Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29393
Hints and tips by Violet Elizabeth Bott
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the soggy heart of Downtown LI where it has rained throughout the night. I really enjoyed today’s crossword and admire the setters craft and wit. Not one raised eyebrow from me and never ever a hmm. (See 21 across) Just an acceptance that the setter can be as beguiling as he or she pleases, as long as I can complete the grid.
One benefit of lockdown is that with no campers I have not mown the camping field for three months. It gives great pleasure to see the various grasses growing tall with seed heads dancing in the breeze. I remember these grasses from my childhood and have looked them up online to find a variety of lovely old names. Yorkshire Fog and Timothy to name but two.
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1a Subtle suggestions in what could be seen as rude sonnet (10)
UNDERTONES: A snazzy little anagram starts us off here. The words RUDE SONNET provide the fodder to play with. The words could be so suggest an anagram.
6a To sleep rough in rubbish? Not right! (4)
DOSS: A word synonymous with worthless rubbish needs the abbreviation for Right removing
9a Material your setter’s kept at back of study (5)
DENIM: A contraction of two words your setter might say to hint at his or her existence follows a three-letter study or hideaway
10a Bodily tissue at a murder looking dreadful (4,5)
DURA MATER: Anagram (looking dreadful) of AT A MURDER. Never heard of it
12a English fashion set by boy who has private education? (7)
ETONIAN: Begin with the abbreviation for English. Add a word popular with cryptic crossword setters meaning fashion. Add a boy’s name. Which boy? There are hundreds to choose from so you have to do a bit of work to find the right one. That’s what solving a puzzle is all about.
13a Indian princess managed extremes of elegance (5)
RANEE: A word meaning to have managed a business perhaps is followed by the outer letters of the word elegance
15a Flying uni flag could be worthwhile (7)
GAINFUL: Anagram (flying) of UNI FLAG.
17a Try to get place in athletics event (4,3)
SHOT PUT: Two synonyms needed here. One for try or attempt. Another for place
19a What avoids circumlocution — and is needed in tribunal, no end (7)
CANDOUR: The quality of being open and honest is found by placing the word and from the clue inside a type of tribunal minus its last letter
21a Time to go to busy places to catch European criminals (7)
THIEVES: The abbreviation for time is followed by a word for some busy places into which another abbreviation has been placed. The abbreviation for European. The busy places are busy indeed at this time of year and if you get close to one and listen you can hear the sound of collective buzzing. A bit like the sound of the blog with all the hmms we have been getting recently
22a Explosive container brought around by engineers (5)
NITRE: A container for baked beans is reversed and the abbreviation for the Royal Engineers is added
24a Label for person who perseveres (7)
STICKER: A word for the label a jam maker might put on a jar is also a word applied to one who works diligently and continuously at a task
27a Relieved from anxiety, being given a new policy? (9)
REASSURED: To be given a new policy by the Pru perhaps – not for a set term but for one’s whole life
28a Change some controversial terminology (5)
ALTER: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word some indicates thus
29a Bit of luggage for instance (4)
CASE: A double definition. A bit of luggage should be all you need
30a Purpose of French band taking circuitous route (10)
MEANDERING: A verb meaning to intend is followed by the French word for of. This is finished off with another word for a circular band
1d Cancel social gathering of many nations’ representatives? (4)
UNDO: This gathering of many nations is an intergovernmental organisation that aims to maintain international peace and security. Its initials are followed by our usual crosswordland party
2d Report of comic hero, one growing wild? (9)
DANDELION: A homophone of a popular children’s comic is followed by a stretched synonym of the word hero. The resultant one growing wild is a rather beautiful weed masquerading as a flower
3d See love — offered by him? (5)
ROMEO: The see here is a Bishopric. The most visited in the Catholic Church. It is followed by the letter representing love in a tennis match. I took Saint Sharon to the See in question for Valentine’s weekend a few years ago and you wouldn’t believe it but the English Rugby team were in town to play the Italian rugby team.
4d Coppers in out-of-date account (3,4)
OLD BILL: A word meaning out of date is followed by a monetary account or invoice.
5d Unsettled wanderers — we going off for business trips? (7)
ERRANDS: Anagram (unsettled) of WANDERERS minus the letters WE
7d Frequently become more mellow, having lost head (5)
OFTEN: Remove the first letter from a word meaning to become more mellow. I’ve only moved the clue about a bit here. I hope that’s enough to help
8d Ten secrets about what actor may have to go through (6,4)
SCREEN TEST: Anagram (about) of TEN SECRETS
11d Engineer relaxing in Minorca (7)
MARCONI: Anagram (relaxing in) of MINORCA
14d Gregory is seen to be so self-centred (10)
EGOCENTRIC: The answer is a description of the central three letters in the word Gregory. Thanks to whoever it was that explained this answer or similar once before. A good memory is a vital aid to any solver
16d Female puts down plants for decoration maybe (7)
FLOWERS: The abbreviation for Female is followed by a word meaning puts down nearer to the floor.
18d TV — top aria may be rendered by this tenor (9)
PAVAROTTI: Our millionth anagram today. Anagram (may be rendered) of TOP TV ARIA
20d Book put to one side (7)
RESERVE: An often used double definition. Need I say more?
21d Ironed shirt finally sorted out and tested for size? (5,2)
TRIED ON: Anagram (sorted out) of IRONED including the final letter of shirT
23d Drops bombs (5)
TEARS: A double definition with a free checking letter for 29 across. As both words in the clue are plural it is likely that the answer will end with the letter S. The second definition means to travel at speed
25d Rogue‘s central part in place of worship, we hear (5)
KNAVE: The central part of a church and an archaic term for a dishonest or unscrupulous man both sound the same (we hear) the one with five letters that fits with the checkers is probably your answer26d Doctor gets you improving finally — prescribing this? (4)
DRUG: The abbreviation for doctor is followed by the final two letters of the words you and improving
the final letter of the word improving
Solved with a smile. Not a raised eyebrow or a hmm at all. Thank you both setter and editor.
The Quick Crossword pun: knock+terns=nocturnes