Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29285
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where the unseasonably warm weather continues. Normal service is forecast for next week though so I’m enjoying the warmth while I can.
I don’t know the setter of today’s puzzle and the style felt unfamiliar so perhaps we have another new setter. It’s not too hard and there seem to be a lot of anagrams or partial anagrams so I know a lot of you will be pleased. There’s quite a bit of chestnutty stuff and a couple of definitions that don’t quite work for me but overall I quite enjoyed 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 Professional US magazine highly esteemed, grew rapidly (12)
PROLIFERATED: A charade of an abbreviation of professional, a four letter American magazine (not Time but the other one) and a word meaning highly esteemed.
9a District gets prize, but not the first one (4)
WARD: A district used in council elections is a prize but it’s lost the A from the beginning (not the first one).
10a Claims of Yorkshire town in need of hotel (9)
ARROGATES: A spa town in N. Yorkshire without the initial H (wanting Hotel). Not a common word but fortunately for me I’ve seen this wordplay more than once before.
12a Start with nothing at home — get equipment installed (6)
ORIGIN: Take an O (nothing) and the usual two letters for home and insert (get . . . installed) a word for equipment.
13a Reading University agent about to spill the beans (8)
PERUSING: Start with U(niversity) and an agent or salesman and reverse them (about) and follow with a word for to spill the beans or confess.
15a Criticise this set, unorthodox believers in divine nature? (10)
PANTHEISTS: A word for to criticise followed by an anagram (unorthodox) of THIS SET.
16a Language to get rid of when seen as heartless (4)
ERSE: A word for get rid of or rub out has its central letter removed (heartless).
18a Uninspiring side, second to finish (4)
TAME: Take another word for a side, as in a cricket XI, and move the second letter to the end (second to finish).
20a Saint troubled when joining in religious feast, showing dislike of ceremony (10)
PURITANISM: Anagram (troubled) of SAINT inserted into a Jewish religious feast. According to Collins it’s a Jewish holiday, the Feast of Lots, celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, commemorating the deliverance of the Jews by Esther from a general massacre plotted by Haman
23a River traversed by solitary person who lives near the Thames? (8)
LONDONER: Start with the river that runs through Sheffield and around it (traversed by) put a word for a solitary or hermit.
24a One of the unpaid trainees? Bury has any number (6)
INTERN: The usual term for to bury followed by the letter denoting any number.
26a Celebrity, showing no interest, we hear? That’s right (9)
STARBOARD: A celebrity followed by a word which sounds like (we hear) a word meaning showing no interest.
28a Troubled Penny toddles around, showing hope is lost? (12)
DESPONDENTLY: Anagram (troubled) of PENNY TODDLES.
2d What tells you to stop getting led astray — with proper protection (3,5)
RED LIGHT: An anagram (astray) of LED has a word meaning proper or correct placed around it (with . . . protection) and then it’s split (3,5).
3d See promotion offering lots (4)
LOAD: The usual two letter word meaning see followed by the usual two letter promotion or publicity.
4d I rant terribly when sat on by police? Definitely (3,7)
FOR CERTAIN: Start with an anagram (terribly) of I RANT and before it (sat on in a down clue) put another word for the police and split it (3,7).
6d Cheaper attire falling apart after short time (7)
TATTIER: T (short Time) followed by an anagram (falling apart) of ATTIRE.
7d Greediest man involved in quarrel (12)
DISAGREEMENT: Anagram (involved) of GREEDIEST MAN.
8d Part of speech in which nothing initially is ruled out (6)
RATION: A speech from which the initial O (nothing) has been removed (ruled out). Hands up those who were trying to find something to take an N (Nothing initially) out of.
11d Army capturing Greek character with 21 suffering put in 9? (12)
HOSPITALISED: A word for an army (4) placed around a Greek letter (2) followed by an anagram (suffering) of the answer to 21 down gives a word meaning to be put in the answer to 9 across, not the council area but another meaning of the word. I’m not keen on clues like this as you can’t really solve it before you have 9a.
14d Tiny worker, one going round in circles (6,4)
MINUTE HAND: This one is going round in circles on a clock face. It’s a word for tiny followed by one of the usual workers. I tried LITTLE for the tiny part but it rather made a mess of 20a, although it fits with both 15a and 23a so I was pretty sure of it for a while.
17d Cold girl — one starts to beguile all lovers as man-eater (8)
CANNIBAL: C(old) followed by a girl’s name (3), the letter that looks like one and finally the first letters (starts to) of Beguile All Lovers.
19d Servants providing repasts around Belfast etc. (7)
MENIALS: Belfast etc is a reference to Northern Ireland. Around the two letters for the province put some repasts.
21d More than one model is accepting contract (6)
IDEALS: Take the IS from the clue and insert (accepting) a word for a contract as in what we left the EU with.
25d Deity offering bold sign oddly missed (4)
ODIN: Remove the odd letters (oddly missed) from BOLD SIGN to get a Norse god.
I haven’t got a stand-out favourite today but worth a mention are 13a, 26a and 17d.
Quick crossword pun: PURSE + WADERS = PERSUADERS