Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30022
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****/*****
Good morning folks, I’m back again, this time covering for Deep Threat.
Not a great start for me this morning as I had trouble loading the puzzle onto my tablet. Thankfully I found the puzzle itself reasonably friendly and it went in quite smoothly once I had a few checkers. I thought it was excellent and enjoyed it a lot. I won’t disclose the setter but the silky surface reads are a big clue.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
7a Month away from uni, it surprisingly brings enjoyment (8)
FRUITION: Anagram (surprisingly) of the preceding three words once the abbreviation for Month has been removed
9a Stuart essentially is touring foremost island paradise (6)
UTOPIA: Place the essential letters of stUArt around a synonym of foremost and the abbreviation for Island
10a Sound that comes from artist performing (6)
STRAIT: Anagram (performing) of ARTIST. The sound is a stretch of water
11a Expressing refusal, say, to enter local (8)
NEGATIVE: Place the usual two letters representing “say” inside a local (inhabitant)
12a Cleric, comparatively dull one perhaps (8,6)
CARDINAL NUMBER: Start with a man of the cloth. Add an adjective meaning dull (one’s senses perhaps) in its comparative form. Good clue
15a Good person departs over primarily unscrupulous boss (4)
STUD: The abbreviation for a good person in a biblical sense and the abbreviation for Departs are placed around the initial letter of Unscrupulous
17a Solution to receding hairline uneasy Rupert adopts (5)
SYRUP: Hidden in the clue (adopts). This produced a smile!
19a Wickedness in current revolutionary (4)
EVIL: Reverse (revolutionary) a synonym of current as an adjective
20a Dress style she flouted for working outside hospital (3,3,8)
OFF THE SHOULDER: Anagram (working) of the preceding three words plus the abbreviation for Hospital
23a Plot a snub for the audience getting award (8)
CITATION: Homophone (for the audience) of a synonym of plot as a noun, A from the clue and four letters that sound like a synonym of snub as a verb. I think that’s it!
25a Spot youth at intervals enthralled by French resort (6)
NOTICE: Alternate letters of yOuTh sit inside one of the usual French seaside resorts
27a Shielded dealer in stolen property, diamonds (6)
FENCED: A word for someone who receives stolen goods in order to sell them on at a profit and the abbreviation for Diamonds
28a Cheat with ultimately unsuspecting sweetheart, making bloomer (8)
FOXGLOVE: A synonym of cheat or trick as a verb plus the the final letter of unsuspectinG and a term of endearment
1d Worry about appearing in newspaper (4)
FRET: Insert a preposition meaning about into the abbreviation for a national newspaper.
2d Habitual sunbather in Cornish coastal area (6)
LIZARD: A reptile that likes to lie in the sun is also the name of a peninsula in Cornwall. Easy for me, living relatively close to it.
3d Content to leave Australian organisation extremely soon (4)
ANON: Remove the inner letters (content to leave) of AustraliaN and add the outside letters (extremely) of OrganisatioN.
4d Martial art genius occasionally visiting this country, upset receiving fine (4,2)
KUNG FU: Start with the occasional letters of GeNiUs. Insert them into the abbreviation for our country. Reverse the result (upset). Insert the abbreviation for Fine in the appropriate place. I liked this.
5d Piano or piece of furniture that’s easily moved (8)
PORTABLE: The abbreviation for Piano plus OR from the clue and an item of furniture
6d Joint second-placed team on Olympic podium? (10)
SILVERSIDE: The colour of the medal a runner up receives in the Olympics plus a synonym of team. Great clue.
8d Designs popular equipment for campers (7)
INTENTS: Designs here is a noun. The usual synonym of popular plus what campers sleep in…or attempt to, it has zero appeal for me.
13d The US radio broadcast given official sanction (10)
AUTHORISED: Anagram (broadcast) of the preceding three words
14d Botham, say, having last of Tests here (5)
LORDS: The title the great Sir Ian Botham holds plus the final letter of testS gives the name of possibly the most famous cricket ground in the world. As Silvanus has confirmed that Botham’s last test was indeed here I’m taking it as a very clever &lit.
16d Challenge intended to undermine Democrat leader in election (8)
DEFIANCE: Intended here is cleverly disguised as a verb but is a noun. It follows the abbreviation for Democrat and the initial letter (leader in) Election. Brilliant clue.
18d Reportedly charge nothing to reach American city (7)
PHOENIX: A homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of a charge in a monetary sense and an informal synonym of nothing
21d Bob, for instance, or I had to be replaced (6)
HAIRDO: Bob here is not a man. Anagram (to be replaced) of the preceding three words. Here’s the brilliant Walter Becker
22d Departed with lady on vacation not long ago (6)
LATELY: How you would refer to someone who has departed this mortal coil and the outside (on vacation) letters of LadY.
24d Stink pair of females at home raised (4)
NIFF: Start with two abbreviations for Female. Add a 2-letter word meaning at home. Reverse (raised) the result. New word for me.
26d Old chap in short coat (4)
COVE: A coat or coating loses its last letter.
Quickie Pun: Rhodes + Eyed = Roadside.
Fabulous puzzle, I’ve highlighted the ones I liked. Which were your standouts?