Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28755
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This puzzle was published on 2nd June 2018
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! I solved this on the fun-bus going to Epsom and promptly forgot about it!!
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1a Next X-ray should be here in hospital directory (10)
AFTERWARDS – Split as (5,5) and you may find the Xray department AFTER the WARDS in a hospital.
6a Sport where players change clubs with no transfer fee (4)
GOLF – A cryptic definition of the sport where the14 clubs in the bag can be changed with no charge.
9a Take and squander? (5)
SPEND – To SPEND/take time and to SPEND/squander money.
10a Plastic egret — nice, should be animated (9)
ENERGETIC – A plastic anagram of EGRET NICE.
12a Cabinet perhaps goes off to the Left — maturity comes later? (7)
STORAGE – A reversal (to the left) of ROTS/goes off followed by age/maturity.
13a Rambling pair left for thirty days (5)
APRIL – An anagram (rambling) of PAIR followed by L for Left.
15a Taking part in sportswear, a cheat reveals something wrong in the head (7)
EARACHE – A hidden clue that is ‘taking part in’ sportsw EAR A CHE at.
17a Proclaim as leader of the Americans and French (7)
TRUMPET – The leader/president of America, TRUMP, followed by ET or ‘and’ in French.
19a Lose heart, having endless need to accommodate dad … (7)
DESPAIR – All but the last letter (endless) of DESIR( e) including/to accommodate PA for dad.
21a … following grasping half-idle mum (7)
SILENCE – SINCE or following to include/grasp half of the word (id)LE.
22a One’s trapping in river areas (5)
ACRES – ACES or ones in cards including/trapping R for river.
24a Funny thing, there’s nothing in packet (7)
CARTOON – Another insertion, this time place O for nothing in a CARTON/packet.
27a Schools with no one left to get bus, maybe (9)
TRANSPORT – TRA(i)NS or schools, with no I for one and then PORT for left.
28a King being shown in reduced one’s rank, having stripes (5)
SKUNK – Place K for King inside SUNK or reduced.
29a Assess velocity (4)
RATE – A straightforward double definition.
30a This person tucking into meat shuns prepared relish (10)
ENTHUSIASM – Place I (this person, me) inside an anagram (prepared) of MEAT SHUNS
1d Most of capital area is upwardly mobile too (4)
ALSO – A reversal of both most of the Capital City OSL(o) and A for Area.
2d Hoards made by 29 ground squirrels, oddly (9)
TREASURE – An anagram (ground) of RATE (the answer to 29a) and then the odd letters in SqUiRrElS.
3d After artist died, half of score is set to be heard (5)
RADIO – RA for Royal Academician or artist, then D for Died (an abb. from the family tree) and finally IO which is allowed for ten, or half a score.
4d Norm is too old, rejecting one blood type after another (7)
AVERAGE – Start with OVERAGE for too old and then replace the O blood type for the A blood type.
5d Nuisance, having to shore up river that’s most low (7)
DEEPEST – Pest for nuisance underneath (shoring up in a down clue) the river DEE.
7d Being seen by water getting more warm, going topless (5)
OTTER – Remove the first letter (going topless) of (h)OTTER or more warm.
8d Ladies — maybe diverting if it’s Alice, or maddening if it’s Celia? (10)
FACILITIES – Two anagrams – divert IF ITS ALICE and a maddening one of IF ITS CELIA.
11d Step-by-step rag for playing as a pair (7)
GRADUAL – An anagram (for playing) of RAG followed by DUAL/as a pair.
14d School captain‘s striking effort, blocked by post … (10)
HEADMASTER – A HEADER (striking effort in football) outside of/blocking a MAST or post. I always thought that the school captain was the Head Boy!
16d … roughly misses — he sets up these sessions (7)
CLASSES – C for about/roughly (both C and CA are abb. of Circa in Latin) and then LASSES for misses/girlies. The ‘he ‘ in this instance refers to the elided previous answer.
18d Projection that water won’t quite go round (9)
PENINSULA – A cryptic definition of a projection of land that is not quite fully surrounded by water.
20d Commander’s tracked vehicle reversed over animal (7)
RACCOON – CO for Commander follows (tracks) the reversal of CAR and then finally add ON for over/about.
21d Improvised score (7)
SCRATCH – Two definitions, to create something from SCRATCH or improvise and to score or SCRATCH a surface.
23d Engineers show what chemicals may do (5)
REACT – RE for the Royal Engineers and then an ACT/show.
25d Sulphur used in crop driers (5)
OASTS – S – the chemical symbol for Sulphur inside OATS (a crop).
26d Small Korean ruler over-the-top scoop! (4)
SKIM – S for Small and then KIM Jong-Un the current Korean Glorious Leader.