Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29324
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the still locked down Vega Baja. It’s not been too bad so far because the weather has been cold and wet for the last three weeks so one doesn’t really feel like going out. A trip to the local bar would be nice though.
Today’s crossword was all set to be a one star difficulty when I got all but three of the acrosses on first pass but there’s a couple near the bottom that held out for a while so I’ve gone for two stars. I count seven clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be pleased. Two of them are fourteen letters so you get a lot of checkers.
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.
7a Youth perhaps, brewed green tea (8)
TEENAGER: Anagram (brewed) of GREEN TEA. I’m sure I’ve seen this more than once before.
9a Language from American artist and writer (6)
ARABIC: Start with A(merican) and follow with the usual two letter artist and finally a brand of ball-point pen.
10a This helps one to see wine son overlooked (6)
RETINA: It’s a Greek wine but without the S (S(on) overlooked). This stuff’s a bit like wine but not as nice!
11a Singer, elderly, confused about love (8)
YODELLER: Anagram (confused) of ELDERLY placed around (about) an O (love in tennis). Does this really count as singing?
12a Parisian district needs rainstorm desperately? (14)
ARRONDISSEMENT: Anagram (desperately) of NEEDS RAINSTORM.
15a Old rogue beheaded in part of church (4)
NAVE: A dated word for a rogue without its first letter (beheaded).
17a Musical: Welsh boy mostly taking it in (5)
EVITA: Take a Welsh boys name without its last letter (mostly) and insert the IT from the clue (taking IT in). An excuse for my favourite version of this song.
19a Very small part of coast in Yorkshire (4)
TINY: A lurker hidden in the last three words.
20a Prince happiest flying in training period (14)
APPRENTICESHIP: Anagram (flying) of PRINCE HAPPIEST.
23a Having nothing to do with it, a bicycle in pieces (8)
CELIBACY: Anagram (in pieces) of A BICYCLE. The IT is a euphemism for sex.
25a Break in Irish game, point behind (6)
IRRUPT: A charade of the two letter abbreviation of Irish, the two letter abbreviation of the fifteen-a-side game played by gentlemen with odd shaped balls and finally a two letter abbreviation of point. This was one of the ones that held out for a while as I only had I for Irish, d’oh!
27a Moral values in middle of fifteenth century recorded in this (6)
ETHICS: The middle of fifteenth is an E. Start with that and follow with the THIS from the clue and insert (recorded in) a C for century. This wasn’t too hard to solve but spotting how the clue works took a bit of head scratching. I think I was just being a bit thick!
28a Huge area young girl is touring with male (8)
LANDMASS: A word for a young girl is placed around (touring) a word meaning with and an M(ale).
2d A blue, international doing badly (6)
INDIGO: I(nternational) followed by an anagram (badly) of DOING.
3d Gloomy, elegy writer, from what we hear (4)
GREY: A word that might be used to describe gloomy weather sounds like a writer who wrote a famous elegy. This just about sums up the last three weeks here.
4d Workman with the French name (6)
HANDLE: One of the usual workers, the four letter one, followed by the French definite article.
5d First one to enter French city in film (8)
EARLIEST: Take a city in the south of France and insert an I (one to enter) and then insert the lot into (in) a two letter Spielberg film.
6d Titled eccentric opposed to dabblers in art (10)
DILETTANTI: Anagram (eccentric) of TITLED followed by a prefix meaning opposed to or against.
8d Spanish nobleman and mum’s mum on Scottish river (7)
GRANDEE: A short term for your mother’s mother followed by the Scottish river which enters the North Sea at Aberdeen. There’s also rivers of this name in Wales, Cumbria and Galloway, not to mention Ireland and two in Australia.
13d Old American highwaymen travelled on horses, reportedly followed by deputies (4,6)
ROAD AGENTS: The first word sounds like a word meaning travelled on horses, or motorbikes, and the second word can mean deputies or representatives.
16d Clearly expressed by Poet Laureate I caught during leave (8)
EXPLICIT: PL (Poet Laureate), the I from the clue and C(aught) are all inserted (during) a word meaning to leave.
18d Case involving university where lots go (7)
AUCTION: Take a word for a court case and insert (involving) a U(niversity).
21d English failing to pass (6)
ELAPSE: E(nglish) followed by a failing gives a word for to pass as time passes.
22d Short text about Mike’s stint (6)
SCRIMP: Take a word for text or writing and remove the last letter (short) and place it around (about) the letter represented by the word Mike in the phonetic alphabet. That will give you a word meaning to stint or be parsimonious. This took a while as well as I had in mind that a stint was a period of time like a section of a Grand Prix between pit stops.
24d The old record could make one cry (4)
YELP: An old word for the followed by one of the usual records.
26d American writer capturing southern attitude (4)
POSE: Take a famous American author and insert (capturing) an S(outhern).
All pleasant stuff but my favourite was 23a with 27a and
Quick crossword puns:
Top line SIGHED + STEPPE = SIDESTEP
Bottom line TRANCE + CRYPTS = TRANSCRIPTS
Apropos of nothing really here’s a piece that amused me. It’s called “Coronavirus Rhapsody”:-