Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28169
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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Good morning from Downtown L I where the sun is warming the earth making everywhere look good. Today’s puzzle put up a bit of a fight but the boy done good and won out in the end despite being pulled beneath the water by the current in 18d.
If you like anagrams there are seven today. Together they fill 60 of the 158 lights in today’s grid or 37.9% of the whole puzzle. I think that this is a tad excessive.
The hints and tips below are my attempt to guide you through this puzzle and cut through the mystery that surrounds the cluing of cryptic crossword puzzles. If you are still bamboozled after reading the hints and tips then click on the greyed out box to reveal the answer.
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1a Throws away useless bits? (6)
SCRAPS: A trademark double definition to start us off. …
4a Averts bias with vote that’s free (8)
OBVIATES: … followed by an obvious anagram (that’s free) of BIAS and VOTE
9a Get a point too soon? Not quite (6)
NEARLY: One of the points of the compass precedes an adverb meaning before the usual or expected time.
10a Computer programs for waste removing (8)
SOFTWARE: If you can recognise anagrams they lead you easily into a puzzle. This is an anagram (removing) of FOR WASTE
12a Novel girlfriend for Nelson (4)
EMMA: This book written by Jane Austen is also the first name of Admiral Lord Nelson’s favourite squeeze
13a Poisonous creeper (5)
SNAKE: Not an Adder or Viper but what one of those is an example of. Not all of these are poisonous.
14a Such a diver is not suited for the work (4)
SKIN: This deep sea diver wears little in the way of clothing whilst working
17a Scornful of fashionable costume put on (12)
CONTEMPTUOUS: Anagram (fashionable) of COSTUME PUT ON
20a Ensured train is rescheduled but not properly checked (12)
UNRESTRAINED: Anagram (rescheduled) of ENSURED TRAIN
23a Winter coat (4)
HOAR: This coating of frost is generally seen in the wintertime.
24a Like whiskey, if rye is used to make it (5)
FIERY: Anagram (is used to make it) of IF RYE
25a Notice a large number appear (4)
SEEM: To notice with one’s eyes followed by the Roman Numeral which depicts one thousand
28a Indirect moves to get out of debt (2,6)
IN CREDIT: Anagram (moves) of INDIRECT
29a Woman in the bar getting drunk (6)
BERTHA: Anagram (getting drunk) of THE BAR
30a Setting alight race with swimmer (8)
KINDLING: The word race here means each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics. The first half of this answer can be found within that sentence. The swimmer can be found in The Usual Suspects section under fish but not under swimmer. This hint satisfies me because it gives you some work to do but leads you gently on.
31a Casually raise the volume? (6)
BROWSE: An act of casual reading of a book tome or volume
1d A few words posted in French church (8)
SENTENCE: Take a four-letter word meaning posted. Add the French word meaning IN and finish off with the initial letters of the C(hurch) of E(ngland)
2d What’s behind China preparing for new conflict? (8)
REARMING: split 4,4 we have a word meaning the back of something and some mighty fine Chinese porcelain
3d Whence dates are taken in hand (4)
PALM: The source of the date fruit from whence it was picked. My favourite is Medjool but the Barhee, Halawy and Khadrawy are fine to eat as well.
5d They are very successful — in clearing obstructions? (12)
BLOCKBUSTERS: A cryptic definition a thing of great commercial success such as a film or book.
6d Just a little letter from Greece (4)
IOTA: A double definition. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet.
7d Dogs making footprints in the snow? (6)
TRACKS: Dogs as in follows the trail of someone, possibly by following these in the snow.
8d Observing and understanding (6)
SEEING: Another double definition. I think this one is too easy to need any further hint.
11d Immediate outcome of a photo finish? (4,8)
SNAP DECISION: Begin with an example of what a photo might be called. Then add a noun meaning a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration
15d Girl‘s trousers (5)
JEANS: These denim trousers are also a girl’s name.
16d There’s money in education (5)
DUCAT: This coin (money) is hiding away (in) within the clue.
18d Do we turn switches to get current? Yes (8)
UNDERTOW: Anagram (switches) of DO WE TURN
19d The first man with market for water (5,3)
ADAM’S ALE: Our biblical first man is followed by an example of what a market is.
21d Psychiatrist‘s contract? (6)
SHRINK: A double definition the first being an informal noun or slang term for a psychiatrist
22d May could dance! (6)
CANCAN: A word meaning May is followed by the same word meaning could. Together they make a lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls and performed by women in long skirts and petticoats.
26d Quite a lot of business (4)
DEAL: Another double definition perhaps quite a lot of business selling a fir or pine wood as a building material.
27d Stand — one on four legs? (4)
BEAR: To carry or support the weight of a Grizzly animal perhaps.
Too many anagrams. Grrr.
The Quick Crossword pun: pet+you+lance=petulance