Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29522
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the summer seems to have made a bit of a comeback for a few days. 26°C yesterday and forecast 27°C today and tomorrow. I’m not complaining.
I thought today’s’ puzzle from the double punster was a bit on the tricky side. Some of the synonyms are a tad stretched so took a bit of head scratching. However there are enough gimmes and anagrams to give you a good start so it’s quite solvable. I found the tussle quite enjoyable and hope you all did too.
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 Shabby? Study pub featured in article (10)
THREADBARE: One of the usual words meaning study, not den or con but the other one, and one of the usual words for pub placed inside (featured in) a definite article.
6a Go doolally when retired (4)
STAB: Go as in have a go at. It’s a word meaning doolally or nutty reversed (retired).
9a Pair‘s masterstroke with lease (7)
COUPLET: A masterstroke or perhaps a revolution followed by a word meaning lease or rent out.
10a Working with CIA in Kansas city (7)
WICHITA: Anagram (working) of WITH CIA.
12a Note new Dundee stand completely finished (4,3,6)
DONE AND DUSTED: One of the notes from the Sol-Fa scale followed by an anagram (new) of DUNDEE STAND.
14a One allotted a call sign, ‘Aries’, to receive Idaho broadcast (5,3)
RADIO HAM: Start with the animal that represents the star sign Aries and into it (to receive) insert an anagram (broadcast) of IDAHO. Sorry, couldn’t get the TV episode as the BBC seem to have blocked it.
15a Guide that woman inside health resort (6)
SHERPA: This is a Himalayan mountain guide. It’s a word meaning “that woman” placed insed (inside) a health resort such as Bath or Harrogate.
17a A daughter in appearance may give a deceptive impression (6)
FACADE: A from the clue and D(aughter) inside (in) a word meaning appearance.
19a Follow party with good record (5,3)
HOUND DOG: Take a word meaning to follow, the usual two letter party and a G(ood) and split it (5,3) to get a record by King Elvis. Cue music . . .
21a IOM races trip, sort youth organised (7,6)
TOURIST TROPHY: This is the full name of the motorbike races held each year on the Isle of Man. They’re an anagram (organised) of TRIP SORT YOUTH. Strictly speaking they aren’t races but time trials which aren’t quite the same thing.
25a Greek character‘s order, constant in golf club (7)
OMICRON: It’s the Order of Merit followed by C(onstant) in a golf club.
26a Win each service (4)
EARN: Two letters for each followed by the initials of our senior military service.
27a Something to eat in bed, e.g. pâté I spread (7,3)
COTTAGE PIE: A three letter bed, where a baby might sleep, followed by an anagram (spread) of EG PATE I. I spent far too long trying to find an anagram of BED EG PATE I, d’oh!
1d Kid not right for a moment (4)
TICK: A word meaning to kid with the R removed (not R(ight)).
2d Complete game of golf with editor (7)
ROUNDED: The word for a game of golf followed by the usual abbreviation of editor.
3d Soon enough exhausted, pleasure-seeking (3,2,4,4)
ALL IN GOOD TIME: The first two words are a phrase meaning exhausted or tired out and the second pair can mean pleasure seeking as in the phrase describing a pleasure seeking girl – a **** **** girl.
4d Pinter play, a sell-out (8)
BETRAYAL: You need a bit of GK for this one. It’s a famous play by Harold Pinter and it’s a word meaning sell-out as in disloyalty or treachery.
5d Quarrelled as king due (5)
ROWED: A single letter for King followed by a word meaning due or unpaid.
8d Through with sweeping, on the whole (2,3,5)
BY AND LARGE: The first word can mean through as in via, the second word is another way of saying with, the third word can mean sweeping as in sweeping changes and when they’re put together you get a phrase meaning on the whole. This is one of those that’s easier to solve than hint.
11d Taken by surprise, held out? (6,7)
CAUGHT NAPPING: A word for held, in a cricket match perhaps, followed by a word for out or asleep.
13d Successful academic, one on board (10)
PROFITABLE: Successful as in making money. It’s an abbreviation of an academic followed by I (one) and finally a board where you might serve dinner.
16d Supporter at home cross over display? (8)
DOORPOST: Another word for a crucifix (cross) is reversed (over) and followed by a word meaning display, as in display a comment on this blog perhaps.
18d Return punch in bar (7)
COUNTER: Double definition.
20d Party I’d assembled for outing (3,4)
DAY TRIP: Anagram (assembled) of PARTY ID.
22d Dance tune’s first on radio? (5)
TANGO: This dance is also the word used for the letter T (Tune’s first) in the phonetic alphabet used in radio communication.
23d Stake in restaurant extended (4)
ANTE: This stake in a poker game is a lurker hiding in (in) the last two words.
A fair bit of blue today and I don’t really have a stand-out favourite as it’s all pretty good stuff. The podium is populated by 11d, 3d and 10a in whatever order you want.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: PORTER + BULL = PORTABLE
Bottom line: WHEY + FAIRER = WAYFARER