Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28520
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. This isn’t a Ray T Thursday so there’s no need for any panic. I don’t know who set today’s crossword but I didn’t find it very difficult. As usual I’m more than happy for anyone or everyone to disagree – I know I’ve said before that I find it next to impossible to judge difficulty or enjoyment when I know I’m doing the hints.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Name found in Ruth and Leviticus (6)
HANDLE — Our first clue – our first lurker or hidden answer. It’s indicated by ‘found in’ and he’s in the last three words of the clue.
5a One sells using only detailed slogan (8)
MERCHANT — Begin with a synonym for only or simply, remove its last letter (detailed) and follow it with a slogan or motto.
9a Resting point for bowlers? (8)
HATSTAND — Nothing at all to do with ‘crickety stuff’ – these bowlers are titfers and their resting point is where they might be put when taken off.
10a Disturbance in break for top diplomats? (6)
UNREST — If you split your answer 2,4 it could be coffee time or a break for people working in the United Nations.
11a Record fifty with intent to tour capital on way back (8)
MEMORIAL — The Roman numeral for fifty and another word for intent or objective which contains a European capital city – then the whole lot needs to be reversed (on the way back).
12a Businessman to publicise work after crash? (6)
REPAIR — This businessman is a travelling salesman and he’s followed by a synonym for publicise or make known.
13a African labourer endlessly wearing woolly again (8)
GHANAIAN — Most of (endlessly) a word for a labourer or worker goes inside (wearing) an anagram (woolly) of AGAIN. My spelling was a bit of an issue with this.
15a Manage range needing no introduction (4)
COPE — Range or extent without its first letter (needing no introduction).
17a In speech, be inclined to offer remedy (4)
HEAL — A homophone (in speech) of a word that means be inclined or list as a boat might do.
19a Influence continually found in a lot of drink (8)
LEVERAGE — Continually or constantly is contained in (found in) a kind of light beer (drink) without its last letter ( a lot of).
20a Tough is flipping over novel — why read out loud? (6)
SINEWY — A reversal (flipping) of the second word in the clue, another word for novel or original and, finally, the letter that sounds like (read out loud) ‘why’.
21a Page with line in the map scribbled in small book (8)
PAMPHLET — Start off with the abbreviation for P(age) and follow that with an angram (scribbled) of THE MAP which contains (in) the abbreviation for L(ine).
22a German gentleman breaking limits for solitary tipple (6)
SHERRY — The word for ‘Mr’ in German (German gentleman) goes inside (breaking) the first and last letters (limits for) SolitarY. For no very good reason this was my last answer.
23a Judge to withdraw with Liberal replacing Conservative (8)
EVALUATE — A verb to withdraw or move out of with its ‘C’ swapped for an ‘L’ (Liberal replacing Conservative). This answer was easier once I’d corrected my wrong second word for 14d.
24a Fool should follow parking information — it’s needed to get in (8)
PASSWORD — A fool or nit follows the abbreviation for P(arking) and then another way of saying information or communication.
25a Foreign songs making number one on the radio (6)
LIEDER — A homophone (on the radio) of a word that means ‘number one’ or head honcho.
2d Excessive period to get up after a minute liqueur (8)
AMARETTO — The A from the clue, a one letter abbreviation for M(inute), and then a reversal (to get up) of a period of time or an age and an informal expression that means excessive or far too much. Another one that I couldn’t spell.
3d Force out duke on island over cabin (8)
DISLODGE — The one letter abbreviation for D(uke), the two letter abbreviation for island and a cabin or chalet.
4d Get rid of rubbish I created around area (9)
ERADICATE — An anagram (rubbish) of I CREATED which contains (around) the abbreviation for A(rea).
5d Result of inflation in the forties? (6-3,6)
MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD — This is what happens to some people as they get older.
6d Prisoner on mend after modifying sentence (7)
CONDEMN — One of crosswordland’s favourite prisoners is followed by an anagram (after modifying) of MEND.
7d A river flowing round settled Australian city (8)
ADELAIDE — The A from the clue and a Welsh or Scottish river contains (flowing round) a synonym for settled or placed.
8d Converted to ritual in class (8)
TUTORIAL — An anagram (converted) of TO RITUAL
14d Notification stirring one in retirement? (5,4)
ALARM CALL — This ‘one in retirement’ hasn’t stopped working, he’s asleep.
15d Draws together society in photograph (6,2)
CLOSES UP — A photograph taken from not very far away contains (in) the abbreviation for S(ociety).
16d Simple old man wearing fewer clothes? (8)
PAINLESS — A short affectionate word for your Dad and then, split 4, 2, another way of saying he’s not wearing as much as he was before. Oh dear – one of those it’s quite tricky to do a decent hint for.
17d Where mothers brood over the young in their clutches (3,5)
HEN HOUSE — These mothers have feathers and beaks and lay eggs.
18d Base teen wrecked, one not seen? (8)
ABSENTEE — An anagram (wrecked) of BASE TEEN.
19d Sad book with argument that’s not intellectual (7)
LOWBROW — A synonym for sad or down, the one letter abbreviation for B(ook) and then an argument or squabble.
I liked 22a and 5d. My favourite was 16d.
The Quickie pun:- BACK + LARVA = BAKLAVA (or BACLAVA)