Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28370
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning all and welcome to a RayThursday. I don’t think you’ll find this puzzle too difficult but it’s a “proper” RayT with a few stretched synonyms, a bit of innuendo and Her Majesty on parade. You’ll need your lateral thinking cap in some places but I found it a lot of fun.
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.
4a Fancy woman resists running after male (8)
MISTRESS: Anagram (running) of RESISTS placed after an M(ale).
9a Threaten current politician facing termination (6)
IMPEND: The letter for electric current in physics notation is followed by the usual two letter politician and a word for termination.
10a One gives nearly complete care protecting this writer (8)
ALTRUIST: A word for complete or everything without its last letter (nearly) and then a word for care as in protection placed around how the writer of this puzzle might refer to himself.
11a Old victory secured by sovereign territory (8)
PROVINCE: O(ld) and V(ictory) are inserted into (secured by) the sovereign of a country such as Monaco. Instead of a photo of the Monaco Grand Prix I’ve gone for a bit of music . . .
13a One who loathes consuming energy for fire (6)
HEATER: Someone who loathes or dislikes is placed around (consuming) an E(nergy) to give something that a fire is an example of. Shouldn’t there be a “perhaps” or at least a ? at the end as fire is a definition by example?
15a Stickler for niceties breaking down in physical training (13)
PERFECTIONIST: Anagram (breaking down) of FOR NICETIES inserted into (in) the two letter abbreviation of physical training.
24a Dispatch square leg at Edgbaston to cover (8)
RELEGATE: A lurker. The answer is hidden in (to cover) “square leg at Edgbaston”.
26a Extensive debts following limits being withdrawn (8)
SPACIOUS: The usual debts or promissory notes are placed after (following) a word for limits, council spending for example, which is reversed (withdrawn).
28a Uncertainty beginning to see pound’s dropped in value (8)
SUSPENSE: Start with a S (beginning to See) and follow with a word for value as in utility. Into this insert (dropped in) a word for a pound or enclosure (don’t forget the S).
29a Sex details of French Resistance (6)
GENDER: Details or information followed by the French word for OF and the R(esistance).
1d Hollow balloons, frail inside? (6 )
BLIMPS: “Hollow balloons” means take the inside letters out of balloons to leave BS. Into this you need to insert (inside) a word meaning frail to give you some balloons like those used for advertising by a certain tyre manufacturer. I’m not 100% convinced by this clue but I like it anyway.
2d Spontaneous rogue Trump improbably taking over (9)
IMPROMPTU: Start with a rogue, or at least someone who causes trouble in a playful way, and follow with an anagram (improbably) of TRUMP placed around (taking) an O(ver). Splendidly topical methinks.
3d Devotee follower caught Queen penning single (7)
FANCIER: This might be a devotee of racing pigeons and he’s a follower or supporter followed by C(aught) and the usual two letters for Her Majesty with an I (single) inserted (penning).
5d Man say, remains superior to the French (4)
ISLE: This Man is in the middle of the Irish Sea. It’s a word that means remains as in lives placed before (superior to in a down clue) the French word for THE.
7d Be leaving, accepting direction (5)
EXIST: Take a word for leave and insert (accepting) a point of the compass (direction).
8d Settled charge with University admittance is steep (8)
SATURATE: Steep with its meaning of to soak or marinate. Start with a word for settled, in an armchair perhaps, and follow with a charge as in hourly fee. Into this insert (with . . . . admittance) the single letter for University.
12d The woman swathed in blubber getting red (6)
CHERRY: A word for the or that woman is inserted into (swathed in) a word for blubber as in weep.
14d In past RAF employed machinegun (6)
STRAFE: Another lurker. To machinegun someone from an aircraft is hidden in (in) “past RAF employed”.
16d Fixed hip secured round end of femur (9)
INGRAINED: A word for hip or fashionable followed by a word for secured or obtained placed around an R (end of femuR).
17d Refrains from tasks with useless content (8)
CHORUSES: Some routine tasks are placed around (with . . . content) the abbreviation of useless.
19d Learned sweetheart’s bawdy about sex (7)
ERUDITE: Start with an E (swEet heart) and then a word for bawdy and place it all around (about) a euphemism for sex.
20d Record times broken in one event’s opening (7)
ITEMISE: Start with a I (one) and an E (Event’s opening) and insert (in) an anagram (broken) of TIMES.
21d Binge, oddly nude, consumed by drink (6)
BENDER: The odd letters of NuDe are inserted into (consumed by) an alcoholic drink made from malt and hops.
23d Attack small animals (5)
GOATS: A two word phrase for to attack (2,2) followed by S(mall).
25d Turn over secure weapons (4)
GUNS: Take a word for secure or sheltered and reverse it (turn over).
Some good stuff here and a few more photo opportunities than usual so greatly enjoyed. My favourite was the splendid lurker at 24a with 2d and 23d sharing the podium but it was a pretty tight photo-finish.
Quick crossword pun: JUDGE + HIT + SUE = JUJITSU