Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29809
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where I’ve had to dig out some long trousers for the first time this autumn. It’s a bit chilly at blogging time which is a tad earlier than I usually get up. At least I haven’t had to go as far as socks!
Today we have the normal Monday fare. As usual there are three or four tricky ones but there are also enough gimmes and anagrams to get you the checkers you need. I don’t think many of you will have much trouble.
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.
5a Available for one wrongly parted by force (25)
ON OFFER: Anagram (wrongly) of FOR ONE with F(orce) inserted (parted by).
9a Beginning to scare me, describing revolutionary’s plot (6)
SCHEME: Take an S (beginning to Scare) and the ME from the clue and put them around (describing) crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary.
10a Learned line to repeat (8)
LITERATE: L(ine) followed by a word meaning to repeat.
11a Squash up, then continue (5,5)
PRESS AHEAD: A word meaning squash or bear down followed by a word meaning up, in a game of poker perhaps.
14a Tale of woe, as difficult chance goes to waste around close of play (4-4,5)
HARD LUCK STORY: The first word of the answer means difficult and the second means chance as in fortune. To get the last word you need a word for goes to waste or goes off and reverse it (around) and then follow with a Y (close of plaY). This couldn’t be an allusion to the England cricket team, could it?
16a Some up in eucalyptus tree (4)
PINE: A lurker hiding in (some) the middle three words of the clue.
17a Corrupt deal, by implication? (4,6)
LEAD ASTRAY: This is one of those backwards anagrams. A phrase meaning to corrupt someone is made up of a word which is an anagram of DEAL followed by a word which is an anagram indicator. It’s also one of those clues that’s easier to solve than do a hint for!
19a Rating on manoeuvres in the dark (8)
IGNORANT: Anagram (manoeuvres) of RATING ON. Here’s some manoeuvres in the dark . . .
20a Undergraduate ultimately failing to pass (6)
ELAPSE: E (undergraduatE ultimately) followed by a failing or error.
22a Unimportant match (5)
LIGHT: Double definition. The match is one you might use to start a fire.
23a Film of artist popular with staff (4,3)
RAIN MAN: Start with the usual two letter artist and then the usual two letters for popular to get the first word of the answer. The second word is one which can mean to staff or to crew. An excellent film which I haven’t seen for years!
1d Not quite twelve — sleep lightly (4)
DOZE: A word for twelve without its last letter (not quite).
2d Last, nevertheless (5,3)
AFTER ALL: This phrase meaning nevertheless could be seen to describe the position of the one who comes in last.
3d Left section with editor (6)
PARTED: A section or piece followed by the usual editor.
4d Barge in on a brat, upset about argument (10)
NARROWBOAT: An anagram (upset) of ON A BRAT placed around (about) an argument.
5d Perhaps Wilde‘s opening scene caused another rumpus initially (5)
OSCAR: First letters (initially) of the previous five words. For a few seconds I’d got Wilde’s opening as a W but fortunately I saw the error of my ways pretty quickly.
6d Heavy wave sweeping over vessel in fairground ride (13)
ROLLERCOASTER: A charade of a large wave and a type of ship which stays close to the shore and doesn’t venture out onto the ocean.
8d Form of English inlet (7)
ESTUARY: The form of spoken English which originated in London and the South East is also a type of inlet where a river reaches the sea.
12d No doubt convinced, stop it! (4,6)
SURE ENOUGH: A word meaning convinced or certain followed by what you might say to an unruly child to stop it misbehaving.
14d Raleigh, at sea, produces something for shock? (4,3)
HAIR GEL: This shock is the one which grows on your head. The answer comes from an anagram (at sea) of RALEIGH.
15d Piece of pork over — starts to reheat it on top of barbecue (5,3)
SPARE RIB: A word meaning over as in left over or extra followed by the first letters (starts to) of Reheat and It and finally a B (top of Barbecue). Yummy . . .
17d Allowed to keep article over in outhouse (4-2)
LEAN TO: Take a word meaning allowed, insert (to keep) an indefinite article and follow with an O(ver). Split that lot (4,2) and you’ll get a sort of outhouse which is attached to the main house for support.
18d Serious crime of beheaded parish priest (5)
ARSON: A parish priest without his first letter (beheaded) gives you crosswordland’s favourite crime.
21d Charitable donations to the needy members, we hear (4)
ALMS: This word sounds like (we hear) some members – not legs but the other ones.
13a,14a and 17a are on my podium this week with 17a on the top step. At least I’ve remembered to put in some blue this week!
Quick crossword puns:
TOP LINE: WRACK + SORE = RACK SAW
BOTTOM LINE: ODER + KNEEL = EAU DE NIL
THIRD PUN @ 15a and 17a: LEAGUE + ALLAYED = LEGAL AID