Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29916
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the noise seems to have abated at last. I think the digging has finished and all that’s left to do is re-tarmac all the roads. Might be back to normal in a couple of weeks.
Today we have the usual Monday fare but a little trickier than the last one I blogged. There’s five clues involving anagrams so I know many of you will be pleased but there’s also a couple of head scratchers so it comes out as a very enjoyable solve. I hope you all agree with me.
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.
9a A nip swallowed by bishop and judge (7)
ARBITER: Take two letters for a bishop and insert (swallowed by) another word for a nip and put it all after the A from the clue.
10a Cordelia’s father protecting the kid, perhaps (7)
LEATHER: The Shakespearean king who was the father of Cordelia placed around (protecting) the THE from the clue to give you what kid could be an example of (perhaps).
11a Bowled, dismissed in match (4)
BOUT: The letter for bowled in cricket notation followed by a word for dismissed in cricket give a word for a match, a boxing match perhaps.
12a Stubborn chief, resilient (10)
HEADSTRONG: Synonym of chief followed by a synonym of resilient.
14a Find out what’s legal after start of embargo? (6)
ELICIT: A word meaning legal or lawful after an E (start of Embargo).
17a Restructuring of NATO unlikely, so don’t mention it (3,2,3)
NOT AT ALL: Anagram (restructuring) of NATO followed by a word for unlikely as in an unlikely story.
18a Weapon carried by cop is tolerated (6)
PISTOL: A lurker hiding in (carried by) the last three words of the clue.
21a We remind comic about one of Oscar’s ladies? (10)
WINDERMERE: Anagram (comic) of WE REMIND followed by two letters for about to give a lady in a play by Oscar Wilde. I like the definition here.
22a Thoroughly search company doctor (4)
COMB: The usual company followed by one of the many two letter doctors.
24a Popular one in work on view (7)
OPINION: Start with the usual two letters for work and the ON from the clue. Into that you need to insert (in) the usual word for popular and the letter that looks like a number one.
25a The perfect male Republican — Reagan, initially, when put in power (2,5)
MR RIGHT: R(epublican) and another R (Reagan initially) inserted into (put in) another word for power or strength.
26a Consider commendable, fine player’s sense of well-being (4-4,6)
FEEL GOOD FACTOR: This is a charade of a word meaning to consider, a word for commendable, an F(ine) and finally a player on a stage.
1d Source of berries found on walk in the countryside? (7)
BRAMBLE: B (source of berries) followed by a walk in the countryside will indeed give you a source of berries found on a walk in the countryside. This is the best &lit that I’ve seen for quite a while!
2d Unremitting in support of party in need of a large workforce (6-9)
LABOUR INTENSIVE: A word meaning unremitting placed after one of the major political parties.
3d Food kept in meat safe (4)
EATS: A lurker hiding in (kept in) the last two words. My gran used to have a meat safe in the days before she had a fridge.
5d Daughter unfortunately knocked over pub’s self-service food station (5,3)
SALAD BAR: D(aughter) and a word meaning unfortunately are reversed (knocked over) and followed by another word for a pub. The village where I live (El Saladar) sometimes gets called this by the ex-pat Brits.
6d Learn in set playing a racket sport (4,6)
REAL TENNIS: Anagram (playing) of LEARN IN SET.
7d Point of view where Plato perhaps studied philosophy? (6,2,7)
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Cryptic definition of where one might study philosophy.
8d Careful with money, French girl pressing uniform (6)
FRUGAL: Abbreviation on French and a word for a girl placed around (pressing) the letter represented by the word uniform in the phonetic alphabet.
13d Able-bodied boys in blue serve adequately (3,3,4)
FIT THE BILL: A word for able bodied or healthy followed by two words for the boys in blue or police.
16d Bird, bright orange duck (8)
FLAMINGO: A word for bright orange or on fire followed by O (duck).
17d Unknown to knight, famous physicist (6)
NEWTON: A word for unknown or fresh followed by the TO from the clue and then the letter for a knight in chess notation.
19d Confused monarch about British seafood (7)
LOBSTER: A word which can mean confused or misplaced and the regnal cypher of our current monarch placed around (about) a B(ritish).
20d Stiffly formal journalist put in the picture (6)
PRIMED: A word for stiffly formal or proper followed by the usual journalist.
23d A short cut in neighbourhood (4)
AREA: The A from the clue followed by a word for cut or harvest without its last letter (short).
Nearly all these clues are worthy of being in blue so I’ve just picked out my three stand-out favourites for the podium with 1d on the top step. I think I’ll continue this way as long as the Monday puzzles continue like they are at the moment.
Quick crossword puns:
Top Line: PIQUE + HOCK = PEACOCK
Middle line: RUNNER + WEIGHS = RUNAWAYS
Bottom line: CYST + EARLY = SISTERLY