Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 23510
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the Covid restrictions have been tightened a bit. It’s not a lockdown like in England as shops and bars remain open and we’re free to move around but there are restrictions on travel. One is not allowed the cross regional borders so I have to remain within the area of the Communitat Valenciana which is a pain because our apartment is in the next door region of Murcia so we can’t go there.
After a couple of slightly tricky Monday puzzles for my last two blogs we seem to be back to normal today. There’s a couple of clues with some complicated wordplay but on the whole I found it fairly straightforward.
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 Summary provided by archaeological expedition is in French (6)
DIGEST: A short word for an archaeological expedition followed by the French word for is.
4a Delayed kept in court (4,2)
HELD UP: The first part of the answer is a word which can mean kept and the second is a word to describe someone in court, before the beak, or at university.
8a In collaboration daily (4,4)
HOME HELP: This daily is the cleaning lady. It’s another word meaning in, as in in your house, and a word for collaboration or aid. Strange, the IN bit is more commonly the other way round.
11a Happy clearing last away (4)
GLAD: A clearing in a forest without its last letter (last away). For reasons unknown it took a while for the clearing to reveal itself, d’oh!
12a Reword, perhaps badly, article artist penned (10)
PARAPHRASE: Start with an anagram (badly) of PERHAPS and insert (penned) an indefinite article and the usual two letter artist.
13a Loud row with physicist, one I overlooked in Gothic novel (12)
FRANKENSTEIN: The letter denoting loud in music followed by a row or tier and finally a physicist with one of the two I’s removed (one I overlooked).
16a Item of furniture dumbfounding person presiding (7,5)
ROCKING CHAIR: A word meaning dumbfounding followed by the person presiding, at a board meeting perhaps.
21a Host foolish to exclude bishop (4)
ARMY: Another word for foolish, used to describe travelling England cricket supporters, without the B(ishop).
22a Select sweet with no centre (6)
CHOICE: Take a sweet made from ice cream, remove the central letter (with no centre) and put what’s left together as one word.
23a Change one’s mind about act being suggestive (8)
REDOLENT: A word meaning change ones mind placed around (about) a word meaning to act or carry out an action.
24a Figure with bloody back in small boat (6)
TENDER: A number followed by a word for bloody reversed (back).
1d Register ultimate in praise during subtle comedy (8)
DROLLERY: A word for a register and an E (ultimate in praisE) inserted into (during) a word for subtle.
2d Accepted going topless is a sin (5)
GREED: A word for accepted without its first letter (going topless).
5d Obscure pieces from films shown in middle of week (7)
ECLIPSE: Some short bits of a film inserted into (shown in) EE (middle of wEEk)
6d About to feed a hundred in resort at which a Wild West experience may be enjoyed? (4,5)
DUDE RANCH: Anagram (in resort) of A HUNDRED with the single letter for about inserted (to feed).
7d Delight as first of properties let (6)
PLEASE: First of Properties is a P so follow that with another word for let or rent.
9d Churchgoer in capital greeting one close to minster (11)
PARISHIONER: Start with a European capital city and then a short way of saying hello. After that you need the ONE from the clue and finally an R (close to ministeR).
14d Account of a bishop entering country (9)
NARRATION: This time the Bishop isn’t a B but the other one. Put the A from the clue and the Bishop into a word for a country.
15d Greek character with new second base in New York finds a little extra to spend (3,5)
PIN MONEY: A two letter Greek character followed by N(ew) gives the first word. The second is a word for a second or short period of time followed by the letter which is the base of natural logarithms inserted into (in) the two letters for New York. I’d not seen the word base used for this letter for ages but this is the second time in a few days it’s come up.
17d Pass member heading for Emmanuel or Selwyn, maybe (7)
COLLEGE: A charade of a mountain pass, a member in the lower part of the body and finally an E (heading for Emmanuel) gives what Selwyn is an example of at Cambridge. There’s also an Emmanuel at Cambridge but here it’s just part of the wordplay.
18d Doctor angered Spanish nobleman (7)
GRANDEE: Anagram (doctor) of ANGERED.
19d Reputation long held by court (6)
CACHET: A word for to long inserted into (held by) the abbreviation of court.
21d In which you’ll find this mountain range? (5)
ATLAS: A cryptic definition of a book of maps where you will find these mountains.
Quite a lot of blue today but my favourite was 9d with6d and 13a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: REAP + REDUCE = REPRODUCE
Bottom line: HARROW + GAIT = HARROGATE