Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30040
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Woodbury in South Devon, where I’m staying while playing croquet at Budleigh Salterton this week.
I found this puzzle to be very much one of two halves. The top half went in quite quickly, but then I struggled to get going on the lower half, so well into *** time for me.
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1a Gather berries should be black to go with waffle (7)
BRAMBLE – An abbreviation for Black followed by another word for ‘waffle’ or ‘go on at length’.
5a Part taken by mascara in Bowie’s gay image (7)
RAINBOW – Hidden in the clue.
9a Aunt still stripped off repeatedly, as before (5)
UNTIL – Remove the outer letters (stripped off) from the first two words of the clue.
10a Two kinds of beach food to eat and unlimited music (4,1,4)
ROCK’N’ROLL – A sticky seaside treat, and a picnic staple which may contain ham or cheese, for example, placed either side of (a)N(d) (from the clue), with its outer letters removed (unlimited).
11a Daughter getting into fancy cooking, losing sugary stuff (10)
CANDYFLOSS – Anagram (cooking) of FANCY, with an abbreviation for Daughter inserted, followed by another word for ‘losing’.
12a A cutting politician’s flipped over — this writing’s unwelcome (4)
SPAM – The usual crossword politician, plus the ‘S from the clue, is reversed (flipped over), and A (from the clue) is inserted.
14a How one may come out on top after taking a short cut (5-7)
CLOSE-CROPPED – Cryptic definition of a possible result of a visit to the barber.
18a See papers united on ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ (4,8)
PEER PRESSURE – Put together another word for ‘see’ or ‘look closely’. A generic word for the newspaper industry. And the Latin word for ‘on’ or concerning’.
21a General is mellow, getting loud not soft (4)
RIFE – Start with a word for ‘mellow’ or ‘mature’. Then replace the musical symbol for ‘soft’ with the one for ‘loud’.
22a Newcomers crushed miming star (10)
IMMIGRANTS – Anagram (crushed) of MIMING STAR.
25a Yearns to own Beatle’s old clothing? (4,5)
LONG JOHNS – Another word for ‘yearns’ wrapped round the first name of one of the Beatles, giving us some underwear.
26a Take a break every year and exercise (5)
PAUSE – The two-letter Latin abbreviation for ‘every year’ followed by a verb for ‘exercise’ or ‘employ’.
27a Nasty corner pop-art target covers over (3,4)
RAT TRAP – Hidden in reverse (over) in the clue.
28a Ruled roost previously — became cuddly (7)
NESTLED – Somewhere where a bird may roost, followed by another word for ‘ruled’ or ‘was in charge of’.
1d Midday meal of ancient times, entertaining move by hotel (6)
BRUNCH – Wrap the two-letter expression indicating dates before AD around a word for ‘move (quickly), then add the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet.
2d One of Rome’s famous rulers, some around 100 (6)
ANTONY – Another word for ‘some’ wrapped round an informal word for 100, in the context of scoring 100 runs at cricket, for example. The answer is one of the three men who formed a triumvirate to rule Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar.
3d Lido’s inelegant entrances? (5,5)
BELLY FLOPS – Cryptic definition of inelegant ways of diving into water.
4d Sign erected left or top right on map (5)
ENROL – Put together an abbreviation for Left, OR (from the clue), and the abbreviation for the compass direction indicated by the top right corner of a map (or a crossword grid!), then reverse the result (erected, in a Down clue).
5d Scrap rifles — when loaded often they get worn at the rear (9)
RUCKSACKS – Another word for a scrap or fight (including a contest for the ball in Rugby Union), followed by another verb for ‘rifles’ or ‘loots’.
6d Giant nest with odd droppings — many have dropped off here (4)
INNS – Alternate letters of the first two words of the clue.
7d Weapon whose user shows a lot of cheek (8)
BLOWPIPE – Cryptic definition of a primitive weapon where the user puffs out his cheeks before firing.
8d Gush over girl said to be flawless (4-4)
WELL-MADE – Another word for ‘gush’ or ‘spring’, followed by a homophone (said) of another word for ‘girl’.
13d Bad reaction of a grouser agitated about parking Sierra (4,6)
SOUR GRAPES – Anagram (agitated) of A GROUSER wrapped round the symbol for a car park, followed by the letter represented by Sierra in the NATO alphabet.
15d Small sides in vessel (9)
STEAMSHIP – Put together an abbreviation for Small, another word for ‘sides’ in a sporting context, and another word for ‘in’ or ‘trendy’.
16d Maybe diamond and pearls set to be worn by king and queen (8)
SPARKLER – Anagram (set) of PEARLS wrapped round the chess notation for a king, folloed by the Latin abbreviation for a queen.
17d Sailor’s hand-made joint rocks offshore wader (4,4)
REEF KNOT – Some offshore rocks, such as the Great Barrier off Australia, followed by a wading bird of the sandpiper family.
19d Play with no opening, play with no ending — extremely radical show (6)
UNFURL – Start with two instances of a word for ‘play’ or ‘enjoyment’. Remove the first letter from the first instance, and the last letter from the second. Then add the outside letters (extremely) of R(adica)L. This gives us a word for unwrapping something, such as a flag or a sail.
20d Charlie, installed in a post, gets rise (6)
ASCEND – A (from the clue) and a verb meaning ‘post’ or ‘despatch’ with the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO alphabet inserted.
23d Writer of one’s bio turned up with nothing missing, twice (5)
IBSEN – Reverse (turned up, in a down clue) the third and fourth words of the clue, then remove the two instances of the letter which looks like a zero, and you get a Scandinavian writer.
24d Article definitely in German, third from Merkel not being totally open (4)
AJAR – Put together an indefinite article, the German for ‘definitely’, and the third letter of MeRkel.
The Quick Crossword pun FILLIP + WRATH = PHILIP ROTH