Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29749
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues. Last week we had two days of 37°C and the forecast is for a heatwave from next Thursday. Phew, the joys of summer in Spain!
As for the puzzle it’s the usual Monday elegance and not too hard but this time there’s a slightly unusual twist – it’s a pangram. I don’t normally spot such things but when you solve 8d you’ll see why I was immediately on the lookout for one. There are seven clues involving some sort of anagram so many of you will be pleased I’m sure.
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 Gay old eccentric eager to return Cockney’s fiver? (46)
LADY GODIVA: Start with an anagram (eccentric) of GAY OLD and follow with a reversal (to return) of a word meaning eager. Split that lot (4,6) and you’ll get the Cockney rhyming slang for a fiver.
6a Not as many to anoint? Bishop’s not required (4)
LESS: Take a word for to anoint and remove the B (Bishop’s not required).
9a Drink supplied by editor — I’m unwell, sickly, outside (6,4)
MULLED WINE: Start with the usual two letters for editor. Around it (outside) you need an anagram (sickly) of IM UNWELL.
10a List of soldiers with unit initially (4)
MENU: One of the usual words for soldiers followed by U (Unit initially) will give a list of dishes available in a restaurant.
12a Keep away from car crash, having taken time off (4)
SHUN: Take a slang term for a minor car crash and remove the T (having taken Time off). In his younger days the F1 driver James Hunt was called “Hunt the ?????” because he had more than his fair share of prangs.
13a Country importing a Greek perfume (9)
FRAGRANCE: Insert (importing) the A from the clue and an abbreviation of Greek into a nearby European country.
15a Kiss and cuddle Charlie, a silly person (8)
CANOODLE: A charade of the letter represented by the word Charlie in the phonetic alphabet, the A from the clue and a word for a silly person.
16a Rare panic involving copyright (6)
SCARCE: Another word for panic or gear with C(opyright) inserted.
18a Live with rest, not posh (6)
RESIDE: Take a word for rest or remains and remove the U (not posh).
23a Mates brought back put up with custard-pie comedy? (9)
SLAPSTICK: A word for your mates backwards (brought back) followed by a word which can mean put up with.
24a No more than fair (4)
JUST: Double definition.
26a Check strange diet (4)
EDIT: Anagram (strange) of DIET.
27a I must go in to protest at decline (10)
DEPRECIATE: Take a word which can mean to protest or frown on and insert an I (I must go in).
28a Informed team’s leader, getting on in years (4)
TOLD: Team’s leader is, of course, a T so follow it with a word for getting on in years as in aged.
29a Vessel catching sole at sea for bulk trader (10)
WHOLESALER: The type of vessel commanded by Captain Ahab is placed around (catching) an anagram (at sea) of SOLE.
2d Party left public house with popular swimmer (7)
DOLPHIN: Start with the usual party (2), then L(eft) and the two letter abbreviation of Public House as used on OS maps. Finally the usual word for popular or fashionable.
3d Old fire engine in Dresden goes out after end of bombing (5,7)
GREEN GODDESS: Start with a G (end of bombinG) and after it you need an anagram (out) of DRESDEN GOES. Fortunately this clue has got nothing to do with Diana Moran!!!!
4d Collapse having crashed on trip (8)
DOWNFALL: A word for crashed, as in the stock market has crashed, followed by a word for a trip or drop.
5d One maliciously damaging vehicle, youth going north (6)
VANDAL: Start with a vehicle, quite often white, and the reversal (going north in a down clue) of another word for a youth or young man.
7d One of the Roosevelts confused one earl (7)
ELEANOR: This one of the Roosevelts was the wife of Franklin D and she’s an anagram (confused) of ONE EARL.
8d Musical instrument in grip on top of case (7-3)
SQUEEZE BOX: Taker a word for to grip hard and put it on top of another word for a case or carton. Not surprisingly even I couldn’t miss the pangram after this one!
11d Sailor tucking into biscuits, quality items (12)
CRACKERJACKS: A four letter word for a sailor is inserted into (tucking into) some biscuits which are often eaten with cheese.
14d On which a duck may be recorded? (10)
SCORESHEET: Or any other cricket score for that matter. I think these are more commonly known as cards.
17d Fish in the morning up overlooking turbulent creek and lake (8)
MACKEREL: The two letters for in the morning are reversed (up in a down clue) and followed by an anagram (turbulent) of CREEK and finally an L(ake). I used to catch these from the harbour wall in Saundersfoot during childhood holidays.
19d Sales pitch about a new dog (7)
SPANIEL: A word for a salesman’s patter placed around the A from the clue and an N(ew).
21d Famous guitarist from LA — EP’s unusual, extremely unusual (3,4)
LES PAUL: Anagram (unusual) of LA EPS followed the end letters (extremely) from UnusuaL. And here’s a bit of music from him . . .
22d Snag involving base using the latest science? (2-4)
HI TECH: Take a word for a snag and insert the letter which is the base of natural logarithms.
25d Behind, in arrears (4)
REAR: It’s a lurker hiding in (in) the last word of the clue.
My favs today are 3d, 7d and 8d with, I think, 8d on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: THYME + CHER = TIMESHARE
Bottom line: CARE + FILLY = CAREFULLY or more likely CAERPHILLY Ta to Colin.