Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28322
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hello and welcome to another RayT Thursday. All the hallmarks are there and there’s a few bits of synonym stretching as well so I guess we’ll get some complaints from the usual suspects. Her Majesty is on parade and all the clues are short but there’s very little smut so it was a little disappointing for me as I likes a bit of smut in my crosswords. I’ve gone for *** difficulty but that’s probably just because I put a wrong answer into 27a which caused a bit of a problem. You’ll all probably say it’s only a ** but I can only rate it as I found it.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Cordiality produced by retsina he’s drunk (10)
HEARTINESS: Anagram (drunk) of RETSINA HES. I quite like this clue but I quite dislike retsina. Smells like pine toilet cleaner, yuk!
9a Box contains energy weapon (5)
SPEAR: To box, or at least practice boxing, around E(nergy).
10a Pain again with ruler, endlessly thrashed (9)
NEURALGIA: Anagram (thrashed) of AGAIN RULE (ruler endlessly).
12a Tiny tear allowed to appear next to sink (7)
DROPLET: A synonym of sink or fall followed by (next to) a word meaning allowed.
13a Star compiler’s turning negative! (5)
MINUS: Take our nearest star and then how the compiler might say “he is” and reverse the lot (turning).
15a Exhausting individual, not quite awake (7)
ONEROUS: The word for an individual, as our Queen might say, followed by a word meaning to awake without its last letter (not quite).
17a Managed company with utter heartless resentment (7)
RANCOUR: The usual three letter word meaning managed followed by the usual company and then UR (UtteR heartless).
19a Becomes aware Eskimo’s eating last of meat (7)
INTUITS: The proper name for Eskimos (don’t forget the ‘S) has inserted (eating) a T (last of meaT).
22a Blemishes reversed in effective analysis (5)
NAEVI: The first lurker. But it’s backwards (reversed) in the last two words.
24a Artist‘s turn to cover Queen music’s opening (7)
VERMEER: A Dutch painter of the 17th century is a word for turn (?), or at least go off course, placed around the usual two letters for the Queen and an M (Music’s opening).
28a Decoration‘s not completely exotic in gastronomy (5)
ICING: Decoration of a cake is lurking (not completely) in the last three words.
29a Stitched together broadcast for the audience (4)
SEWN: Sounds like (for the audience) a word meaning broadcast, as in spread.
30a Charm shown by bunch of cowboys in newspapers (10)
PREPOSSESS: Take a generic term for the newspapers and insert a group of cowboys wearing white hats who are in pursuit of the baddies wearing black hats. Cowboys in newspapers? Aren’t they all?
1d Keen to wrap small present (4)
HOST: A word which might mean keen placed around (to wrap) S(mall).
2d The last word on depression admitting male ‘change‘ (9)
AMENDMENT: The last word of a prayer followed by a depression, in the rear wing of my car at the moment, placed around (admitting) M(ale).
4d ‘Brains’ holds new record over puzzle (7)
NONPLUS: Brains, as in common sense, has inserted (holds) N(ew) and a long playing record backwards (over).
5d Louvre‘s quiet, say (7)
SHUTTER: A command to be quiet followed by a word meaning say or speak give a louvre on a window, not the art gallery in Paris. Nicely concealed false capitalisation.
7d Activated live weapon (5)
BEGUN: To live followed by a weapon.
8d Terrible messes with rats in sewer (10)
SEAMSTRESS: Anagram of MESSES RATS.
11d Calm, one remarks, surrounds hospital worker (7)
ALMONER: Another lurker. It’s hidden in (surrounds) the first three words.
14d Noise mostly almost shattered still (10)
MOTIONLESS: Anagram (shattered) of NOISE along with ALMOST but without it’s first letter (mostly).
16d Thespian, one seen in musical (7)
OLIVIER: A famous thespian is an I (one) inserted into (seen in) a famous musical. This clue really needs sending to the retirement home for overworked crossword clues.
18d Love, where it’s played out differently (9)
OTHERWISE: O (love) followed by an anagram (played out) of WHERE ITS.
20d Guardian shows taste, incorporating Independent? (7
SAVIOUR: Take a word for to taste and insert an I(ndependent).
23d Provide closure before old wife … (5)
ENDOW: The closure or finish followed by O(ld) and W(ife).
25d … leaves old husband over sex frolics finally (5)
EXITS: The usual old spouse followed by the usual euphemism for sex and finally an S (frolicS finally).
26d Matures a long time (4)
AGES: Double definition. Perhaps this one could share a room in the retirement home with 16d.
Favourites for me are the paired 23d and 25d. individually they aren’t brill but the pair together have a great surface.
The Quick Crossword pun: cast+royal=castor oil