Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29022
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja. I’m pretty sure that this puzzle is a RayT as all the usual signs are there but the anagram count seems a bit higher than usual. I make it five which is no doubt good news for many solvers. It seemed to me to be at the more benign end of RayT’s difficulty range but I’m sure a lot of you will disagree.
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 so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Main pressure contains opening of main sewer (10)
SEAMSTRESS: Another word for the main, especially the Spanish one, followed by a word meaning pressure or emphasis with M (beginning of Main) inserted (contains). This sewer isn’t a main drain but someone who sews.
6a World is circumnavigated snatching record (4)
DISC: A lurker hidden in (snatching) the first three words.
9a Group with ordinary instrument (5)
CELLO: A small group of people followed by O(rdinary). Here’s a bit of Jaqueline Du Prè playing one of these.
10a Awkwardly sat in bow clutching a sailor (9)
BOATSWAIN: Anagram (awkwardly) of SAT IN BOW with the A from the clue inserted (clutching).
12a Engine burnt out absorbing current energy (7)
TURBINE: Make an anagram (out) of BURNT and insert (absorbing) an I (electrical current in physics notation) and finish with an E(nergy).
13a Initially circle round East Timor encircling island (5)
CRETE: First letters (initially) of the next five words of the clue.
15a Rot seen in European trees (7)
EYEWASH: E(uropean) followed by two different trees.
17a Empty samovar to hold endless drink one guzzles (7)
SCOFFER: Start with SR (empty S(amova)R) and insert (to hold) a drink without its last letter (endless). For no particular reason this was my last one in.
19a Go in for captivating single cold temptress? (7)
ENTICER: Take a word meaning to go in and insert (captivating) an I (single) and a C(old).
21a Fruit tart having spread inside (7)
CURRANT: You need a word for tart, as in terse or short, and insert (having . . . inside) a word meaning spread or flow.
24a Disobey accepting a large after-effect (7)
FALLOUT: Take a word for to openly disobey or ignore and insert the A from the clue and L(arge).
27a It’s inspiring swimming round reef occasionally (9)
BREATHING: Inspiring as in taking in air. It’s a word for swimming placed around the alternate letters (occasionally) of ReEf.
28a Concur and get on without hollow remorse (5)
AGREE: Get on as in get older placed around (without) the first and last letters (hollow) of RemorsE.
29a Metal test periodically corrodes (4)
EATS: Alternate letters (periodically) from METAL TEST.
30a Dancing nudes once about right for adults? (10)
UNCENSORED: Anagram (dancing) of NUDES ONCE around (about) an R(ight).
1d Reportedly so poorly (4)
SICK: A word meaning poorly, as in ill, sounds like (reportedly) a three letter Latin word for so or thus.
3d Start of Stones’ ‘Stony’ track (5)
SPOOR: S (start of Stones) followed by a word for stony as in stony broke.
4d Refuse work from cleric after massage (7)
RUBBISH: Start with a three letter word for massage and follow with a senior cleric with the OP removed (work from).
7d This compiler’s mature figure (5)
IMAGE: How the compiler might say “he is” followed by mature as in get older.
8d Bless strange ancestor buried in church (10)
CONSECRATE: Anagram (strange) of ANCESTOR inside (buried in) the abbreviation for the Church of England.
11d Copper’s upset over rogue receiving zero help (7)
SUCCOUR: Reverse (upset in a down clue) the chemical symbol for copper, not forgetting the ‘S, over a rogue or cad with an O inserted (receiving zero).
14d Attractive Democrat attractive to voters? (10)
DELECTABLE: D(emocrat) followed by a word meaning attractive to voters or likely to win a parlimentary seat.
16d Old canine barking on time (7)
ANCIENT: Anagram (barking) of CANINE followed by T(ime).
18d Sycophant is more prostrate before Queen (9)
FLATTERER: A word for more prostrate followed by the usual wo letters for Her Majesty.
20d Rowdy rugby supporter going outside if promoted (7)
RUFFIAN: A rowdy or hooligan is the usual two letters for rugby union followed by a supporter all placed around (going outside) the IF from the clue but it’s reversed (promoted in a down clue).
21d Scent of pine outgrowth around trunk (7)
COLOGNE: Something which grows on a pine tree around a trunk or large branch.
23d Clumsy in record time (5)
INEPT: A charade of the IN from the clue, one of the usual records and finally a T(ime).
25d China’s overlaid with old gems (5)
OPALS: What Chinas are in rhyming slang with an O(ld) at the beginning (overlaid in a down clue).
26d Lifeless old man embraces sweetheart (4)
DEAD: A three letter word for your old man or father around (embraces) an E (swEet heart).
Rather short on photo opportunities methinks but you’ll be pleased to see that I did resist the dancing nudes. No stand-out favourite for me but, if pushed, I’d go for 22a.
Quick crossword pun: START + WRECK = STAR TREK