Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30042
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer continues but I see from the weather forecasts that England may well be hotter than here for the next day or so. We’re forecast for a mere 34°C today but I hear England may break its high temp record and top 40°C. Take care everyone, temps over 40°C can be dangerous.
Today we have the usual Monday fare but with a couple of unusual words so I’ve gone for *** difficulty, although if you know the words it’s pretty benign. There’s only one anagram, and three partials, so you’ll have to do it the hard way without the free checkers.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
6a Plans to return tinned meat (4)
SPAM: Some plans reversed (to return) gives some tinned meat or unwanted email. I wasn’t sure which way round this clue worked until I had a checker.
11a Catches taken in serious practice session (9)
REHEARSAL: A word meaning catches with the ear inserted into (taken in) a word meaning serious or genuine.
12a Sword first of claymores found in former burial ground (9)
EXCALIBUR: Start with two letters meaning former, usually referring to a former spouse, and an anagram (ground) of BURIAL. Into that lot insert (found in) a C (first of Claymores) to get King Arthur’s sword. I spent too long thinking of types of sword instead of the name of one, d’oh!
14a A spirit? The old man imbibes rye, mostly (5)
DRYAD: Take a word for the old man or your father and insert (imbibes) RY (RYe mostly)
15a Trick, good during last act (7)
FINAGLE: G(ood) is inserted (during) into a word for last act or end of a play. Not come across this word for a fair while.
16a Empress having a strain treated (7)
TSARINA: Anagram (treated) of A STRAIN.
18a Inflamed after Conservative intentionally broke the rules (7)
CHEATED: A word meaning inflamed placed after a C(onservative). This isn’t a veiled reference to Boris is it?
20a Disease: problem has chap scratching head (7)
RUBELLA: The disease commonly known as German Measles is a Shakespearean term for a problem followed by a slang term for a chap without his first letter (scratching head).
21a Explicit about king with three daughters (5)
CLEAR: A letter for about followed by Shakespeare’s tragic king who had three daughters.
23a First-rate raffle in boozer (3-6)
TOP DRAWER: Take another word for a sot or boozer and insert (in) a raffle and then split the result (3,6).
25a Carefully planned complex (9)
ELABORATE: Double definition.
26a Follow river into dock (5)
TRAIL: Take a word meaning to dock and insert (into) an R(iver).
28a Appearance of first person saved by soldiers (4)
MIEN: The first person pronoun inserted into (saved by) some soldiers.
29a International striker on trial (4,5)
TEST MATCH: The sort of striker which catches fire placed after a trial gives an international cricket or rugby game.
1d Follow heads in Egypt now summing up economy (5)
ENSUE: First letters (heads in) of the last five words of the clue.
2d Signal given by copper close to scene (3)
CUE: The chemical symbol for copper followed by E (close to scenE). This is what you should do with one of these . . .
3d Focus of attention, medium in story easy to digest (9)
LIMELIGHT: M(edium) inserted into (in) a story or fib and followed by a word describing a meal that’s easy to digest.
4d Moral tale cut short, allegory female ignored (7)
PARABLE: A word for cut without its last letter (short) and then a allegory without the F (Female ignored).
5d Trendy? That girl must be with it to take over (7)
INHERIT: A charade of a word for trendy or hip, a word meaning that girl and the IT from the clue.
7d Cat and bat in tree (5,6)
PUSSY WILLOW: A childish word for a cat followed by a cricket bat, or the wood it’s made from.
8d Play tune no end, hit by Adele originally (9)
MELODRAMA: A word for a tune without its last letter (no end) followed by a word meaning to hit and finally an A (Adele originally).
9d Bishop coming over with pop group (4)
BAND: B(ishop) placed before (coming over in a down clue) a word meaning with.
13d Friend misled once about female editor on speed (11)
CONFEDERATE: Anagram (misled) of ONCE placed around F(emale) and the usual editor and then a word for speed or pace.
15d Cosmetic, best applied under cheek (4,5)
FACE CREAM: A word meaning best placed after (under in a down clue) a slang term for cheek or impudence.
17d Garden of trees? Lily taking in mine heading for terrace (9)
ARBORETUM: Take a type of lily and insert (taking in) a word meaning to mine or drill and a T (heading for Terrace).
19d Take away from daughter booklet supporting English (7)
DETRACT: Start with a D(aughter) and then a booklet or pamphlet after (supporting in a down clue) an E(nglish).
20d Put down extremely rude journalists (7)
REPRESS: RE (extremely RudE) followed by a word for journalists or newspapers.
24d Mischievous imp in literal phraseology (5)
RALPH: I’ve no idea where this comes from but the imp is lurking in the last two words.
27d Deed shown in a court (3)
ACT: The A from the clue followed by an abbreviation of court.
Favourite today was 18a with 20d and 29a on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: MINER + PROFIT = MINOR PROPHET
Bottom line: WRITER + WEIGH = RIGHT AWAY