Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28490
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/*** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is a Ray T production. I thought it was at the gentler end of his range of difficulty but I’ve given it an extra bit of a star for those of you who have trouble with his crosswords.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the things 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 Most evil since being boxed by finest (6)
BASEST — Finest or outstanding goes around a little word that means since or because.
4a Small guitar strummer without large range (8)
SPECTRUM — The one letter abbreviation for S(mall) is followed by the little thingy that guitarists hold to play the strings without its second letter which is an ‘L’ (without large).
9a Some singers are poetic backing musical works (6)
OPERAS — Our first lurker, or hidden answer (some) – it’s hidden and reversed (backing) in the fourth, third and second words of the clue.
10a Actually taking on phone company owing money (8)
INDEBTED — Actually or really contains (taking on) the two letter abbreviation for the national phone company.
11a Mass said first for puritan (8)
MORALIST — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for M(ass), follow that with a word meaning said or verbal and finish it off with the letter that looks like a one and the st.
13a Starting to appear less exciting really, initially (6)
STALER — A Ray T special – the first letters (initially) of the remaining words in the clue.
15a Ailment’s best treated ringing hospital foundation (13)
ESTABLISHMENT — An anagram (treated) of AILMENT’S BEST contains (ringing) the one letter abbreviation for H(ospital).
18a Children go nuts almost shaking teddy? (13)
UNDERCLOTHING — An anagram (shaking) of CHILDREN GO and NUT(s) (almost) – this is an all in one piece of lingerie which is a bit like a babygro for grown-ups.
22a Greek god’s about gutted accepting heathens (6)
PAGANS — The Greek god of woods, fields and flocks, with his ‘S, contains (about) the first and last letters (gutted) of A(cceptin)G. This one took me ages to ‘see’ although the answer had to be what it is.
24a Physical work’s rejected in pen (8)
CORPORAL — A pen or enclosure goes round (in) a reversal (rejected) of the usual abbreviation for a musical work.
26a Boss promises to pay hard-working (8)
STUDIOUS — A boss or rivet is followed by the usual crosswordland promises to pay.
27a Mournful song from Led Zeppelin singer penning single (6)
PLAINT — The surname of the lead singer of Led Zeppelin contains (penning) the letter that looks like a one or single.
28a Silver brought back covered by excise charge (8)
DELEGATE — This charge isn’t the kind that a bull might do – it means appoint or hand over the responsibility for something. A reversal (brought back) of the chemical symbol for silver is contained in (covered by) a verb to excise or erase.
29a Declines to go after circular saws (6)
ADAGES — A small circular or advertisement is followed by (to go after) a verb to decline or grow old.
1d Head of buddleia emerges producing flowers (6)
BLOOMS — The first letter (head of) B(uddleia) is followed by a word meaning emerges in a rather threatening way.
2d Front line deviously reshaped round middle of war (9)
SPEARHEAD — An anagram (deviously) of RESHAPED which contains (round) the middle letter of wAr.
3d Colour of little wound? (7)
SCARLET — If a little drop is a dropLET then a little wound or mark is a ****LET. Hmm – not easy to give a decent hint for this.
5d Fix time for drink (4)
PINT — A verb to fix or nail is followed by the abbreviation for T(ime).
6d Fast one from con man on the phone (7)
CHEETAH — A homophone (on the phone) of a con man or trickster sounds like an animal which is capable of running very fast.
7d Speed getting left behind animal (5)
RATEL — Speed or velocity is followed by the abbreviation for L(eft).
8d Second time around Queen soften (8)
MODERATE — A little abbreviation for a very short space of time (second) is followed by another time or age which contains (around) the regnal cipher for our Queen.
12d Nice bust remodelled on French article (6)
SUBTLE — An anagram (remodelled) of BUST is followed by the French word for the definite article.
14d Bar in club is trouble (6)
BISTRO — Lurker number two – the answer is hidden in the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue . . .
16d Devouring extract of ginseng or ginger (9)
ENGORGING — . . . and another one, this time hidden in the last three words of the clue. If we ever have three lurkers in one crossword I reckon someone is out to get me as I always miss them.
17d Alleged drunk swallowing very big measure (8)
SUPPOSED — A word that means drunk or quaffed contains (swallowing) a two letter abbreviation for very big or larger than usual.
19d Published piece that shows where one stands (7)
RANKING — part of a verb meaning published and a chess piece.
20d Stuck, the compiler’s turned white (7)
IMPALED — How the compiler might say he is, followed by another way of saying turned white or blanched.
21d Loud instruments and quiet instruments? (6)
FLUTES — The abbreviation for the musical instruction to play loudly followed by some old stringed instruments which are shaped like half a pear gives us some woodwind instruments.
23d Porridge in heartless gaol, full of regret (5)
GRUEL — The first and last letters (heartless) of G(ao)L contain (full of) a verb to regret or feel remorse for.
25d Reportedly wriggled out of tube (4)
DUCT —A homophone (reportedly) of wriggled out of or evaded.
I liked 10 and 18a and 1 and 6d. My favourite was 25a because it made me laugh.
The Quickie Pun:- ANGER + RUN + AID = HAND GRENADE