Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29013
Hints and tips by Hilda Ogden
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Another Monday puzzle which should ease us nicely into the solving week. Nothing too testing and a few smiles along the way. Even our Stanley could solve this one
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is normally at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue.
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1a Working spell without delay (2,4)
ON TIME: A synonym of working is followed by a spell which might be measured in minutes or hours
4a Venomous creature in house? Name (8)
SCORPION: One of the houses of the zodiac is followed by the abbreviation for name. The position of this sign of the zodiac will not affect your life in any way at all
10a Betting odds nevertheless shortened (5)
EVENS: A short term (4,2) meaning nevertheless can have its last letter removed to leave a type of betting odds
11a Philanderer having more sense round Arab country (9)
WOMANISER: A word meaning more sagacious is placed around a country found on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula
12a Dismiss teller (7)
CASHIER: A word meaning to dismiss from the armed forces in disgrace is also another title for your Bank teller. Michelle Donna and Belinda in my branch. Lovely girls.
13a Drive mad in huge complex around noon (7)
UNHINGE: An anagram (complex) of IN HUGE also contains the abbreviation for noon
14a Famous horse reviewed, along with others we trained, in US TV series (6,3,5)
MURDER SHE WROTE: A horse which won the Grand National three times is written backwards (reviewed) This is then followed by an anagram (trained) of OTHERS WE. The result is an American TV series which sounds appalling
17a Look at occupying B&B, say, for livelihood (5-3-6)
BREAD-AND-BUTTER: Within the two letters B Expand the ampersand symbol into the word it represents Now insert a word meaning to look at or study. Add a verb meaning to say or speak. Split what you have 5,3,6. Add a filling of your choice and enjoy a well-deserved sandwich
21a Postal system first-rate? Complain bitterly about modifications, primarily (7)
AIRMAIL: we have three components to find in order to solve this clue. 1. A two letter term meaning first rate. 2 A verb meaning to complain or protest bitterly. 3 The primary or initial letter of the word modification. Arrange as suggested by the clue
23a Printing error about hotel, relating to violent storm (7)
TYPHOON: A four-lettered printing error or typing error has the abbreviation for hotel inserted. This is followed by a term meaning relating to
24a Aquatic bird in burnt small pasty? (5,4)
BLACK SWAN: The colour of something burnt is followed by the abbreviation of small. A three-lettered term meaning pasty or white follows. Pubs bearing this name are often referred to as the dirty duck
25a Tear off to collect ten more (5)
EXTRA: An anagram (off) of TEAR contains the Roman numeral for ten
26a Lay in rum, rum for famous person (8)
LUMINARY: Anagram (rum) of LAY IN RUM
27a Single item editor agreed (6)
UNITED: An individual thing or item is followed by the abbreviation for editor
1d Best or worst? (8)
OVERCOME: As verbs both best and worst mean to get the better of or defeat. The answer is synonymous with defeat
2d Bursar more confident after rate adjusted (9)
TREASURER: a word meaning more confident or more certain follows an anagram (adjusted) of RATE
3d Fail to hit French island with weapon that’s fired (7)
MISSILE: Was there ever an easier clue? To fail to hit should lead straight to a four-letter word. An island in France is a straight translation into French of the word island. The definition which follows the wordplay is unambiguous.
5d Courting ad temp prepared — it may lead to romance (8,6)
COMPUTER DATING: Anagram (prepared) of COURTING AD TEMP
6d Owner of large farm managed head of cattle with that woman (7)
RANCHER: Begin with a word meaning managed. Add the first letter (head of) of the word cattle. Add a pronoun meaning that woman
7d Upcoming children’s author abridged dramatist (5)
IBSEN: Remove the last letter from the surname of the author of The Railway Children (abridged) Reverse what you have left (upcoming)
8d Treated shark close to mainland (6)
NURSED: A type of shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, is followed by the last letter (close to) of mainland.
9d Performer associated with Toledo? (5-9)
SWORD-SWALLOWER: Toledo in Spain is known for the quality of its steel and particularly for the production of a long double-bladed weapon. When not being used as a weapon it may be used by a performer who appears to ingest the whole of the blade.
15d Tense Italian stronghold — a time for revenge (3,3,3)
TIT FOR TAT: 1. The abbreviation for tense. 2. The abbreviation for Italian. 3. A stronghold such as Knox. 4 The letter A from the clue. 5. The abbreviation for time. 6 split what you have 3,3,3
16d Inebriate daughter, after dash in dark, collapsed (8)
DRUNKARD: Place a word meaning to dash or to hurry inside the word dark which our setter has generously gifted to us. This is followed by the abbreviation for daughter
18d In hospital, ask a nurse, a native of Juneau? (7)
ALASKAN: The answer is hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word In. How easy is that? I have never heard of Juneau.
19d Lots met up excitedly, full of energy — indefinite number (7)
UMPTEEN: An anagram (excitedly) of MET UP is filled up with the abbreviation for energy and followed by the mathematical indefinite number. To save you the bother it is the letter N
20d Frisk doctor entering prison (6)
GAMBOL: An abbreviation for one who has the Medicinae Baccalaureus sits inside a word meaning a prison. Perhaps a Medicinae Baccalaureus is sitting inside a prison at this very moment. I doubt that he will be frolicking if he is.
22d Actual leader of Moroccan kingdom (5)
REALM: A word meaning actual, genuine, not false, authentic or true is followed by the initial letter (leader of) of Moroccan
Quickie Pun: Jewel+Banned=Dual Band. Dual band is a feature allowing a device to function in two different frequency bands. In the context of mobile phone networks, a dual band device enables broader roaming capabilities to users. So now you know