Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,451
Hints and tips by Hintsman
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment
Many apologies for the extremely late posting. Completely forgot it’s Tuesday & I’m blogging (blame the pain-killers) so an almighty rush job. I didn’t actually solve the puzzle – just revealed all & wrote the hints but it looked straightforward enough so I’ll leave it at ** for difficulty.
In the following hunts, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual. Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle.
1a Extend time in jail (7)
STRETCH: double definition.
5a Many policemen in debt? On the contrary (7)
COPIOUS: – place the usual acronym for in debt inside a slang term for policemen (on the contrary)
9a Costume from Peru finally back in fashion (7)
UNIFORM: the last letter (finally) of Per(U) + a reversal (back) of IN from the clue + a synonym of fashion.
10a A Parisian admitting a fight in the dark (7)
UNAWARE: insert (admitting) A from the clue + another word for fight into the French for A when preceding a feminine noun.
11a Huge insect traps upper-class relative (5-4)
GREAT AUNT: another word for huge + an insect into which you insert the letter that represents upper-class
12a Saying drink repelled European (5)
TROPE: reverse (repelled) an alcoholic drink tasty with brandy & add the single letter for European
13a Deer swallowing small amounts of medicine (5)
DOSES: the letter for Small inserted into (swallowing) female deer.
15a High-ranking officer left yacht initially in the main (9)
GENERALLY: an officer but not a naval one + the first letters (initially) of the 2 words preceding the nicely misleading definition.
17a Pry and argue horribly crossing king? It’s possibly beneath a Muslim (6,3)
PRAYER RUG: an anagram (horribly) of PRY + ARGUE then insert a letter (crossing) that can represent king.
19a Goes out with noble ladies after a change of heart (5)
DATES: alter the middle letter (change of heart) of a term for women receiving a knighthood. Here’s two
22a Perfect breakfast maybe I had swapped with Mike (5)
IDEAL: replace the letter that Mike represents in the NATO phonetic alphabet with the contraction of I had from the start of what breakfast is an example of.
23a Responding about codebreaker concealing note (9)
RETURNING: the usual preposition for about + Bletchley Park’s most noted WW2 mathematician into which you insert the letter for Note.
25a Worked out temperature came down (7)
TRAINED: the single letter for Temperature + what it’s been doing far too much of lately.
26a Not in favour of something used for cooking in street (7)
AGAINST: a posh stove or country range + in from the clue & the abbreviation for street.
27a Items of clothing daughter irons though not at first (7)
DRESSES: the single letter for daughter + another word for irons less the initial letter (not at first)
28a Went inside hospital department before start of day (7)
ENTERED: crosswordland’s fav hospital department + a poetic word for before + the first letter (start of) of Day.
1d Drink gallons and editor gets thumped (7)
SLUGGED: an amount of drink, usually booze, that may be swallowed & the single letter for gallons + the usual abbreviation for the newspaper boss.
2d Pillagers – those on horseback circling area (7)
RAIDERS: insert (circling) the single letter for Area into equestrians
3d Fish from river in market (5)
TROUT: the single letter for River in a synonym for market as in one’s wares perhaps.
4d Some mediocre grub ma has picked up?
HAMBURGER: a reverse lurker. Not entirely sure what to underline here but it’s mediocre grub in my view.
5d Short trousers old judge might be seen in here (5)
COURT: a synonym for short or brusque contains (trousers) the single letter for Old.
6d Pat reels about and departs drunk (9)
PLASTERED: an anagram (about) of PAT REELS + the single letter for Departs.
7a Where poppy seeds might be having a run of of success (2,1,4)
ON A ROLL: a cryptic or a double definition? Take your pick. I’ll go for the latter without any confidence
8d Screen broadcast with unknown surrounding on set (7)
SCENERY: an anagram (broadcast) of SCREEN + a letter that may indicate an unknown
14d Flogging’s brought about women’s inflammations (9)
SWELLINGS: a synonym for flogging as in vending with the single letter for women inserted.
16d Almost tense horse gives you bad thoughts when out (9)
NIGHTMARE: a word for almost + the single letter for Tense + a female horse. Out in definition being 💤
17d What Picasso did in adept flourishes (7)
PAINTED: an anagram (flourishes) of IN ADEPT
18d Typical anger after Latin salutation (7)
AVERAGE: a Latin greeting + a synonym for anger.
20a Hostel in that place lacking fare ultimately – could it make you this? (7)
THINNER: remove the final letter (lacking ultimately) from an adverb meaning in that place & insert another word for a hotel into it.
21d Spotted insulted Liberal leaving
SIGHTED: remove (leaving) the letter for Liberal from a synonym for insulted
23d Trips over some galvanised iron (5)
RIDES: another reverse lurker (over/some) found in the clue’s last two words.
24d Criticise Sunday lunch? (5)
ROAST: a double definition
Today’s Quick Crossword pun: LAY+ TOO + WREST = LAY TO REST