Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29474
Hints and tips by pommers
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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer appears to have returned since my last blog a couple of weeks ago. The temperature has climbed over 30°C every day for the last week and it’s forecast to stay the same for the rest of this week.
Today’s crossword isn’t as easy the last one I blogged but I don’t think these hints will be needed much. There’s a couple of meanings of words which I hadn’t come across before but the wordplay is fairly clear so a quick look in the dictionary to confirm is all that’s required.
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.
8a Troupe member very wealthy participant on stage, ageless (9,6)
STROLLING PLAYER: This is a member of a troupe of itinerant actors. Start by removing the AGE from the word stage (ageless) to leave ST. Follow that with a word meaning very rich (often followed by the words IN IT) and lastly another word for a participant on stage or actor.
9a Long period in Spain, working (3)
EON: The IVR code for Spain followed by a word meaning working or in operation.
10a Technique used to clear a bar in cowboy film part, we hear (7,4)
WESTERN ROLL: An old technique used in high jumping, before the straddle and later the Fosbury flop were developed, is a word for a cowboy film followed by a word which sounds like (we hear) a part in said film.
11a Composer in hotel entertained by humorist (5)
LEHAR: Insert H(otel) into (entertained by) a well known humorist called Edward to get a composer best known for operettas, including The Merry Widow. Not a composer I’m very familiar with but he turns up in crosswords from time to time so is worth remembering.
12a Police officer caught on fast? (9)
CONSTABLE: C(aught) followed by the ON from the clue and a word meaning fast as in stuck fast.
15a Some raita, or chutney, over in republic (7)
CROATIA: It’s a lurker (some) hiding in RAITA OR CHUTNEY but it’s backwards (over).
19a I managed during tricky stint going from place to place (2,7)
IN TRANSIT: Start with the I from the clue and then an anagram (tricky) of STINT. Into that insert (during) the usual three letter word for managed.
21a Neat handler depicted wrongly as uncivilised (11)
NEANDERTHAL: Anagram (depicted wrongly) of NEAT HANDLER. When I saw the word NEAT my initial thought was that it would be something to do with cattle, d’oh!
24a Buffet voucher (starter not included) (3)
HIT: Buffet as in jostle or bash is a word for a voucher without its first letter (starter not included).
25a Tired and emotional, and shabby? (3,5,3,4)
THE WORSE FOR WEAR: Double definition. Tired and emotional as in a bit drunk.
1d Outdoor garment technocrat ordered (6,4)
TRENCHCOAT: Anagram (ordered) of TECHNOCRAT. You’d think this anagram would be a bit of a chestnut but I don’t recall seeing it before.
2d Mature female let down (6)
FLOWER: A word meaning to mature if F for female followed by a word meaning to let down.
3d Excellent form for one starting school? (5-5)
FIRST CLASS: This could be viewed as a double definition. The phrase meaning excellent could also describe the form you go into when you start school.
5d Board to name organisms drifting at sea (8)
PLANKTON: A board or piece of wood followed by the TO from the clue and finally an N(ame).
6d Printer’s error in quality poem (4)
TYPO: Another lurker (in) in the last two words but this one’s the right way round.
7d Screen restaurant, English (6)
GRILLE: A type of restaurant, there’s a famous one at the Savoy Hotel, followed by E(nglish).
8d Rings up about the man’s record (7)
SHELLAC: A word meaning rings, on the phone perhaps, is reversed (up in a down clue) and placed around a two letter word for the man. The answer is a type of resin but it’s also a word for a gramophone record made of it. A meaning I’d never come across before.
13d Near end of August transfer part of the workforce? (5,5)
NIGHT SHIFT: An old word for near followed by a T (end of AugusT) gives the first word and the second is a word meaning to transfer or move.
14d General having these treated daily, perhaps (10)
BROADSHEET: A word meaning general or widespread followed by an anagram (treated) of THESE will give you a type of daily newspaper.
16d Vampire in corner — cross raised (8)
TRAPDOOR: A word for to corner or ensnare followed by a reversal (raised in a down clue) of a word for a cross or crucifix. This is a theatrical term which I’d never seen before.
18d Containing only celebrities, the whole side initially on pitch (3-4)
ALL STAR: A word for the whole or everything followed by S (Side initially) and then some pitch that’s used for road surfaces.
19d Light indefinite number in current French holiday home (6)
IGNITE: Light as in to set fire to. It’s the letter used in physics for electric current followed by a French holiday home with the letter for any number inserted (in).
20d To have a go after friend’s not worth considering (6)
PALTRY: Start with a friend (3) and follow with a word for have a go or attempt.
22d Top primate put on crucifix, finally (4)
APEX: A primate such a gorilla placed on an X (crucifiX finally).
23d Reckless forward, not British (4)
RASH: A word for forward or cheeky with the B(ritish) removed.
Favourite for me was 3d with the two that were new meanings up on the podium, i.e. 8d and 16d.
Not sure about the top line quickie pun. I’ve got it as the city in Indiana, USA but there could well be something I’m missing.
Quick crossword puns:-
Top line: FOUGHT + WANE = FORT WAYNE
Bottom line: HEIR + BREAKS = AIR BRAKES