Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30045
Hints and tips by StephenL
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Good morning from a cloudy South Devon. Here it’s been a case of “heatwave, what heatwave”….just lovely Summer’s days.
Today we have a quintessential Ray T, concisely clued (with little wordplay to work with or be confused by….you pay your money and you take your choice) and witty puzzle which was great fun.
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1a Cavorting pair later on common (11)
PROLETARIAN: Anagram (cavorting) of the following three words
10a Republic created by the ancient people (5)
YEMEN: An ancient form of “the” and some male people.
11a Chain’s not broken for support (9)
STANCHION: Anagram (broken) of the preceding two words
12a Shortest time confronting most irritating (9)
TITCHIEST: The abbreviation for Time followed by the superlative form of an adjective meaning irritated in the sense of wanting to scratch
13a Choice of prudish sweetheart (5)
PRIME: A straightforward synonym of prudish followed by this setter’s swEeetheart
14a Thin, about medium, obtaining treatment (6)
REMEDY: A synonym of thin or wiry goes around the abbreviation for Medium
16a Fish could be small kippers (8)
SNAPPERS; The kippers here are not fish but people taking a short sleep. Append them to the abbreviation for Small. When I lived in New Zealand I regularly ate this fish fresh from the sea. If our Kiwi bloggers are looking in they can attest to how delicious it is.
18a Forefather described by romance story (8)
ANCESTOR: Hidden in the clue (described by).
20a Female in entourage is handmaid (6)
GEISHA: Another (very clever) hidden word (in) giving a nice extended definition.
23a Transport of vehicle by railway … (5)
CARRY: Transport here is a verb. Place the abbreviation for RailwaY after a common vehicle which most of us have but can barely afford to add fuel to.
24a … transported, opening door firstly (9)
ENTRANCED: The setter has cleverly used the eclipses to throw you off the scent as the solution has nothing to do with vehicles. Start with an opening (the opposite of exit) and append the initial letter (firstly) of Door
26a Former partner, common, keeping roughly free (9)
EXTRICATE: The usual ( somewhat overworked) former partner followed by a synonym of common or hackneyed into which is inserted the abbreviation for CircA (roughly)
27a Metropolitan old city with prohibition (5)
URBAN: One of crosswordland’s favourite old cities and a synonyn of prohibition or veto.
28a Spot Enterprise warping, circling Sun’s source (11)
INTERSPERSE: Anagram (warping) of ENTERPRISE goes around the initial letter (source) of Sun
2d Brief Republican over revolting term (5)
REMIT: Brief here is a noun. Add a reversal (revolting) of a synonym of a term in the sense of a period to the abbreviation for Republican
3d Given a suspended sentence? (7)
LYNCHED: The suspended here is hung…need I say more.
4d Spoken of tea plant one tries (6)
TASTER: The letter that sounds like tea (spoken of) and a rather nice flower, giving someone who tries in the sense of samples.
5d Very hot cooker element includes oven (8)
ROASTING: A very topical clue! An element on the hob of an electric cooker goes around (includes) a kiln.
6d A large police mission finding drink (7)
ALCOPOP: A from the clue, the abbreviation for Large, an informal word for police(man) and an abbreviation for OPeration or mission
7d Treachery cost criminal, getting bird (13)
OYSTERCATCHER: Anagram (criminal) of the preceding two words.
8d Almost sensible bottling rows, showing cunning (8)
WILINESS: All but the last letter of a word meaning sensible or sage around some rows or tiers
9d Getting nude isn’t grand, changing (13)
UNDERSTANDING: Anagram (changing) of the preceding three words
15d Club charge is steep (8)
MACERATE: Steep here is a verb. A club (found in parliament perhaps) and a charge or fee.
17d Second time around Queen soften (8)
MODERATE: The abbreviation for a MOment and a synonym of time into which the queen’s regnal cipher is inserted.
19d Dark dirty place, adult in spirit (7)
STYGIAN: Start with a dirty place, one inhabited by pigs maybe, add an alcoholic spirit into which is placed the abbreviation for Adult
21d Age certain to produce obliteration (7)
ERASURE: A long period of time and a synonym of certain
22d Force opening of security lock (6)
STRESS: The opening letter of Security and a lock you find on someone’s head.
25d Initially cut, usually by even squares (5)
CUBES: We end with a typical Ray T first letters clue (initially)
In a strong field 20a takes the honours for me today with 24a&3d making up the podium. Which ones did you like??
Today’s music is a song I was listening to the other day, it may please one of our contributers.
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