Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29426
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where the very quiet summer continues. Very few tourists about and all our bookings on the apartment have cancelled so there’s not much work to do.
Today’s crossword was about as I’ve come to expect for Monday. Not too difficult in the main but with a couple of head scratchers. There seems to me to be a lot of messing about with single letters today. There’s six clues requiring you to use either the first or last letter of a word. There’s also six clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be happy.
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 Sound off right away, after one tucked into crusty roll (9)
CROISSANT: Start with a word meaning crusty or irritated and insert (tucked in) the letter that looks like number one. After it put a word meaning to sound off but without the R (R(ight) away).
6a Crack in rig initially overlooked (4)
QUIP: It’s a crack as in a joke. A word meaning to rig or supply without the first letter (initially overlooked).
11a Head describing Scottish town preacher (3,6)
LAY READER: Take a word for a head or person in charge and place it around (describing) a town and port in SW Scotland. Split it all (3,6) and you get a preacher who isn´t an ordained clergyman. Any excuse for a bit of Dylan . . .
12a Call to mind first half of authentic prayer (9)
RECOLLECT: The first half of a word meaning authentic followed by a prayer.
14a Sudden quick movements in game (5)
DARTS: Double definition.
15a Be tense suppressing awful urge for pot (4,3)
BEER GUT: This is a pot as in a pot belly. It’s the BE from the clue and T(ense) placed around (suppressing) an anagram (awful) of URGE.
16a Wild, as is to be expected (7)
NATURAL: Double definition.
18a Dicky writes about onset of tragic tornado (7)
TWISTER: Anagram (dicky) of WRITES about a T (onset of Tragic).
20a Part of series involving Federal agents (7)
SEGMENT: Take a word for a series and insert a term for members of the FBI.
21a Small border plant (5)
SEDGE: S(mall) followed by a border or rim.
23a Let go, student I rebuked (9)
LIBERATED: The usual student and the I from the clue followed by a word meaning rebuked.
25a Way of living in Ely itself changed (9)
LIFESTYLE: Anagram (changed) of ELY ITSELF.
26a Love huge Greek character (5)
OMEGA: The letter for love in tennis followed by a word for huge which can also be used to denote 1,000,000.
28a Angry and very rude on vacation (4)
SORE: A word for very (2) followed by RE (R(ud)E on vacation).
1d Cried out for a drink (5)
CIDER: Anagram (out) of CRIED.
2d Possess dress, not grand (3)
OWN: A word for a formal dress without the G (not Grand).
4d Complaint of menial working on top of tower (7)
AILMENT: Anagram (working) of menial on a T (top of Tower).
5d Sea god assuming tail of ray in attempt to deceive (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON: Start with a sea god, son of Poseidon and who is also the planet Neptune’s largest moon, and insert (assuming) a Y (tail of raY) and split the result (3,2,2).
7d Held in custody below, a leader of ring and others (5,6)
UNDER ARREST: A word meaning below followed by the A from the clue, an R (leader of Ring) and a word for the others.
9d Soldiers, last in ward, get better (4)
MEND: One of the usual words for soldiers followed by a D (last in warD).
13d Gambling game: clubs delay introducing limit (6,2,3)
CHEMIN DE FER: Take a C(lubs) and a word meaning to delay and insert a phrase (3,2) meaning to limit or surround.
15d Scented stuff from spa lasts, if sprinkled (4,5)
BATH SALTS: Another word for a spa followed by an anagram (if sprinkled) of LASTS.
19d Ivy League university raised in revolutionary broadcast (7)
RELAYED: Take one of the Ivy League universities and reverse it (raised in a down clue) and insert into a word for a revolutionary or communist.
20d National topic (7)
SUBJECT: Double definition.
22d Presenting few difficulties in store, as yet (4)
EASY: A lurker hiding in (in) the last three words of the clue.
24d Sketch rear of wagon pulled along (5)
DRAWN: A word meaning to sketch followed by an N (rear of wagoN).
27d English artist shows age (3)
ERA: E(nglish) followed by the usual artist.
No stand-out favourite for me today but 11a, 8d and 15d are worth a mention.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: AUK + SHUN + EARS = AUCTIONEERS
Bottom line: RHEA + WHIN + DOE = REAR WINDOW