Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29336
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where pommers is getting a bit “stir crazy”. We had the flood last year and now we have the plague so I fully expect we’ll have a plague of locusts later in the summer. Biblical or what?
Today’s crossword was one I found about average for both difficulty and fun factor so ***/*** seems about right. There’s some tricky bits and some gimmes and only three clues involving anagrams so I’ll be interested to see what you all made of 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 Information given by party training (4)
DOPE: The usual two letter party followed by the usual two letter training or exercise. One of the gimmes.
9a Genuinely not about to join forces (4)
ALLY: You need to think of a word meaning genuinely and then remove the RE from the front (not about).
10a Well-meaning little boy taking rodent into hospital department (10)
BENEVOLENT: Start with a short boy’s name and the usual hospital department (3) and insert (taking . . . into) a small rodent.
13a The Parisian after opera, finds how a model may be (2,5)
TO SCALE: Start with a Puccini opera and then (after) the French (Parisian) definite article and split it all (2,5).
14a Street performer in holiday resort’s beginning to eat rock? (11)
BREAKDANCER: Take a word for a holiday or a rest and an R (Resort’s beginning) and insert (to eat) a word which can just about mean to rock.
18a Play, ‘R.U.R.’, Pole shot in colour (5,6)
ROYAL PURPLE: Anagram (shot) of PLAY R.U.R. POLE.
21a Said about piece going round (7)
ORBITAL: A word meaning said or spoken placed around (about) a piece or small part.
22a Glib talk by northern model (7)
PATTERN: The glib talk of a salesman perhaps followed by N(orthern).
23a Room with it on board flying saucers, perhaps (10)
SPACESHIPS: A word meaning room followed by a word for with it or fashionable placed between SS (on board a steam ship)
24a Spots knight in one (4)
ACNE: The letter for a knight in chess notation inserted into (in) the playing card with the number one.
26a Briefly introduce celebrity (4)
STAR: Take a word for to introduce or begin and remove the last letter (briefly).
1d A race supporting Diana’s verbal onslaught (8)
DIATRIBE: The A from the clue and a race or clan after (supporting in a down clue) the short form of Diana.
2d Column ending in landing stage (8)
PILASTER: A word for ending or final inserted into (in) a landing stage or jetty.
4d After little time, study walk (5)
TREAD: The single letter for time followed by a word meaning to study, at university perhaps.
5d The very same Italian turned up in Iceland, shivering (9)
IDENTICAL: Two letters for Italian (vermouth) are reversed (turned up in a down clue) and inserted into (in) an anagram (shivering) of ICELAND.
6d Steal diamonds, maybe, and set of clothes (7,4)
TROUSER SUIT: A word meaning to steal something by slipping it into your pocket followed by what diamonds are an example of (maybe) in a pack of cards.
7d Difference in years, for example, between a girl’s first and a chap’s last (3,3)
AGE GAP: Take the first A from the clue and a G (Girl’s first) and then the second A from the clue and a P (chaP’s last) and between them put the two letters for “for example” and split it all (3,3).
12d Detective’s London address in song (5,6)
BAKER STREET: The London address of Sherlock Holmes is also a song by Gerry Rafferty. And a good excuse for some music . . .
15d In disorder, lay on spread on Arabian craft (3,3,3)
ANY OLD HOW: Anagram (spread) of LAY ON followed by a type of boat (craft) found in the Arabian gulf.
16d Drug reduced — that could be a blow (8)
UPPERCUT: A type of recreational drug followed by a word meaning reduced gives a type of punch.
17d Check on what sounds like beloved forest dweller? (8)
REINDEER: A word meaning check followed by a word which sounds like a word meaning beloved or expensive. I’m not sure about the definition here.
19d Busybody‘s energy drink, second inside (6)
GOSSIP: Two letters for energy followed by a word meaning to drink with S(econd) inserted (inside).
20d British trapped in a lounge on fire (6)
ABLAZE: B(ritish) inserted into (trapped in) the A from the clue followed by a word meaning to lounge or to idle.
22d Student at college interrupting short nap (5)
PUPIL: Two letter word meaning at college or university placed inside a word for the nap of a carpet but without its last letter (short).
No stand-out favourites for me today. What about you guys?
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: REIGN + MAY + CUR = RAIN MAKER
Bottom line: KEY + PER + WEIGH = KEEP AWAY