Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27969
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where autumn has really set in. By that I mean it’s cold and sunny rather than hot and sunny, but very windy this morning.
We certainly have a RayT today as it has all his trademarks of short clues, single word answers, a bit of innuendo and Her Majesty is on parade too. Apart from a couple of slightly stretched synonyms this is Ray in fairly benign mood. Unusually for him there are six anagrams and the two long ones across the middle give plenty of checkers. I think even the RayTphobes among you should get on OK today.
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. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.
1a Discharge exploding so deep (6)
DEPOSE: Anagram (exploding) of SO DEEP. It does get a little trickier later on, honest!
4a Grand Canyon, American, split by Colorado’s right bank (8)
GORGEOUS: You need another word for a canyon followed by the usual two letters for American and inset (split by) an O (ColoradO’s right bank). I keyed the answer into Google Images but manfully resisted the temptation . . . you’ll have to make do with the canyon instead.
9a That man is after the old lady’s pounds (6)
MASHES: Start with your Old Lady (don’t forget the ‘s) and follow with a short way of saying “that man is”.
10a Perchance story will include old relative (8)
ANCESTOR: The first lurker. The old relative is hiding (will include) in PERCHANCE STORY.
12a European capital housing churchman’s backed eternally (8)
EVERMORE: Start with E(uropean), follow with a European capital city and insert (housing) the usual abbreviated churchman and then reverse the lot (backed).
13a Issued digital record, keeping single off (6)
RANCID: A word which can just about mean issued followed by a digital recording with I (single) inserted (keeping). I think this is a case of Thesuritis. In my thesaurus the word you need is not a synonym of issue nor vice versa but they do have synonyms in common. Nicely concealed definition though.
15a Choking from lungs’ atria not working (13)
STANGULATION: Anagram (working) of LUNGS ATRIA NOT.
18a Inanely grinned at nudes losing sweetheart’s sympathy (13)
UNDERSTANDING: Anagram (inanely) of GRINNED AT NUDES but without one of the E’s (losing swEet heart).
22a Frank Capra did this (6)
DIRECT: Double definition or simple statement of fact – you choose. It’s a word meaning frank which is also what Frank Capra did in the film industry. “It’s a Wonderful Life” was one of his – brilliant film.
24a Charge headed over English wicket (8)
DELEGATE: Charge as in charge someone to do something. You need a word for headed or went first and reverse it (over) and follow with E(nglish) and then what a wicket is an example of. Kath will be pleased that it has nothing to do with cricket!
26a Single ladies to split up (8)
ISOLATED: Anagram (split up) of LADIES TO.
27a Character of country house reportedly (6)
MANNER: The answer sounds like (reportedly) a five letter country house. Chestnut alert ringing loudly!
28a It delays travelling round the clock (8)
STEADILY: Anagram (travelling) of IT DELAYS.
29a Somewhat tedious or dull generating yawns initially (6)
STODGY: It’s the first letters (initially) of the other words in the clue.
2d Crazed mob suspend on and off (9)
POSSESSED: Start with a mob, of lawmen in the Old West perhaps, and follow with the alternative letters (on and off) of SuSpEnD.
3d Ship‘s crew in endless ocean run (7)
STEAMER: Take a word for ocean or, more accurately a part of an ocean, and remove the last letter (endless). Insert (in) a crew or gang and follow with R(un). Is this one for the Pedant’s Corner?
5d Has planted first of seeds to appear last (4)
OWNS: First you need a word meaning planted and then move the S (first of Seeds) to the end (to appear last).
6d State of danger possibly covering area (7)
GRENADA: This state in the Caribbean is an anagram (possibly) of DANGER placed around (covering) A(rea)
8d Walk on edges of narrowest grating (8)
STRIDENT: Not a grid but grating as in sound. A word for walk followed by NT (edges of NarrowesT).
11d Stone fire support keeping cool back (7)
GRANITE: Cool as in fashionable. Reverse (back) the usual two letter word for fashionable and insert (keeping) into what holds the fire in a fireplace.
14d Group still to engage name tenor (7)
QUINTET: Take a word for still and insert (to engage) N(ame) and then follow with T(enor). As usual with this type of construction I wasted some time trying to insert both the N and the T before the penny dropped!
16d In driving rain edifice is immovable (9)
INGRAINED: The second lurker. A word meaning immovable is hidden (in) in the rest of the clue
17d Tabloid declines to carry right cheap articles (8)
SUNDRIES: Start with one of the tabloids, not the Daily Mirror as we only have eight letters to play with, and follow with a word meaning declines and insert (to carry) R(ight).
19d Queen in charge with powerful King, say (7)
RICHARD: There have been three of these Kings. Start with the single letter for Queen, then the two letters for In Charge and then a word which can mean powerful and you’ll get their name.
20d Current performance, embracing former wife, is not true (7)
INEXACT: This time it’s Current as in fashionable. Take the same word for fashionable as in 11d, but don’t reverse it this time, and then a performance and insert (embracing) the usual two letters for former spouse.
21d Almost new in the morning (6)
NEARLY: Start with N(ew) and then a word to describe the time I got up this morning to write this blog.
23d River’s height regarding eastern river (5)
RHONE: This is a “put it together as you go along” clue. It’s R(iver), H(eight), a word for regarding and then E(astern) and it’s a river in France. Simples!
25d Performing animal seen in impressive ring? (4)
SEAL: This is an animal often seen performing in the circus but the ring in the clue isn’t anything to do with a circus ring, however impressive it may be. The ring is impressive because it’s the sort used to impress the wax placed on legal documents and the animal is also the bit of the ring which does the impressing. I think that’s a pretty impressive hint – I’ll get me coat!
At first I was only going to go for *** enjoyment but I’ve upped it to **** after writing the review. Favourite was 25d with 22a and 24a on the podium.
The Quick Crossword pun: sire+mist+wins=Siamese twins