Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29701
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has arrived big time. We’re getting temperatures around 30°C every day now and the forecast is for it to be hotter by weekend.
Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I found this puzzle a bit trickier than recent Mondays have been. I only got six of the acrosses and eight of the downs on first pass which is lower than average for me on a Monday. However there are enough gimmes and a couple of anagrams to give you a good start so I don’t think it will cause too much trouble. For me a tad of extra trickiness adds to the overall enjoyment of the tussle.
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 To retaliate take industrial action second (6,4)
STRIKE BACK: A word meaning to take industrial action followed by a word meaning second as in support. Always nice when 1a goes straight in!
9a Protection provided by extremely dependable guard (7)
DEFENCE: DE (extremely DependablE) followed by a guard or barrier.
10a Casual worker, unwell earlier (7)
OFFHAND: Take one of the usual workers not ANT or BEE but the other one, and before it (earlier) put a word meaning unwell or poor.
12a Grasps the wise crafty asides (5,8)
STAGE WHISPERS: Anagram (crafty) of GRASPS THE WISE.
15a Flask of cold wine knocked over (8)
CANISTER: C(old) followed by a reversal (knocked over) of some Greek wine. Not sure this stuff counts as wine. It smells like pine bog cleaner, yuk!
17a Start working in exchange with old name (6,2)
SWITCH ON: A word meaning exchange or swap followed by O(ld) and N(ame).
19a Grow old and supply to-do list (6)
AGENDA: Start with a word meaning to grow old and follow with an anagram (supply, as in “in a supple manner”) of AND. Don’t think I’ve ever seen supply used as an anagram indicator, sneaky or what?
22a Photograph friend in front of superb cinema (7,6)
PICTURE PALACE: A word for a photograph or image followed by a friend and then a word meaning superb.
25a Like mad, tucked into favourite kind of teacake (7)
PIKELET: Anagram (mad) of LIKE inserted into (tucked into) the usual teacher’s favourite.
26a Pay attention to the man with press chief (4)
HEED: A word meaning the man followed by the usual press chief.
27a Female swan protected by one, as so flustered when hunting is allowed (4,6)
OPEN SEASON: Start with a female swan and around her (protected by) put an anagram (flustered) of ONE AS SO.
1d Border team (4)
SIDE: Double definition.
2d Turned down scrap dealer at first (7)
REFUSED: A word for scrap or rubbish followed by a D (Dealer at first).
3d At which skipper is likely to be judged unfairly? (8,5)
KANGAROO COURT: Cryptic definition of a sort of hearing where you would be unlikely to get a fair trial.
4d Empty beer jug? Guinness, maybe, required (6)
BREWER: Remove the inner letters (empty) from BEER to leave the BR. After this you need crosswordland’s favourite jug to get something that Arthur Guinness was an example of.
7d Most close by are in eyrie? (7)
NEAREST: The ARE from the clue is inserted into (in) what an eyrie is an example of.
8d Extra marmalade, perhaps, for general (10)
WIDESPREAD: An extra in cricket followed by what marmalade is an example of. Butter would have been easier. As marmalade is a type of cat it had me barking up the wrong tree for while.
11d Capricious about initially spending a night dancing reels, etc. (7,6)
FISHING TACKLE: A word meaning capricious is placed around (about) an S (initially Spending) and an anagram (dancing) of A NIGHT and the result split (7,6).
13d Go over way to entertain constant moaner (10)
CROSSPATCH: A word meaning go over, a bridge perhaps, is followed by a way or track placed around (to entertain) a constant, the speed of light.
16d In service daily (4,4)
HOME HELP: The usual word for IN followed by a word meaning service or aid.
18d List incorporated field of business (7)
INCLINE: A list as in leaning. It’s an abbreviation of incorporated followed by a field of business.
21d Take place of some chap penalised (6)
HAPPEN: A lurker hiding in (some) the last two words.
23d Enthusiasts rising in shock (4)
STUN: Reverse (rising in a down clue) some enthusiasts.
Some very good clues here but my favourite was 19a for its well-hidden anagram indicator. Also up on the podium are 3d and 8d.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line : WRECK + ROOTED = RECRUITED
Bottom line: TRANCE + FURZE = TRANSFERS