Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28610
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all. Last week Kath mentioned that we haven’t had a RayT offering for a while but he’s back today with all the usual quirks. Her Majesty turns up promptly in 1a, there’s some repeated sex and suggestive leering, a couple of lurkers and a first letters clue along with some slightly iffy synonyms. Unusually there are a couple of long anagrams to give plenty of checkers and get you going. I enjoyed the puzzle and I’ll be interested to hear what you all thought of it.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Introduction is formal meeting the Queen (6)
PRIMER: A word meaning formal or proper followed by the usual two letters for Her Majesty.
4a Spread betting odds before final? (8)
SPLATTER: Two letters for the odds at a horse race perhaps followed by a word meaning final as in the last one.
9a King, nearly everybody scoffed about King (6)
ALFRED: The first two letters of a three letter word for everybody followed by a word for scoffed, as in ate, placed around an R (king) give you a Saxon King, you know, the one that burned the cakes!
10a Unit in action, late (8)
DEPARTED: Start with a word for an action (4) and insert a word which loosely can be a unit. I wasn’t too sure about this but Collins has this for unit -“any group or individual, esp when regarded as a basic element of a larger whole”.
12a Fantastic bird returns calls for drinks (8)
CORDIALS: Reverse a giant bird of legend and follow with a word for calls on the telephone.
15a One maturing at manoeuvres, revealing logic (13)
ARGUMENTATION: Anagram (manoeuvres) of ONE MATURING AT.
18a Obstinacy recanting sin about embracing sweetheart (13)
INTRANSIGENCE: Anagram (about) of RECANTING SIN placed around (embracing) an E (swEet heart).
24a Repeated sex considered to include love finally (8)
ITERATED: A two letter euphemism for sex or sex appeal is followed by a word meaning considered or judged placed around (to include) an E (lovE finally).
26a Practically gone with inert vaporised gas (8)
NITROGEN: Anagram (vaporised) of the first three letters (practically) of GONe with INERT.
27a Rakish, the Parisian stifling cry of pain (6)
LOUCHE: A French definite article placed around (stifling) what you might say when something hurts.
28a Cold and idle hanging around small corridor (8)
CLOISTER: Start with C(Old) and follow with a word meaning to idle or linger placed around (hanging around) an S(mall).
29a Donations following ends of priest’s hymns (6)
PSALMS: Some charitable donations to the poor or needy after PS (ends of Priest’S).
1d Fish settle around top of ice (6)
PLAICE: Put a word for to settle or to put in a particular position around an I (top of Ice).
2d Grass due to face time trapping bloke (9)
INFORMANT: A grass as in a tell-tale. He’s a phrase (2,3) meaning you are due something and a T(ime) placed around (trapping) a bloke.
3d Time is pressing? (7)
EVENING: A time of day which could loosely mean pressing as in removing the creases.
5d American writer close to Walt Whitman? (4)
POET: A famous American writer followed by a T (close to WalT) gives what Walt Whitman is an example of.
6d Like former US President missing old state (7)
ALABAMA: Start with a French phrase (1,2) meaning like or in the style of and follow with a recent US president but without the O (missing O(ld)).
7d Teacher‘s expression of disapproval over arithmetic, perhaps (5)
TUTOR: An expression of disapproval followed by O(ver) and what arithmetic, along with reading and writing, is an example of.
8d Don’t leer horribly, it’s suggestive (8)
REDOLENT: Anagram (horribly) of DONT LEER.
11d Look, part of leg limps excessively (7)
GLIMPSE: The first lurker. It’s hidden (part of) in the last three words of the clue.
14d King nearly takes unoccupied pieces (7)
KNIGHTS: These pieces are chess pieces. Start with a king, not R but the one from chess notation, then a word meaning nearly or close and finally TakeS with the middle letters removed (unoccupied). Any excuse . . .
16d The same pattern, retaining knot (hitch) applied evenly (9)
IDENTICAL: Take a word meaning pattern in the sense of the best possible example of something and insert the even letters (applied evenly) from KNOT HITCH.
20d Tapers point on pointed missiles (7)
NARROWS: A point of the compass on some pointed missiles fired from a bow perhaps.
21d Individuals doing little except remain sedentary initially (6)
IDLERS: First letters (initially) of the other words in the clue.
23d Dated being in severe trouble (5)
RETRO: Nothing to do with girl or boyfriends, it’s dated as in old. It’s lurking (being in) in SEVERE TROUBLE.
25d Iron outside of tie for party (4)
FETE: The chemical symbol for iron followed by TE (outside of TiE).
There’s quite a few good ones here but I think the rather splendid all-in-one at 21d has to be my favourite.
Quick crossword pun: STAY + TUM + HIND = STATE OF MIND