Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29833
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the mild autumn continues. It’s getting a bit chilly in the evenings now but it’s still T-shirt weather in the afternoons. We’ll probably have to pay for it come January!
Today’s crossword is pretty good as usual on a Monday. I’ve gone for *** difficulty simply because there are two 15-letter anagrams and I’m notoriously slow at cracking any anagram over seven letters. Most of you will probably see the answers immediately and go for one star.
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 Drink — a suitable one agent knocked back (8)
APERITIF: Start with the A from the clue. After it you need a reversal (knocked back) of a word meaning suitable or apt, the letter that looks like the number one and an agent or salesman. That lot will give you a pre-prandial drink which pommette and I usually take in the local early doors.
10a On the blink, TV near bar (6)
TAVERN: Anagram (on the blink) of TV NEAR.
11a Fashion icon ringing a doctor, part of circle (8)
QUADRANT: A sixties fashion icon, sometimes credited with the invention of the miniskirt, is placed around (ringing) the A from the clue and one of the two letter doctors.
12a Raised in W Somerset, near busy resort town (6-5-4)
WESTON SUPER MARE: You need a two letter word meaning raised or high and insert it into (in) an anagram (busy) of W SOMERSET NEAR. And this was this place’s Grand Pier in 2008 . . .
16a Film based on fact — it follows King George (4,4)
TRUE GRIT: A word meaning based on fact is the first part of the answer. The second word is the regnal cypher of King George and after it (follows) it’s the IT from the clue.
18a Quite popular act (6)
INDEED: The usual two letter popular followed by an act or action.
20a Queen showing restraint entertaining head of government, American (6)
REGINA: A restraint, of a horse perhaps, around (entertaining) a G (head of Government) and then A(merican). Took a while to twig that Queen is the definition and not an R or ER and part of the wordplay as usual.
21a Unclear situation in neutral region (4,4)
GREY AREA: A word for neutral followed by another word for a region.
22a CD in comic — pal drops it off (10,5)
DIPLOMATIC CORPS: Anagram (off) of COMIC PAL DROPS IT. CD is actually the abbreviation of the French term for this lot so I’m not 100% sure that this clue is wholly fair.
27a Answer: draw off small measure, if necessary (2,1,5)
AT A PINCH: Start with an A(nswer) and then a word meaning to draw off or syphon and then a small imperial measure of distance.
28a Away goal causes upset (6)
OFFEND: A word meaning away, from work perhaps, followed by a goal or aim.
30a Sappers, weary, go to bed (6)
RETIRE: The abbreviation of sappers or The Royal Engineers followed by a word meaning to weary.
2d Where a course at university may take one, in some measure (2,1,6)
TO A DEGREE: Double definition.
3d Plain the man fell, being past it? (4,3,4)
OVER THE HILL: You need a word for plain, as in obvious, and a word for the man and then what a fell is an example of. Split that lot (4,3,4) and you’ll get the answer.
4d Crease? Any number in sheets, etc (5)
LINEN: A word for a crease followed by the letter representing any number.
6d Round fruit, soft (5)
PLUMP: A fruit followed by a P for soft in musical notation.
7d Looter overlooking a person on horseback (5)
RIDER: Take a word for a looter and remove the a (overlooking A).
8d Found in Croatia, rare crown (5)
TIARA: A lurker found in Croatia rare.
9d Incompetent fool, the old man, mostly supported by a daughter (7)
FATHEAD: The proper word for your old man or pa without its last letter (mostly) and after him (supported by in a down clue) you need the A from the clue and a D(aughter).
13d Out of bed, drunk is nervy (7)
UPTIGHT: A word meaning out of bed and then a slang term for drunk.
14d Best stretch of thoroughfare, lit extensively (5)
ELITE: Another lurker hiding in (stretch of) the last three words.
15d After having blundered, Italian succeeded (4,1,2,2,2)
MADE A GO OF IT: You need to think of a phrase meaning blundered (4,1,4) and split the last word into (2,2). After that you need the abbreviation of Italian vermouth.
17d River and wood crossing area in kingdom (5)
REALM: R(iver) and a type of wood or tree are placed around (crossing) A(rea).
19d Regard first at the crease as a big surprise? (3-6)
EYE OPENER: A word for regard, as in look at, followed by what the first batsman to go to the crease is called.
23d Smooth tree (5)
PLANE: Double definition. There’s another type of tree that describes this clue – chestnut!
24d Bulb lit, current not off (5)
ONION: A word which can mean lit, especially if it’s a light bulb, followed by the letter for electric current in physics and then a word meaning not off.
25d Type of necktie produced by a Caledonian (5)
ASCOT: Split this type of necktie (1.4) and you’ll get another way of saying A Caledonian.
26d Chapter on old Irish group of singers (5)
CHOIR: Abbreviation of chapter followed by (on in a down clue) an O(ld) and the two letters for Irish.
A fair bit of blue today but favourite is 15d with 12a and 9d on the podium. I’m not usually a big fan of anagrams but 12a has to be there for its excellent surface and I see I’ve blued another anagram at 10a. Hmm, perhaps they’re growing on me.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: FREAK + WEN + SEA = FREQUENCY
Bottom line: PRY + SIN + DECKS = PRICE INDEX
Third pun at 13,14,15 across: SUITE + WHYTE + WHINE = SWEET WHITE WINE