Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28123
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
All the talk about the goings on at The George have been reminding us of the great time we had exactly a year ago when we, quite by chance, were able to be at the event and meet so many of you. It still remains with us as a real highlight of our trip and we have been so envious of those who were able to be there this year.
Meanwhile winter has arrived here with a vengeance. Wind, rain, thunder and lightning and widespread snow in the South Island. We have been very grateful to be able to light our fire and appreciate its cheery flames while we solve and blog the crossword.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought of today’s puzzle.
1a Tripe, fish and chips, finally beer (10)
CODSWALLOP : A variety of fish, then the last letter of chips and a slang word for beer.
6a How one might cook for brood? (4)
STEW : This method of cooking involves long slow simmering.
10a Answer supplied to previous Italian course (5)
PASTA : A word meaning previous or happened earlier precedes the abbreviation for answer.
11a Cold interior renovated as standard (9)
CRITERION : The abbreviation for cold and an anagram (renovated) of INTERIOR.
15a Works out, seeing others mostly surrounding a lad (7)
REASONS : A from the clue and a male offspring are inside a word that describes the ‘others’ once its last letter has been removed.
17a Declines home visits (5,2)
DROPS IN : A word for declines or turns down and a short word meaning at home.
19a Type that is wearing glasses (7)
SPECIES : The abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’ is inside an informal word for glasses.
21a Heat produced by converting coal runs island energy (7)
CALORIE : An anagram (converting) of COAL and then three consecutive abbreviations – cricket runs, island and energy.
22a Everybody playing trusts this, oddly (5)
TUTTI : Alternate letters from two words in the clue.
24a Paper put on record (8)
DOCUMENT : A double definition. The answer is firstly used as a noun and then as a verb.
27a Sorry to repeat visit (4,5)
COME AGAIN : Double definition. The first is what you might have said if you didn’t hear correctly.
29a Drive off, with film finishing early (4)
SHOO : Take a word meaning to record on film and remove its last letter.
30a Carol hoards stuff, just a few scraps (10)
SMATTERING : Carol here is a verb and is put outside a word meaning stuff or things. (This clue does rather accurately describe one of the writers.)
2d Slight gasp aired in uproar (9)
DISPARAGE : An anagram (in uproar) of GASP AIRED.
3d Surge catching east wind (5)
WEAVE : A surge that might be seen at the beach contains the abbreviation for East.
4d Servants need yen to be restricted by directions (7)
LACKEYS : Two cardinal compass points surround the abbreviation for yen as a currency. All this follows a word for a need or shortage.
5d Neglected poor two-timed wife going off (7)
OMITTED : An anagram (poor) of TwO-TIMED once the abbreviation for wife has been removed.
7d Material requiring time and determination (5)
TWILL : The abbreviation for time and determination or intent.
9d Act on vote for mechanism legalising new handle (4,4)
DEED POLL : A word meaning an act and one for a vote or plebiscite.
14d Basic principles of supporters with piles (5,5)
BRASS TACKS : Yes, those underwear supporters once again, and then a word meaning piles or heaps.
16d Genuine refined oil in rag (8)
ORIGINAL : An anagram (refined) of OIL IN RAG.
20d Frenchman is up bearing cherished weapon (7)
SIDEARM : A word meaning cherished is inside the reversal of the French title equivalent to Mr, and ‘is’ from the clue.
23d Those guys should avoid hard Post Office beat (5)
TEMPO : A pronoun meaning those guys loses the abbreviation for hard and then the letters that stand for Post Office.
25d Home treatment offers this measure (5)
METRE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
The two with the greatest appeal for us are 1a, because it made us laugh and 30a because it so accurately describes one of us.
Quickie pun filler + telly = philately