Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30034
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the wanderer has returned from an enjoyable but rather hot tour of France. My deepest thanks to the team who filled in for me.
It may have been the rust showing, but I found today’s crossword quite tricky in places, and it took me well into *** time. It will be interesting see what others think.
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1a Tree specially hollowed out happened to hide soldiers (8)
SYCAMORE – Put together the outside letters (hollowed out) of SpeciallY, and a synonym of ‘happened’ wrapped round the usual abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers.
5a Project a very loud voice (6)
AFFAIR – Put together A (from the clue), the musical symbol for ‘very loud’, and another word for ‘voice’ or ‘state’.
10a Painter left with someone like Houdini, heading off (9,6)
LANDSCAPE ARTIST – Put together Left (from the clue), another word for ‘with’, and what Houdini was, minus its first letter.
11a Criticise popular article all about brutish people (7)
ANIMALS – Put together another word for ‘criticise’ (think tabloid headlines), another word for ‘popular’ and an indefinite article. Then reverse the result (all about).
12a Stage argument backing king demanding toil (7)
LEGWORK – Put together a stage in a race, for example, the reverse (backing) of another word for an argument , and the chess notation for a king.
13a Lie uncontrollably with blunt report (8)
BULLETIN – Anagram (uncontrollably) of LIE and BLUNT.
15a Survey characters protected in our economy (5)
RECON – Hidden in the clue.
18a Plain old Hitchcock film I go to skip (5)
OVERT – An abbreviation for Old, followed by the name of a Hitchcock film, minus the ‘I go’.
20a Annoying occasion involving order shop oddly overlooked (8)
TIRESOME – An occasion or date wrapped round alternate letters (oddly overlooked) of oRdEr ShOp.
23a Growth of delivery service force (7)
UPSURGE – The three-letter acronym seen on the side of an international parcel delivery service, followed by another word for ‘force’.
25a Look to leave local area for Italian food (7)
CALZONE – Remove the word meaning ‘Look!’ or ‘Behold!’ from ‘local’ (from the clue). Then add another word for ‘area’ or ‘region’.
26a Kneaded dough — the Quakers just made it (8,7)
SQUEAKED THROUGH – Anagram (kneaded) of DOUGH THE QUAKERS.
27a Party by coastal structure is comparatively stupid (6)
DOPIER – One of the usual crossword parties, followed by a structure found at many seaside resorts.
28a They bung openings in the hull beside people in boat (8)
THROWERS – The initial letters (openings) of The Hull, followed by people in a boat propelling it with oars.
1d Revolutionary at large caught by North American leader (6)
SULTAN – Start by putting together AT (from the clue) and Large. Then put North and one of the usual abbreviations for American either side of the result. Finally reverse the whole lot (revolutionary) to get a Middle Eastern potentate.
2d Set up company with new number (9)
CONFIGURE – An abbreviation for ‘company followed by New and a general word for a number.
3d Wrongly identify false claims ultimately real (7)
MISCALL – Anagram (false) of CLAIMS followed by the last letter (ultimately) of reaL.
4d A lot of sheep across Spain (5)
REAMS – Some male sheep wrapped round the IVR code for Spain, giving us a words for lots of paper.
6d Wild consumer on account of long time on end of blower (7)
FORAGER – Put together another word for ‘on account of’, a long time, and the last letter of bloweR.
7d Is this crossword compiler fit friend? (5)
AMIGO – How the setter might say ‘Is this crossword compiler?’ (2,1) followed by another word for ‘fit’, as a jigsaw piece might be said to slot into place. The result is a foreign word for ‘friend’.
8d Capturing back upset duchess imprisoned by group (8)
RETAKING – Reverse the name by which the duchess of Cambridge is familiarly known, then wrap another word for ‘group’ around the result.
9d One carrying flyers showing black cosmetic (8)
JETLINER – Another word for ‘black’, followed by a cosmetic which may be used around the eye.
14d Ragged cuddly toy with stuff inside but no head (8)
TATTERED – The short from of then name of a cuddly toy is wrapped around another word for ‘stuff’ or ‘substance’ minus its first letter (with no head).
16d Cool cop more casual with us (9)
COMPOSURE – Anagram (casual) of COP MORE and US.
17d Free of charge, second-hand fencing son fixed (8)
FOCUSSED – The three-letter acronym for ‘free of charge’, followed by another word for ‘second-hand’ wrapped round an abbreviation for Son.
19d Balcony initially terrified the Queen and family (7)
TERRACE – The first letter of Terrified, followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher and another word for ‘family’ or ‘ethnic group’.
21d Learns about ordinary Italian city (7)
SALERNO – Anagram (about) of LEARNS, followed by Ordinary, giving us an Italian city which was the site of an Allied landing during World War II.
22d Webs appear around empty houses to the north (6)
MESHES – Wrap a word for ‘appear’ around the outside letters (empty) of HouseS, then reverse (to the north, in a Down clue) the result.
24d Foil is pointed stick for sport (5)
STUMP – Double definition, the first a verb, the second being one of six found in sets of three at each end of a cricket pitch.
25d Game played with ball at clubs in Switzerland (5)
CATCH – Put together AT (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the club suit in a pack of cards. Then wrap the IVR code for Switzerland around the result.
The Quick Crossword pun EDGE + HEAR + RUN = ED SHEERAN