Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28142
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from Los Alcázares to where I have retreated with a stidkig code id the dose. I recommend you avoid these hints like the plague because they are probably highly infectious. Hopefully not with plague but some sort of Canarian lurgy which pommette picked up in Tenerife and has now generously passed on to me.
Fortunately I don’t think many of you will need the hints today. There are five fairly straightforward anagrams to get you going and a few gimmes as well. Once checkers are in place the other trickier clues will probably fall into place as they did for me. There’s a few smiles along the way and a couple of off the wall definitions so I’ve gone for **** for enjoyment. I have an idea who the setter might be but I’m not saying yet, you all know my record in that area.
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.
6a Source of power in Rome gone, displaced (6-4)
ENGINE ROOM: An anagram (displaced) of IN ROME GONE. A nice anagram to get you started is always pleasant.
11a Online reference for short golf course (4)
LINK: One of the “click here” thingies which take you from one web site to another is a seaside golf course without its last letter (short).
12a Fool that may be picked, critically (3)
NIT: If you put the word PICKED after this fool you get a word meaning spoke critically, as in raised petty objections or was overly pedantic.
13a Utter it, for instance, going to church (9)
PRONOUNCE: The part of speech that IT can be an example of (for instance) is followed by (going to) the abbreviation for the Church of England.
17a Learner following cheats at work — traditional schoolboy resource? (7)
SATCHEL: An anagram (at work) of CHEATS followed by the usual learner.
18a Period recalled in very new part of mosque (7)
MINARET: The part of a mosque from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer is a long period of time reversed (recalled) and inserted (in) into a word meaning very new or untouched.
20a Prevent bowls rolling backwards (4)
STOP: Some bowls or containers reversed (rolling back). I briefly wondered if this might be something to do with the American use of the word bowl meaning cup, as in Superbowl etc. We then have a colloquial English term for cups or trophies reversed but that’s probably way too obscure.
21a A parliamentarian’s sent in to court part of French board (9)
CAMEMBERT: A (from the clue) and a word for someone who sits in the House of Commons are inserted (sent in to) the abbreviation for court to give you part of a French cheese board.
23a Pressure to avoid item broadcast (3)
AIR: You need another word for an “item” as in you and your partner and remove (to avoid) the P(ressure) from the beginning.
24a Figure of veneration in entertaining company (4)
ICON: Start with IN (from the clue) and insert (entertaining) the usual abbreviation for company.
25a Very welcoming dame prone to get excited (4-5)
OPEN ARMED: An anagram (to get excited) of DAME PRONE.
29a Cautious manner restrains king (4)
WARY: A manner or method has inserted into it (restrains) one of the abbreviations for king.
30a Lady toils busily around yard changing sides? (10)
DISLOYALTY: An anagram (busily) of LADY TOILS placed around Y(ard).
1d Sudden work by a photographer (4)
SNAP: Double definition. Sudden as in a sudden spell of cold weather is also an informal word for a photograph.
2d Determination that’s needed to control an estate (4)
WILL: What helps to sort out what you want doing with your estate after you’ve died.
3d Luxury car kept in warmer climes (4)
MERC: This is actually an abbreviation for a marque of luxury car and it’s lurking (kept in) in the rest of the clue.
4d Overlook fellow blocking traffic marker (7)
CONDONE: A university fellow is inserted (blocking) into one of those irritating things put out to close a lane on a motorway for example. I wonder how many of these things are on the highways of the UK at any given moment?
5d How an all-round athlete competes whatever happens (2,3,5)
IN ANY EVENT: A sort of cryptic definition of what a truly all-round athlete might be able to compete in is also a phrase meaning whatever happens.
7d Attractive element that’s good in French painter is linked to medium (9)
MAGNETISM: Start with a French painter who is credited with inspiring the impressionist movement and insert (in) a G(ood). Follow this with IS (from the clue) and M(edium). The surface of this one doesn’t quite work for me.
8d Left in election following excellent change of direction (5-4)
VOLTE FACE: Insert L(eft) into an election or poll and after that you need F for Following and lastly a colloquial term for excellent. Split that lot (5,4) to get the answer.
10d Lodge out of the South presumably (3)
INN: A lodge as in a hotel if split (2,1) would be a phrase meaning not in the south but somewhere else.
13d GB capital’s altered former supermarket giveaway (7,3)
PLASTIC BAG: An anagram (altered) of GB CAPITALS is something that supermarkets used to give you for free but now you have to pay for. In the name of the environment of course and nothing at all to do with making money for the supermarkets. Cynical, moi?
14d Old drink holder in another, clearly empty — sign of hotel guests? (9)
OCCUPANCY: Start with O(ld) because that’s the easy bit. Now, after that you need something which may hold a drink, your morning tea perhaps, and insert it (in) into another thing that might hold a drink. If that wasn’t enough you now need to empty out all the internal letters from C(learl)Y to leave the CY and stick them on the end. That one was a lot easier to solve than hint!
19d Small measurement seen to be faulty? It’s huge (7)
IMMENSE: A small measurement (1/1000 of a metre) followed by an anagram (to be faulty) of SEEN.
22d Pub to exclude lawyers (3)
BAR: Something we don’t see very often – A triple definition!
26d Nothing in cash machine? Not big matter (4)
ATOM: The three-letter acronym for a hole-in-the-wall has O (nothing) inserted (in).
27d Dinner, maybe, from tin, say, that’s timeless (4)
MEAL: Take a T out of (that’s Timeless) what the element tin is an example of.
28d Day in court? (4)
DATE: Double definition. Court as in woo.
You get your money’s worth with this puzzle as there are 32 clues which is a few more than average methinks. Quite a few of them are pretty good ones but my favourite was 9a. What about you?
Quickie pun: four + castor = forecaster