describe or illustrate is followed by the one letter abbreviation for L(iberal).
29a Challenge: some demand a recount (4)
DARE — Our one and only lurker or hidden answer – it’s in the last few words of the clue.
30a Paper, for instance, that’s still read aloud (10)
STATIONERY — Paper is just an example of this, indicated by for instance – it’s a homophone (read aloud) of a word meaning still or not moving.
1d Danger — quick to remove bishop (4)
RISK — A word meaning quick, energetic or bustling has its first letter, a B, removed (to remove Bishop).
2d Flier about temperature being extraordinary (9)
STARTLING — A common bird (flier) contains (about) the one letter abbreviation for T(emperature).
3d Table for the masses? (5)
ALTAR — The masses here are church services.
4d Shows meat — about to go ahead with seconds (7)
REVEALS — Some meat from a young cow is preceded by (to go ahead) a short word meaning about or concerning and followed by S(econds).
5d Common sense to ring the Queen, very anxious (7)
NERVOUS — A word meaning common sense or intellect contains (to ring) the regnal cipher for our Queen and V(ery).
7d Former lover put on one stone to stay alive (5)
EXIST — The usual two letters for a former or earlier lover or partner is followed by (put on) the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one and the two letter abbreviation for stone, as in weight.
8d Exotic illness? One’s held in isolation (10)
LONELINESS — An anagram (exotic) of ILLNESS which contains (held in) the ‘one’ from the clue.
11d Draw a tiger’s head on paper (7)
ATTRACT — The A from the clue and the first letter (head) of T(iger) is followed by a paper or essay.
14d Team embarrassed after prisoner is judged (10)
CONSIDERED — The usual crosswordland prisoner or convict is followed by (after) a team or group of people and the colour you might become if you were embarrassed.
16d I caught bird lifting something floating in the sea (7)
ICEBERG — The I from the clue and the one letter cricketing abbreviation for C(aught) is followed by a reversal (lifting) of a freshwater diving bird.
18d At home with a beer — it possibly gets you drunk (9)
INEBRIATE — A little word meaning at home or not out is followed by an anagram (possibly) of A BEER IT.
20d Visitor to university, gentleman turning up on time (7)
TOURIST — The TO from the clue, U(niversity) and a reversal (turning up) of a way of addressing a gentleman and then finish it all off with T(ime)
21d Old article about independent hospital department (7)
ANCIENT — The indefinite article, the one letter abbreviation meaning about or circa, another abbreviation, this time for I(ndependent) and finally a hospital department that deals with problems with ears, noses and throats.
23d Better location on the French Riviera, on river (5)
NICER — A city on the Mediterranean coast of France is followed by the abbreviation for R(iver).
25d Record 500 in battle getting oxygen (5)
VIDEO — The Roman numeral for 500 is inside (in) a verb to battle or rival and then (getting) the chemical symbol for O(xygen).
26d Pressure on amateur to perform (4)
PLAY – The one letter abbreviation for P(ressure) is followed by (on) a word meaning amateur or non-professional.
I liked 22a and 8d. My favourite was 17a.
The Quickie Pun:- ROW + MAN + KNOWS = ROMAN NOSE