Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29976
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja and a happy holiday to one and all.
Maybe it’s just me but I thought our Monday Maestro had turned up the wick a touch this week. Very enjoyable with the usual elegant cluing and a couple of fifteen letter anagrams to please those who like that sort of thing.
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.
8a Pray the Pope has a go in broadcast (4,7,4)
HOPE AGAINST HOPE: Anagram (broadcast) of THE POPE HAS A GO IN.
10a In all seriousness, Jet’s leader sounds good in good American role (6,5)
JOKING APART: Listen very carefully, I will say this only once . . . Start with a J (Jet’s leader). After that you need two letters meaning sounds good or alright. Then you need the IN from the clue and a G(ood). That’s the first word of the answer sorted out. The second is A(merican) followed by another word for a role in a play or film.
11a Cake ingredient from Prague, peeled, brought back by son (5)
SUGAR: Take the first and last letters off PRAGUE (peeled) and reverse what’s left (brought back) and place in by an S(on).
12a Rare thing at golf club, right, during a defeat? (9)
ALBATROSS: The word for a score of three under par on a hole. It’s another word for a club and an R(ight) placed inside (during) the A from the clue and a word meaning defeat. Hands up those who thought this was just a rare thing and that the Golf was going to be a G in the answer.
15a Pithy saying in abridged OT book (7)
PROVERB: A book of the Old Testament without its last letter (abridged).
17a Former French region — a French article about it when in Revolution? (7)
ALSATIA: This is the old name for the area more commonly known as Alsace. Take the IT from the clue and another word for when and reverse them (in revolution). Around that (about) you need to put the A from the clue and a French definite article.
19a Projectile, large, is located in sea (9)
BALLISTIC: L(arge) and the IS from the clue inserted into (located in) the sea that lies between Sweden and Poland.
21a Fitting finger (11)
APPROPRIATE: Double definition.
24a File doesn’t include river snake (3)
ASP: Another word for a file without its R (doesn’t include R(iver)).
25a Astounding rhyme represented part of Lent (9,6)
MOTHERING SUNDAY: Anagram (represented) of ASTOUNDING RHYME.
1d Savoury pancake: season, then toss (6,4)
SPRING ROLL: A season of the year followed by a word for to toss, some dice perhaps.
2d Pot may cause crowd to quarrel (6)
JAMJAR: A crowd followed by a word that can mean to quarrel. I thought this was two words but what do I know!
4d Clerical dignitary removing hat immediately (4)
ANON: A clerical dignitary without his first letter (removing hat).
5d Book about extremely nonconformist island, legendary one (8)
ATLANTIS: A book of maps placed around (about) an NT (extremely NonconformisT) and an I(sland). I suppose a purist would say that island is doing double duty here but I don’t mind at all.
6d Piece of furniture, up to now unfinished (4)
SOFA: A phrase meaning up to now but without its last letter (unfinished).
7d Former prime minister’s collection of butterflies? (6)
HEATHS: A former PM from the early 1970’s with the S added becomes the plural of a type of butterfly.
8d Advance warning given by senior teachers in revolt (5-2)
HEADS UP: Some senior teachers followed by a word meaning in revolt or rising.
14d Likely to happen in short dance that’s exotic (2,3,5)
ON THE CARDS: Anagram (exotic) of SHORT DANCE.
16d Record poems describing one’s events (8)
EPISODES: A type of record, not LP but the other one, and some poems placed around (describing) IS (one’s).
18d Stiff examination? (7)
AUTOPSY: Cryptic definition of the examination of a stiff to find its cause of death.
19d Composer has supporters surrounding him, but not I (6)
BRAHMS: Take the I out of the word HIM (but not I) and around what’s left (surrounding) place some supporters of a lady’s chest.
20d Approach a meeting place (6)
AVENUE: A from the clue and a meeting place give the approach to a country house.
22d Way of parking at hotel (4)
PATH: P(arking), the AT from the clue and an H(otel) give a type of way or road.
23d Runs over to assist attack (4)
RAID: R(uns) placed before (over in a down clue) a word meaning to assist.
My three for the podium today are 7d, 12a and the amusing 18d on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: PRY + FIR + TIES = PRIVATIZE
Bottom line: MILL + WAR + KEY = MILWAUKEE