Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28621
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty **/*** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. I’m not in any doubt that this is a Ray T crossword as it has all his trademark clues although it’s a bit short on innuendo. I found it at the gentler end of his range of difficulty.
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1a Eater’s vice possibly producing gut (10)
EVISCERATE — An anagram (possibly) of EATER’S VICE.
6a Uncertain going without starter leads to fever (4)
AGUE — Remove the first letter (going without starter) of a synonym for uncertain or imprecise.
9a Leave oddly sick sheep (5)
SCRAM — Follow the first and third letters (oddly) of sick with a male sheep.
10a Check blunder in unfinished easing of international tension (9)
DETERRENT — Check here is a noun. A word meaning relaxation of strained relations, particularly between countries, without its final letter (unfinished) goes around a verb to blunder or make a mistake.
12a Grand time with everybody on board ship (7)
GALLEON — The one letter abbreviation for G(rand) and a time or age contain (on board) a word meaning everybody or each one.
13a Band introduces new material (5)
LINEN — A band or stripe contains (introduces) N(ew).
15a Explosive record with Queen’s supporters (7)
HELPERS — A two letter abbreviation for H(igh) E(xplosive), another two letter abbreviation for an old vinyl record with lots of tracks on it, and yet another two letters for our Queen, with the ‘S.
17a Unusually ace hut, a classy place (7)
CHATEAU — An anagram (unusually) of ACE HUT A.
19a It’s fitting a professional’s conducting operation (7)
APROPOS — The A from the clue is followed by an abbreviation for professional, with the ‘S, which contains (conducting) an abbreviation for operation.
21a Suspects bloke not quite facing curvy characters (7)
GUESSES — A three letter bloke or chap without his final letter (not quite) is followed by (facing) the plural of some letters of the alphabet which don’t have any straight bits (curvy characters). This was my last answer and it took far too long to get it.
22a Bachelor closely following unusual dance (5)
RUMBA — A two letter abbreviation of a university degree (Bachelor) follows (closely following) a synonym for unusual or a bit peculiar.
24a Pine box cut beginning to weaken arm (7)
LONGBOW — A verb to pine or wish for something, the first two letters of the second word in the clue (cut) and the first letter (beginning to) of W(eaken).
27a Plant from Iceland in Essex (9)
CELANDINE — Our first lurker or hidden answer, indicated by the word ‘from’.
28a Tolerate a tender sweetheart (5)
ABIDE — The A from the clue, a tender or offer and the middle letter or heart of swEet (sweetheart).
29a Encouraged to contain northern advance (4)
LEND — A word meaning encouraged or influenced which contains the abbreviation for N(orthern).
30a With crew on leave empty ship is light (10)
WEIGHTLESS — The one letter abbreviation for W(ith), a crew of a long rowing boat, the first and last letters (empty) of L(eav)E and the two letter abbreviation for S(team) S(hip).
1d A piece of cake each, say, after vacation (4)
EASY — The two letter abbreviation for each and the first and last letters (after vacation) of SaY.
2d Shifty liar suppressing corrupt urge — resistance is wavering (9)
IRREGULAR — Two anagrams and a bit of jiggery-pokery going on here. Start off with an anagram (shifty) of LIAR and put that round (suppressing) another anagram (corrupt) of URGE and then finish that lot off with the abbreviation for R(esistance).
3d Arrived on top of large beast (5)
CAMEL — Arrived, reached or got to followed by (on top of) the abbreviation for L(arge).
4d Steers with these, right, and cows have these! (7)
RUDDERS — Begin with R(ight) from the clue and follow that with the dingly-dangly bits that distinguish a female cow from a male one.
5d Huge bird seen above a French city interminably (7)
TITANIC — Start with a small bird – there are lots of varieties of them which include blue and coal – then the A from the clue and finish off with the first three letters (interminably) of a four letter city in southern France.
7d Get good and thin (5)
GLEAN — The one letter abbreviation for G(ood) is followed by thin or skinny.
8d Put out, former wife can spout about one (10)
EXTINGUISH — The usual two letters for a former wife (or husband or anything else come to that), a can or similar container and then a word that means spout or torrent which contains (about) the letter that looks like a one.
11d Excuse concerning the French, like English (7)
RELEASE — Two letters meaning concerning or about, one of the French words for ‘the’, a little word that means like or in the same manner and finally the abbreviation for E(nglish).
14d Dramatic act hit with Lear indisposed (10)
THEATRICAL — An anagram (indisposed) of ACT HIT and LEAR.
16d Account for axle pin coming loose (7)
EXPLAIN — Hot on the heels of the previous clue another anagram (coming loose) of AXLE PIN.
18d Dancing reels with ex (9)
ERSTWHILE — And, a bit like buses coming in threes, an anagram (dancing) of REELS WITH.
20d Savour anger getting cross (7)
SALTIRE — Savour or taste is followed by anger or rage.
21d Origin’s English, showing root (7)
GINSENG — Our second lurker of the day (showing) – the answer is hiding in the middle of the first two words of the clue.
23d Amazed expression going round the Italian city (5)
MILAN — An interjection expressing surprise or admiration contains (going round) the Italian word for ‘the’.
25d Be overly arrogant spouting tripe initially (5)
BOAST — A Ray T special – the first letters (initially) of the remaining words in the clue.
26d This compiler finally sets small problem (4)
MESS —How the setter would refer to himself is followed by the last letter (finally) of (set)S and the one letter abbreviation for S(mall).
I liked 21 and 30a and 4 and 8d.
Now then, about the quickie pun – this caused trouble, lots of it, but this is what I think it has to be and MP agrees so thanks to him for the moral support. If anyone else has a better idea please say so.
SPARE + SURE + LOPS = SPECIAL OPS (Even though the paper doesn’t have the first three across clues in italics which it normally does if the pun is made up from more than the first two clues – oh well!)