Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29486
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer seems reluctant to end, although it is getting markedly cooler during the night and early morning.
Maybe it’s just me but I thought today’s puzzle was a bit trickier than recent Monday’s have been. I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who though it was a breeze. There’s a couple of longish anagrams and a couple of chestnuts to give you a start so I don’t think it will prove too difficult.
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 Take point after cold caught in A&E (6)
ACCEPT: An abbreviation of POINT placed after C(old) and C(aught) placed between (in) the A and E from the clue.
4a Painter‘s fag ends picked up (6)
STUBBS: This is an artist best known for his paintings of horses. His name sounds like (picked up) some fag ends or butts.
8a Go mad given failure to find sandal (4-4)
FLIP FLOP: A word meaning to go mad or lose one’s temper followed by a word for a failure gives the sort of sandal known as a thong in Australia and New Zealand.
10a Look at fish caught by the German in retirement (6)
REGARD: The German definite article is reversed (in retirement) and a fish is inserted (caught by). Makes a change not to have EEL as the fish although this one is a tad obscure!
11a Confront female expert (4)
FACE: F(emale) followed by an expert.
12a Went on list, working in Hollywood (10)
TINSELTOWN: Anagram (working) of WENT ON LIST.
13a Win big article in exclusive table game (5,3,4)
SCOOP THE POOL: An exclusive for a newspaper followed by a game played on a table with a definite article inserted between them (in).
16a King’s wife, in a novel, fences in an unorthodox way (4,2,6)
ANNE OF CLEVES: An anagram (in an unorthodox way) of A NOVEL FENCES will give you King Henry VIII’s fourth wife.
20a Trace pointer (10)
SUGGESTION: Double definition.
22a Court order gets ambassador to squirm (6)
WRITHE: A court order followed by the abbreviation of His Excellency the Ambassador.
23a Revolutionary hospital on site of battle long ago (8)
MARATHON: One of the revolutionaries involved in the French Revolution, not Robespierre but the one that got murdered is his bath, followed by H(ospital) and the ON from the clue. There was a race in London yesterday which is named after this battle.
24a Assistant‘s job to get hold of record (6)
DEPUTY: A word for a job or task is placed around two letters for a record.
25a Ostentatiously impressive wood lining old carriage (6)
FLASHY: Start with a light, one-horse carriage and insert (lining) a type of tree (wood). Any excuse for a bit of Freddie . . .
1d Fling daughter denied does for marriage (8)
ALLIANCE: A word for a fling or affair without its initial D (Daughter denied).
2d Manage to encircle small thicket (5)
COPSE: A word meaning to manage or get by placed around (to encircle) an S(mall).
3d Feeble young child’s loose outer garment (7)
PALETOT: A word for feeble or wan followed by a young child is a rather obscure loose outer garment or overcoat. I’d never come across this word before but twigged what it had to be from the young child bit.
5d Fuss about right drill in wreck at sea? (7)
TORPEDO: A phrase (2,2) meaning some fuss placed around (about) an R(ight) and some drill as in physical exercise.
6d Wicket secured by delivery, last from Warne in game (9)
BAGATELLE: To solve this you need to know what a wicket is a type of, and it’s got nothing to do with cricket. When you’ve twigged what it is you need to insert it into (secured by) another word for a delivery in cricket and follow with an E (last from WarnE).
9d Hullaballoo in opium den, man recollected (11)
PANDEMONIUM: Anagram (recollected) of OPIUM DEN MAN.
15d More relaxed after church — New Year service (8)
CEREMONY: An anagram (relaxed) of MORE is placed after the two letters for the Church of England and finally N(ew) and Y(ear).
17d Noon, and climb just beginning (7)
NASCENT: N(oon) followed by another word for a climb.
18d Work rule (7)
CONTROL: Double definition. I’m not really keen on the first part of this.
19d Foul place to clear (6)
PUTRID: A word meaning to place in position followed by a word meaning to clear or shed.
Not sure about a favourite today but it’s probably 6d with 3d and 22a as runners up.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: NAVEL + BASS = NAVAL BASE
Bottom line: WEAL + RIGHT = WHEELWRIGHT