Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30021
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone from a sunny and warm South Devon.
Some less than obvious synonyms took me into 3* time but as enjoyable as ever.
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1a Dodgy casinos led to being miserable (12)
DISCONSOLATE: Anagram (dodgy) of the following three words
9a Hedge circles complete with hedge (9)
STONEWALL: A synonym of hedge as a verb (prevaricate maybe) goes around (circles) a synonym of complete in the sense of whole plus the abbreviation for With.
10a Coppers in prison cell, half cut (5)
PENCE: A three letter prison (for animals) and the first two letters (half cut) of CELL from the clue
11a Keen to be camping? (6)
INTENT: Split the wordplay 2-4 to see the reference to being under canvas.
12a Renounce Circle Line train (8)
DISCLAIM: A charade of a flat circle, the abbreviation for Line and a synonym of train as a verb
13a Judge good stopping EU over asylum (6)
REFUGE: Start with an informal word for a judge in a sporting sense. Then insert (stopping) the abbreviation for Good into a reversal (over) of EU.
15a Cycle part includes bolts occasionally (8)
ROTATION: Insert the occasional letters of bOlTs into a part or a share
18a Streaking, laughing, following Spurs’ final (8)
SHOOTING: Nothing to do with running naked at a public event! Place a rather quaint synonym of laughing (think owl maybe) after the final letter of Spurs
19a Plug act in cape (6)
SPIGOT: A synonym of act goes inside a geological cape or headland
21a Unusually bathes in drink (8)
ABSINTHE: Anagram (unusually) of the following two words
23a FBI agent, alternatively a gumshoe’s hat? (6)
FEDORA: An informal term for an FBI agent, a two-letter alternative and A from the clue
26a International treaty is optimum (5)
IDEAL: The abbreviation for International and a treaty or agreement
27a Tie given by tasteless spouse (9)
STALEMATE: A synonym of tasteless in the sense of dull or flat and a spouse or partner.
28a Average diner with teatime special (12)
INTERMEDIATE: Anagram (special) of two of the following three words
1d Report vagrant waylaying individual (7)
DOSSIER: Place an informal and politically incorrect word for a vagrant around (waylaying) the abbreviation for International.
2d Left supports socialist’s leader jesting (5)
SPORT: A synonym of left as a noun in a positional sense goes below (supports) the initial letter of the word Socialist. I got this from the wordplay and checkers rather than the definition
3d Public outside nearly until morning? (9)
OVERNIGHT: Place a synonym of public, plain or obvious around an old fashioned synonym of nearly or almost
4d Friend’s revolting make-up (4)
SLAP: Make up here is an informal word for what a lady puts on her face. Reverse some friends or mates
5d Wind swallowing tablet turning sweet (8)
LOLLIPOP: A synonym of wind as a verb goes around or “swallows” the reversal of an informal word for a tablet in the medical sense.
6d Theme or point in conversation, initially (5)
TOPIC: The initial letters of the first five words in the clue, giving an extended definition.
7d Taking part and winning (8)
ENGAGING: A (rather good) double definition, one a verb the other an adjective
8d Some wiser monotony for preacher’s speech (6)
SERMON: Hidden (some) in the clue.
14d Sweetheart’s overly feminine upping pace (8)
FOOTSTEP. Start with a conventional word for sweetheart. Add the possessive S. Add an adverb meaning excessively and finally the abbreviation for Feminine. Reverse the lot (upping in a down clue)
16d Fasten around the woman’s uplifted bust (9)
APPREHEND: Bust here is a verb. A synonym of fasten or attach goes around the reversal of a third person (the woman’s) pronoun
17d Ambushed by lunch as team’s dissolute (8)
UNCHASTE: Hidden in the clue (ambushed by)
18d Constant interference? (6)
STATIC: Two meanings, one an adjective in the sense of unchanging, the other a noun (think radio)
20d With net, relax, reportedly, on this? (7)
TRAPEZE: A synonym of net in the sense of catch and a homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of relax.
22d New York look with new material (5)
NYLON: A charade of the abbreviation for New York, an old fashioned exclamation meaning look and the abbreviation for New
24d Sailor also called foreign port (5)
OSAKA: The abbreviation for Ordinary Seaman is followed by the three letters that mean “also known as”. Good clue
25d Suffering amateur covering Queen (4)
HARM: Place a synonym of amateur (maybe in a dramatic sense) around the abbreviation for the Latin word for queen.
Quicke Pun More + Cur + Sins = Moccasins?
Great stuff Mr T.
My ticks go to 9a plus 7, 14 & 24d. Which did you like?