Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29145
Hints and tips by Yogi Bear
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BD’s Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
As I am supposed to be ‘smarter than the average bear Boo Boo’ I will strive to be error free this week.
The bank account is suffering as the house renovation kicks in. The precision engineer in me gets great satisfaction from being precise. My Neanderthal side rejoices in the demolitions and rip outs. The gardener in me has enjoyed lifting and removing slabs and laying turf and cutting back the overgrowth. The rebel in me has enjoyed rerouting the gas supply and playing with the electrics. Who needs a certificate anyway?
The lawn tractor has had a £960 service and Saint Sharon has bought us both new iPhones and a new computer tower. I will be adding a JustGiving page in the near future. Please give generously
I suppose I ought to comment on today’s crossword. Well it is a crossword and it is cryptic. It fell together well but 6ac and 8d held out for a long time. Our setter has not been generous with food today. We have been put on a 29ac of 10ac. Last week we had two herbs, oregano and fennel and some fish (small fry) as pointed out by a regular commenter. I said this was neither the thyme nor the plaice for such comments.
Anyway, here we go two three four …
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1a Type of insurance got by number crossing road per annum (5-5)
THIRD PARTY: My fellow bloggers and I all agree that it is nice to solve the first clue quickly. Solving quickly does always go together with parsing quickly. A lower-value insurance policy can be found by placing a number between twenty-nine and thirty-one around the abbreviations for road and per annum
6a Cut second small nugget (4)
SNUB: The abbreviation for small is followed by a small lump or protuberance. My last one in
10a Finished a tagliatelle, say (5)
PASTA: A word meaning over or done is followed by the letter A from the clue
11a Officer, male cop in complex (9)
POLICEMAN: A clever anagram (complex) of MALE COP IN
12a Detective hanging around ‘Yard’ causes confusion (8)
DISARRAY: The abbreviation for Detective Inspector is followed by a fabric wall hanging which is reversed (around). The abbreviation for yard completes the solution
13a River‘s current beginning to deceive us (5)
INDUS: A word meaning current or popular. The first letter of the word deceive. US from the clue
15a Barrister from local authority heard (7)
COUNSEL: A homophone of your local district authority. Ours is Stratford. Ours are dreadful
17a One having left ‘Lorna Doone’ novel in a US city (7)
ORLANDO: Anagram (novel) of LORNA DOONE minus the letters of the word one
19a Ineffectual advice from a conservationist? (7)
USELESS: Split 3,4 we have a directive to be greener in our approach to living and the effect it has on the world. Too late I say. We are now into the anthropecene era.
21a Male teacher, halving a bill brought over, points to coffee-shop worker (7)
BARISTA: The title given to a male teacher is surrounded by a common term for a bill (in a restaurant perhaps) together with the letter A from the clue. The whole lot is reversed as indicated by the word over
22a Did nothing with papers left by editor (5)
IDLED: one’s identity papers are followed by the abbreviation for left and the abbreviation for editor
24a Academic unhappy about the newspaper’s name appearing here? (8)
MASTHEAD: Begin with a master of the arts. Add a word meaning unhappy which is wrapped around the word THE from the clue
27a Trained at kendo fencing wife — old martial art (3,4,2)
TAE KWON DO: Oh dear. This is an anagram (trained) of AT KENDO around the initial letters of Old and Wife. However you spell this martial art it will probably be wrong.
28a Closely follow mother’s doctrine (5)
DOGMA: A word meaning to closely follow is itself followed by an endearing term for your mother
29a What one eats in parliament (4)
DIET: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats is also a legislative assembly in certain countries and a favourite double definition of crossword setters
30a Get up on piano and show off (10)
GRANDSTAND: The piano is the largest available. The get up is to rise from a seated position
1d Little time to copy record (4)
TAPE: The abbreviation for time is followed by a verb meaning to copy.
2d Start college, perhaps (9)
INSTITUTE: A double definition the first a verb the second a noun
3d Drink before a play (5)
DRAMA: A wee shot of whisky perhaps is followed by the letter A from the clue
4d Clothes appear out on line (7)
APPAREL: Anagram (out) of APPEAR and the abbreviation for line
5d Sporting cry from friend wearing hot pants (5-2)
TALLY HO: An anagram (pants) of HOT sits around a friend or person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity.
7d Rover, not out, barking (5)
NOMAD: The cricketing abbreviation for not out (well done Jack Leach) is followed by a term meaning barking or insane
8d A slave: Tiffany Case in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, for example (10)
BONDSWOMAN: My second to last one in which only yielded when 6 across fell in. Tiffany Case is a character in a daft novel by Ian Fleming which was made into a film called Diamonds Are Forever. She became the lover of the main character and can wrongly and chauvinistically be known as the answer when it is split (4’1,5). I have never seen a single one of these films but I am aware that Viagra will not make you Sean Connery but it might make you Roger Moore
9d Dramatist‘s singular tale inspiring terror (8)
SCHILLER: this German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright who died in 1805 (I wonder if he died at the battle of Trafalgar) can be found by starting with the abbreviation for singular and adding a creepy tale of terror
14d Familiar expert entertaining charmingly old-fashioned daughter (10)
ACQUAINTED: A word meaning charmingly old-fashioned sits inside a word meaning an expert. This is all followed by the abbreviation for daughter. The hint is the same as the clue. Do as it says on the tin and all will be fine
16d Retire from stage suffering from depression? (4,4)
STEP DOWN: A stage or a part of a journey is followed by a word meaning sadness or depression
18d Wistfulness of Saint Olga once abroad? (9)
NOSTALGIA: An anagram (once abroad) of SAINT OLGA.
20d Group studying gruesome remains (7)
SEMINAR: Anagram (gruesome) of REMAINS. Is gruesome a fair anagram indicator? Discuss
21d Large instrument could be graduate’s in a short while (7)
BASSOON: The abbreviation for Bachelors Of Arts is followed by the S from ‘S and a word meaning in a short while
23d Subject: a Belgian city (5)
LIEGE: A double definition which appears in the title of an LP by Fairport Convention
25d Headless ghosts in hell (5)
HADES: A rarely used term for ghosts has its initial letter removed to give a word meaning hell
26d Also after leader of backing group (4)
BAND: A word meaning also appears after the initial letter of the word backing
Top line: Barbie+queue=barbecue
Bottom line: steal+banned=steel band
MPs Pun: Saint Sharon said I had been drinking and she could smell it on my breath.
I said no. I had been eating frogs’ legs and what she is smelling are the hops.