- Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29830
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone from a typically mild (and sunny today) South Devon where it certainly doesn’t feel very autumnal, yet the changing colour of the leaves on the trees tell a different story… and very pretty they are too
Fuelled by strong tea I didn’t find today’s Ray T too tricky at all, but as ever very enjoyable, witty and refreshingly un-PC.
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1a Suitably nifty clues, if solved (12)
SUFFICIENTLY: Anagram (solved…think unravelled) of the preceding three words.
9a English crack team with tense tackle (9)
EQUIPMENT: A crack as in a joke plus a synonym of team go inside the abbreviations for English and (T)ense.
10a Bone seeing top part twisting back (5)
TIBIA: Start with the two letters that represent top or best, add a synonym of a part and reverse (twisting back) the result.
11a Weary embracing sweetheart having rows (6)
TIERED: Another word for weary goes around (embracing) this setter’s usual swEetheart.
12a Famous Democrat holding together with flag (8)
STANDARD: Start with a four letter synonym of famous and add the abbreviation for (D)emocrat. Place the result (holding) around a conjunction meaning together with.
13a Socialist accepts a politician giving better access? (6)
RAMPED: The usual three letter socialist goes around A from the clue and a politician…..topical and a clever play on the word access given the current shenanigans in Westminster.
15a Magnificent concert’s finale due to include Queen (8)
TOWERING: The final letter of the word concerT, and a word meaning due to (as in money) go round (include) the monarch’s royal cypher.
18a Persistent criminal’s hit facing time (8)
CONSTANT: An informal word for a criminal (with the possessive S) plus a word meaning to hit (one’s hide maybe) and the abbreviation for (T)ime.
19a Goddess, advanced adult around at that time (6)
ATHENA: The abbreviations for (A)dvanced and (A)dult go around an adverb meaning “at that time”.
21a Dished up again, possibly cold (8)
RESERVED: If you split the solution 2-6 you’ll see the wordplay.
23a Diplomacy in charge of subterfuge (6)
TACTIC: A four letter synonym of diplomacy is followed by the abbreviation of (I)n (C)harge.
26a Offended and judged in EastEnders (5)
ERRED: How someone from the East End of London may pronounce a synonym of judged (in a court)
27a Sticky slug out in wild (9)
GLUTINOUS: Anagram (wild) of the preceding three words.
28a Trailers lent out between stars (12)
INTERSTELLAR: Another anagram (out) of the preceding two words.
1d Protection of rank protecting lieutenant (7)
SHELTER: A synonym of rank as an adjective, as in total or pure, goes around the abbreviation for lieutenant
2d Fine instrument? (5)
FLUTE: The abbreviation for (F)ine and a stringed instrument give another instrument.
3d Simple men trying to grip tool (9)
IMPLEMENT: Hidden in the clue (to grip)
4d Single sweetheart doesn’t finish proposal (4)
IDEA: The letter that looks like a single plus a synonym of sweetheart in the conventional sense minus its last letter (doesn’t finish)
5d Egypt, say, employing books in hieroglyphics? (8)
NOTATION: An example of what Egypt is goes around (employing) some biblical books.
6d Initially language almost turned Italian now (5)
LATIN: The first letters (initially) of the following five words.
7d When describing supporter this compiler’s harsh (8)
ABRASIVE: A two letter synonym of when goes around (describing) this setter’s favourite supporter and is followed by IVE (this complier has)
8d Worshipper of deity father left upset (6)
LAPDOG: A deity is followed by an affectionate term for father and the abbreviation for (L)eft. Reverse the result. (upset)
14d Short skirts make demands on cloth (8)
MINISTRY: Start with some short skirts, popular with men the world over and add a synonym of make demands or have a go.
16d Banish former partner over occupation about sex (9)
EXTRADITE: The usual former partner is followed by an occupation in the sense of a job, which incorporates a dated synonym of sex.
17d Give line out to show lure (8)
INVEIGLE: Anagram (out) of the preceding two words.
18d Drag carrying exercise mat (6)
CARPET: An old fashioned word for drag or pull goes around (carrying) some physical exercise.
20d Plaintiff with account copper’s heard regularly (7)
ACCUSER: Start with the abbreviation for account. Add the chemical symbol for copper, the S from the clue and regular letters of hEaRd.
22d Dangerous element from artist fellow (5)
RADON: The usual two letter member of the Royal Academy is followed by a fellow at a university.
24d Someone being virtually insulting? (5)
TROLL: A mildly cryptic description, the virtual referring to the internet.
25d Makes fun of blokes (4)
GUYS: Straight forward double definition.
No particular favourites today, it was all good fun.
The Quick Pun: Beacon + Find = Be confined.