Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30000
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment *****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is in full swing with 30+ temps every day this week. Falcon was without electricity for six days after the storm and still has no internet, telephone or TV. Must have been a hell of a storm! That means you’ve got me again this week so I hope you’re not too disappointed.
As to the puzzle, of course it’s a landmark. It’s Daily Telegraph number 30,000 and that’s a hell of a lot of puzzles! There’s a Nina around the outside of the grid to mark the number and I reckon this is one of the best Monday puzzles for some time. It’s not too hard and it hasn’t needed a load of obscure words to get the Nina in place. I thought it was great and look forward to your thoughts.
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.
7a County‘s season picked up ahead of series (8)
SOMERSET: The first bit is five letters that aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like (picked up) a season and then a series or group.
9a Look at permit and small hole (6)
EYELET: A word meaning to look at followed by a word for to permit or allow.
10a Not quite prepared to study (4)
READ: Study at university is a word meaning prepared but without its last letter (not quite).
11a Large one piano in intricate Hogarth print (10)
LITHOGRAPH: L(arge) and an I (one) followed by an anagram (intricate) of HOGARTH with a P(iano) inserted (in).
12a Go back on one’s word right away in a city in Oregon (6)
EUGENE: This is a word meaning to go back on one’s word but without the R. It’s backwards but where is the reversal indicator? I don’t think this clue works unless I’m missing something obvious which would not be the first time!
The clue has been updated on the website and now reads:-
Go back on one’s word right away over in a city in Oregon (6)
“over” is the previously missing reversal indicator.
14a The Spanish artist entertained by old-fashioned type in fabulous place (2,6)
EL DORADO: Start with the Spanish definite article and follow with and old-fashioned type, or extinct bird, with the usual artist inserted (entertained by). For some reason I had El Greco in mind but he’s a letter short and he was a Greek, D’oh!
15a They go off in river craft, not quietly (6)
EXEUNT: A stage direction. It’s a river in Devon followed by a boat used on rivers but without the P (not quietly). I’d never have got this one without the checkers and even then it took its time revealing itself – last one in by quite a margin.
17a Professional model in good health (6)
PROSIT: Abbreviation of professional followed by a word for model or pose.
20a Throaty, ultra poorly on vessel returning (8)
GUTTURAL: Start with a vessel used to help manoeuvre ships in harbours and follow with an anagram (poorly) of ULTRA.
22a America backing party UK rejected? A puzzle (6)
SUDOKU: The two letters for America reversed (backing), then the usual party and UK backwards (rejected). I don’t know if this is easy or diabolical – it’s just an image off Google.
23a Dreadful chap, a boor I fear (10)
ACROPHOBIA: Anagram (dreadful) of CHAP A BOOR I
24a The Parisian approaching outskirts of Nantes, French city (4)
LENS: The French indefinite article followed by NS (outskirts of NanteS)
25a Power lift gets acclaim (6)
PRAISE: P(ower) followed by a word meaning to lift.
26a Drink it in retreat with a girl (3,5)
TIA MARIA: TI (IT in retreat) followed by the A from the clue gives the first word. The second is a girl’s name.
It’s probably a bit sad but I really like this film . . .
1d Certainly true abroad, honours being involved (2,2,4)
TO BE SURE: Anagram (abroad) of TRUE with some honours of the British Empire inserted.
2d That woman and daughter’s stock of cattle (4)
HERD: A word for that woman and a D(aughter).
3d I betrayed eastern princess of legend (6)
ISOLDE: I from the clue followed by a word for betrayed, usually with OUT after it, and then an E(astern).
4d Instrument shown in first half of recipe book (8)
RECORDER: The first half of RECipe followed by a word which can mean to book or reserve.
5d Coerced by threats, mistake is concealed by tense editor (10)
TERRORISED: T(ense) and ED(itor) with a mistake and the IS from the clue inserted (concealed by).
6d Cried, deeply upset (6)
YELPED: Anagram (upset) of DEEPLY.
8d Rope carried by mate — the reason? (6)
TETHER: A lurker hiding in (carried by) the last three words.
13d Using a computer, perhaps decide on grave overlooking church (10)
ELECTRONIC: A word meaning to decide or choose followed by a word describing grave illness but without (overlooking) the CH (church) from the beginning.
16d Savings primarily invested in another fresh source of oil and gas (5,3)
NORTH SEA: Savings primarily is an S so insert that (invested in) an anagram (fresh) of ANOTHER. This place can be a bit rough at times . . .
18d Noticing a man piercing can (6,2)
TAKING IN: The A from the clue and a chess man inserted into (piercing) another word for a can, of baked beans perhaps.
19d Practically everything in contrast (3,3)
ALL BUT: Double definition.
21d Open a French Chardonnay, initially, or last in rack (6)
UNCORK: The French indefinite article and then a C (Chardonnay initially). Then you need the OR from the clue and a K (last in racK). I likes a bit of Chardonnay but it’s difficult to get around here.
22d Small vehicle, a black Beetle? (6)
SCARAB: S(mall) followed by a vehicle and the A from the clue and a B(lack). Well a Beetle was a small vehicle but I don’t seem to remember seeing many black ones.
24d Charge youth pinching duck (4)
LOAD: Charge as in charge a gun. A young boy with O (duck) inserted (pinching).
My top three out of a lot of good stuff are 10a, 6d and 22d with 10a on top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: FURTIVE + HOW + SINNED = THIRTY THOUSAND.
Bottom line: BAY + CURRIES = BAKERIES
Nina: Starting at top left and going around the outside in a clockwise direction you get:
THIRTY THOUSAND BACK PAGERS.