Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30054
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja where the very hot weather is continuing. In fact, last Monday was the hottest day since I moved to Spain with the temperature up to an unprecedented 44°C (that’s 111°F to our American readers) in the afternoon. It’s been a more normal mid-thirties since but the forecast is for hotter weather from next weekend. In this part of Spain statistically August 6 is the hottest day of the year so it will be interesting to see what we get next Saturday.
Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with the usual handful of head scratchers. Not too heavy on the anagrams and there seem quite a few clues where part of the answer is lifted directly. Still, an enjoyable puzzle while it lasted.
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.
1a View of expert opposite (4,2,4)
FACE TO FACE: Take a word for a view or aspect, the OF from the clue and then a word for an expert. Split that lot (5,2,3) to get the answer. For no reason that I know this was my LOI.
6a Catalogue Hungarian composer for the listener (4)
LIST: This catalogue sounds like (for the listener) a Hungarian composer often associated with Brahms in a phrase meaning drunk.
10a Follow railway line (5)
TRACK: Double definition.
11a Villain in favour of splitting money returned (9)
REPROBATE: Take a word meaning in favour of, not for but the other one, and insert into (splitting) a word for returned money. How many of you were looking for some money reversed? I certainly was.
12a Resolute, a worker perhaps crossing weir (7)
ADAMANT: The A from the clue and one of the usual workers around (crossing) another word for a weir. How many of you remember this terrible old TV series?
13a ‘Beer’ in concise dictionary in ‘local’ language? (7)
DIALECT: An abbreviation (concise) of dictionary has inserted (in) the usual three letter word for beer.
14a Binoculars, range good, taken by young women (5,7)
FIELD GLASSES: A word for range or scope followed by G(ood) and then some young women.
18a Depressed, having no strong liquor left? (3,2,7)
OUT OF SPIRITS: This phrase meaning depressed could also mean you’ve run out of whisky, gin, rum etc.
23a Have in French cheese, and cake (7)
BROWNIE: A word meaning to have or possess is inserted into (in) a popular French cheese.
24a Sit next to character, one worthy of imitation (4,5)
ROLE MODEL: Start with a word for a character in a play and next to it put a word meaning to sit for an artist or photographer.
25a Silly how picture ends? (5)
INANE: If the answer was split (2,2,1) it would become a phrase describing how the word picture finishes.
26a Fuss excessively around daughter (2-2)
TO DO: A word meaning excessively placed around D(aughter) and the split (2,2).
27a A tiny criminal in very fine novel (6,4)
VANITY FAIR: Start with a V(ery) and a word meaning fine or OK and into it put an anagram (criminal) of A TINY to get a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
2d Neckwear article and stuff, mostly with tax added (6)
CRAVAT: A word for to stuff or to jam without its last letter (mostly) and the a tax which is IVA in Spain.
3d Have one of my gifts, and allow me to give you some advice (4,1,3,4,2)
TAKE A TIP FROM ME: Double definition.
4d Fielder‘s initial error (5,4)
FIRST SLIP: A word for initial or inaugural followed by a mistake is a close fielder in a game of cricket.
7d Sort of cool when seen differently (2,1,5)
IN A SENSE: A word for cool as in hip or fashionable followed by another word for when and the an anagram (differently) of SEEN.
8d Essay on a theme I, a setter, recollected (8)
TREATISE: Anagram (recollected) of I A SETTER.
9d Town council‘s pub expert? (5,9)
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Another word for your nearest pub followed by a word for an expert on a particular subject.
15d American soldier arresting a coarse Italian patriot (9)
GARIBALDI: Take the usual American soldier and insert (arresting) the A from the clue and a word for coarse or raunchy. Why he has a biscuit named after him I do not know!
16d Private on short list? That’s absolute nonsense (8)
TOMMY ROT: A word for a private in the army followed by a list without its last letter (short).
17d Tripped, son fell (8)
STUMBLED: S(on) followed by a word meaning fell.
19d Canadian-born US showman, and artist, provides capital (6)
ANKARA: A Canadian born singer, songwriter and actor followed by the usual artist gives the capital of Turkey. Couldn’t resist this one . . .
20d Verne novel about eastern front (6)
VENEER: Anagram (novel) of VERNE around (about) an E(astern).
22d Monster in bibliography — Dracula? (5)
HYDRA: a luker hiding in (in) the last two words.
As usual there’s lots of good stuff but my top three are 11a, 25a and 4d, with 25a on the top step.
Quick crossword puns: There’s five of them today!!!!
Top line: ANNE + TEETERS = ANTEATERS
11a + 13a: TRANCE + CRYPTS = TRANSCIPTS
15a + 17a: CITE + SEER = SIGHTSEER
20a + 21a: PICKED + ORIELS = PICTORIALS
Bottom line: SHEIKHS + PIER = SHAKESPEARE