Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29345
Hints and tips by Pinkie Brown
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Today we have a very depressing black grid. There are 88 black squares out of 225. That is forty per cent of the available space not being used. This means we only have 26 clues to solve. These grids always disappoint me.
Of the 135 white squares left 51 are filled by anagram fodder from the five and a half anagrams. That disappoints me too.
The free holiday the government has given me does not disappoint at all.
Nor did the puzzle when I got around to it. It didn’t pose too many problems and there was a nice surprise to eat towards the end of the across clues. Any kind of food is welcome. It helps the solving process
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5a Susan’s bowled over by the legendary hero (7)
THESEUS: The shortened form of Susan’s is reversed (bowled over) and placed after the word the from the clue which our setter has offered as a gift. Maybe to sweeten us up before he increases the difficulty factor.
7a Baddies in car first to escape (5)
HEELS: A slang term for one’s car has its first letter removed (first to escape)
9a Daughter getting behind, being less sensible (6)
DAFTER: The abbreviation for daughter is followed by a word meaning what comes next or behind
10a Map’s original creator with new layout (8)
MERCATOR: The initial letter of Maps is followed by an anagram (with new layout) of CREATOR
11a I am clothed afresh and well-organised (10)
METHODICAL: Anagram (afresh) of I AM CLOTHED
13a Man readily available when husband is away (4)
ANDY: Remove the first letter of a word describing somebody as skilfully adept to leave a man’s name.
A man applies for the job of Handyman at a large house. The lady of the house asks him if he can tend a garden and mow lawns? No he replies. I’m useless at gardening. How about electrics. Can you mend a fuse and change a plug. No madam, I wouldn’t know how to do that. How about plumbing she asks. Can you fix a leaking tap? I don’t like to mess with the water supply madam. Exasperated the lady asks what is it about you that makes you think you are handy? Well madam he says. I only live around the corner.
14a Nomad is drunk outside a meeting-place somewhere in New York (7,6)
MADISON AVENUE: Begin with an anagram (drunk) of NOMAD IS. Add the letter A from the clue. Add a meeting place.
16a & 18d Smaller beast that shines in the night (4,5)
URSA MINOR: This is the name of a constellation that shines in the night sky. As the clue suggests this is the smaller of two similarly named constellations
17a Quick rhythm evident in gavotte! (6,4)
DOUBLE TIME: The musical timing of a Gavotte is also a quick rhythm
19a Party that’s horrible with teachers’ group providing something to eat (8)
DOUGHNUT: A three-part charade. 1 our usual crosswordland party. 2 An expression of disgust uttered when something horrible has been experienced. 3 A now defunct teachers’ union
20a Like an understudy on stage? (6)
ACTING: What a cast member in a play is doing whilst on stage is also a synonym for deputising like an understudy
22a Archaeologist taking vehicles to edge of site (5)
EVANS: Take tradesman’s vehicles to the last letter of the word site
23a Car slightly deficient facing ban — this could strengthen its frame (7)
ROLLBAR: Begin with only the first word of a make of car synonymous with luxury. Remove its last letter (slightly deficient). Add a word meaning to ban something or somebody
1d Vegetable matter a domestic animal has eaten (4)
PEAT: Insert the letter A from the clue into what a domesticated animal such as a cat or a dog is
2d Explosive females at matches in Scottish isles (8)
HEBRIDES: The explosives here are High Explosives. Begin with the initial letters of High Explosives. Add what the female matches are if the male matches are grooms
3d Endless task given to a learner associated with singing (6)
CHORAL: A tedious domestic task needs its last letter removing and the latter A from the clue together with the abbreviation for learner adding
4d Placed side by side with group opposing (3,7)
SET AGAINST: A three-letter group of like-minded individuals sits next to a word meaning opposed to
5d Guy providing drinks with energy (5)
TEASE: Begin with the plural of a popular hot breakfast drink and add the abbreviation for energy. The Guy here is not a chap. Nor is it a means of securing a tent. It is a verb meaning to make fun of or ridicule. This meaning of guy appears regularly in puzzles so is worth remembering.
6d Circuit material making comedic turn so dreadful (13)
SEMICONDUCTOR: Anagram (dreadful) of COMEDIC TURN SO
8d Foot of water in cathedral office (7)
SPONDEE : A small body of still water sits inside the place in which a cathedral church stands, identified as the seat of authority of a bishop or archbishop. The answer is a term used in poetry for a metrical foot that consists of two stressed syllables. Plenty of examples for you to find in this in this stanza
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Longfellow
By the shore of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.
All the air was full of freshness,
All the earth was bright and joyous,
And before him, through the sunshine,
Westward toward the neighboring forest
Passed in golden swarms the Ahmo,
Passed the bees, the honey-makers,
Burning, singing in the sunshine.
12d Shrubs faring badly in ashy gardens garden (10)
HYDRANGEAS: Anagram (faring badly) of ASHY GARDEN. In the online version the anagram fodder is given as ASHY GARDENS which has an extra letter S. I didn’t notice. The answer was immediately obvious and I never check because I trust the puzzle will be correct which they usually are.
14d Poet and playwright heard in town by Thames (7)
MARLOWE: A town on the river Thames in Buckinghamshire sounds like the name of an English poet and playwright who died in 1593
15d Unusual blue lava worth a lot (8)
VALUABLE: Yet another anagram (unusual) of BLUE LAVA
17d European man losing head when grabbed by pretty girl? (6)
DANISH: The word MAN in the clue needs to be beheaded as the clue suggests. He then needs to enter a very dated word used to describe a pretty girl.
18d See 16 Across
21d Pipe from bath taking last of waste (4)
TUBE: A synonym of the word bath has the final letter of the word waste added.
Clue 27: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 27th clue
Clue 28: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 28th clue
Clue 29: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 29th clue
Clue 30: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 30th clue
Clue 31: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 31st clue
Clue 32: No hint or tip needed as there isn’t a 32nd clue
Isn’t Van Morrison wonderful?
Quickie Pun: soup+eerier=superior