Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29845
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where storm Arwen has passed us by, although it has been a bit breezy for the last couple of days but bright and sunny. We did have an apocalyptic downpour one night last week but I don’t think that was to do with the storm.
I have to give today’s puzzle only one star for difficulty because I got all but one of the across clues on first pass (it was 24a which eluded me) and then all of the downs. They don’t have to be hard to be enjoyable and I enjoyed this one while it lasted. I hope you found it the same.
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 Working with ordinary couple of females intermittently (2-3-3)
ON AND OFF: A two letter word for working or operating, a word meaning with, O(rdinary) and two F(emales). Split that lot (2,3,3) and you’ll get the answer.
8a Slowly describing a type of shed (4-2)
LEAN TO: The musical term for slowly placed around (describing) the A from the clue.
10a A Parisian’s help not declared (6)
UNSAID: The French indefinite article, don’t forget the ‘s, and a word for help or assistance.
11a Got up to deliver decorated dish as a prize, maybe (8)
ROSEBOWL: A word meaning got up, out of bed perhaps, and to deliver in a cricket match. We had this answer with a different clue in my blog of four weeks ago.
12a Ate bun doubtfully during golf club spread (6,6)
PEANUT BUTTER: Anagram (doubtfully) of ATE BUN inside (during) the golf club you use to stick the little rascal into the hole.
15a Exploited American Democrat following first of elections (4)
USED: Two letters for American followed by an E (first of Elections) and after it (following) you need a D(emocrat).
17a Appraise organ aloft (3,2)
EYE UP: An organ of sight followed by a word meaning aloft or high.
19a Fully briefed, as one chosen by casting director may be? (2,3,7)
IN THE PICTURE: A phrase meaning fully briefed or aware of what’s happening also describes what you would be if chosen by the casting director to play a part in a film.
22a Support very large gangster’s suggestion (8)
PROPOSAL: A support followed by two letters for very large clothing and finally crosswordland’s favourite gangster.
25a A grand finale associated with ace programme (6)
AGENDA: A from the clue followed by G(rand), a word for finale or finish and finally an A(ce).
26a Manage, at a later time, to set off in pursuit (3,5)
RUN AFTER: A word for manage, a business perhaps, and then a word for at a later time.
1d Batting streak, reportedly to no avail (2,4)
IN VAIN: A word to describe someone who is batting, as in at the crease, and a word which sounds like (reportedly) a streak, of ore perhaps,
2d Setter barking after spy leaves Tube station (4,6)
BOND STREET: Anagram (barking) of SETTER after Ian Fleming’s spy.
3d Luxurious hotel’s withdrawn credit (4)
PLUS: A word for luxurious without its final H (Hotel’s withdrawn).
4d Crowd supported Egypt’s leader in rally (8)
JAMBOREE: A word for crowd followed by a word meaning supported or carried and an E (Egypt’s leader). I’d never have got this without the checkers in place!
6d Folly of new and old bridge partners seen playing (8)
NONSENSE: N(ew) followed by O(ld) and two bridge partners, not east and west, and then an anagram (playing) of SEEN.
7d Large sum of money bank employee gives palm reader? (7-6)
FORTUNE TELLER: A word for a large amount of money and another word for a bank cashier gives you what a palm reader is an example of.
9d After tango, enjoy Blackpool, say (4)
TOWN: T(ango) followed by a word meaning to enjoy as in possess. An allusion to the famous ballroom perhaps.
13d What superstar expects ringing about one after lead? (3,7)
TOP BILLING: Start with the letter that looks like number one and place it after the chemical symbol for lead. Around this (about) put a word for ringing, as a bell might be ringing, and split the result (3,7).
14d Access for transport (8)
ENTRANCE: Double definition.
16d Fat got from ducks, originally — excellent (8)
DRIPPING: A D (Ducks originally) followed by an old fashioned term for excellent, yarns perhaps.
20d List of charges, the result of squabble about artist turning up (6)
TARIFF: A minor squabble around (about) a reversal (turning up in a down clue) of the usual artist.
21d Go slowly in tug (4)
DRAG: Another double definition.
23d Problem with head of shire horse (4)
SNAG: An S (head of Shire) followed by a slang term for a horse.
Favourite has to be 24a as it’s the one I missed but there’s several candidates for podium places. I think I’ll go for 23d and 9d.
Quick crossword puns:
Top Line: DEAN + OTIS = D-NOTICE
Bottom line: LORE + LAUD = LAW LORD
Third pun at 15 and 17 across: CAULKS + CRUISE = CORKSCREWS