Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28561
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty ** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. This is the first of a few Wednesdays that the Kiwis are off on their travels so you’ll be having a different ‘hinty person’ each week – it feels like quite a responsibility to me so I’ll try not to let them down. I really hope they’re having a wonderful time and enjoying seeing their family in India. Today we have the usual very enjoyable crossword from Jay.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the thingies 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 No-nonsense police raid follows riot, ignoring regulars (6)
ROBUST — An American word for a police raid goes after (following) the odd letters (ignoring regulars) of RiOt.
4a Note amends books seen in church (8)
PSALTERS — The note here is the two letters you might write at the end of a letter to add something you’d forgotten to say and they’re followed by a word meaning amends or changes.
10a Shame of this person wrapped in shroud on getting busted (9)
DISHONOUR — An anagram (busted) of SHROUD ON which contains (wrapped in) the one letter for how the setter (this person) might refer to himself.
11a Copy line seen in feature of roadworks (5)
CLONE — The abbreviation for L(ine) goes inside (seen in) one of the wretched things that mark off areas where there may, or may not be, men working in the road.
12a Might this identify a Royal Marines troop? (7)
ARMBAND — The A from the clue and the abbreviation for R(oyal) M(arines) are followed by a troop or gang.
13a Encourage popular part of church (7)
INSPIRE — Our usual little crosswordland word for popular is followed by the pointy thing at the top of a church.
14a Line dance music on game shows (5)
CONGA — Our first lurker or hidden answer which is indicated by the word ‘shows’ – it’s hiding in the third to fifth words of the clue.
15a Try twice to get acclaim (4,4)
HEAR HEAR — A verb to try in a court of law is followed by the same word – try twice.
18a Photographs fail to be entered in competitions (5-3)
CLOSE-UPS — A word meaning fail or not win goes inside (to be entered) some competitions – I always think this is a funny way of referring to them as really they’re the prize, aren’t they?
20a King wearing small child’s hat (5)
MITRE — A small child or tot contains (wearing) the one letter abbreviation for the Latin word for king.
23a Knocked sharply on front of this, cornered (7)
TRAPPED — The first letter (front of) T(his) is followed by (on) a word that means knocked sharply, on a front door maybe.
25a Take off, seeing Italian grabbed by single pal (7)
IMITATE — The letter that looks like the Roman number one (single) is followed by a pal or chum which contains (grabbed by) the two letter abbreviation for IT(alian).
26a Prospect of victory, as it falls (5)
VISTA — V(ictory) and then anagram (falls) of AS IT.
27a Drops measuring equipment (4,5)
RAIN GAUGE — The ‘drops’ is the wet stuff that falls from clouds. I started off with the wrong second word – I wonder if I was the only one to do that.
28a Stars head off for shelter (8)
SUNSHADE — Some stars, the kind around which planets revolve, precede an anagram (off) of HEAD.
29a Enthusiastic study in painting (6)
ARDENT — A study or office goes inside (in) a painting or a picture.
1d Artist steps around one for light (8)
RADIANCE — The usual two letters used to mean an artist are followed by some steps, the kind that are done to music, which contain the letter that looks like a one.
2d Match commentator? (4,3)
BEST MAN — This match is a wedding.
3d Tug on a path to intercept ship’s freeloaders? (9)
STOWAWAYS — The abbreviation for S(team) S(hip) goes round (to intercept) a verb to tug or pull, the A from the clue and a path or road.
5d Alcohol providing morale in the theatre? (8,6)
SURGICAL SPIRIT — This kind of theatre is in a hospital.
6d Beats speed speaking without coming to a climax (5)
LICKS — A slang word for speed as in, “He was going at a hell of a **** when he crashed his car” is followed by S(peaking) – ie without the rest of the word (without coming to a climax.) Oh dear – this one caused grief, a lot of it – the answer had to be what it is but I just couldn’t see why for ages.
7d Art form mounting tacit or easy displays (7)
EROTICA — Our second lurker or hidden answer indicated by displays but this time, just to complicate things, it’s also reversed (mounting) in the clue.
8d Country garden linked with the Cornwall area (6)
SWEDEN — The two letters for the part of the UK which includes Cornwall are followed by (linked with) a garden – not just any old garden but the one in the Bible where Adam and Eve got up to no good.
9d Ignored Conservative with elderly bore (4-10)
COLD-SHOULDERED — Begin with the one letter for C(onservative) and then elderly or aged – follow that with a word that means bore or carried.
16d Lulu’s thirst absorbing doctor and the writer (9)
HUMDINGER — A thirst or appetite contains (absorbing) one of the many two letters used for a doctor – not GP or DR so keep thinking – and the way the setter (writer) would refer to himself.
17d Torn about always being respectful (8)
REVERENT — Torn or split contains (about) a word that means always or eternally.
19d Back trouble in so stormy an affair (7)
LIAISON — A reversal (back) of a word meaning trouble or afflict is followed by an anagram (stormy) of IN SO.
21d Malign deal protecting University College (7)
TRADUCE — Deal or do business with containing (protecting) U(niversity) C(ollege).
22d Music bars will need refurbished seats to muffle volume (6)
STAVES — An anagram (refurbished) of SEATS around (to muffle) V(olume).
24d Fruit and veg needed by church (5)
PEACH —A vegetable that comes in pods is followed by one of the abbreviations for church – not that I think anyone will need a hint for this one.
I liked 12a and 9 and 16d. My favourite was 5d.
The Quickie pun:- EYES + SORE + QUAY = ICE HOCKEY