Daily Telegraph Cryptic 29803
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where we seem to be having a pretty mild autumn which is very pleasant.
Not much to say about the crossword except it’s just what I’ve come to look forward to on a Monday. Not too difficult but elegantly clued with two or three tricky bits to keep one on one’s toes. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
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.
8a Careless fellow caught out by chance (9)
HAPHAZARD: Take a word for a fellow and remove the C (Caught out). Then follow (by) with a word which can mean to chance or wager.
10a Put up beams in the auditorium (5)
RAISE: This word meaning to put up sounds like (in the auditorium) a word for beams of light.
11a Desert contains nutrients? Really! (3,8,4)
FOR GOODNESS SAKE: Take a word meaning to desert or let go and insert a word for nutrients which can also mean piety or virtue. When you’ve done that split it (3,8,4) to get a phrase meaning really.
12a Model of a scene I love in play (7)
DIORAMA: I from the clue and an O (love) inserted into a play.
13a Famous cricketer, wicked guy bagging runs (7)
BRADMAN: Start with a word for wicked followed by a guy and insert (bagging) an R(uns) to get a famous Australian cricketer, arguably the greatest batsman of all time.
15a I gawk at thresher at sea, a predatory creature (5,5,5)
GREAT WHITE SHARK: Anagram (at sea) of I GAWK AT THRESHER.
19a Face a fine promenade (7)
AFFRONT: A from the clue followed by F(ine) and then another word for the promenade in a seaside resort.
22a Came to study about revolutionary (7)
REACHED: Came to as in arrived at is a word meaning to study, at university perhaps, placed around (about) crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary.
24a Show follows sort of blue film (8,7)
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: Start with a shade of very dark blue and after it (follows) put a word meaning to show.
26a Rogue failing to get in large country house (5)
VILLA: Take a word for a rogue or bad guy and remove the IN from the end (failing to get IN).
1d I must leave leading cook (4)
CHEF: Take a word for leading or most important and remove the I (I must leave).
3d Mix-up involving plastic card, so ready money required (4,4)
HARD CASH: A word for a mix-up or stew has an anagram (plastic) of CARD inserted (involving).
4d Braved winds heroically, say (6)
ADVERB: Anagram (winds) of BRAVED.
5d Force spring in lock in unlawful act (8)
TRESPASS: A spring is inserted into (force . . . .in) another word for a lock of hair.
6d Head of department is member to win over (6)
DISARM: A charade of D (head of Department), the IS from the clue and a member.
7d Gala pie, ultimately, after endless cheese (4)
FETE: A Greek cheese without its last letter (endless) followed by an E (piE ultimately).
9d End use (7)
PURPOSE: Double definition.
12d Follow mother’s belief (5)
DOGMA: A word meaning to follow or tail followed by your mother.
14d Exposed, king in small valley, climbing (5)
NAKED: A word for a small valley is reversed (climbing in a down clue) and has a K(ing) inserted (in).
16d Very hot current round mouth of river (8)
TROPICAL: Take a word meaning current or up-to-date and put it around (round) an R (mouth of River).
17d Arrived and got ready to play outside right (6,2)
TURNED UP: Take a phrase meaning you got your musical instrument ready to play and put it around (outside) an R(ight).
20d Female taking the part of male in mean con (6)
FIDDLE: A word meaning mean or average has its M(ale) changed to an F(emale).
21d Volunteers reach island, one in the south Pacific (6)
TAHITI: The usual volunteers followed by a word which can mean reach, a target perhaps, and finally an I(sland).
24d Some criticism over turn (4)
MOVE: A lurker hiding in (some) criticism over is your turn in a game of chess perhaps..
25d Forward pass not penalised at first (4)
SEND: Take a word meaning pass, as in I pass a lot of time in the pub, and remove the P (not Penalised at first).
I think my favourite today was 25d but 11 and 13 across are both worth a mention.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: WART + ABHORRED = WATERBOARD
Bottom line: MUSTERED + CEDE = MUSTARD SEED