Daily Telegraph Cryptic 29880
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a very pleasant morning that’s unseasonably warm. Forecast to be 22°C this afternoon but cold and rain tomorrow so I’m making the most of it while I can.
The usual splendid Monday fare today. Mostly not too hard but with a few to cause a bit of head scratching. Maybe it’s just me having an off day but I thought the head scratchers were a bit trickier than normal so I’ve gone for *** difficulty. I’ll be interested to see if you agree.
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.
6a Rubbish mostly, in skip (4)
TRIP: A word meaning rubbish without its last letter (mostly). This rubbish is called callos in Spain and it’s served in a very nice tomato, bean and chorizo sauce. I usually pick out the rubbish and eat the sauce!
11a Join business partner (9)
ASSOCIATE: Double definition.
12a Others treated by me in old people’s place? (4,4)
REST HOME: Anagram (treated) of OTHERS followed by the ME from the clue.
13a Join military group close to castle (5)
UNITE: A military group followed by an E (close to castlE).
15a Courageous heading off each evening (7)
NIGHTLY: A word meaning courageous or chivalrous without its first letter (heading off).
18a Fundamentally, a skill is required to pen article (2,5)
AT HEART: The A from the clue and the usual word for skill placed around a definite article and then split (2,5).
21a Papers Lily forged, about perfect (7)
IDYLLIC: Two letters for your papers followed by anagram (forged) of LILY and then a single letter for about.
23a Follow the old lady’s doctrine (5)
DOGMA: A word for follow or trail and then your old lady as in mother.
24a Visit Juliet? That’s right, for macaroni (8)
POPINJAY: Nothing to do with pasta. This is macaroni with its meaning of a dandy. Start with a phrase (3,2) meaning to visit or call on and then the letter represented by the word Juliet in the phonetic alphabet. After that you need a two letter word meaning that’s right or yes. We’re on macaroni for dinner tonight, with Bolognese sauce, yummy.
27a All agreed a sum union needs to get distributed (9)
UNANIMOUS: Anagram (to get distributed) of A SUM UNION.
28a Provides staff, English, for minister’s house (5)
MANSE: A word meaning provides staff or crews followed by E(nglish).
29a Border TV channel (4)
SIDE: Double definition. I think the meaning of TV channel dates back to the time when there were only two of them.
30a Unexpected ending in ‘Londonderry Air’, London music hall song (3,3,4)
ANY OLD IRON: Anagram (unexpected) of Y (ending in LondonderrY) along with AIR and LONDON. I thought this was a bit sneaky, especially with the LONDON also being in LONDONDERRY.
1d Unable to move quickly (4)
FAST: Double definition.
3d See about the Italian’s jacket (5)
GILET: A word for to see or understand around (about) the Italian definite article.
4d One making elegant speech, last in lady chapel (7)
ORATORY: One making a speech followed by a Y (last in ladY).
5d Just beginning, first of newcomers on slope (7)
NASCENT: N (first of Newcomers) followed by an up-slope.
7d One having no illusions about top celebrities (7)
REALIST: Two letter for about followed by a phrase (1,4) for celebrities.
8d After start of picnic, mention cup of tea? (10)
PREFERENCE: After a P (start of Picnic) you need a word meaning to mention to get your cup of tea, as in what you like.
9d Truth of account supported by clergyman’s office (8)
ACCURACY: Abbreviation of account followed by the office of a junior clergyman.
14d Details of cabinet reshuffle? (3,3,4)
INS AND OUTS: The answer is a sort of cryptic description of ministers during a cabinet reshuffle. The phrase also means details.
16d One inside thanks girl for liqueur (3,5)
TIA MARIA: The letter that looks like number one inside an abbreviation of thanks followed by a girl’s name.
19d Hollow-cheeked witch, nuisance, turned up (7)
HAGGARD: Another word for a witch or crone followed by a reversal (turned up in a down clue) of a word for a nuisance or pest.
20d Printing error involving husband working in violent windstorm (7)
TYPHOON: A term for a printing error placed around (involving) an H(usband) followed by a word meaning working or operating. There was one of these in the Philippines quite recently.
21d I’m finished with ordinary painting technique (7)
IMPASTO: The IM from the clue followed by a word for finished or over and the an O(rdinary).
22d Student‘s large money-spinner? (7)
LEARNER: L(arge) followed by a slang term for a money-spinner.
25d Wayfarer with small number on loco (5)
NOMAD: Abbreviation of the word number followed by a word meaning loco or insane.
26d Study occupied by a college administrator (4)
DEAN: One of the usual studies around (occupied by) the A from the clue.
Quite a lot of blue today but favourite was 14d with 10a and 7d on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: WEIGH + FURZE = WAFERS
Bottom line: MARRY + THYME = MARITIME
I can’t spot a third pun today but I’m sure someone will tell me if there is one.