Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29261
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s a bit chilly but bright and sunny but with rain forecast for the weekend. I’m a bit twitchy about rain at the moment so I hope it’s not of biblical proportions!
I don’t know who today’s setter is apart from I’d venture it isn’t proXimal. It certainly didn’t frighten the horses and I was going to go for just * difficulty after I got seven acrosses and then fourteen downs on first pass. However a couple of the rest held out a bit so ** it is for me. There are five reasonably lengthy anagrams to give a lot of checkers so I don’t expect many of you will have had much trouble.
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.
6a What is soothing in herbal mixture (4)
BALM: A lurker hiding in (in) the last two words.
10a Some dismal sins recalled in religion (5)
ISLAM: Another lurker hiding in (some) DISMAL SINS but it’s backwards (recalled).
11a Bird got by sailor — mighty not half! — in vessel (9)
PTARMIGAN: Start with the usual three letter sailor and MIG (MIG(hty) not half) and insert them (in) into a vessel or container you would find in the kitchen.
13a Piece of isolated territory is rented out (5)
ISLET: The IS from the clue and then a word meaning rented out or leased.
15a A new game in shed where folk meet (4-3)
HANG OUT: A from the clue, N(ew) and a Japanese board game (2) inserted into another word for a shed and then split (4-3).
17a Bad person that can bring great destruction (7)
TWISTER: Double definition. This bad person is a conman and he’s also a slang term for a type of weather phenomena which can indeed bring great destruction.
19a Top music group given external support (7)
PREMIER: Start with an American rock band from the 1980’s and around them put a type of support (getting external . . .). What would crossword setters do without this very useful band?
21a More than one flashy guy passes away — and must get buried (7)
DANDIES: Take a word for which passes away is a euphemism and insert AND (and must get buried).
22a Lily is superior, hugged by many people? (5)
LOTUS: The single letter for superior or upper class inserted into (hugged by) a word meaning many, people or anything else.
24a Mum unhappy about article that is printed in big type (8)
MASTHEAD: The usual two letter mum and a word meaning unhappy are placed around (about) a definite article to get something in big type on the front page of a newspaper.
27a Equivocate as casual worker with zero extra money (9)
TEMPORISE: a casual office worker followed by the letter which looks like zero and finally a word for some extra money as in an increase in salary.
28a Drink husband imbibed brings complaint (5)
WHINE: A drink made from grapes with H(usband) inserted (imbibed).
29a European worker treated badly meeting premature end (4)
SLAV: This type of worker is treated badly because he doesn’t get paid. Take the last letter off (meeting premature end) and you’re left with an Eastern European. How many thought prematurE end was the E?
30a Repeats Easter rite in new arrangement (10)
REITERATES: Anagram (in new arrangement) of EASTER RITE.
1d Step to get rid of a commotion (4)
STIR: Take another word for a step, unless you live in a bungalow you’ll have a flight of them in your house, and remove (to get rid of) the A.
2d Playful behaviour brings end of old association (9)
DALLIANCE: This playful behaviour often involves someone of the opposite sex. Start with a D (end of olD) and follow with an association or union.
3d Mark is male in very deep sleep (5)
COMMA: This punctuation mark is M(ale) inserted into (in) a word for a very deep sleep or unconsciousness.
4d Music and drink bringing resonance (7)
RAPPORT: A type of music (?) performed by Snoop Dogg among many others is followed by a drink that originates in Portugal. You’ll probably be pleased to see I’ve resisted the temptation to inflict some of this stuff on you.
5d Least fresh beer served in street twice (7)
STALEST: You need two of the abbreviation of street (street twice) and between them (served in) you need to put the usual three letter beer.
7d Girl not wanting a financial backer (5)
ANGEL: A girl’s name but without the final A (wanting A). I couldn’t resist this one . . .
8d I’m a monster for putting out economic theory (10)
MONETARISM: Anagram (for putting out) of IM A MONSTER. I did wonder if this clue is a dig at Margaret Thatcher
9d Cherished desire? A doctor has it, one needing to get on (8)
AMBITION: Listen very carefully . . . It’s a charade of the A from the clue followed by one of the two letter doctors. Then the IT from the clue, the letter that looks like the number one and finally the ON from the clue. Phew!
14d Sausages with palish coat getting cooked (10)
CHIPOLATAS: Anagram (getting cooked) of PALISH COAT.
16d Little old colonial outpost making mistake? (8)
OMISSION: Start with the abbreviation of Old (little Old) and follow with a type of colonial outpost which often preached Christianity to the natives.
18d A-List Brit sadly narrow in outlook (9)
TRIBALIST: Anagram (sadly) of A LIST BRIT.
20d Lettuce and fish eggs — most important for inclusion (7)
ROMAINE: Start with some fish eggs and insert (for inclusion) a word for most important and you’ll get another name for a cos lettuce.
21d Journey down is fair with hint of sun breaking in (7)
DESCENT: A word for fair or proper with an S (hint of Sun) inserted (breaking in).
25d Hard container for one chopping wood? (5)
HEWER: H(ard) and then an old-fashioned word for a container or large jug.
26d Hardy girl in the empty ship (4)
TESS: The eponymous girl in a Thomas Hardy novel is TE (T(h)E empty) followed by the usual two letters for a Steam Ship. Here’s another girl with the same name . . .
I rather liked 17a and 21a but top step on the podium has to go to 8d.
Quick crossword pun: DISC + WYATT = DISQUIET