Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29232
Hints and tips by pommers
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja. Well, things have moved on a bit here. We now have new doors on the bedrooms and bathroom and a fully functional kitchen. The master bedroom is finished so all I have to do now is redecorate the rest of the house. Deep joy!
Anyway, on to the crossword which I’m pretty sure is a proXimal production as it’s a pangram bar an X. I found it at the easier end of his range and I got 10 of the acrosses on first pass. A couple held me up a bit (25a for example) so we slipped into ** time. I’ll be interested to see what you all thought of 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 One hating Englishman‘s old pub in a new world (10)
ANGLOPHOBE: Start with O(ld) and the two letter abbreviation of a pub and insert them (in) into a charade of the A from the clue and N(ew) followed by a word for the world.
6a Meat starter of mutton introduced by resort (4)
SPAM: M (starter of Mutton) placed after (introduced by) a type of health resort.
9a Take courage try size down from twelve (7)
HEARTEN: Try as in try a court case followed by a size smaller than size twelve.
10a Dunce is entangling leads (7)
INDUCES: Anagram (entangling) of DUNCE IS.
12a Core of students warning: stop environmental change (13)
DEFORESTATION: The core of students is its central two letters. Follow these with a warning shouted by golfers and then a stop on a railway line.
14a Abhor husband being enthralled by gloater endlessly (6)
LOATHE: Take the first and last letters off (endlessly) the word G(loate)R and insert (enthralled by) an H(usband) into what’s left.
15a Comparatively nauseated when one consumes rum? On the contrary (8)
QUEASIER: Start with a word for rum or strange and insert a word meaning when (2) and the letter that looks like a number one.
17a Phone wife or daughter in new term (4,4)
BUZZ WORD: A slang term for to give someone a phone call followed by W(ife), the OR from the clue and finally D(aughter).
22a With disapproval, European interrupts cooking of phall curry (13)
REPROACHFULLY: An anagram (cooking) of OF PHALL CURRY with E(uropean) inserted (interrupts)..
24a Tense about a relative’s betrayal (7)
TREASON: T(ense) followed by two letters for about, then the A from the clue and lastly a male relative.
25a Guest in capital of Vietnam is there regularly (7)
INVITEE: The IN from the clue followed by the capital letter of Vietnam and then the alternate letters (regularly) from Is ThErE. I spent some time trying to justify VISITOR here. Well it starts with the capital of Vietnam and then the IS from the clue but I couldn’t get the ITOR to work, d’oh!
26a Table not totally made skilfully (4)
DESK: A lurker hiding in (not totally) the last two words.
27a Soldiers circle armoured vehicles around German man (5,5)
OTHER RANKS: These private soldiers usually turn up in crosswords as their abbreviation but this time it’s the full monty. Take an O (circle) and then some armoured vehicles placed around the German word for mister (man) and split the result (5,5).
1d Pain in stomach eases (4)
ACHE: Another lurker hiding in (in) the last two words.
2d Relative‘s piano, a piano that’s upright (7)
GRANDPA: A type of piano followed by the A from the clue and P(iano) but they’re reversed (upright in a down clue).
3d No longer at risk having sold certain golf clubs (3,2,3,5)
OUT OF THE WOODS: If you sold some of your golf clubs, not the irons but the other ones, you might be said to be this.
4d Empty a shed in European country (6)
HUNGRY: Take the A out of (a shed) an eastern European country and you get a word for empty because you haven’t eaten for a while.
5d Ecstatic catching leader of fraud in fake US bills (8)
BLISSFUL: Insert (catching . . . in) an F (leader of Fraud) into an anagram (fake) of US BILLS.
7d Composer docked pleasant vessel from South Island (7)
PUCCINI: Take a word for pleasant and remove the last letter (docked) and a vessel out of which I’m currently drinking tea and reverse it all (from the south in a down clue). After that you just need an I(sland) to get an Italian composer of operas. Here’s a bit from Turandot.
8d I’m upset with guards making errors (10)
MISENTRIES: The IM from the clue reversed (upset) followed by some guards or watchmen.
11d Don’t mention mounted trophy I’ve ordered paramour (4,1,4,4)
DRAW A VEIL OVER: Reverse a word for a trophy (mounted), follow with an anagram (ordered) of IVE and follow that with another word for a paramour and then split the lot (4,1,4,4).
13d Worry about American work, editor added detail (10)
ELABORATED: The usual crosswordland word for worry placed around the American spelling of a word meaning work or toil and finally the editor.
16d Prince redesigned court for district (8)
PRECINCT: Anagram (redesigned) of PRINCE followed by the two letter abbreviation of court.
18d Flies, perhaps, ones that move fast (7)
ZIPPERS: These ones that move fast are perhaps the flies in your trousers. These are the usual flies but I do have a pair of jeans that have buttons for the fly.
20d Act deceitfully as sea god, keeping close to enemy (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON: The sea god is a Greek one and the son of Poseidon. Insert (keeping) into him a Y (close to enemY).
21d Shortened copper post (6)
OFFICE: This is a post as in your position at work. Take a word for a policeman (copper) and remove his last letter (shortened).
23d Parisian’s first person on wings of this aircraft (4)
JETS: The first person in French followed by the outer letters (wings) of ThiS.
Some nice clues here but my podium is 18d followed by 1d and 25a.
Quick crossword pun: WART + HERB + ERRED = WATER BIRD