Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29534
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a sunny but chilly morning. I really should be on double time today as it’s a public holiday here. It’s San Andreas day, the patron saint of Almoradí, and normally there would be a big parade and festivities in the town but with the Covid-19 restrictions that isn’t going to happen this year.
On to the puzzle. It’s another elegant puzzle as I’ve come to expect on a Monday. I really enjoyed it as there’s enough head scratching material to keep one on one’s toes but a few gimmes to get a start. There’s also seven clues involving anagrams so I know many of you will be happy.
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 Particular person in awkward situation after following us (7)
FUSSPOT: Start with F(ollowing) and the US from the clue and after it put a word for an awkward situation. I must be a bit slow this morning as I needed all the checkers before the penny dropped on this one.
5a Doing wrong nicking a piece of jewellery (7)
EARRING: A word meaning doing wrong is placed around (nicking) the A from the clue.
9a Fit of pique broadcast (5)
EQUIP: Fit here is a verb and the answer is an anagram (broadcast) of PIQUE.
10a Band‘s rearrangement of Hart score (9)
ORCHESTRA: Anagram (rearrangement) of HART SCORE. As you probably know I’m not a big fan of anagrams but here I like the surface reading.
12a At another time in American one (4)
ANON: This is a lurker It’s hiding in (in) the last two words.
14a Express concern in the entertainment industry (4,8)
SHOW BUSINESS: A word which can mean to express followed by a concern or company.
18a Party fare in Cheshire, say — trifles? (6,6)
CHEESE STRAWS: What Cheshire is an example of followed by another word for some trifles or unimportant things. I haven’t had any Cheshire for years and it’s one of my favourites. I’ll have to try and find some.
21a Dreadful anger shown by daughter (4)
DIRE: D(aughter) followed by a word for anger.
22a Examiner is current head of Eton in disguise (10)
SCRUTINEER: Anagram (in disguise) of IS CURRENT with an E (head of Eton).
25a One seeking post of parish priest in unfinished Spanish resort (9)
APPLICANT: PP (Parish Priest) inserted into (in) the bit of Spain where I live but it’s missing its last letter (unfinished). I’m not sure I’d describe this place as a resort. It’s one of Spain’s largest cities and seaports but I guess it does have a beach and a yacht marina. The province does contain Benidorm however so that certainly counts as a resort. Anyway here’s a picture of the castle . . .
26a Correct about leader of commandos bringing about ceasefire (5)
TRUCE: A word meaning correct or right placed around (about) a C (leader of Commandos).
27a Northern Ireland trenchermen initially go for carp (3-4)
NIT PICK: Start with NI (Northern Ireland) and a T (Trenchermen initially) and after that put a word meaning to go for as in to choose.
28a Stylish member introduced to neat rum (7)
ELEGANT: Anagram (rum) of NEAT with a member inserted (introduced to).
1d Plump folk tale character turned up — Bashful? (6)
FLESHY: A character from a folk tale is reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by a word meaning bashful.
3d Outdoor pursuit? (5,5)
PAPER CHASE: Cryptic definition of a type of cross-country run.
5d Former auditor, from what we hear, in the Treasury (9)
EXCHEQUER: The usual two letters for former, usually a former partner, followed by a word which sounds like (from what we hear) a word describing an auditor.
6d Lively dance in part of film (4)
REEL: Double definition.
7d At home, nursed fiancé? (8)
INTENDED: The usual “at home” followed by a word meaning nursed.
8d Variety of slogans on top of that Gorbachev initiative (8)
GLASNOST: Anagram (variety of) of SLOGANS followed by a T (top of That).
13d Listen with unusual instrument (3,7)
TIN WHISTLE: Anagram (unusual) of LISTEN WITH.
15d Knowing excellent gag (9)
WISECRACK: A word for knowing or sage followed by another word for excellent.
16d Form of pollution — a constant one associated with sewer (4,4)
ACID RAIN: Start with the A (from the clue) followed by C (constant, the speed of light) and I (one) and follow with (associated with) a sewer and then split the result (4,4).
17d Short order over mine, dilapidated (8)
DECREPIT: A word for an order or edict without its last letter (short) followed by another word for a mine.
19d Sturgeon playing a bugle (6)
BELUGA: Anagram (playing) of A BUGLE. I now have a strange mental image of Nicola playing a bugle. I must be cracking up!
20d Passionate study aboard craft (6)
ARDENT: One of the usual studies inserted into (aboard) another word for craft or skill.
23d Free, the BBC? Ignore article (5)
UNTIE: A nickname for the BBC but without the A (ignore article).
I’ve picked out a few clues for the blue treatment but it’s a bit unfair really as the whole puzzle could be blue. As favourite I’ll go for 25a simply because I live there.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: HYPE + ROW + TEEN = HIGH PROTEIN
Bottom line: LICK + WEE + DYES = LIQUIDISE