Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29372
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to have arrived with a bang and pommers has had to get his shorts out (not a pretty sight!).
This crossword would probably be a ** difficulty if you don’t spot what it is that all the across answers have in common. I twigged it after getting four answers and so was able to fill in every across light before moving on to the down clues, hence the * difficulty rating. I don’t know if there’s some significance but all the across answers in the quick crossword have the same thing in common.
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.
9a One who informs bank worker (6)
TELLER: Double definition.
11a What we’re called during explosive competition (10)
TOURNAMENT: A phrase describing what we’re called (3,4) is inserted into (during) some trinitrotoluene (explosive).
12a Sensitive offer (6)
TENDER: Double definition.
15a Two sons leaving corks for hat (6)
TOPPER: You need a word for what corks are an example of and remove (leaving) the two S(ons).
20a Easy shot bagging stray animal (8)
TERRAPIN: Take a phrase (3,2) describing an easy shot at golf, as in a very short putt, and insert (bagging) a word meaning to stray or make an error.
22a Display tawdry items also (6)
TATTOO: A military display is a word for tawdy items or cheap stuff followed by a word meaning also.
23a Later on I worried about member’s gymnastic apparatus (10)
TRAMPOLINE: Anagram (worried) of LATER ON I placed around a member of parliament.
24a Helpful hint involving end of pier ride (4)
TRIP: What this is placed around (involving) an R (end of pieR).
25a Spell and sign name inside (6)
TRANCE: A word for a sign as in a very small amount has an N(ame) inserted (inside).
26a Go and film defector (8)
TURNCOAT: Another word for your go, in a board game perhaps, followed by a film, of paint perhaps.
1d Bully put away after quarrel in B&B (8)
BROWBEAT: Insert (in) a word for a quarrel or argument between two B’s and follow (after) with a word meaning to put away or consume.
2d Old soldiers pointing to sign (4)
OMEN: O(ld) followed by some soldiers.
3d Notice in job centre in Beverley (6)
POSTER: A word for your job or position followed by the two central letters (centre in) from BevERley. Pommette will like this clue as her name’s Beverley.
4d Mean to consume mostly fresh fish (8)
STINGRAY: Take a word meaning mean, as in miserly, and insert (to consume) a word meaning fresh or uncooked but without its last letter (mostly).
5d Colourful scholar entertaining lad in apartment (10)
FLAMBOYANT: I might be missing something but I think there’s a mistake in this clue. Start with a common two letters for a scholar and insert (entertaining) another word for a lad or male child and then insert that lot into (in) another word for an apartment but there’s an N which seems to have floated uninvited into the mix. Perhaps the original clue was a colourful chap rather than scholar.
Crypticsue has pointed out that the clue has now been changed on the website to read “colourful bloke”. So the wordplay goes – Start with another word for a bloke and insert (entertaining) another word for a lad or male child and then insert that lot into (in) another word for an apartment.
6d Collection round pub raised for sport (6)
TENNIS: A collection is placed around (round) a pub and then the whole lot is reversed (raised in a down clue).
8d Fair play from English, somewhat reduced before close of play (6)
EQUITY: E(nglish) followed by a word for somewhat but without its last letter (reduced) and finally a Y (close of plaY).
13d Leave time to include guys in office (10)
DEPARTMENT: Take a word meaning to leave and a T(ime) and insert some guys.
16d Working MO, deeply involved (8)
EMPLOYED: Anagram (involved) of MO DEEPLY. This is one of those clues where the anagram fodder is obvious but either of the other words could be the indicator and either could be the definition.
18d Very hot current across river (8)
TROPICAL: A word for current or in the news placed around (across) an R(iver).
19d Court giving support to current policeman’s charge (6)
INDICT: The abbreviation of court placed after (giving support in a down clue) a word for current or fashionable and a police detective. Seems odd to have the word current in the wordplay in two consecutive clues.
21d Faux pas made by troublesome children heading off (6)
ERRORS: Some troublesome children, often two-year olds, without their first letter (heading off). Remember that faux pas can be plural as well as singular.
22d The man taken in by Conservative’s surmise (6)
THEORY: Another word for the man or him inserted into (taken in by) another name for a Conservative.
24d Instant credit (4)
TICK: Double definition. A bit of a chestnut but I still like it.
I think 3d was probably favourite with 24d and 22a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: TRAY + TAWSE = TRAITORS
Bottom line: TAPAS + TREE = TAPESTRY