Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29381
Hints and tips by Ulysses Everitt McGill
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Gdanga from the heart of Downtown L I where we are enjoying a very quiet time in our lives. Not much is happening at all. No jets flying into Elmdon Airport as was. It is eerily quiet although the Corvids can make a deal of noise when aroused.
There have been a few comments this week about successfully solving without help over several days running. These are usually followed the modest suggestion that this is because of an easy run of crosswords. If this applies to you, please don’t do yourselves down. It is more likely that your solving skills are improving. Well done.
Thursday’s puzzles should be tough but fun and I certainly found this puzzle to be both. As enjoyable as a RayT (which Kath gets to review every other week). I have no idea who the setter might be but puzzles like this are welcome any day of the week for me. I enjoy a good tussle and this puzzle provided one.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Silly frolic — we’d created a false impression (5,4)
CRIED WOLF: A nice little anagram to start proceedings. FROLIC WE’D provides then anagram fodder. The word silly is the anagram indicator
6a ‘Purple lady’ in silly diamonds (5)
LYDIA: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word in tells us that it is so.
9a Criticise a doctor in a certain mould (7)
LAMBAST: The letter A and a two-lettered medical man sit together comfortably inside the mould a cobbler might use and should stick to according to the old adage
10a Team showing no enthusiasm, we hear — absence of trophies in this, then? (9)
SIDEBOARD: A synonym for a team is followed by a homophone of a word meaning without enthusiasm to give a piece of furniture where trophies might be displayed. It was there or on top of the telly in my playing days. Now I don’t have the former and the telly is so thin I wonder where the gubbins go that make it work.
11a Clothes making Martine look fancy (7)
RAIMENT: Anagram (look fancy) of MARTINE
12a They may barely enjoy being in a camp (7)
NUDISTS: Barely here means unclothed. The clue suggests a camp for those who enjoy being bare
13a Ostentation of spinster seen out in new guise (15)
PRETENTIOUSNESS: There is an anagram (in new guise) hiding in here somewhere. SPINSTER and SEEN are part of it for sure. I presume OUT is included too. I needed checkers for this one.
17a Sugar cost changing in brewing of ale (7)
LACTOSE: An unusual double anagram for those who like anagrams. The changing of COST fits inside the brewing of ALE
19a Travelled in vehicle and rushed into lad on bike maybe (7)
MOTORED: A synonym of rushed sits inside a lad on a bike maybe. Maybe back in the early sixties when the lad mentioned wasn’t a rocker and the bike wasn’t a Triumph Bonneville but a Vespa or Lambretta
22a Liquid accidents? One will dry things up (9)
DESICCANT: Anagram (liquid) of ACCIDENTS
23a Fidgety and not totally at ease around 4 (7)
RESTIVE: A word meaning relaxed or at ease minus its last letter sits around the Roman numerals for the number 4. Often when a number is presented as a digit it refers to the clue or answer of that number. Not so in this case which may have saved me some time during both the solve (A bung in) and the writing of the blog
24a This weather is too much — get agitated (5)
SWEAT: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The words ‘is too much’ suggest we take some letters away from the words ‘This weather’
25a I had trouble ultimately in inadequate form of illumination (9)
SIDELIGHT: Begin with the contraction of I had. Add the last letter of the word trouble. Bung what you have into a rather stretched synonym of the word inadequate
1d Storage space allows length of cloth to fit in vehicle (6)
CELLAR: An old unit of measurement sits inside the vehicle most of us used to use on a daily basis before we learnt the pleasures to be gained from taking our time during this government imposed holiday
2d Yours truly’s on the phone, not going anywhere (8)
IMMOBILE: A contraction of I am (yours truly) followed by a hand-held cordless communication device
3d What is green in river bank? (6)
DRAWEE: Pick a river. One from Cumbria will do. Or one of two In Scotland. Or the one that flows between England and Wales. Insert a word meaning green or fresh. The result is the person or organization, typically a bank, who must pay a draft or bill.
4d Unfashionable group from the word go (6)
OUTSET: If trendy or fashionable lead to the word in then the word unfashionable leads to isn’t that difficult to deduce. Add a group of likeminded people
5d Enthusiast goes round and starts to get out for lively trip (8)
FANDANGO: A three-lettered enthusiast and the initial letters of get and out sit around the word and.
6d Greek characters having area inside for dances (8)
LAMBADAS: The plural of the Greek alphabet letter L contains the abbreviation for area
7d Daughter has head stuck in books? Result of fears (6)
DREADS: The abbreviation for daughters is followed by what one does with one’s head stuck in a book
8d A group of investigators round little girl — medical problem (8)
ACIDOSIS: The letter A from the clue is followed by the abbreviation for the Criminal Investigation Department. These are following by a round letter and diminutive term for a female sibling
13d Fighters for a cause, chums suppressing a noise (8)
PALADINS: Your mates hold the letter A from the clue and a word meaning a noise.
14d Dispeller of evil has to be strangling monster (8)
EXORCIST: A word meaning to be includes a three-letter monster. A member of an imaginary race of humanlike creatures, characterised as ugly, warlike, and malevolent.
15d Plates one put out for dogs to eat (8)
TOENAILS: These thin organic plates cover the ends of your extremitiesto protect them. An anagram (put out) of ONE sits inside the plural of a verb meaning to dog or to follow someone closely and persistently. This is nothing to do with Cockney rhyming slang. One of the definitions for Plate is a thin, flat organic structure or formation.
16d Putting into the ground the grain to sprout (8)
EARTHING: Anagram (to sprout) of THE GRAIN
18d Function of church, hiding old wickedness? (6)
COSINE: This trigonometric function can be found by placing the abbreviation for old and a wickedness against god inside the abbreviations for the Church of England
19d Tiny boy turning up, looking embarrassed, wearing a special hat (6)
MITRED: The poor little son of Bob Cratchit is reversed and set before the colour of embarrassment
20d Guy, 50, a prickly type (6)
TEASEL: Guy here is a verb meaning to make fun of or ridicule. It is followed by the Roman numeral for Fifty
21d ‘Brill’ old form of therapy? There’s something wrong here (6)
DEFECT: A three-lettered informal adjective meaning excellent (Brill) is followed by the abbreviation for electroconvulsive therapy which must be as bad and as cruel as it sounds
Quickie Pun: batter+Ingrams=battering rams