Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28574
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone. I’m sure this is a Ray T crossword – the first one for what seems like a long time. It had most of his trademark clues and I thought it was somewhere in the middle of his range of difficulty.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the ANSWER buttons so only do that if you want to see one.
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1a Goes over river expanse capsizing (6)
RECAPS — Start off with the one letter for R(iver) and follow that with a reversal (capsizing) of an expanse or stretch.
4a Heckles a bishop in seconds (8)
BARRACKS — The A from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for a bishop, R(ight) R(everend), go inside (in) seconds or supports.
9a Guard dispatched by railway (6)
SENTRY — A synonym for dispatched or posted is followed by the two letter abbreviation for a railway.
10a City over in Europe’s less urbanised (8)
BRUSSELS — Our first lurker or hidden answer indicated by IN – it’s also reversed which is indicated by OVER.
11a Confound, so a hint’s in order (8)
ASTONISH — An anagram (in order) of SO A HINT’S.
13a Tenant not so level periodically (6)
LESSEE — A word meaning not so, or not as much as, is followed by the alternate letters (periodically) of level.
15a Simple routine upset about including new start (13)
UNPRETENTIOUS — An anagram (about) of ROUTINE UPSET and (including) the first letter (start) of New.
18a Tireless debating if ale is drunk (13)
INDEFATIGABLE — Another anagram (is drunk) of DEBATING IF ALE.
22a Authority of old people holding line (6)
ORACLE — The one letter meaning O(ld) is followed by people or tribe which contains (holding) L(ine).
24a Name jerk admitting single currency is unstable (8)
NEUROTIC — The single currency in Europe goes inside (admitting) the one letter abbreviation for N(ame) and a jerk or twitch.
26a One dines on one’s own! (8)
CANNIBAL — Someone eating another person (one’s own). Jolly tricky to do a hint for this one and having hunted for a picture I decided against an illustration!
27a Bore in scrap round end of bar (6)
PIERCE — A scrap or fragment which contains (round) the last letter (end of) baR.
28a Blow from wind is astern (8)
DISASTER — A nice bit of misdirection here – this ‘blow’ is nothing to do with wind, it’s a disappointment – and it’s our second hidden answer indicated by ‘from’.
29a Begin reading only without serious effort initially (6)
BROWSE — A Ray T special – the first letters (initially) of the rest of the words of the clue.
1d Artist’s style almost becoming rogue (6)
RASCAL — The usual two letters for an artist, not forgetting the ‘S, are followed by a four letter word for style or designate without its final letter (almost). I had trouble with this one – I can’t make style = the word we need and neither can I find it in the BRB although both words are interchangeable in the thesaurus.
2d Understood criminal’s genuine, touching judge’s heart (9)
CONSTRUED — One of the usual crosswordland criminals, with the ‘S, is followed by genuine or authentic and finally the middle letter (heart) of judge.
3d Vegetable crop is below standard (7)
PARSNIP — A synonym for crop or shorten follows (is below) a word meaning standard or norm.
5d Queen about to lift port by the Med (4)
ACRE — The usual two letters for our Queen and another two letters which are the abbreviation for the latin word meaning about and then reverse the lot (to lift).
6d Most optimistic with one’s love rising during sleep (7)
ROSIEST — A word meaning sleep or a bit of peace and quiet contains (during) a reversal (rising) of the letter that looks like a one, with the ‘S, and the letter that looks like a love score in tennis.
7d Battle on board revolutionary ship (5)
CHESS — The first name of crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary is followed by the two letter abbreviation for S(team) S(hip).
8d Uncertainty of Sun’s leader writers in employ (8)
SUSPENSE — The first letter (leader) of S(un) is followed by a synonym for employ or utilise which contains (in) some things used to write with (writers).
12d Sniffs out small change in France (6)
SCENTS — S(mall) is followed by some coins in France, or anywhere else in Europe.
14d The French fever for Union (6)
LEAGUE — The French definite article is followed by an old word for a fever or fit of shivering.
16d Upset seeing husband in public squabble (9)
OVERTHROW — A word that means public or open and another one for a squabble or argument with the one letter abbreviation for H(usband) in between them (in).
17d Fell embracing fabulous creature getting separated (8)
DIVORCED — A synonym for fell or plunged contains (embracing) a mythological fierce sea-monster (fabulous creature).
19d Bolts securing practically ancient buildings (7)
FOLLIES — Another word for bolts or escapes contains (securing) most of (practically) a little word meaning ancient.
20d Simpler to accept this compiler’s turning crazier (7)
BARMIER — A synonym for simpler or less ornate contains (to accept) a reversal (turning) of how the setter might say he is.
21d Southern church concealing fringe programme (6)
SCHEME — Begin with the one letter abbreviation for S(outhern) and follow that with a two letter abbreviation for church which contains (concealing) a fringe or an edge.
23d Provokes having first cut relations (5)
AUNTS — Provokes or teases without its first letter (first cut).
25d Nude apart from last item of costume (4)
BARE – Apart from or except (for) is followed by the last letter (last item of) costume.
I liked 15a and 3 and 16d. My favourite was 26a because it made me laugh.
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