Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29629
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja on a bright sunny morning. It’s been a bit cold and wet here recently but yesterday normal service was resumed. Perhaps spring is about to sprung.
Today’s crossword is pretty standard Monday fare, not too difficult and quite enjoyable. Going through the acrosses I spotted the J in 1a and the Z in 21a so I thought we might be in for a pangram but it’s not, it’s missing F, K and X.
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 Start to judge an unlikely teen a US author of classics (4,6)
JANE AUSTEN: Start with a J (start to Judge), then the AN from the clue and after that you need an anagram (unlikely) of TEEN A US and split it (4,6) to get the author of some classic novels.
6a Shock given by singular tailless fish (4)
STUN: S(ingular) followed by a fish without its last letter (tailless). Makes a change for the word shock to have nothing to do with hair!
10a Holiday home has criminal dropping in (5)
VILLA: Another word for a criminal or rogue without the IN at the end (dropping IN).
12a Football club magazine (7)
ARSENAL: The football club that were 3-0 down to West Ham yesterday but fought back to get a 3-3 draw is also the type of magazine where weapons are stored. This is a bit of a chestnut but I like it.
13a Country lover initially pointing at dazzling display (7)
PATRIOT: P (initially Pointing) followed by the AT from the clue and a word for a dazzling display, of colour perhaps.
14a Take article to mean what supporting actor may do in play? (5,3,4)
STEAL THE SHOW: A word for take without permission followed by a definite article and a word meaning to mean or demonstrate.
18a Literary heroine, Amy, in short torrid novel (6,6)
LITTLE DORRIT: This is a novel by Charles Dickens and its heroine is a girl called Amy. You need a word meaning short or small followed by an anagram (novel) of TORRID. I don’t know if the novel is either short or torrid as I’ve never read it.
21a Song about head of zoo working in one of the US states (7)
ARIZONA: Take an operatic song and put it around a Z (head of Zoo) and a word meaning working or operating.
23a Artist in salon, unfortunately one unplaced in competition (4-3)
ALSO RAN: Anagram (unfortunately) of SALON with the usual artist inserted (in).
25a Saw a daughter getting silver, second in heptathlon (5)
ADAGE: A from the clue followed by D(aughter), the chemical symbol for silver and finally an E (second in hEptathlon).
26a See 11 Across (4)
27a Projectile that may make cathedral cleric shout out loud in the auditorium (10)
CANNONBALL: This projectile sounds like (in the auditorium) a cathedral cleric and a word meaning the shout loudly.
1d Jack, over bottle, becomes jolly (6)
JOVIAL: J(ack) followed by O(ver) and then a small bottle.
2d Not one younger, would you believe? (2,4)
NO LESS: Double definition I think.
3d In spite of seeming very unlikely, American gets great chances (7,3,4)
AGAINST ALL ODDS: A charade of A(merican), a word meaning gets or earns, a word meaning great and finally the chances of something happening.
4d Musicians in nick outlawed? Sounds like that (5,4)
STEEL BAND: A homophone clue (sounds like that). The first word sounds like a word meaning to nick, as in pinch, and the second sounds like a word meaning outlawed.
5d Provide witty remark after end of game (5)
EQUIP: Start with an E (end of gamE) and follow with a witty remark.
7d Perhaps towards the end of the day, mean to eat with the Italian (8)
TWILIGHT: A word meaning mean or miserly is placed around (to eat) a W(ith) and the Italian definite article.
9d Isabella and Ferdinand, for instance, had these dreams about future success (7,2,5)
CASTLES IN SPAIN: This phrase meaning daydreams describes some things that would be owned by a Spanish royal couple. Here’s an example of the answer, it’s El Alcázar de Segovia.
15d Sailor boy in waterproof stuff (9)
TARPAULIN: Start with a sailor, then a boy’s name and then the IN from the clue.
16d Char holding top of strong detergent (8)
CLEANSER: What your charlady is with an S (top of Strong) inserted (holding).
17d Commanding attention with small spear (8)
STRIDENT: S(mall) followed by a three pointed spear or nuclear missile.
19d Navy member, nothing without leader (6)
ARMADA: This is the Spanish word for the navy and it’s a member, as in a limb, followed by the Spanish word for nothing without its first letter (without leader).
20d Amazing change in Lauren (6)
UNREAL: Anagram (change in) of LAUREN.
I think 25a is favourite today with 9d and 27a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: FOUGHT + HELLER = FORETELLER
Bottom line: TAPPED + ANSWER = TAP DANCER