Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29408
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from sunny Los Alcázares on the Mar Menor. Now that we’re allowed to cross regional borders we’ve come to the apartment for a couple of weeks holiday. We live in Comunitat Valenciana and the apartment’s in the region of Murcia so we haven’t been able to come here for about twelve weeks. It’s usually a couple of degrees cooler here than in Almoradí so it’s very pleasant in the heat of the Spanish summer.
Anyway, to the crossword. Apart from a couple of minor mistakes I thought it was great. Not too tricky but with enough for a little bit of head scratching. I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who doesn’t.
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 Spoke about Conservative one who favours extreme change (7)
RADICAL: A word for a spoke around (about) a C(onservative).
10a One of the last to go in, kind welcoming trouble (4-5)
TAIL ENDER: To get one of the last to go in to bat you need a word meaning kind or gentle with a word for trouble inserted (welcoming) and then split it all (4,5).
11a Copper gets gear changed, some of it good, some of it bad (7,3)
CURATES EGG: Chemical symbol for copper followed by an anagram (changed) of GETS GEAR.
12a Ordinary guys writing on the wall (4)
OMEN: O for ordinary followed by some guys or male people.
- The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
14a CCTV, perhaps, almost always effective — conceal weapon (12)
SURVEILLANCE: Start with a word for always effective but without its last letter (almost). After this you need a word for to hide and finally the weapon used by knights in a jousting contest.
18a Obsession of individual recording soul (9,4)
ONETRACK MIND: This is a charade of a word meaning individual or single, a recording or a part of an LP and a word for soul. According to me and Collins the first word should be hyphenated. I can’t check the BRB as it went for a swim in the flood and I haven’t got around to replacing it yet but Chambers online agrees.
21a Honour holding old musical instrument (4)
OBOE: The honour, sometimes disparagingly referred to as “Other Buggers Efforts”, placed around (holding) an O for old. Here’s nice bit of music from this instrument . . .
22a On account of test, short prayer required, say (3,7)
FOR EXAMPLE: A word which can mean on account of followed by a test like a GCSE and lastly a prayer without its last letter (short) and then split (3,7).
25a Sauntering in street, swaggering (9)
STROLLING: The usual two letters for street followed by a word which doesn’t really mean swaggering but does mean staggering. I think there might be a misprint here.
26a Lowest score, ultimately, in final (5)
LEAST: Take another word for final and insert (in) an E (scorE ultimately).
27a Lengthen lease, in writing (3,4)
LET DOWN: Lengthen a skirt or pair of trousers perhaps. It’s a word for to lease followed by a word describing something written on a piece of paper. Here’s a bit of Radiohead . . .
28a Slammer, finally — bad result for cattle thief (7)
RUSTLER: Slammer finally is an R. Follow with an anagram (bad) of RESULT. I’m not usually a big fan of anagrams but this one really works well.
2d Reserved object, last in sale (6)
DEMURE: A word meaning to object followed by an E (last in salE). A bit of a chestnut perhaps but it’s still a good clue, especially if you haven’t seen it before.
3d Drag a scout free — this rescue worker might (10)
COASTGUARD: Anagram (free) of DRAG A SCOUT. I think this is a very nice all-in-one.
5d Cold fish on shoot gets a wrap? (9)
CLINGFILM: The fish in this clue used to be a crosswordland favourite but I haven’t seen it for quite a while. Anyway, start with a C for cold and follow with said fish. Finally you need a word meaning to shoot with a movie camera to get a wrap for your lunchtime sandwiches perhaps.
6d Article about a neighbourhood (4)
AREA: An indefinite article followed by two letters for about and finally the a from the clue. Not a wasted letter!
7d Deposit small sum of money in crumpled tens (8)
SEDIMENT: An American coin of small value is inserted into (in) an anagram (crumpled) of TENS.
8d Bolt, maybe, in small piece of office equipment (8)
SPRINTER: This Bolt is Usain, cunningly concealing the required capital by having him the first word of the clue. He’s made up of S(mall) followed by a piece of office equipment. If you want to watch his amazing world record run have a look here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFLuduKmnW0
13d Golf course in narrow valley — good scores there (10)
GLENEAGLES: A narrow valley in Scotland followed by some very good scores on a golf course.
15d Winner, Scotsman, becoming strait-laced (9)
VICTORIAN: Another word for the winner followed by a common Scottish man’s name.
16d Huge company deficit a line shows (8)
COLOSSAL: The usual company followed by a word for a deficit, the a from the clue and an L(ine).
17d Protest about renegade party member (8)
DEMOCRAT: An abbreviation of a protest march followed by a single letter for about and finally a renegade or traitor will give you a member of a political party. Not Donald Trump’s but the other lot.
19d Stretch of lake twists to the north (6)
SPRAWL: Start with L(ake) and the a word meaning twists, as a piece of wood might twist, and then reverse the lot (to the north in a down clue).
23d Keen listener comprehending good English (5)
EAGER: Take one of the listeners you have on the side of your head and insert (comprehending) a G(ood) and an E(nglish).
24d Real solid houses to boot (4)
ALSO: A lurker hidden in (houses) the first two words.
My favourite was the splendid 3d and up on the podium with it are 13d and 28a.
Quick crossword pun: CHEWED + AROSE = TUDOR ROSE