Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29220
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja. Well, things have moved on a bit. We now have wardrobes fitted and the guys have started on the kitchen about an hour ago so we might get a bit of normality by the end of next week.
It may just be the hammering and banging going on that caused the problem but I found today’s puzzle a tad on the tricky side. I’m pretty sure it’s a proXimal production as it felt like his work while I was solving and it’s turned out to be a pangram without an X, which has become a bit of a trade mark for him. I really enjoyed the 28a and hope that you all do too.
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 Give lots of time for courses (8)
PASSAGES: A word meaning give or hand over followed by a long time, not eras but the other one.
5a Bags containing new crisps perhaps (6)
SNACKS: Some bags, for coal perhaps, with N(ew) inserted (containing).
11a Soup‘s good! Idiot ignoring starter (5)
GUMBO: Start with G(ood) and then an idiot without his first letter (ignoring starter).
12a Fine knight pointed projectile (6)
NARROW: The chess notation for knight followed by the pointed projectile fired from a bow.
13a Dancing in Disney animation? (8)
WALTZING: Disney’s first name followed by some animation or energy.
15a They might get close for old-school computer game (5,8)
SPACE INVADERS: A term describing people who stand too close to you is also a very old computer game. This computer game is so old it was probably played by Noah!
22a Tick found around very big desert is bloodsucker (8)
MOSQUITO: A tick, as in a short period of time, is around the two letters for very big that are usually used in clothing sizes and a word meaning desert as in leave.
23a Roughly, allowance is split (6)
CLEAVE: A single letter for roughly or approximately and a word meaning allowance as in permission.
26a Experienced person that’s horrible must retire (5)
LIVED: A word for a horrible or evil person is reversed (must retire).
27a Nightingale, perhaps, tires from flying (9)
REFORMIST: This nightingale isn’t a bird but Florence. What she was (apart from being a nurse) is an anagram (flying) of TIRES FROM.
28a Oddly, thugs use leek in fight (6)
TUSSLE: The alternate letters (oddly) from THUGS USE LEEK. Strange mental image conjured up by this clue.
29a Worry about nothing ancient predicted (8)
FORETOLD: A word meaning worry, which is also a sea mist, about an O (nothing) and then a word for ancient.
1d Dog exercise class — family pet seen regularly (8)
PEKINESE: Two letters for an exercise class followed by the usual family and the alternate letters (regularly) from PET SEEN.
2d Rodent is climbing instrument (5)
SITAR: A rodent followed by the IS from the clue but all reversed (climbing in a down clue). As we had this instrument in the puzzle I blogged last week I may as well use the same photograph.
3d Area people raised with single plant (7)
ANEMONE: A(rea) followed by some people reversed (raised in a down clue) and the word meaning single.
7d Foreign minister, male admitted to racism so stupidly (9)
COMMISSAR: Not a “Foreign Minister” as Dominic Raab is but literally a minister who’s a member of some foreign governments, especially the former Soviet Union. It´s an anagram (stupidly) of RACISM SO with M(ale) inserted (admitted to). I like the definition here.
10d Something worrying that man and Aztec horde, all discontented (8)
HEADACHE: Two letters for that man followed by the outer letters from AnD AzteC HordE (all discontented).
14d Designer catalogue abridged (8)
INVENTOR: A catalogue as in list of contents without its last letter (abridged).
16d Sides have reconciled; they form bonds (9)
ADHESIVES: Anagram (reconciled) of SIDES HAVE.
17d Refused assent, journalist supports article (8)
OBJECTED: The usual two letter journalist after (supports in a down clue) a word for an article or thing.
19d Travelled on horseback, hugging a French lake, making circle (7)
ROUNDEL: A word meaning travelled on horseback, or even a motorcycle, around (hugging) the French indefinite article and finally L(ake) will give you the sort of circle seen on RAF aircraft.
20d Make bigger space with lager ordered (7)
ENLARGE: A space that’s half the size of an em followed by an anagram (ordered) of LAGER.
21d Charm a smuggler with last place in boat (6)
AMULET: A (from the clue) followed by a slang term for a drug smuggler and then a T (last place in boaT).
24d First person in before noon, work friend (5)
AMIGO: Start with two letters representing the morning (before noon) and a word meaning work or operate and insert (in) the single letter for first person.
Some splendid stuff here but my favourite has to be the great all-in-one at 18a. Also up there on the podium are 8d and 27a.
Quick crossword pun: PURR + LEAKING = PEARLY KING