Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29238
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where things continue to improve as we now have all three bedrooms completely fettled. Now to tackle the lounge but that will have to wait until after Christmas as we’re off to Benidorm for a few days R&R on Monday.
As to the crossword I’m pretty sure it’s a RayT and I thought it mostly at the easier end of his spectrum with some real gimmes. However, in amongst the fairly straightforward majority of clues there are a handful of tricky little rascals, and what was for me a new word, so it has managed to avoid the shame of only getting a * rating. I’m sure a lot of you will disagree and it will be interesting to see what you made 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 They manage change half-heartedly (6)
COPERS: These people manage to get by. You need a word for change as in small coins and remove one of the double letter from the middle (half-heartedly). I needed the checkers before the penny dropped on this one.
4a Considered well upset seeing drunk outside (8)
SUPPOSED: Start with a two letter word which can mean well and reverse it (upset). Around it (outside) put a word meaning drunk or drank.
9a Double short knocked back creates complaint (6)
MURMUR: Take a short as in a spirit, not gin but the other common one, and double it. Then reverse the lot (knocked back).
10a Liberal low-down love god embraces you say (8)
GENEROUS: Low-down here is information. Take another slang term for info and follow it with the Greek god of love. Into this you need to insert (embraces) the letter which sounds like (say) the word you.
13a Elderly beginning to adore absorbing new programme (6)
AGENDA: A word for elderly followed by an A (beginning to Adore) placed around (absorbing) an N(ew).
15a Humiliation as member rants drunkenly (13)
EMBARRASSMENT: Anagram (drunkenly) of AS MEMBER RANTS. I like the surface of this one. For some reason it makes me think of parliament.
18a Obstinacy namely involves terribly stern caning (13)
INTRANSIGENCE: Two letters for namely or that is placed around (involves) an anagram (terribly) of STERN CANING.
22a Catch he-men cavorting around top of stage (6)
ENMESH: Anagram (cavorting) of HE MEN placed around an S (top of Stage). Sorry girls but I couldn’t find a suitable picture of cavorting he-men.
24a Feeling much better? (8)
ARROGANT: This word is an adjective which describes a person who feels they are much better in every way than everyone else. This was my last one in and took ages before the penny dropped. You probably heard the clang!
26a Old boy’s always purchasing ‘right’ Spectator (8)
OBSERVER: The usual old boy, don’t forget the ‘s, followed by a word meaning always with an R(ight) inserted (purchasing).
27a United scored wasting time (6)
ALLIED: A word for scored or added up without its T (wasting Time).
28a Corrupt worthy accepts promotion (8)
DECADENT: Take a word meaning worthy or respectable (6) and insert (accepts) some promotional material (2).
29a Empty Anglican Church following American custom (6)
USANCE: Empty Anglican is AN (all middle letters removed). Follow this with the usual Church of England and put it all after (following) the usual American to get an obsolete word meaning custom or usage. Never come across this word before but the cluing is quite clear.
1d Clowns often making idiotic comments say, originally (6)
COMICS: First letters (originally) of the first six words. You can rely on RayT to include a first letters clue.
2d Solid forward covering player with Everton’s wingers (9)
PERMANENT: A word meaning forward or cheeky placed around (covering) a player and EN (EvertoN’s wingers).
3d Republican centre supporter brought up nonsense (7)
RHUBARB: R(epublican) followed by a three letter word meaning centre or core and a reversal (brought up in a down clue) of the usual lady’s chest supporter.
5d Employs American round outskirts of Seattle (4)
USES: Two letters for American placed around SE (outskirts of SeattlE). Told you a lot of these were pretty straightforward.
6d Swears, parking, left on rims (7)
PLEDGES: P(arking) and L(eft) followed by (on in a down clue) some rims or borders.
7d Faint shortly overcoming wife (5)
SWOON: A word meaning shortly or anon put around (overcoming) a W(ife)
11d Overpower some trespasser perhaps, getting upended (7)
REPRESS: Another lurker but this time it’s backwards (getting upended in a down clue). It’s hidden in (some) trespasser perhaps.
14d Democrat winds up giving threats (7)
DANGERS: D(emocrat) followed by a word meaning winds up as in annoys.
16d Face of First Lady almost wreathed in joy (9)
ELEVATION: This face is the architectural term for the face of a building. Take the first lady, the one in the Garden of Eden, and remove her last letter (almost). Around what’s left of her put a word meaning joy.
17d Fuel resentment with being consumed by diet (8)
FIREWOOD: Take a word for resentment or anger and a W(ith) and put them in (consumed by) the stuff you eat (diet). I wasn’t sure about this but Collins thesaurus lists the synonyms both ways so fair enough.
19d Confident fool shamefaced about United (7)
ASSURED: The usual fool and the colour your face goes when you’re shamefaced put around (about) a U(nited).
20d Pasta heaps with last of Parmesan topping (7)
NOODLES: A word for heaps as in very many with an N (last of parmesaN) put at the start (topping in a down clue).
23d Melody imbues pitch occasionally (5)
MUSIC: Alternate letters (occasionally) from IMBUES PITCH. Apropos of nothing really here’s a bit of the answer from Dire Straits . . .
25d Check return of Queen with popular support (4)
REIN: The two letters for the Queen reversed (return of) followed by (with . . . support in a down clue) a word meaning popular or hip.
As usual there’s some good stuff here but stand out favourite for me was the rather splendid 24a. Also on the podium are 1d and 27a.
Quick crossword pun: BOW + NIGH + DULL = BONE IDLE