Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28496
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I don’t know who set today’s crossword and I’ve been wrong too many times to make any guesses but what I am sure about is that it’s not Ray T. Once I got onto the right wave-length I didn’t find it too difficult – a sensible number of anagrams, not too many and not too few, no obscure words and no sport.
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 one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Broken-down gents is man’s task (10)
ASSIGNMENT — An anagram (broken-down) of GENTS IS MAN
6a Hit book, ‘Mary’s Little Friend’ (4)
LAMB — A verb to hit or batter followed by B(ook) gives us Mary’s Little Friend in a nursery rhyme.
9a Very stuck in one crack (5)
SOLVE — The abbreviation for V(ery) inside (stuck in) a word that means one or only.
10a Undergarment itches when worn by Cleese? (4,5)
LONG JOHNS — The first name of the actor whose surname is Cleese is contained in (when worn by) itches or yearns.
12a Unusual place is … unusual (7)
SPECIAL — An anagram (unusual) of PLACE IS
13a Tor in African country (5)
BENIN — A Scottish word for a tor or mountain peak is followed by the IN from the clue.
15a Tommy’s secret (7)
PRIVATE — A double definition.
17a Type that is within parameters (7)
SPECIES — An abbreviation for a word meaning parameters or guidelines contains (within) the two letter abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’.
19a Feels sorry for river birds (7)
REGRETS — R(iver) is followed by some birds in the heron family.
21a Cannot stand, and old Penny is similar (7)
DISLIKE — The one letter for Penny in pre-decimal currency (old), the IS from the clue and a word that means similar or resembling.
22a Cold fish? Hold on! (5)
CLING — C(old) and a fish in the cod family.
24a Disorder returns in Angola, I mean Algeria (7)
ANAEMIA — Our first lurker or hidden answer – he’s hiding at the end of the clue
27a Soldier in appropriate American gear (9)
APPARATUS — A short word meaning appropriate or suitable contains (in) the abbreviation for a soldier carried by air and the usual two letters for American.
28a Rule check announced (5)
REIGN — A homophone (announced) of a check or restraint.
29a Fish doze endlessly going round (4)
EELS — A reversal (going round) of a word to doze or nap without its final letter (endlessly).
30a Niece slept badly, getting sickness (10)
PESTILENCE — An anagram (badly) of NIECE SLEPT gives us sickness or a deadly epidemic.
1d Father raises feet of pews inside part of church (4)
APSE — A reversal (raises) of a short affectionate way of calling your father is followed by the last letters (feet) of [pew]S and [insid]E.
2d Washing part of leg — good after climbing mountains (9)
SPLASHING — A reversal (climbing) of some high mountains is followed by (after) the front bit of your lower leg (part of leg) and the one letter for G(ood).
3d Grebes seen regularly, and other birds (5)
GEESE — The alternate letters (regularly) of Grebes seen.
4d Doctor emails about a debility (7)
MALAISE — An anagram (doctor) of EMAILS containing (about) the A from the clue.
5d No new benefit surprise (7)
NONPLUS — The NO from the clue, the abbreviation for N(ew) and a benefit or bonus.
7d The woman in North America turned pale (5)
ASHEN — A pronoun meaning the woman goes inside (in) a reversal (turned) of the two letters for N(orth) A(merica).
8d I spit in vehicles, creating concerns (10)
BUSINESSES — Some very large passenger vehicles contain the I from the clue and a noun meaning ‘spit’ or projection of land.
11d Out of work? Jack has nothing to be thankful for (7)
JOBLESS — This ‘Jack’ isn’t our usual sailor – he’s a playing card – the one letter abbreviation for him is followed by the letter that looks like a zero or nothing and then a verb that means to be thankful or grateful for.
14d Grasp treasure (10)
APPRECIATE — A double definition – which, for some reason, took me ages.
16d One gets even angrier, initially, with five green bananas (7)
AVENGER — The first letter (initially) of A(ngrier) is followed by (with) the Roman numeral for five and then an anagram (bananas) of GREEN.
18d Fake obstacle left out (9)
IMITATION — An obstacle or restriction that starts with an L is missing its first letter (left out).
20d Alarm‘s gone off, keeping right time (7)
STARTLE — An adjective meaning ‘gone off’ or past its best contains (keeping) the one letter abbreviations for R(ight) and T(ime).
21d Determined, seeing conked-out TV (4-3)
DEAD-SET — I’m not sure if this is a double definition or if the last part of the clue is just a cryptic way of saying the first bit – whichever it is the answer is pretty clear.
23d Press: ‘Politician admitted to awful lie’ (5)
IMPEL — Our usual ‘Politician’ goes inside (admitted to) an anagram (awful) of LIE.
25d A drink’s raised in front of Raphael’s last work of art (5)
MURAL — A reversal (raised) of the A from the clue and a drink is followed by (in front of) the last letter (last) of (Raphae)L
26d Stake used in plant extension (4)
ANTE — Our second lurker – the answer is hidden in the last two words of the clue.
I liked 6 and 12a and 8 and 21d.
The Quickie Pun:- NOH + ARM + DONNE = NO HARM DONE