Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29321
Hints and tips by The Mad Hatter
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the ghostly quiet of lockdown L I. Where not a creature is stirring as I write. No schoolchildren, no walkers, no horse riders, nobody fetching the daily paper. It’s blissfully quiet. Long may it continue.
Today’s puzzle fell into place as ever. Stick at it and all should be revealed. It was not as hard as last week’s RayT which had a solver friendly grid giving us most first letters. On a less solver friendly grid last Thursday’s puzzle would have qualified as a true Toughie. It’s not a RayT this week so those of you with a morbid fear of RayT puzzles should be alright.
My solving process.
Read through all the across clues putting in what I can.
Read through the down clues putting in what I can. The checking letters from the across clues are of help.
Repeat until finished taking note of extra checkers with each pass.
This way I familiarise myself with all clues by re-reading at each pass.
I do not dwell over single clues. If it means nothing I move quickly on.
Should you require help, here are todays hints and tips
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1a Bed lad made up in bag for pig (10)
SADDLEBACK: This modern British breed of domestic pig can be found hiding in a bag possibly used to store potatoes which also contains an anagram (made up) of BED LAD
6a It’s quiet in typical museum (4)
CALM: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word in. If all else fails look for a lurker
10a Bill embraced by leader of China in region of that country (5)
MACAO: Place the abbreviation for a type of Bill inside a leader of China. One who died when ABBA were at number one in the charts with Dancing Queen. This chap once said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Bear that in mind when attempting to solve Cryptic Crossword Puzzles or indeed any daunting task
11a Getting hold of top mathematician (9)
CAPTURING: Begin with a verb meaning to top or outdo. Add a geezer who worked at Bletchley Park and died listening to Doris Day’s Secret Love. The number one single at the time
12a Smooth sorceress with no time for quick snack? (8)
SANDWICH: A word meaning to smooth as one might with the surface of a piece of wood is followed by a sorceress minus the letter T, the abbreviation for time
13a Map-makers engaging chaps producing signs (5)
OMENS: The initials of the organisation that makes maps used by walkers in Britain contains (engages) a synonym of the word chaps
15a Fellow at the entrance about to provide label with ID (4,3)
NAME TAG: The chap who checks your ticket on arrival at a concert or sporting event can be reversed to make an identification label
17a Baseball player in jug (7)
PITCHER: The name given to the chap who throws the ball to the batsman in Baseball (rounders) is also the name of a large jug
19a Nelson maybe making short speech after end of skirmish (7)
HORATIO: Admiral Lord Nelson’s first name can be found by placing a short speech after the final letter of the word skirmish
21a One without false ideas about top people (7)
REALIST: A regular crosswordland word for about is followed by what is clued as top people. Split 1,4 they comprise of the people most prized for their celebrity. They are very busy at the moment having appeared at 10 across in yesterday’s Toughie.
22a Travel wearing metal cross (5)
TIGON: This crossbred animal can be found by placing a verb meaning travel inside a silvery white metal with the atomic number 50
24a Animal and I getting round in vehicle for holiday (8)
VACATION: Begin with an animal. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Add the roundest of letters. Place what you have inside a vehicle. The animal and the vehicle are similar to the boys, girls, men, women and rivers used every day by our esteemed setters. There to make us think.
27a Restaurant making money by lake (9)
BRASSERIE: A slang term for money sits next to one of The Great Lakes
28a Competent maiden making comeback as songstress (5)
MELBA: A synonym for competent together with the abbreviation for maiden (an over from which no score is made in cricket) is all reversed (making a comeback) to give the name of an Australian operatic songstress who died listening to Cab Calloway’s Minnie The Moocher in 1931
29a Aims to finish before start of supper (4)
ENDS: The easiest clue of the week. A word meaning the finish is followed by the initial letter of the word supper
30a Being afraid about the cover bird has been given (10)
FEATHERING: A word meaning being afraid of surrounds the word the which has been gifted to us by the setter.
1d Sport needing money getting nothing (4)
SUMO: An amount of money is followed by the letter that looks like the symbol for nothing
2d Eloquent speaker turning red with malice (9)
DECLAIMER: Anagram (turning) of RED with MALICE (remember this word. You will need it soon)
3d Silent actor excited Dolly (5)
LLOYD: An anagram (excited) of DOLLY will lead to a star of the silent screen, first names Harold Clayton. Mungo Jerry’s Baby Jump was playing as he passed away. It had just replaced Clive Dunn’s grandad at number one
4d Throwing poor actor out of former county town (7)
BUCKING: Find an old shire county and remove the last three letters of its county town. These three letters are also used to describe a poor actor
5d Old police sergeant involved in church work — retired from here? (3,4)
COP SHOP: The initial letters of old police sergeant sit inside the abbreviation for church and are followed by the abbreviation for opus (work) Put together and split 3,4 we get an affectionate term for where an old police sergeant may have worked
7d Female with spite putting male off (5)
ALICE: This female can be found by removing the abbreviation for male from a word meaning spite (see 2 down)
8d Law officer right to be included among ‘wise men’, say (10)
MAGISTRATE: Begin with a four-letter word for the three wise men of the orient. Add a word meaning to say or express something clearly which contains the abbreviation for right
9d What one likes, but another one would be very different! (3,2,3)
CUP OF TEA: What one likes would appear to what most solvers drink during the solve. This is used to express a complete difference to something else. Elgar Toughies? Not my 3,2,3.
14d Cutlery may be so negotiable (2,3,5)
ON THE TABLE: The place where cutlery is set out is also used to describe a deal as set before another and ready for negotiation
16d Big female bird with a head buried (8)
TITANESS: A small bird that is a regular garden visitor with the letter A from the clue capped off with a geographical headland or promontory
18d House I head — I love upsetting common folk (3,6)
HOI POLLOI: 1,2,3 – – 4,5 Once I caught a fish alive 6.
1 The abbreviation for house. 2. The letter I from the clue. 3 A dialect word meaning one’s head. (Definition number 2 in my online dictionary) – – 4. The letter I again from the clue. 5. The letter that looks like the love score in tennis. 6 reverse the letters at stages 4 and 5 (upsetting)
20d Penny’s face maybe when old boy introduces poetry (7)
OBVERSE: The abbreviation for old boy is followed by some lines of verse. Coins have two sides. This which in the UK shows the monarch and is often known as Heads and the reverse which might show anything and is known as tails
21d Most naughty one in run on street (7)
RACIEST: The letter that looks like the number one sits inside a competitive run which sits on the abbreviation for street. Naughtiest here might be most ribald
23d Van may have this protection behind (5)
GUARD: Another word for Van which begins with Van needs a form of protection to complete it.
25d Pet avoiding river in Greek valley (5)
TEMPE: This pet is not of the domestic variety although it can be a domestic or a fit of pique. Remove the abbreviation for river. I assume what is left is a Greek Valley. I’ll look it up for you.
Yes here it is
26d Group‘s joke entertaining any number (4)
GANG: This group of wastrels can be found by putting the letter denoting a mathematical unknown into a type of joke
Quickie Pun: track+terse=tractors (Everybodies two year old grandsons favourite word)