Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27985
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This is a decent puzzle with a couple of long anagrams (which some people will like). I’m torn on the inclusion of an actor and actress both of whom died more than a quarter of a century ago – on the one hand they’re of my generation (and some current “celebs” would be unknown to me), but on the other hand is this the way to persuade young people that crosswords are not just for wrinklies? What do you think?
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a Bring fellow to eat out (5)
FETCH – the abbreviation for fellow followed by a verb to eat out or burn into.
4a Place to put pens etc? (8)
SWANNERY – cryptic definition. As well as pens you’ll probably find cobs and cygnets here.
10a Actor, one featured in musical (7)
OLIVIER – insert the Roman numeral for one into the title of a Lionel Bart musical.
11a Second book more than enough as illustration (7)
EXAMPLE – the abbreviation for the second book in the Bible and an adjective meaning more than enough.
12a Way east’s cut off in disorderly retreat (4)
ROUT – cut off the abbreviation for east from a way or course.
13a Fully developed road ultimately’s restricted (5)
ADULT – hidden (restricted) in the clue.
14a Nudge for daughter (4)
PROD – a preposition meaning for or ‘in favour of’ is followed by the abbreviation for daughter.
17a Gate left in horse-racing maybe (9,5)
SPECTATOR SPORT – charade of the gate (i.e. the total number of people paying at the turnstiles) and the naval word for left.
19a Type of rule in golf events men violated? About right (4-10)
SELF-GOVERNMENT – an anagram (violated) of GOLF EVENTS MEN contains the single-letter abbreviation for right.
22a Revered figure putting lake first as somewhere to swim (4)
LIDO – start with a revered figure or object of worship and move the L(ake) to the front.
23a Recover a series of shots (5)
RALLY – double definition. The second is what may happen occasionally in a tennis game if a) the server manages to get the ball into play, and b) the opponent gets it back over the net.
24a Counter sword (4)
FOIL – double definition, the first a verb to counter or thwart.
27a Brainy cooks with India’s capital dish (7)
BIRYANI – an anagram (cooks) of BRAINY followed by the capital letter of India.
28a Atmosphere old boy found in province and capital (7)
NAIROBI – insert a word for atmosphere and the abbreviation for old boy into the abbreviation for a province of the United Kingdom.
29a Neat code unravelled in short story (8)
ANECDOTE – an anagram (unravelled) of NEAT CODE.
30a Senior figure in party linked to foreign money (5)
DOYEN – a festive party and a Far Eastern currency.
1d Ray perhaps hiding scowl gets to prosper (8)
FLOURISH – what a ray is an example of in the marine world contains (hiding) a verb to scowl or look sullen.
2d Positive testimony that’s hackneyed about British university (7)
TRIBUTE – an adjective meaning hackneyed or clichéd contains the abbreviations for British and university.
3d One getting estate publicity, we hear (4)
HEIR – this sounds like a word meaning publicity or exposure.
5d Fiddling alleged, wherein will be manipulative practices (7-7)
WHEELER-DEALING – an anagram (fiddling) of ALLEGED WHEREIN.
6d Marine attendants partly missing water? (4)
NEAT – hidden (partly) in the clue is an adjective meaning undiluted.
7d Penguin, perhaps, a figure of authority (7)
EMPEROR – double definition, the first being the largest breed of penguin.
8d Give up and return (5)
YIELD – and another double definition. The second is the financial return that you get from your investments.
9d Conservative duke in characteristic leaning to protect Hebridean island (14)
TRADITIONALIST – insert the abbreviation for duke into a characteristic or idiosyncrasy and add a nautical term for a leaning or heeling over. All that contains (to protect) an island in the Inner Hebrides.
15d Crew finding sun on Welsh river (5)
STAFF – the abbreviation for sun followed by (on, in a down clue) Cardiff’s river.
16d Second long part of hardback? (5)
SPINE – the abbreviation for a second and a verb to long or yearn.
18d Follow largely with element of pride horse (8)
STALLION – a verb to follow, possibly obsessively and in a sinister way, loses its final K (largely). That’s followed by something that’s part of a pride. I think that the surface here could be improved by using a couple of commas.
20d Northern actress Diana in middle of week is back (7)
ENDORSE – the abbreviation for Northern and the surname of the actress and sex symbol who was born Diana Fluck go inside the middle two letters of week.
21d Firm coming into money devised cheaper travel, say (7)
ECONOMY – the abbreviation for a firm is inserted into an anagram (devised) of MONEY.
22d African country in past beset by revolutionary trouble (5)
LIBYA – an adverb meaning past (as in ‘a cyclist went past’) is contained inside the reversal (revolutionary) of a verb to trouble.
25d Charge for section of hospital (4)
WARD – double definition, the first a person (usually a child) under the care of a responsible adult.
26d Take care of what’s kept by chum in department? (4)
MIND – our third and final lurker.
The clues which I liked best were 4a, 30a and 22d. Which ones hit the sweet spot for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: WASTE + BANNED = WAISTBAND