Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29103
Hints and tips by Tarzan of the Apes
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
What a weekend for music. Neil Young and Bob Dylan at Hyde Park on Friday. Billy Bragg and Van Morrison with others on Saturday at the Cadogan Hall. Sunday! What a day for sport with two thrilling finals taking place simultaneously. England’s win was never in doubt at Lords but they did make it tight. Federer gave his all against Djokovic but it wasn’t quite enough. After all of these great events today’s crossword can best be described by the word Mondayish. In the unlikely event that you need help, here it be.
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 what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined.
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5a American aboard a moving train, one coming from Vienna? (8)
AUSTRIAN: The usual two-letter abbreviation denoting an American sits comfortably between the letter A which is a gift from today’s setter and an easy anagram (moving) of TRAIN
8a Meaning to bring in goods from abroad (6)
IMPORT: A double definition, the second part being rather obvious
10a I must be in comedy film, a scream (6)
SHRIEK: A comedy film which quietly takes the mickey out of the Disney empire sits around the word I
11a Better money for army chiefs, perhaps (3,5)
TOP BRASS: A verb meaning to better is followed by a slang term for money
12a Man on board offending adventurer (6,6)
KNIGHT ERRANT: This man is on a chess board usually in the form of a horse’s head. He is followed by a word meaning straying from the accepted norm or standards. The second word also means travelling in search of adventure. I never searched for adventure when travelling but adventure certainly searched for me.
15a Try in international match (4)
TEST: Another double definition. Both rather obvious
17a Gemstone, part of robbery loot (5)
BERYL: The answer is part of the clue as suggested by the words part of which made me look for a word hidden in the clue. I had been solving for about twenty years before Mick Price told me in The Plough at Shilton that an answer was an included word. I’d never heard of them before and there was no internet in those days.
18a Become bankrupt following trouble (4)
FAIL: The abbreviation for following is followed by a verb meaning to trouble usually to be troubled by an illness
19a Appropriate grips? A cyclist may have them (7,5)
TROUSER CLIPS: Here we go. The first word of the answer here is a synonym of appropriate where appropriate means to steal. Cue comments where this definition is unheard of. The second word is a synonym of grips as a noun. The answer is what cyclists used to use to prevent oil from the chain soiling their trousers in the days when a bicycle was used as a means of transport. Modern day mamils (middle aged men in Lycra) have no need for such items as they speed through villages at inappropriate speeds heads down on their over-expensive bicycles wearing over-expensive gear with their iPhones strapped to their arms recording their every heartbeat.
22a Unfit rugby player stuck in dreadful mire (8)
IMPROPER: A beefy rugby player who supports the hooker is surrounded by an anagram (dreadful) of MIRE
24a Fur belonging to me taken by that woman heading off (6)
ERMINE: the personal pronoun denoting that woman needs to lose it first letter (heading off) this is followed by a pronoun which suggests ownership
25a Shocked son wearing silver fez, maybe (6)
AGHAST: The chemical symbol for silver together with what a fez is an example of surround the abbreviation of son
26a Height of distinction? (8)
EMINENCE: Yet Another Double definition. I don’t mind these but I prefer working out a clue’s wordplay
1d Smart catching right train (6)
STRING: To smart is to feel a sharp pain. Place this sharp pain around the abbreviation of right
2d Fine cook, yet bit flustered (7-3)
TICKETY-BOO: An anagram (flustered) of COOK YET BIT
3d Women’s group representative gets wet (4)
WIMP: The abbreviation of the Woman’s Institute is followed by the abbreviation of your parliamentary representative
4d Drink American provided for each Italian inside (8)
APERITIF: A four-part charade. 1. The abbreviation for American 2. A short word meaning provided. 3. A word meaning each. 4. A two-lettered abbreviation of Italy. Place in the order suggested by the clue
6d A French female tennis champion is leaving editor in a crazed state (8)
UNHINGED: The French translation for A is followed by a female tennis player Ladies singles winner at Wimbledon in 1997. The word IS needs to be dropped from her name and replaced with the abbreviation for editor
7d Order book in animal sanctuary (6,7)
NATURE RESERVE: Begin with a synonym of the word order where order refers to the basic or inherent features, character, or qualities of something or somebody. Add a verb meaning to book something. A table at a restaurant for example.
9d File snake under heading for reptiles (4)
RASP: A snake of Cleopatra fame sits below the initial letter of reptiles. The very rough file has another name much favoured on the factory floor
13d Foreign leader, Ike, shown round university in Edinburgh (4,6)
AULD REEKIE: An anagram (foreign) of LEADER IKE surrounds the abbreviation for university
14d The man’s fear is to do with Spain (8)
HISPANIC: Split 3,5 we have a word meaning belonging to a man followed by a sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour.
16d Express disapproval over one interrupting examination class (8)
TUTORIAL: Do as the clue says. An expression of disapproval is followed by a verbal examination which has the letter I inserted
20d Allowed to restrain mischievous child, one not easy to shake off? (6)
LIMPET: A short word meaning to allow has another short word meaning a mischievous child slotted inside.
21d Complacent head of security set upon (4)
SMUG: The initial letter of the word security is followed by a word meaning set upon as in attacked in an attempted to steal money.
23d Way of parking at hospital (4)
PATH: The abbreviation for parking is followed by the word AT from the clue and then by the abbreviation for hospital
That’s all folks. See you sooner than you might think.
The Quick Crossword pun: Burr+gull=burgle