Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29019
Hints and tips by a critical Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Good morning from Downtown LI. Congratulations to Tiger Roll, The Cambridge Boat Race crew and Watford Football Club who won a semi-final football match in the best way possible by coming back from being two nil down and winning by three goals to two. Not the result I wanted as I was present at Wembley Stadium yesterday with my Wolves-supporting son-in-law and his father.
I found this to be a puzzle that used too many tried and trusted devices such that it was only the hint for 4 down that took any thinking about. This might be set at the right level for a Monday but I found it dull. The only smile came from imagining what the pairing of 12 and 14 across might look like. I am grateful that there were only twenty-eight clues.
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 usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to 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 Medicinal herbs? I’m taking dope! (6,5)
SIMPLE SIMON: Begin with another word for medicinal herbs (don’t forget the plural). Add the I’M which is taken from the clue. Add a word that you might use to say you were taking a particular prescription drug. Split what you have 6,5. The answer might describe the blogging team. We don’t over-complicate things. Or do we?
7a One who can make an impression? (7)
DENTIST: The person who looks after the inside of your mouth might take an impression as a mould for further work
8a Naked truth, primarily, about working title (7)
BARONET: A word meaning naked and the initial letter (primarily) of T[ruth] surrounds a short word meaning working.
10a Clean adapted weapon (5)
LANCE: Anagram (adapted) of CLEAN
11a Tries his cooking before wife produces casserole (5,4)
IRISH STEW: Anagram (cooking) of TRIES HIS followed by the abbreviation for wife
12a Bloodsucker‘s anger connected with seductress (7)
VAMPIRE: A short synonym of anger is connected to a seductive woman who uses her sexual attractiveness to exploit men. Which we resist at all times
14a Portion brought back for each voyageur (7)
TRAPPER: A portion or segment is reversed and followed by a synonym for each. The answer is defined by my online dictionary only as a person who catches wild animals, especially for their fur. The word voyageur is defined as follows (in Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies to transport goods and passengers to and from the trading posts on the lakes and rivers. The BRB may offer more but. 1. I have not got one. 2. I would not use it if I had [use of the BRB is usually recommended (this one is only found with a reverse look-up) but it is in the Chambers Thesaurus, the NQSBRB (Not Quite So Big Red Book)! BD]
15a Put out again about children (7)
REISSUE: Our usual replacement word for about is followed by the usual replacement word for children
18a Trip out entertaining revolutionary baseball player (7)
PITCHER: An anagram (out) of TRIP contains an iconic revolutionary from the last century
20a Beneath which there may be plonkers? (9)
MISTLETOE: This all in one clue refers to the parasitic plant beneath which kisses may be exchanged at Christmas time. Are kissers plonkers? Are kisses plonked? Not in my online dictionary. Again the BRB may have other ideas [it does – “anything large, especially a smacking kiss (informal)” BD]
21a Cut up rough, at first, in outhouse (5)
SHRED: Place the first letter of the word rough inside a word meaning an outhouse
22a Disregard gentle fooling around involving Conservative (7)
NEGLECT: An anagram (fooling around) of GENTLE takes in the abbreviation of the word Conservative
23a A bishop, unaccompanied, gets seafood (7)
ABALONE: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add the abbreviation for bishop. Add an adverb meaning on one’s own
24a Precisely how rent is paid? (2,3,6)
TO THE LETTER: To whom does one pay the rent?
1d Another word for terribly nosy New York male (7)
SYNONYM: An anagram (terribly) of NOSY is followed by the abbreviations for New York and male
2d Cereal crop I planted in jungle (5)
MAIZE: A rather stretched synonym of the word jungle contains the letter I as used in the clue
3d Room inside the Parisian grill (7)
LATTICE: The room in one’s roof space sits inside the French article. Male not female
4d Son is bust, forced to eke out an existence (7)
SUBSIST: The abbreviation for Son is followed by an anagram (forced) of IS BUST.
5d Parade one month ago (5,4)
MARCH PAST: One of the twelve months is followed by a word meaning ago. The month just happens to be last month. A lucky coincidence I think
6d Initially, navvies on street work without a break (3-4)
NON-STOP: The first two words of the clue say ‘initially navvies’ So begin with the initial letter of the word navvies. Add the word ON from the clue. Add the abbreviation for street and the shortened term for a work or opus. It could not be more simple.
7d Courier called up about chauffeur’s uniform? (11)
DELIVERYMAN: A word meaning called is reversed (up) and placed around a chauffeur’s uniform. Also the special uniform worn by a servant, an official, or a member of a City Company
9d Wrote about game, a fixture between two Thames boroughs (5,6)
TOWER BRIDGE: An anagram (about) of WROTE is followed by a card game
13d Rude about head of venture strapped for cash (9)
INSOLVENT: A word meaning rude or cheeky sits around the first letter (head of) of the word venture
16d Visible from fashionable location, reportedly (2,5)
INSIGHT: A two-letter word meaning fashionable is followed by a homophone (reportedly) of a word meaning location
17d Held up by belt, it, netsuke, shows style (7)
ENTITLE: If all else fails look for a lurker. If the clue has no instruction, look for a lurker. If no lurker can be seen look for a reverse lurker. Held is the indicator for a hidden word. Up is the indicator that it is reversed
18d Agent dividing cut in study (7)
PREPARE: An agent (yes this word stands alone in the dictionary. He or she doesn’t just exist as an abbreviation) sits inside a word meaning to cut as one might to peel an apple
19d Nurse in shelter (7)
HARBOUR: A double definition the second being for boats
21d Celebrity, tense, to begin an argument? (5)
START: A word meaning a celebrity together with the beginning letter of the word tense
Quickie Pun locum+ocean=locomotion