Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28532
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. I’m not sure about this one. The cryptic crossword has most, but not all, of Ray T’s trademark clues but the Quickie doesn’t look like one of his and it’s not his week. In other words I’m sitting on the fence about who today’s setter is. I enjoyed it very much and once I got started didn’t have too much trouble.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
1a Most scanty? Stick with these pants (10)
SKETCHIEST — An anagram (pants) of STICK and THESE
6a Clothes to boast about (4)
GARB — A reversal (about) of a verb to boast or show-off.
9a Creature of myth beginning to alarm all the animals (5)
FAUNA — In Roman mythology the creature who protects shepherds (creature of myth) is followed by the first letter (beginning to) of A(larm).
10a Philosopher follows main point about run — it’s grinding (5-4)
GRIST-MILL — A word meaning the main point or essence containing (about) the cricketing abbreviation for R(un) is followed by a nineteenth century philosopher.
12a Source of the biggest hits of the Proms? (7)
TYMPANI — A group of instruments – the only ones that I can think of that make the noise they’re supposed to make by being hit. This took me ages and I wasn’t sure if I was missing something – I’m still not.
13a Charlie’s trapped by ravine (5)
ABYSS — A Charlie or a bit of a twit goes round (trapped) the ‘by’ from the clue.
15a Big car smashed poodle’s tail bones (7)
RIBCAGE — An anagram (smashed) of BIG CAR and the last letter (tail) of (poodl)E
17a Small crew with the Queen’s ship (7)
STEAMER — The one letter abbreviation for S(mall) a crew or gang and, finally, the two letters for our Queen.
19a Welcomed desire to catch Spielberg film (7)
GREETED — A synonym for desire or hunger contains (to catch) the name of a Spielberg film – the one with the funny looking little alien.
21a Happy to let in Penny, twice (7)
PLEASED — A verb to let or rent goes inside (in) the letter that is the abbreviation for a penny in decimal currency and the letter that was a penny in pre-decimal currency.
22a Roman finally wearing appropriate clothing for kingdom (5)
TONGA — The last letter (finally) of (Roma)N is contained in (wearing) a piece of clothing that was worn in Roman times (appropriate clothing).
24a Flour ma ordered for recipe (7)
FORMULA — An anagram (ordered) of FLOUR MA.
27a Former lover is conservative in belief, mainly — that’s life (9)
EXISTENCE — The usual two letters meaning a former lover and the is from the clue are followed by most of (mainly) a five letter word that means a belief or principle which contains the one letter for C(onservative).
28a Long for clubs and wild party (5)
CRAVE — The one letter for C(lubs) in a game of cards is followed by a wild party – one with flashing lights and very loud music.
29a Predicts AS levels regularly falling (4)
SEES — The alternate letters (regularly falling) of AS levels.
30a Local community‘s payment arrangement (10)
SETTLEMENT — This is a double definition.
1d A place to sit until now cuts bottom (4)
SOFA — A way of saying until now or up to now (2,3) without its final letter (cuts bottom).
2d Just fairly skilful, with central energy rising to the top (9)
EQUITABLE — A word meaning fairly or somewhat is followed by another that means skilful or adept – then you need to take the last letter of the first bit (an ‘E’ so the abbreviation for Energy) and put it at the beginning (central energy rising to the top). Oh dear – as soon as I tumbled to why this one was what it was I just knew I was going to have trouble doing a decent hint for it.
3d Demand one eats shellfish? Just the opposite (5)
CLAIM — A small edible shellfish contains the letter that looks like a one. The first part of the clue suggests that the shellfish is inside the one but the second part tells us to do the opposite.
4d Trendy bars? One’s not appreciative (7)
INGRATE — The usual short word meaning trendy is followed by some bars or a grille.
5d Bottle’s alcoholic substances (7)
SPIRITS — Another double definition – the first one means nerve or bravery.
7d Friendship? Girl embraces it (5)
AMITY — A three letter girls name contains (embraces) the it from the clue.
8d Adults are moved behind black railing (10)
BALUSTRADE — An anagram (moved) of ADULTS ARE follow (behind) the abbreviation for B(lack)
11d Entertaining swinger’s hang-out? (7)
TRAPEZE — The ‘entertaining swinger’ is a circus performer and it’s what he or she may hang from. The answer is also a device attached to the mast of a small sailing boat which allows a crew member to sit almost completely out of the boat (hang out).
14d Light from Beth’s ring’s shimmering (10)
BRIGHTNESS — An anagram (shimmering) of BETH’S RING’S
16d Draw a model of car on paper (7)
ATTRACT — The A from the clue, a one letter model of a car and then a paper or leaflet.
18d Make a mess of surreal images chap’s collected (9)
MISMANAGE — An anagram (surreal) of IMAGES contains (collected) a chap or bloke.
20d Protection from French dealer in stolen goods (7)
DEFENCE — The French word for from is followed by someone who handles stolen goods.
21d Ideal school monitor, twisted about inside (7)
PERFECT — A school monitor – a goody-two-shoes who does exactly what he or she is supposed to do – with the second and third letters swapped round (twisted about inside).
23d Sound from piano is excruciating (5)
NOISE — Our one and only lurker or hidden answer indicated by ‘from’ – it’s hiding in the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue. After comments on my last lot of hints I’ve decided that this time the lurker isn’t a ‘he’ – it’s just an ‘it’!
25d Article removed from dirty relative (5)
UNCLE — The two letter indefinite article is removed from a word that means dirty or contaminated.
26d Stroked fabric (4)
FELT —A nice simple double definition to end with.
I liked 13 and 21a and 5 and 16d. My favourite was 2d.
The Quickie pun:- SOW + POP + ERROR = SOAP OPERA