Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29064
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright and sunny morning. I’m not certain who today’s setter is but I suspect it’s proXimal the X-man because we have here a pangram apart from it’s missing an X. I thought it a tad on the tricky side, especially the NW corner, but it was the usual quality entertainment.
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.
8a Green land vacated following Space Age (7)
EMERALD: Start with a printers space and another word for an age and after that (following) put LD (land vacated). A bit sneaky capitalising Space Age.
10a Port, offal and game on table (9)
LIVERPOOL: Start with some offal and follow with a game played on a table, not snooker, to get a port in north west England. Hands up all those who bunged in Rotterdam on first pass.
11a ‘Fish and loaves’: abridged introduction to miracle (5)
BREAM: A word for what loaves are without its last letter (abridged) and then an M (introduction to Miracle).
12a Walk east with companion outside (5)
ALLEY: This is a walk as in a path or aisle. It’s E(ast) with a companion or supporter around it (outside).
13a With respect to gran, dirge played (9)
REGARDING: Anagram (played) of GRAN DIRGE.
15a Abandoned surgery after doctor and deputy retired (7)
DROPPED: Start with one of the two letter doctors and then an abbreviation of some surgery. After that you need a reversal (retired) of an abbreviation of deputy.
17a Fragrant European bread found in Ostend regularly (7)
SCENTED: Some European money (bread) inserted into the alternate letters (regularly) from oStEnD.
18a Cockney‘s mostly not tight with money (9)
EASTENDER: A word meaning not tight without its last letter (mostly) followed by another word for money, as in legal . . . It’s nice to see the word cockney meaning something other than drop an H.
20a Scorch grass close to furnace (5)
SINGE: Grass as in blow the whistle on someone followed by an E (close to furnacE).
21a With leads removed, pups get anxious (5)
UPSET: “with leads removed” means to take the first letters off so take them off the next two words and put together what you have left.
23a Diminutive characters eat, and sink rum (9)
MUNCHKINS: Another word for eat or chew followed by an anagram (rum) of SINK gives some diminutive characters from the Wizard of Oz, and here they are . . .
24a Restless natives, far from the most wise? (7)
NAIVEST: Anagram (restless) of NATIVES.
25a Delights of hour immersed in birdsong (7)
THRILLS: H(our) inserted (immersed in) some birdsong.
1d Fantastic murals represented with love (10)
MARVELLOUS: Anagram (represented) of MURALS LOVE.
2d Dig out victim (6)
QUARRY: Double definition. The second one is the victim of a predator.
3d Relationship with wine making one sanguine (5-3)
BLOOD RED: A word for a relationship or family followed by a type of wine.
4d Let off in posh car, getting traveller’s complaint (3,3)
JET LAG: Anagram (off) of LET inserted into an abbreviation of a posh car, not a Roller or Merc for once but one driven by Kath’s favourite detective.
5d Article among overturned clothes carried over water (8)
SEABORNE: This is clothes as a verb. So take a word meaning clothes or dresses and reverse it (overturned) and the insert (among) an indefinite article.
6d Celebrity Republican ditched by model (4)
FAME: Remove (ditched by) an R(epublican) from a word for model.
7d Neutrals perplexed about singer Peter’s commercial arrangement (4,3,6)
SALE AND RETURN: Anagram (perplexed) of NEUTRALS around (about) the surname of a singer called Peter, he’s been on both I’m a Celebrity and Strictly, to get a commercial arrangement whereby a retailer only pays for goods he sells and can return unsold stuff to the manufacturer.
9d Unearthly beings lifted in possessed dog I medicated (13)
DEMIGODDESSES: A lurker hidden in (in) the last four words but it’s reversed (lifted in a down clue). This has to be the best lurker for some time.
14d Mistranslated Latin, being unclear (10)
INTANGIBLE: Anagram (mistranslated) of LATIN BEING.
16d King in huff; note Queen is more lovely (8)
PRETTIER: Put an R for King into a huff or spat and follow with a note from the tonic sol-fa scale and finally the usual two letters for Her Majesty.
17d In county to the north, knight with great power (8)
STRENGTH: You need the abbreviation of a county located just north of London and reverse it (to the north in a down clue). Into that you need to insert a knight from chess notation and an abbreviation of great.
19d Replacing leader with daughter, far lower in rank (6)
DEMOTE: Take a word for far, as in a long way away, and replace its first letter (leader) with a D(aughter) and you’ll get a word meaning to lower in rank. I was a bit slow to realise that the answer is a verb and note an adjective, d’oh!
20d Small present containing soft ball (6)
SPHERE: Start with S(mall) followed by a word meaning present or in this place and insert (containing) the letter for soft in music.
22d Whiskey in short measure is a con (4)
SWIZ: Insert (in) a W(hiskey) into a word for measure without its last letter (short). Short measures are one thing you don’t get around here!
11a and 21a are up there on the podium but for me the top step has to go to the splendid reverse lurker at 9d.
Ta muchly to BD and the Kiwis for the heads up on the Quickie pun,
Quick crossword pun: DELAY + TEQUILAS = THE LADYKILLERS