Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30033
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone from a bluest of blue skies Torquay.
For those amongst us not tempted out by the glorious weather (I have had my daily sea swim!) our esteemed setter has given us a cunning and hugely enjoyable puzzle that requires you to follow the wordplay closely whilst avoiding any red herrings
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Sailor approaching channel for Shanghai (6)
ABDUCT: A 2-letter abbreviation for a sailor is followed by a channel or pipe
4a Grounds to accept this setter’s judgement (8)
ESTIMATE: Insert the abbrevated form of I am (this setter’s) into some grounds or land.
9a One examines Queen Elizabeth on river (6)
TESTER: Append the Queen’s royal cypher to a river in Hampshire. I had to check the existence of the river.
10a Easiest cricket stroke catching throws (8)
CUSHIEST: A cricket stroke (played on to the off side if I’m not mistaken) goes around (catching) a synonym of throws (think coconuts perhaps)
12a Old boss purchases northern plant (8)
OLEANDER: Start with the abbreviation for Old. Add a boss into which is inserted the abbreviation for North. Snails love these.
13a Speaker absorbed by Chancellor, a Tory? (6)
ORATOR: Hidden in the clue (absorbed by)
15a Bizarrely, learnt rapture is extraordinary (13)
PRETERNATURAL: Anagram (bizarrely) of the following two words
18a Producing coal fire, our bacon’s cooked (13)
CARBONIFEROUS: Anagram (cooked) of the preceding three words
22a Improve using posh twaddle (6)
UPRATE: The abbreviation for posh or Upper class and a little used verb meaning to talk at length in a foolish manner.
24a Surprised and triggered about Labour’s leader (8)
STARTLED: A synonym of triggered or instigated goes around the initial letter (leader) of Labour
26a He made ‘small step’ with crew (8)
SPACEMAN: The abbreviation for Small, a step with a synonym of crew as a verb. A very clever all in one or &lit.
27a Brat meddles occasionally for jam (6)
IMPEDE: Jam here is a verb. Start with a brat or rascal and add the occasional letters of mEdDlE
28a Record drop is broadcast (8)
DISCLOSE: Record as a noun plus a synonym of drop (a point maybe) as a verb.
29a Idiot English protected by American allies (6)
UNITES: One of crosswordland’s favourite idiots, a word I seldom hear elsewhere, plus the abbreviation for English is inserted into (protected by) the abbreviation for American.
This was the highlight of the recent Glastonbury festival. I’ve watched it so many times!
1d Battle of party losing head (6)
ACTION: Remove the first letter (losing head) from a party or cabal.
2d Complaint possibly involving setter? (9)
DISTEMPER: The setter here is a canine and the complaint a disease
3d Purge cant spoken principally in church (7)
CLEANSE: Start with a synonym of cant in the sense of tilt. Add the initial letter of Spoken. Insert the result into the abbreviation for the Church of England
5d Objection’s raised showing butt (4)
STUB: Reverse (raised) in a down clue of some objections as in “no ifs or ****”
6d Come into the house, perhaps? (7)
INHERIT: The “come into” here does not mean enter but rather take over or succeed.
7d Good puff with exercise embracing sweetheart (5)
ADEPT: Took me a little while to see this one but I think “puff” here refers to publicity. Follow the usual abbreviation for advert and this setters swEetheart with some Physical Training
8d See about new exhaust? Absolutely! (8)
ENTIRELY: The “see” here is not a verb but is a cleverly disguised noun, the area for which a bishop is responsible, in this case one of England’s smallest and prettiest cities, situated in Cambridgeshire . It goes around the abbreviation for New and a synonym of exhaust as a verb. Great clue.
11d Plot over cruel torment (7)
BEDEVIL: A plot (in a garden maybe) plus a straightforward synonym of cruel
14d Part of continent entering agreement (7)
ENTENTE: Hidden in the clue (part of)
16d About speechless admitting one gets tough (9)
RESILIENT: Start with a preposition meaning about or regarding. Add a synonym of speechless into which the letter that looks like the figure one is inserted.
17d Impeached accepting Republican is loathsome (8)
ACCURSED: A synonym of impeached or indicted is placed around the abbreviation for Republican
19d Requirement to do porridge? (7)
OATMEAL. Porridge here is not, as the setter would like you to think, a prison sentence but the breakfast cereal. If you think of “do” in the sense of cook you’ll see the wordplay.
20d One of eight? (7)
OARSMAN: A barely cryptic description of someone who is part of an eight man rowing crew.
21d Totters maybe, seeing snakes (6)
ADDERS: Totters in the sense of people who do sums…..now where did I see this solution recently!
23d Rambles, often aimlessly, moving slowly initially (5)
ROAMS: A first letters (initially) clue giving an extended definition.
25d Stops supporters being upset inside (4)
BARS: Take this setter’s favourite supporters, an item of underwear and “upset” the inside letters. Lol clue.
Great stuff. My winners are 26a plus 8&25d. Which ones did you like?
QUICKIE PUN: Rays + Hub + Laid = Razor Blade