Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29310
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, with a watery sun breaking through the patches of cloud as I write.
Overall, I didn’t find today’s puzzle very difficult, but there seemed to me to be an excess of double definition clues, which are not my favourite.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Measure period covered by recent broadcast (10)
CENTIMETRE Anagram (broadcast) of RECENT wrapped around a period.
6a Casually grand, that’s you! (4)
THOU – An old or dialect way of expressing ‘you’, which is also another way of describing casually something which may equally casually be called a grand.
9a Darned watch includes week and day (5)
SEWED – Another word for ‘watch’ wrapped around Week, followed by Day.
10a Put off work, upset by papa coming in smashed (9)
POSTPONED – Reverse (upset) a short form of the Latin word for a work, then add another word for ‘smashed’ or ‘under the influence of drink or drugs’ with the letter represented by Papa in the NATO alphabet inserted.
12a Parking delayed Parisian at the top of the hill? (7)
PLATEAU – Put together the letter found on car park signs, another word for ‘delayed’, and the French for ‘at the’.
13a Go over chapter by nonsensical writer (5)
CLEAR – ‘Go over’ as the horses at Cheltenham attempt to do with the fences. An abbreviation for Chapter followed by the surname of a well-known writer of nonsense verse.
15a Brings in drink, singular — the setter’s first (7)
IMPORTS – Start with another way of writing ‘the setter is’, than add some fortified wine, and Singular.
17a Military forces from Germany and Spain cross swords (7)
DEFENCE – Put together the IVR codes for Germany and Spain, then add a sporting activity which involves crossing swords.
19a After travelling, a driver did it? (7)
ARRIVED – An all-in-one clue, where there is an anagram (after travelling) of A DRIVER, which is defined by the whole clue.
21a Bill‘s memoir? (7)
ACCOUNT – Double definition: a trade bill; or a written history of something.
22a Something from river put in ring? (5)
PEARL – Another all-in-one clue. Put an abbreviation for River inside a ring of bells, and you get something which may be described by the whole clue.
24a Mark‘s secure attic she entered occasionally (7)
SCRATCH – Alternate letters (occasionally) of SeCuRe AtTiC sHe.
27a Entering confession (9)
ADMISSION – Double definition: entering a theatre or stadium; or owning up to something.
28a Liable to drizzle in amongst bit of sunshine? (5)
RAINY – A gleam of sunshine wrapped around IN (from the clue).
29a One could be right — it’s fifty-fifty (4)
SIDE – … the other could be left.
30a Recalled to be given a new appendage? (10)
REMEMBERED – If you were given a new arm or leg you could be said to have been …
1d Players thrown out (4)
CAST – Double definition: the players in a play, collectively; or another word for ‘thrown out’.
2d Snapper we employed producing this? (9)
NEWSPAPER – Anagram (employed) of SNAPPER WE. Another all-in-one, where the whole clue is the definition.
3d It’s used on radio, as I state (5)
INDIA – The answer is a country or state, which is also thw word used in the NATO alphabet (on radio) for I.
4d 2, say? (7)
EXPRESS – Double definition: the first is the short title of one example of the answer to 2d; the second a verb meaning ‘say’.
5d Son, given a reminder to trail about, got free (7)
RESCUED – Put together the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, an abbreviation for Son, and ‘given a reminder’, as an actor may be told that it is time to enter or say something.
7d So, here’s where we may see this hyphen: ‘centrally-heated’ (5)
HENCE – Hidden in the clue.
8d Left-wing new university reflected Welsh town below (10)
UNDERNEATH – Put together the colour associated with the political Left, New and University. Reverse the result (reflected), then add the town whose name in Welsh is Castell-nedd.
11d Calm wide sea (7)
PACIFIC – Double definition, the second being the name of an ocean.
14d Page inserted in Paradise Lost — second goes missing (10)
DISAPPEARS – Anagram (lost) of PARADISE, with Page inserted and Second added to the end.
16d Shocks rebels (7)
REVOLTS – Double definition, both being verbs.
18d Worse row follows twisted article that’s horrid! (9)
NAUGHTIER – Put together the reverse (twisted) of an indefinite article, an exclamation meaning ‘that’s horrid!’ and a row of seats in a theatre or arena.
20d Undeterred by river, welcoming suggestions to go over (7)
DESPITE – Reverse (to go over) the sort of suggestions listed in the heading to this blog post, then wrap a Scottish or Welsh river around the result.
21d Settle on Scottish isle, say, to go climbing (7)
ARRANGE – An island in the Firth of Clyde followed by the reverse (to go climbing) of the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’.
23d With central heating left off, fortunate to be prepared (5)
ARMED – Start with another word for ‘fortunate’ (as in ‘he led a ——- life’), then remove the abbreviation for Central Heating from the front.
25d Beat broth to liquefy (5)
THROB – Anagram (to liquefy) of BROTH.
26d Kept watch on, as I had to be picked up (4)
EYED – This is a homophone (picked up) of the short form of ‘I had’.
The Quick Crossword pun CHILLY + CONK + ARNIE = CHILLI CON CARNE