Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30072
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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’ve had a few days when the temperature hasn’t topped 31°C, which was a welcome relief after the heatwave. However yesterday it got up to 41C° so the summer isn’t over yet!
Today we have the usual Monday fare which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers. There are eight clues involving anagrams so I know some of you will be pleased. As far as I can see there are only two puns in the Quickie which makes a change from my last blog when there were five!
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 Annual celebration when one has to set fire to various things (5,5)
BURNS NIGHT: A Scottish celebration held on Jan 25th. You need a word for set fire to and then an anagram (various) of THINGS and then split the result (5,5).
6a Social set’s endless boast (4)
CROW: A social set, referred to as “the in ?????”, without its last letter (endless).
10a Remaining matron male ignored (5)
OTHER: Another word for matron without the M (Male ignored).
11a Pair back in plant become dull (5,4)
CLOUD OVER: This is the weather becoming dull. You need a word for a pair backwards (back) inserted into (in) a plant which often grows in a lawn.
12a A politician impressed by county’s glasswort (8)
SAMPHIRE: The A from the clue and the usual politician inserted into (impressed by) another word for a county. Hands up those who went through Bucks, Herts etc.
13a Second team’s swindle (5)
SCREW: S(econd) followed by a team that might row a boat.
15a Acquit without blame a bishop found with crack (7)
ABSOLVE: A from the clue and letter for the bishop in chess notation are followed by a word meaning crack, as you might crack this clue.
17a Copy clients ordered (7)
STENCIL: Anagram (ordered) of CLIENTS.
19a Satellite telephone, brilliant (7)
TELSTAR: A communications satellite from the early sixties is an abbreviation of telephone followed by a word which can mean brilliant as in very good.
21a Vital element of German city church (7)
ESSENCE: Crosswordland’s favourite German city followed by an abbreviation of the Church of England.
22a Defeat old-fashioned party (5)
OUTDO: A word for old-fashioned, as in no longer in, followed by the usual party.
24a Laundress finally leaving wicked hypnotist (8)
SVENGALI: Start with an S (laundresS finally) and then an anagram (wicked) of LEAVING. I spent too long trying to think of another word for wicked from which I could remove an S, d’oh!
27a A daughter calling for recognition (9)
ADMISSION: A from the clue and a D(aughter) followed by a calling or vocation.
29a Toy from Tokyo — youngster’s (2-2)
YO YO: A lurker hiding in the last two words (from).
30a William unfortunately outed by kiss and love letter (6-4)
BILLET DOUX: A nickname for William followed by an anagram (unfortunately) of OUTED and the the letter which represents a kiss. This isn’t the last you’ll see of this letter today.
1d Disappointment for fan? (4)
BLOW: Double definition.
2d Catches held in proper practice session (9)
REHEARSAL: A word meaning catches with the ears is inserted into (held in) a word for proper or genuine.
3d Drinks knocked over in temper tantrum (5)
STROP: Some drinks from Portugal backwards (knocked over).
4d Popular country singer makes list (7)
INCLINE: The usual two letters for popular followed by the country singer Patsy. And here’s a bit of Patsy . . .
5d Sirens upsetting to horse (7)
HOOTERS: Anagram (upsetting) of TO HORSE.
7d Partygoer in right state (5)
RAVER: R(ight) and a word meaning to state.
9d Traveller in poem, American, saving Yankee steamship (8)
ODYSSEUS: An ancient Greek traveller whose name is synonymous with a long journey. Start with the usual poem and two letters for American. Into this you need to insert (saving) a Y (Yankee in the phonetic alphabet) and two letters for a steam ship.
14d Serving as a warning about Tirana, you suspect (10)
CAUTIONARY: A letter for about followed by an anagram (suspect) of TIRANA YOU.
16d Free from restraint, made a sudden remark? (3,5)
LET LOOSE: Double definition.
20d Composer raised in Rimini’s so rich (7)
ROSSINI: This composer is lurking in (in) the last three words but he’s backwards (raised in a down clue)´.
21d Non-stop outside after vote cast (7)
ETERNAL: Take a word meaning outside and remove (cast) the letter representing a vote. We had this letter representing a kiss in 30a. Versatile little rascal!
23d Private soldier in rock opera (5)
TOMMY: A term for a private soldier in the British army is also a rock opera by The Who.
25d Spirit produced by good landlord (5)
GHOST: G(ood) followed by a landlord.
26d Wine-producing region — cross central point (4)
CRUX: A wine producing region followed by a letter which looks like a cross. Here he is again!
My top three today are 1a, 12a and 19a with 1a on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: SEEK + HALF = SEA CALF
Bottom line: REEF + YULE = REFUEL