Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29737
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been uncomfortably hot for about the last two weeks. I’m writing this blog in the middle of the night while it’s a bit cooler and I can watch Adam Peaty in the Olympic swimming. We’re off to Los Alcázares tomorrow afternoon where it’s always a bit cooler than here.
Maybe it’s because of the late solving but I found this puzzle to be a bit tricky for a Monday. All good stuff, and enough gimmes and anagrams to get you a start, but there are some slightly off the wall bits. I’ll be interested to see how you all fared with it.
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.
9a Reserve team, lower (7)
SUBSIDE: A reserve in a football team followed by another word for said team. I thought for a while that the lower might be a cow but sadly not.
10a Boy returning with temperature given strange patent remedy (7)
NOSTRUM: Your male child reversed (returning) followed by T(emperature) and the usual word for strange or odd.
11a Bars accepting foreign money? Certainly not (2,2,5)
BY NO MEANS: Start with a word for bars or vetos and insert (accepting) an anagram (foreign) of MONEY and then split the result (2,2,5).
12a Left work by editor, made strides (5)
LOPED: L(eft) and the usual work and the usual editor.
13a Section of government — it leaked name (7)
ENTITLE: It’s a lurker hiding in (section of) GOVERNMENT IT LEAKED.
15a Skilled worker, one devoted to a cause, heading off (7)
ARTISAN: One devoted to a cause, as in a freedom fighter, without his first letter (heading off).
19a View across centre of Hull, and river (7)
VISTULA: The longest river in Poland is another word for a view or panorama placed around (across) the central letters (centre of) Hull.
21a Popular place makes contribution (5)
INPUT: The usual two letters for popular followed by a word meaning to place.
23a Book bargains here, and manuscript, item to be auctioned (6,3)
SALEMS LOT: Somewhere you might find a bargain followed by the abbreviation of manuscript and finally the word for an item up for sale in an auction.
25a Turned on about revised rate? Don’t be so naive (3,4)
GET REAL: Another word for the on side in cricket is reversed (turned) and put around (about) an anagram (revised) of RATE.
26a Not many bothered? It’s just the opposite (7)
ANTONYM: Anagram (bothered) of NOT MANY.
1d That may be seen as evil involving sister, say (7)
VISIBLE: Take a word describing something evil and insert an abbreviation which could apply to either a sister or a brother. I spent far too long trying to get a nun into the answer, d’oh!
3d Such expressions may be meaningless, academic admitted (9)
IDIOMATIC: A word for meaningless or stupid with a Master of Arts inserted (academic admitted).
4d Learned head missing — say again (7)
ITERATE: A word for learned or well read without its first letter (head missing).
5d Article collected by players ahead of a card game (7)
CANASTA: The word for the players in a play goes around (collected) an indefinite article and then the A from the clue.
6d Rest for artist after rest left (5)
EASEL: Start with a word for rest and after it put an L(eft).
7d Father in French capital wants us raised together (4,5)
PARI PASSU: The usual two letter father is inserted into the capital of France and is followed by a reversal (raised in a down clue) of the US from the clue.
8d Managed to eat crackers before a period of fasting (7)
RAMADAN: A period of fasting for Muslims is a word for crackers or loony and the A from the clue inserted into (to eat) the usual word for managed.
14d Musician in bad temper following tense game (9)
TRUMPETER: You need to start with a T(ense) and then the two letters for the game played by teams of fifteen gentlemen with odd shaped balls and the follow that with an anagram ()bad) of TEMPER.
16d Examine striker, international (4,5)
TEST MATCH: A word for examine or try out and a word for a striker you might use to light a cigarette.
17d Phone in bar over to rear (5,2)
BRING UP: Your local bar is reversed (over) and has inserted (in) a word for to phone or call.
18d One taking stock of leader crossing street (7)
RUSTLER: Start with the usual street and around it (crossing) put a leader or monarch.
19d Brave, secure up in tank (7)
VALIANT: Start with a large tank and insert (in) a reversal (up in a down clue) of a word meaning to secure.
20d Occasionally employed by New York newspaper? (2,5)
AT TIMES: This phrase meaning occasionally could also be taken to mean that you are employed by a famous New York newspaper.
22d Tailor’s initial trick, we hear, making trousers (5)
TREWS: These Scottish trousers are a T (Tailor’s initial) followed by some letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like a word for a trick or a ploy.
24d Row over new type of cloth (5)
LINEN: A row or queue followed by (over in a down clue) an N(ew).
I think my favourite here is 20d with 8d and 26a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
To be honest I haven’t a clue. Without the newspaper I don’t know how many words are involved so all I can propose is that the top line might be PRY + VAT = PRIVATE and the bottom line doesn’t appear to me to have a pun. I’m sure one of you guys will put me right.
Apparently it’s a four word pun (thanks to Jepi):
PRY + VAT + PACE + SHUNT = PRIVATE PATIENT