Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27813
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s warm and sunny and looking like it’s going to be another gorgeous day. I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production as it ticks all the boxes but there are six anagrams which is more than usual for one of his. I’m sure many of you will be well pleased. It was going to be a pretty solid ** until I stalled on a couple in the SW corner and it slipped into *** time.
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.
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1a Tories lure out undecided (10)
IRRESOLUTE: Anagram (out) of TORIES LURE. Always nice to start with a simple one.
9a Run away? It’s warranted (5)
LEGIT: Warranted as in having permission rather than guaranteed.
10a Alarmed if retired, pottering about (9)
TERRIFIED: Anagram (pottering about) of IF RETIRED. I think the definition is a little understated here. To be in this state is a lot more than just alarmed.
12a Positive sign of excitement going after gold (7)
AUSPICE: A bit of excitement or heat after the chemical symbol for gold.
13a Group virtuoso putting out single (5)
GENUS: Take a word for a virtuoso or very clever person and remove (putting out) the I (single).
15a Work’s rejected — the compiler’s touchy (7)
EMOTIVE: A large written work is reversed (rejected) and followed by how the compiler might say he has.
17a Judas, corrupt one with cunning turned back (7)
TRAITOR: Take a word for to corrupt or go off (3) and follow it with I (one) and then a word which can mean cunning and then reverse the lot (turned back).
19a Promised to fix shelf in vacant pad (7)
PLEDGED: Take a shelf, on a rock face perhaps, and insert it (fix ___ in) into PD (PaD without its middle letter (vacant)). As I was fixing a shelf in our vacant apartment yesterday this was very apposite!
24a Insists everybody for example’s taking English (7)
ALLEGES: The usual everybody followed by the abbreviation for for example (don’t forget the ‘S from the clue) with E(nglish) inserted (taking) .
28a Start to spin top, showing expertise (5)
SKILL: S (start to Spin) followed by what “to top” is a slang term for.
29a First female’s right, always (4)
EVER: The first woman followed by R(ight). And the second, third, fourth etc . . .
30a Regular felons one dispatched having time inside (10)
CONSISTENT: Some felons or lags followed by I (one) and a word for dispatched, in the post perhaps) with a T(ime) inserted (having ___ inside).
1d Oddly indulged unemployed (4)
IDLE: Alernate letters (oddly) from InDuLgEd.
2d Bother doctor initially massaging a part (9)
RIGMAROLE: Start with a word for to doctor or manipulate, then an M (initially Massaging) and then A (from the clue) and a word for a part in a play.
3d Installs displays for the audience (5)
SITES: Sounds like (for the audience) some displays as in things worth looking at.
5d Nearly ripped, riven by deluge (7)
TORRENT: A word for ripped without its last letter (nearly) followed by another word meaning riven or ripped.
8d On foot, end traipse shattered (10)
PEDESTRIAN: Anagram (shattered) of END TRAIPSE. I’d not noticed belore but the answer is also an anagram of PEDANTRIES.
11d Thankless person kept by tax-paying ratepayers (7)
INGRATE: This is the one for Kath. The answer’s hidden (kept by) in the middle of tax-paying ratepayers.
14d Wretched paid ‘celebs’ going wild (10)
DESPICABLE: Anagram (going wild) of PAID CELEBS.
16d Right to enter artist salon’s opening (7)
INGRESS: A French neoclassical painter (1780-1867) followed by S (Salon’s opening). The answer was pretty obvious but it took a while to parse as at first I thought that the definition was OPENING.
18d Changing partners, I come out (9)
TRANSPIRE: Anagram (changing) of PARTNERS I.
20d Game over then pitch second over (7)
DIABOLO: Start with O(ver), then pitch as in throw and a word for second as in help and then reverse the lot (over).
23d Declare nothing before deal (5)
OPINE: Deal as in timber placed after O (nothing).
25d Crack’s seen around top of short pants (5)
GASPS: Some cracks around an S (top of Short).
26d Large in stomach from excess (4)
GLUT: Insert L(arge) into a word for stomach. Pommette says mine is caused by too much beer but that can’t be true, can it?
Quite a lot of blue but I think 4d was my favourite. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: shire+waif+rum=shy away from