Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29773
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where the intense heat has finally abated. Very pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine but not the crazy temperatures of the last couple of months.
The crossword is another example of the usual Monday fare but I thought a tad trickier that normal. There’s three or four clues which are quite obscure but there’s enough gimmes to give you the checkers you need.
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.
6a Report made by knight during case (4)
BANG: Put the abbreviation of knight in chess notation inside (during) a case or piece of luggage.
10a Article: key passage (5)
AISLE: An indefinite article followed by what a key is in Florida.
11a Decide to turn off before pit (9)
DETERMINE: A word meaning to turn off or put off followed by (before) another word for a pit or colliery.
12a Move on horseback, approaching hurdles (2,6)
UP STICKS: A word meaning on horseback followed by a slang term for hurdles in a steeplechase.
13a Pressure escort to appeal (5)
PLEAD: P(ressure) followed by a word meaning escort or go first.
15a Put away gun, sort he loaded to protect student (7)
HOLSTER: Anagram (loaded) of SORT HE around (to protect) the usual letter for student. I don’t think I’ve ever seen loaded used as an anagram indicator before but as it’s a slang term for drunk I think it works fine.
17a Receives inside information about savings (4,3)
NEST EGG: First you need a word meaning receives or obtains and put it inside (inside) another word for information. Having done that you need to reverse the lot (about).
19a Decay, reportedly beneath and round building (7)
ROTUNDA: First another word for decay and then four letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced sound like a word meaning beneath.
21a Striking foreigner in street (7)
SALIENT: Another word for a foreigner or extraterrestrial inside (in) the abbreviation of street.
22a Check the compiler’s not all there (5)
BARMY: Not all there as in a bit loopy. It’s a check followed by how the compiler would refer to something he owns.
24a Skilfully handling English novelist (8)
FIELDING: Double definition. There have been several English novelists with this name but perhaps the best known are the one who wrote Tom Jones and the one who wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary. Talking of Tom Jones . . .
27a Smitten with cycling star — our editor! (9)
ENAMOURED: Take another word for a star or celebrity and move the last letter to the beginning (cycling). After that you need the OUR from the clue and the usual editor.
28a Synthetic material you’ll find in many longbows (5)
NYLON: A lurker hiding (you’ll find in) in many longbows.
30a Naively optimistic, continued drinking whiskey next to Romeo (6-4)
STARRY EYED: Take a word meaning continued or remained and insert the letter represented by Romeo in the phonetic alphabet and a type of American whiskey. Hands up all those who thought, like me, that there was going to be a W in the answer!
1d Map of factory, incomplete (4)
PLAN: Another word for a factory without its last letter (incomplete).
2d Appraise one in storyline, one like Brian Trubshaw? (4,5)
TEST PILOT: The first word of the answer means to appraise or try out and the second is an I (one) inserted into (in) a word for the storyline of a book or film. A bit of general knowledge here but I think the guy’s well known enough.
3d Regular time for meeting (5)
EVENT: A word meaning regular followed by T(ime).
4d Subordinate going on about right cocktail (7)
SIDECAR: A word meaning subordinate, as in not the main issue or incidental, followed by two letters for about and an R(ight). Took a while for the penny to drop on why the first part of this was subordinate.
5d Train as mobile mechanic, say (7)
ARTISAN: Anagram (mobile) of TRAIN AS.
7d A-team notwithstanding (5)
ASIDE: The A from the clue followed by the usual word for a team.
8d Glutton welcomes embracing start of diet — funny guy! (6,4)
GREEDY GUTS: You need a word for welcomes as in says hello and into it (embracing) you need to put a D (start of Diet) and an anagram (funny) of GUY.
9d Offer of support also set out (8)
PROPOSAL: First you need a support and then an anagram (set out) of ALSO.
16d Misguided notes involving northern New York poet (8)
TENNYSON: Star with an anagram (misguided) of NOTES and into it insert (involving) an N(orthern) and the usual two letters for New York.
18d Always without, failing to get by (9)
ETERNALLY: You need a word meaning without, as in outside, and remove (failing to get) the X (by, as in 2 by 4 = 2 x 4). I nearly gave up on this but then the penny dropped with a clang that the Kiwi’s probably heard in NZ!!
20d American, leader of team leading early on (2,5)
AT FIRST: Start with an A(merican) and a T (leader of Team) and then a word meaning leading.
21d Narrow lake in poster (7)
SLENDER: L(ake) inserted into (in) a poster, as in someone who posts letters.
23d True masculine domain (5)
REALM: A word for true followed by M(ale).
25d Showy dresser, extremely dishy? (5)
DANDY: Here extremely means the first and last letters. So, the first and last letters of DishY are?
26d Girl in papers supporting soldiers heading off (4)
ENID: Start with one of the words for soldiers without its first letter (heading off). After that (supporting in a down clue) you need two letters for papers as in identity papers.
As the Tour of Britain bike race started yesterday I think 27a is my favourite for its topicality with 25d and 17a on the podium..
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: REEF + HERD + PANE = REFERRED PAIN
Bottom line: PURR + LEEK + WEAN = PEARLY QUEEN