Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29160
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone. I haven’t quite made up my mind about this one yet so I’ll just tell you a few general thoughts. The style felt unfamiliar; the clues are admirably brief; the setter is not Ray T; there was a slightly odd mixture of some very straightforward ones and a few that completely floored me for ages. In other words I really don’t know which is why I’ve gone for 3* for both difficulty and enjoyment. Over to all of you now.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
In the hints the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under ANSWER so only do that if you want to see one.
8a Star among compulsive gamblers (4)
VEGA — A lurker or hidden answer which is indicated by ‘among’
9a Uranium supplied to Royal Navy vessel (3)
URN — The chemical symbol for uranium is followed by R[oyal] N[avy]
10a Explanation senora concocted (6)
REASON — An anagram (concocted) of SENORA
11a Flowers for Molly and Poldy? (6)
BLOOMS — In the singular form these ‘flowers’ was the surname of the fictional protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses – his first name was Leopold (Poldy) and his wife was called Marion (Molly) – no, I didn’t know any of this but Mr Google was very helpful, thankfully!
12a Empress wrongly claiming India for estate (8)
PREMISES — An anagram (wrongly) of EMPRESS contains (claiming) the letter which is represented by India in the phonetic alphabet
13a Decline to enter a dubious agreement (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE — An anagram (dubious) of DECLINE TO ENTER A
15a Graduates quickly finding instrument (7)
BASSOON — The abbreviation for some graduates of the arts is followed by a synonym for quickly or shortly
17a Figure provided in month before November? (7)
OCTAGON — The abbreviation for a month in the autumn, another way of saying before or in the past and then the letter that is represented by November in the phonetic alphabet
20a Event for the Manx people? (5-6,4)
THREE-LEGGED-RACE — How the major event held in the Isle of Man could be described as it’s over three days
Please forget this load of twaddle and I’ll try again – thanks to everyone who pointed out how the clue really works. It’s nothing at all to do with the TT races and is all to do with the symbol for the Isle of Man.
23a Point of no return? (3,5)
TAX HAVEN — An off-shore country where no-one has to declare their wealth – not being terribly ‘up’ in financial matters I could easily be missing something here!
25a Sponsored youth in gallery performing (6)
GODSON — The gallery is the highest and cheapest seats in a theatre and it’s followed by a synonym for performing or showing
26a British monarch keeps bird in hat (6)
BOWLER — The one letter abbreviation for B[ritish] and the two letters for our queen (monarch) contain a bird
27a Everyone in dining room denied starter (3)
ALL — A dining room or other large room without its first letter (denied starter)
28a First couple unseen in country garden (4)
EDEN — A Scandinavian country minus its first two letters (first couple unseen) – the answer was obvious but it did take me ages to see why
1d Flier a legendary charmer (6)
MERLIN — I think this is a double definition – the second one is a wizard
2d Noblewoman in pub with one’s son (8)
BARONESS — A synonym for a pub is followed by the ONE’S from the clue and then the abbreviation for S[on]
3d Film spun as bold US venture (6,9)
SUNSET BOULEVARD — An anagram (spun) of AS BOLD US VENTURE
4d Check page penned by six-footer (7)
INSPECT — A six legged creature – most of them either bite or sting – contains the abbreviation for P[age]
5d Red uneasy with feelings about possessing wealth? (9,6)
FRIEDRICH ENGELS — I think those who really know what they’re talking about would call this an ‘all in one’ clue but it’s also an anagram (uneasy) of RED and FEELINGS which contains (about) a synonym for ‘possessing wealth’. Time to quit while I’m winning here – I did get into an awful muddle with this one and it took me ages to even get this far!
6d Isle that rises to enclose one Pacific paradise (6)
TAHITI — Begin with the abbreviation for I[sle], THAT (from the clue) containing (to enclose) the letter that looks like a one and then reverse the whole thing (rises)
7d Daughter regularly taking ecstasy is finished (4)
DONE — The abbreviation for D[aughter] a little word meaning regularly taking (medication of some kind) and finally the abbreviation for E[cstasy]
14d Student loves convenience (3)
LOO — The letter that has to be on a car to tell others that the driver hasn’t yet passed his or her driving test is followed by two letters that look like zero or a love score in tennis
16d Like hard wood (3)
ASH — A short conjunction that means like or in the same way and then the abbreviation for H(ard)
18d Notice about game being shortened (8)
ABRIDGED — A notice or some publicity contains (about) a card game for four people
19d Centre for refugees with an African (7)
UGANDAN — The middle two letters (centre for) of refugees, another word for ‘with’ and finally the ‘AN’ from the clue
21d Prince Henry in river to breathe out (6)
EXHALE — A river in Somerset and Devon contains (in) the abbreviaton for Henry
22d Necklace good enough to be possessed by singer (6)
CHOKER — This American singer who is so useful to crossword setters used to be part of a duo – she goes round the outside (to be possessed) of two letters that mean ‘good enough’ or acceptable
24d Long time taken in Mycenae once (4)
AEON — Just as we started we finish off with another lurker or hidden answer indicated by ‘taken in’ – he’s hiding in the last two words of the clue
I think I’ll leave it up to all of you to pick out particular clues for mentions.
The Quickie Pun:- KILL + LEA + MANN + JARROW = KILIMANJARO