Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29438
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where the Spanish summer is in full flow, 38°C on Saturday and not much cooler yesterday. Phew about sums it up!
Today’s crossword is a very pleasant start to the cruciverbal weeks and not too tricky, even though there’s a bit of rather arcane general knowledge required at 23a. At least the answer is fairly obvious so it shouldn’t hold you up too much. I’ll be interested to hear your opinions of that sort of clue.
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.
6a Shower coat (4)
PELT: Double definition. It’s shower as a verb and the coat of an animal.
10a Speak of hesitation by official in game (5)
REFER: Start with the abbreviation of the official in a football match and follow with two letters for expressing hesitation, not um but the other one.
11a Rogue in favour of splitting money returned (9)
REPROBATE: Take a word for some money that has been returned and insert (splitting) a word meaning in favour of or for.
13a Grow profusely in enclosure — impressively large display (3,4)
RUN RIOT: The first word is an animal enclosure, for chickens perhaps, and the second is a word which can mean a dazzling or impressive display, often used to describe an amount of colour. Took a while for the penny to drop here. I had WILD for the second word for a while, d’oh!
14a Awfully frail, he hates some of those practising alternative medicine (5,7)
FAITH HEALERS: Anagram (awfully) of FRAIL HE HATES. I’m not normally a great fan of anagram clues but I’ll make an exception for this one.
18a Psychiatrist‘s ploy with pushbike rider (5,7)
TRICK CYCLIST: A slang term for a psychiatrist is a ploy or prank followed by a word for someone riding a bike.
21a Very foolish person, the head, facing trial (7)
NUTCASE: A slang term for the head followed by a trial in a court of law.
23a State papers collected by Ms Poste, say (7)
FLORIDA: You need the first name of Ms Poste, the heroine of the book “Cold Comfort Farm”, and insert two letters for some papers, which show who you are, to get the Sunshine State in the USA. A bit obscure if you ask me. I just guessed the answer from the papers bit and a couple of checkers and then had to investigoogle to find out who Ms Poste is.
25a Feature of bird stuffed by artist (5)
TRAIT: Take a small bird and insert (stuffed by) the usual two letters for an artist.
26a Toy taken from Tokyo youngster (2-2)
YO YO: A lurker hiding in (taken from) the last two words.
27a Tearful, Charles, upset about my rejected love (10)
LACHRYMOSE: Start with the MY from the clue but reverse it (rejected) and follow with an O (love). Around this (about) put an anagram (upset) of CHARLES.
1d Outspoken, shocking court (6)
DIRECT: A word for shocking or terrible followed by two letters for court.
2d Certainly not included in population of Earth (2,4)
NO FEAR: Another lurker. It’s hiding in (included in) the last three words.
3d Narrow piece sailor uncovered in game (5,4,5)
STRIP JACK NAKED: A word for a narrow piece followed by a term for a sailor and finally a word for uncovered or unclothed. Apparently this game is also known as beggar-my-neighbour.
4d A peer may have one, high tea with Corbyn (9)
BARONETCY: Anagram (high) of TEA with CORBYN.
5d Superior meal, no seconds required (5)
UPPER: A late evening meal without the S (no Seconds required).
7d Former pit worker holding a marker (8)
EXAMINER: Take two letters for former, often clued as a former lover, followed by someone who works in a pit or colliery. Into that lot insert (holding) the A from the clue to get someone who marks test papers.
8d Paper in stand is European (8)
TREATISE: Another word for stand, as in pay the bill, followed by the IS from the clue and then E(uropean).
9d Juliet has long rambles with notable novelist (4,10)
JOHN GALSWORTHY: Start with the letter represented by Juliet in the phonetic alphabet and follow with an anagram (rambles) of HAS LONG. After that you need another word for a notable person and when that lot’s split (4,10) you’ll get the chap who wrote The Forsyte Saga.
16d Mean to imbibe half of raki and fish (8)
STINGRAY: Another word for mean or miserly with the first half of RAki inserted (to imbibe). I think I might have used this clip before . . .
17d Time for a celebration by a third at sea? (8)
BIRTHDAY: Anagram (at sea) of BY A THIRD.
19d House housing a fierce woman (6)
VIRAGO: This house is a House of the Zodiac covering August to September. Into it insert (housing) the A from the clue.
20d Large building left in order (6)
CASTLE: Insert L(eft) into (in) a word for a social order.
22d Run further (5)
EXTRA: Double definition. The run is a run in cricket not scored by the batsman.
No real favourite for me but I did rather like 26a for its elegant simplicity.
Quick crossword puns:
Top row: SPECK + TATE + AWE = SPECTATOR
Bottom row: INN + TURN + KNEES = INTERNEES