Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30070
Hints and tips by Sloop John Bee
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from North Yorkshire. Deep Threat is otherwise engaged today. I am back for another go at the Friday back pager. I continue to enjoy writing hinty blogs and hope to see some of you next on a Sunday Toughie. Play nicely. I am sure my fellow bloggers and commenters will help with any problems.
Thanks to Miffypops for thinking of me when Deep Threat asked for a day off, it fits in nicely with my own day off work to take Mama Bee for her post cataract op check-up. I may go missing for a couple of hours this afternoon but if needed, I will respond as soon as possible. First cataract cleared as good to go, second one booked for the 9th Sept
I have no real idea of gauging ratings so have left them unaltered. I also don’t think it is a Zandio production but my setter detector is spotty at best, maybe proXimal. I had a bit of trouble parsing a couple of the short ones and I hope I have got the gist. If you have other ideas please feel free to enlighten me.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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7a Jersey police officer’s instruction to motorist? (8)
PULLOVER: What a policeman may say when he wants a motorist to stop at the side of the road is also a Jersey or Jumper.
9a Palace broadcast gets heard (6)
CAUGHT: In the middle of the newspaper there is a column of goings on for various members of the Royal Family. A homophone (broadcast) of the palace of a sovereign is also an informal term for hear.
10a Dread faux pas by leader of Tories (6)
TERROR: A faux pas follows the leading letter of Tories.
11a Convent installing computer technology is most pressing matter (8)
PRIORITY: A convent of monks or nuns subject to an abbey contain a group of geeks who keep computer technology working in the office.
12a Delayed changing stair carpet on landing essentially (14)
PROCRASTINATED: Don’t delay working on this anagram, it is the thief of time. Start with stair carpet on and when you have worked out that that only has 13 letters include the central or essential D from landing.
15a Individual investment ultimately college must attract (4)
UNIT: The ultimate letter of investment is appended to the college at which a degree may be studied for.
17a Inclined to fear brief prison sentence one day (5)
TIMID: The duration of a prison sentence is shortened by one letter and adds two suggested by one day.
19a Parliamentary constituency Swansea teacher captures (4)
SEAT: A lurker is indicated by captures, and as the first two words are the definition that just leaves the Swansea teacher to contain said lurker.
20a Republican trapped by flagrant lie he wildly exaggerated (6,4,4)
LARGER THAN LIFE: Another anagram (wildly) with a missing letter, trap the letter that Republican suggests to the flagrant lie he [told – don’t they all!] for an exaggerated character.
23a Dance orchestra backing alternate pieces from usual artist (8)
SARABAND: Some investigoogling required here but if you do what the clue tells you you should get to the right answer even if you haven’t heard of this dance before. Start with the even letters of uSuAl SA, add an artist who has displayed at the Royal Acadamy RA.and put a group of musicians at the back.
The meaning of SARABAND is a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries resembling the minuet.
25a Part requiring European to be intense (6)
SEVERE: To part or cut adds an E for Europe to be rather intense.
27a Crave unlimited wealth? Get away! (6)
BEGONE: A synonym of crave and some wealth or cash, without the limiting letters.
28a Fabric from China ready for Iranian (8)
MATERIAL: A bit of Cockney rhyming slang and the “readies” that they spend in Iran.
1d Plunged naked into river (4)
OUSE: To have plunged a Herring in Vinegar and spices perhaps, loses its outer letters (naked) to be a River. DouseD would be better synonym of plunged, and it is the one that Silvanus intended but at least I got some seafood to go with the tortilla roll. There are several rivers with this name but I am most familiar with the one that flows through York. I will be there for Elgar’s S&B bash in October and hope to meet some fellow cruciverbalists there.
2d Father possibly angry giving up house (6)
CLERIC: A slightly obscure synonym of angry that is derived from the yellow bile, one of the four bodily humours, an imbalance of which was thought to produce irritability, loses a two-letter abbreviation for House.
3d Maybe gin duty is raised (4)
TRAP: Maybe gin is a definition by example. A role or duty is reversed (raised in a down clue) to give us this gin.
I much prefer the liquid version. I love the duck in the flat cap – So Yorkshire.
4d Fighting lawsuit (6)
ACTION: A double definition.
5d Perhaps Scot eats game served up with large tortilla wraps (8)
BURRITOS: The game is Rugby Union, it is served up (in a down clue) and put in the nationality that Scots share with us and a rather Out Size tortilla wrap. BURRITOS, chimichangas, tacos, tortillas are pretty much the same thing it is just a matter of how you fold it!
6d Spot Queen’s son endlessly meeting female star (5,5)
WHITE DWARF: The smallest particle imaginable adds most of the Queen’s youngest son and replaces the last letter of his name with f for female.
8d Green politician’s bottom appearing in new advert (7)
VERDANT: The last letter of politician is inserted into an anagram of advert, to be an adjective of green when applied to landscape or vegetation.
13d Surround student, leftist revolutionary, inspiring each main troublemaker (10)
RINGLEADER: To surround or encircle, the letter that a student driver must display, and an abbreviation for each is followed by a reversal (revolutionary) of a leftie.
14d Seek to persuade trial to dismiss case of assault (5)
TEMPT: A trial or endeavour to achieve a goal loses the case letters of AssaulT.
16d Herb is awfully arrogant (8)
TARRAGON: This herb is an anagram of arrogant.
18d Determined Spooner’s supposed amount owed (4,3)
DEAD SET: A supposed amount that the Reverend Spooner claims is owed becomes a synonym of determined.
21d Overjoyed when told to go topless (6)
ELATED: A story told goes topless to be overjoyed.
22d Uniform from start of last year I’ve right to wear (6)
LIVERY: I’ve from the clue and R for right go into the starting letters of last year, to be the fancy uniform worn by officials of various guilds.
24d Protest over Germany imprisoning this writer mounts (4)
DEMO: The IVR code for Germany and a cricketty over contain a reversal (mounts in a down clue)of how this write may refer to himself.
26d Wide bowled going for drive? (4)
ROAD: This final clue caused me quite a bit of grief last night and because of the cricketty previous clue along with wide and bowled led me up the garden path that the setter intended. This has little to do with cricket, something that is wide or majestic, loses (going) the B for bowled to be a drive.
As I write this the dead tree has yet to arrive so without the aid of the italics I assume this is the only pun today.
The Quickie Pun: GONE: DOE: LEAR: = GONDOLIER