Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29118
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja. I’m pretty sure that today’s puzzle is from RayT but it must rank as the easiest he’s ever produced. I have to give it only one star for difficulty because I got twelve out of the sixteen across clues on first pass and then every one of the downs. The unsolved four of the acrosses then just filled themselves in without much thought. Hey ho, I suppose you’re all going to tell me how hard it was but I can only call it as I see it.
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 European Union supporter seizing opening at last (10)
EVENTUALLY: Start with the two letters for the European Union and then a supporter and insert (seizing) an opening or aperture. This was one of the ones I missed on first pass.
9a Swollen, we hear, producing bellyache (5)
GROAN: This bellyache or moan sounds like (we hear) a word meaning swollen or got bigger.
10a Huge riots turned out to be justified (9)
RIGHTEOUS: Anagram (turned out to be) of HUGE RIOTS. Here’s some brothers of that ilk . . .
12a Archaic old university undecided about wife (7)
OUTWORN: O(ld) and U(niversity) followed by a word meaning undecided with W(ife) inserted (about).
13a Confuse with candid clues occasionally (5)
ADDLE: Alternate letters (occasionally) from cAnDiD cLuEs.
15a Dissent could become most derogatory (7)
SNIDEST: Anagram (could become) of DISSENT.
17a Place grand in small bet for brag (7)
SWAGGER: Start with S(mall) and then a word for a bet and insert (place . . . in) a G(rand).
21a Leaves goalie sprawling after final’s start (7)
FOLIAGE: F (Final’s start) followed by an anagram (sprawling) of GOALIE
22a Destitute family put into street (5)
SKINT: Take the usual two letters for street and insert the usual three letter family.
27a Programme of actors with bad cast (9)
BROADCAST: Anagram (cast) of ACTORS BAD.
28a Reportedly hatched offspring (5)
BROOD: This offspring sounds like (reportedly) a word meaning hatched or plotted.
29a Language is blunt, losing head (4)
ERSE: A word for blunt or abrupt without its first letter (losing head).
30a Drinking red I entertained, taking part (10)
INGREDIENT: A lurker hidden in (taking) the first four words.
1d Queen perform accordingly (4)
ERGO: The usual two letters for HM followed by a word which can mean perform in the sense of function. So here’s a bit of Queen performing . . .
2d Save from rising waves? I’m on ocean (9)
ECONOMISE: Another lurker hidden in (from) the last four words but it’s backwards (rising in a down clue).
3d Conviction that if overturned doesn’t change (5)
TENET: This conviction or srticle of faith is a palindrome so it stays the same if overturned.
5d Member’s accepting consequence for fictions (7)
LEGENDS: A member, not an arm but the other one, followed by the S from the clue with a consequence or result inserted (accepting).
7d Egg-shaped egg, empty (5)
OVOID: The letter that looks like an egg followed by a word meaning empty.
8d Crush pepper finally in food consumed (10)
DISHEARTEN: Some food, or perhaps the vessel it’s served in, followed by a word meaning consumed with an R (peppeR finally) inserted (in)
11d Labour dawdle assuming a victory (7)
TRAVAIL: Nothing to do with a political party but labour as in work. It’s a word meaning to dawdle or lag behind with the A from the clue and V(ictory) inserted (assuming).
14d Seeming ordinary, sober around time (10)
OSTENSIBLE: O(rdinary) and a word meaning sober or equable placed around a T(ime).
16d Ecstatic former partner stopped missing husband (7)
EXALTED: The usual two letters for an old partner followed by a word meaning stopped but without the H from the beginning (missing Husband). A slightly unusual meaning of this word but it’s in the dictionary.
18d Good chap’s sound for Prime Minister (9)
GLADSTONE: G(ood) followed by a young chap (don’t forget the S) and then a sound or even a colour give a Liberal Prime Minister from the latter half of the nineteenth century.
20d Alight from French TGV? (7)
DETRAIN: The French word for FROM followed by what the TGV is an example of, not an acronym but what the TGV really is. My favourite acronym is TLA which stands for Three Letter Acronym!
23d Single babes losing heart for stars (5)
IDOLS: The letter for one (single) followed by some babes as in attractive girls without the middle letter (losing heart).
25d Put in military unit, journalist receives medal (5)
EMBED: This is a word meaning to assign a journalist to an active military unit. It’s our usual two letter journalist placed around a medal or honour.
26d Rise in current is correct (4)
EDIT: This is a current of the sea but it’s backwards (rise in a down clue).
Not sure about an outright favourite today but the three on the podium are 1a, 10a and 21a.
Quick crossword pun: SELL + FUSS + TEAM = SELF ESTEEM