Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29617
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning, which makes a nice change after all the rain we’ve had over the last 48 hours. Last week the covid restrictions were eased a tad and bars were allowed to open their outside seating areas but I don’t think there was much trade done over the weekend.
I know I’ve said this before but today’s puzzle is another example of what has become standard fare on Mondays. Elegant clues and not too much difficulty, although there’s a couple of bits of GK required in this one. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
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.
7a Pawn ring put on by husband (7)
HOSTAGE: The letter that looks like a ring and a word meaning to put on, a play perhaps, all placed next to an H(usband).
10a Historical object Roman Catholic priest locked inside (5)
RELIC: RC (Roman Catholic) with crosswordland’s favourite priest inserted (locked inside).
11a Bearer of fruit to relieve badly off (5,4)
OLIVE TREE: Anagram (badly off) of TO RELIEVE. There’s quite a few of these things around here but if you really want to see some you should go to the province of Jaén in Andalusia where there’s literally millions.
12a Having arrived in Cardiff, earl condemned famous university building (9,6)
RADCLIFFE CAMERA: Anagram (condemned) of CARDIFF EARL with a word meaning to have arrived inserted (having . . . . in). A bit of GK required here but it’s a pretty famous building in Oxford.
13a Consumer after small women’s knitted garment (7)
SWEATER: S(mall) and W(omen) followed by a consumer.
16a Perhaps Vespasian‘s mood heading off with enlisted men (7)
EMPEROR: A word for mood without its first letter (heading off) followed by two letters for enlisted men.
19a Best old radio receiver part installed in most of these (3,4,8)
THE CATS WHISKERS: Start with THES (most of these) and insert a component of a crystal set. I prefer the phrase “ the dog’s . . . . .”!
23a Police officer given power within home precinct (9)
INSPECTOR: The usual two letters meaning at home and a word for a precinct or section with a P inserted (given P(ower) within).
24a Son cutting proper glass object (5)
PRISM: S(on) inserted into (cutting) a word meaning proper as in strait-laced. Any excuse for a bit of Pink Floyd . . .
25a Disorient prisoner having to integrate (7)
CONFUSE: One of the usual prisoners followed by a word meaning to integrate or merge.
26a Superintendent to check detailed roster sent over (7)
CURATOR: The superintendent of a museum perhaps is a word meaning to check or stop without its last letter (detailed) and then a reversal (sent over) of another word for a roster.
2d Legendary knight‘s weapon, auction item (8)
LANCELOT: A weapon, which happens to have been used by knights, followed by an item for sale at an auction.
3d The Parisian, good sort, wasted chance (3-3)
LET OFF: The French definite article followed by a good sort and the split (3,3).
4d Where one may see M. Caine performing? (6)
CINEMA; Anagram (performing) of M CAINE.
5d I agree to listen to judge (4,4)
HEAR HEAR: This answer is a repeated word which can mean both to listen and to judge.
6d Article, at that time, on a Greek goddess (6)
ATHENA: An indefinite article followed by a word meaning at that time and finally the A from the clue.
8d Hard hat accordingly put on (5)
SOLID: Start with a slang term for a hat and before it (put on in a down clue) put a word meaning accordingly or thus.
9d Galley: new timer about to be installed (7)
TRIREME: Anagram (new) of TIMER with two letters for about inserted (to be installed).
14d Still good, getting hold of Nadal’s first service (8)
EVENSONG: A phrase (4,2) meaning still or nevertheless followed by G(ood) with an N inserted (getting hold of Nadal’s first).
17d Travel document and free ticket left (8)
PASSPORT: A word for a free ticket followed by the nautical term for left.
19d Involuntary movement made by tense member of coven (6)
TWITCH: T(ense) followed by a member of a coven.
20d Approach a concert’s chosen location? (6)
AVENUE: A (from the clue) followed by the place where a concert takes place.
21d Walpole, say, in House, ahead of competition (6)
HORACE: The usual abbreviation of house followed by the type of competition that a grand prix is an example of. Apparently this chap’s first name was really Horatio but he was also known by this answer.
22d Clubs in correct order (5)
EDICT: Insert C(lubs) into (in) a word meaning to correct.
I’m not usually a big fan of anagrams but today I’ll make an exception and nominate 4d as favourite with 2d and 18d on the podium.
Quick crossword puns :
Top line: RODE + SIGH + DIN = ROADSIDE INN
Bottom line: ARK + TICK + TURN = ARCTIC TERN