Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29892
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from a rather noisy Vega Baja! We’re getting new sewers throughout the village and the works have finally got to the street where I live. At the moment there’s a JCB and some blokes with a pneumatic drill digging a large trench down the middle of the road! I don’t think pommette will be getting her lie-in this morning!
The usual Monday fare today but a bit light on anagrams. There are four and they’re mostly towards the end of the down clues so not much help if, like me, you start with the across clues
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.
1a Proven right victor pointed out (10)
VINDICATED: V(ictor) followed by a word meaning pointed out.
6a Box available for use, no end (4)
SPAR: A word meaning available for use or extra without its last letter (no end).
10a Thanks Pedro, firstly when bringing appetisers (5)
TAPAS: A short word for thanks followed by a P (Pedro firstly) and then another word for when. I might have some of these this afternoon. The local bar does a very nice “patatas a lo pobre” with egg and here’s some to whet your appetite . . .
11a Better being done humbly (3,2,4)
CAP IN HAND: A word meaning to better or outdo followed by a two word phrase meaning being done or carried out
12a Arrogant police officer, one facing other ranks (8)
SUPERIOR: An abbreviation of a senior police officer followed by I (one) and then the abbreviation of Other Ranks. Makes a change from having DI as the police officer! Here’s DCI Morse’s boss.
13a Loyal subject, for example, in fiction (5)
LIEGE: Two letters for “for example” inserted into (in) a fiction or fib.
15a Quietly tell high-ranking member of the clergy (7)
PRELATE: The letter for quietly in music followed by a word meaning to tell.
17a Bitterness of promoted soldier, we hear (7)
RANCOUR: This word sounds like (we hear) a commissioned officer promoted from the ranks. Strangely the word also means one of the other ranks who hasn’t been promoted!
18a Series about King George may cause acute annoyance (7)
CHAGRIN: A series, of events perhaps, is placed around (about) the regnal cypher of a King George.
23a Long tale about last in residence (5)
YEARN: A word for a tale or saga around (about) an E (last in residencE).
24a Conscious of feeling many originally ignored (8)
SENTIENT: Take a word for a feeling or emotion and remove the M (Many originally ignored)
27a There’s value in how I iron (9)
HOUSEWIFE: Start with the HOW from the clue followed by the I from the clue and then the chemical symbol for iron. Into that lot insert (in) a word for the value or purpose of something.
28a Spread beyond Spain (5)
PASTE: A word for beyond or over followed by the IVR code for Spain.
30a Biscuit: particular kind plant recalled (6,4)
BRANDY SNAP: A word for a particular kind or marque followed by a reversal (recalled) of a popular flower.
1d Formally reject having check on leader of organisation (4)
VETO: A word for to check followed by an O (first in Organisation).
2d Name record, piece of music, part of an orchestral suite (7)
NEPTUNE: N(ame) and two letters for a record followed by a piece of music to give a part of the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. Not my favourite part of The Planets but here is is anyway.
3d Family matter (5)
ISSUE: double definition.
4d Attribute of a writer (7)
ASCRIBE: Attribute here is a verb. It’s the A from the clue followed by an old word for a writer.
5d Sovereign in capital keeping agent up (7)
EMPEROR: Insert (keeping) an agent or representative into a capital city and reverse the lot (up in a down clue) to get the type of ruler that ruled in said capital city.
7d In lab, cope with modifying clinical trial ‘drug’? (7)
PLACEBO: Anagram (with modifying) of LAB COPE.
8d False lead embarrassed Hercule, initially getting it wrong (3,7)
RED HERRING: The colour associated with embarrassment followed by H (Hercule initially) and the a word meaning getting it wrong or making a mistake.
9d Wisecrack aboard English ship (3-5)
ONE LINER: A word meaning aboard followed by E(nglish) and the a passenger ship.
14d Happy carol, treated as unauthenticated (10)
APOCRYPHAL: Anagram (treated) of HAPPY CAROL.
16d Organiser may show irritation having to support a bishop (8)
ARRANGER: Start with the A from the clue and the two letters for a bishop and after that (to support in a down clue) a word for irritation.
19d Generally, a game may be found in auction (2,1,4)
AS A RULE: Start with the A from the clue. After that you need the abbreviation of the fifteen-a-side game played by gentlemen with odd shaped balls inserted into (may be found in) another word for an auction.
20d Retsina being drunk is more unpleasant (7)
NASTIER: Anagram (being drunk) of RETSINA. A very apposite anagram IMHO, nasty stuff masquerading as wine.
22d Meat cooked in ovens (7)
VENISON: Anagram (cooked) of IN OVENS.
25d Suggest just taking son out (5)
IMPLY: A word for just or merely without the S (taking S(on) out).
27a was my favourite today with 8d and 15a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: RUSH + ANN + BLEW = RUSSIAN BLUE
Bottom line: SAKE + RID + HART = SACRED HEART