Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30076
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. Thanks to Sloop John Bee for covering for me last week.
I’m going to repeat my thanks to Miffypops for organising cover for me during my recent absences, and express my dismay at his decision to quit the blog. It seems that employing his usual style in rely to [language inconsistent with BD’s etiquette guidelines redacted] has fallen foul of that person’s friends in high places on the blog. And I can’t help feeling that the idea of the Acting Moderators sitting in solemn conclave to agree how shocking it all was betrays a lack of understanding of human nature.
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel? (Alexander Pope)
Meanwhile, there is still a crossword to review. Today’s took me just into *** time, and had some interesting constructions. Some clues, coincidentally, have a resonance with current events on the blog.
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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1a Farewell that makes good past worker upset? (6,9)
GOLDEN HANDSHAKE – Put together an abbreviation for Good, a word for ‘past’ as in ‘in —– days a glimpse of stocking…’, another word for a factory worker, and another word for ‘upset’ or ‘rattle’.
9a Hammer slowly or fast (7)
RAPIDLY – Split the answer (3,4) and you have a word for ‘hammer’ or ‘knock’, and a word for ‘slowly’ or ‘lazily’.
10a They sketch, maybe, putting Queen in at first with son (7)
ARTISTS – Start with AT (from the clue) wrapped round the Latin abbreviation for s queen or king. Add three letters which look like the alphanumeric rendering of ‘first’. Finally add an abbreviation for Son.
11a Dream of cooler siesta, frolicking (9)
FANTASISE – A device used for cooling, followed by an anagram (frolicking) of SIESTA.
12a Second nag is a non-starter (5)
OTHER – Remove the first letter (is a non-starter) from a verb meaning ‘nag’.
13a Peer with gong where personal decoration should hang (7)
EARLOBE – A member of the peerage followed by the three-letter acronym of a gong or decoration frequently awarded in the New Year’s Honours List. You might need to have it pierced if you want to hang a personal decoration on it.
15a Cook tasted sampling whiskey and battered flies? (7)
SWATTED – Anagram (cooked) of TASTED wrapped round the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet.
17a Sinister group stifling publicity — one may be criminal (7)
CULPRIT – A sinister group, or religious or political sect, wrapped round a two-letter acronym for ‘publicity’ and the Roman numeral for one.
19a Silly inflammatory stuff, admitting I’m turning Conservative (7)
COMICAL – The inflammatory stuff is the fuel which powered the Industrial Revolution. Wrap it around the reverse (turning) if I’M (from the clue) and an abbreviation for Conservative.
21a Dance with weird graduate (5)
RUMBA – Another word for ‘weird’ or ‘odd’, followed by the letters after the name of an Arts graduate.
23a Frock that gives little wear? (9)
MINIDRESS – Cryptic definition of a frock that doesn’t cover as much of the wearer as it might.
25a Paid occasional visits to sierran region of Portugal (7)
MADEIRA – A synonym of ‘paid’ in the expression ‘paid a visit’, followed by alternate letters (occasional visits) of sIeRrAn.
26a Dancing galore, taking in learner’s musical 9 Across (7)
ALLEGRO – Anagram (dancing) of GALORE, wrapped round the usual symbol for a learner driver.
27a Uncompromising approach that leads to things piling up (9,6)
COLLISION COURSE – Cryptic definition of the path of two vehicles set to smash into each other.
1d One with US military service, fine East African native (7)
GIRAFFE – Put together the two-letter acronym for someone in the US military, A British armed service, an abbreviation for Fine, and East.
2d Left university with tot to raise — one’s usually found in bed (5)
LUPIN – Start with abbreviations for Left and University, then reverse (to raise, in a Down clue)another word for a tot of spirits. The bed in the definition is a flower bed.
3d Labour opponents knock back housing article (9)
ENDEAVOUR – Two opponents at the bridge table, followed by another word for ‘knock back’ in the context of food and drink, wrapped round an indefinite article.
4d Telegraph supports farm food being wild (7)
HAYWIRE – Some cattle fodder grown on a farm followed by an old word for a telegraph.
5d Puts in order that’s consumed in empty Nando’s (7)
NEATENS – Take the first and last letters (empty) of Nando’S, and put them either side of a word for ‘consumed’.
6d Row northwards, river dwellers — but river goes west (3-2)
SET-TO – Reverse (northwards, in a Down clue) some furry river dwellersand remove the abbreviation for River.
7d Hesitate to get agitated about fine (9)
AESTHETIC – Anagram (agitated) of HESITATE, followed by a Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’.
8d Guaranteed right to enter petition in extremity (7)
ENSURED – This is a Russian doll clue. Put Right inside a verb meaning ‘to petition (a court, perhaps)’, then put the result inside another word for ‘extremity’.
14d Perfect example of rock Sixties youth’ll broadcast (4,5)
ROLE MODEL – It’s homophone time! A homophone (broadcast) of another word for ‘rock’ (as a ship might), followed by a homophone of one of the warring youth gangs of the 1960s and the ‘ll from the clue.
16d Creature making a little bear mad — I’ll observe (9)
ARMADILLO – Hidden in the clue.
17d Church with member of flock in charge of pottery (7)
CERAMIC – Put together an abbreviation for the Church of England, a member of a flock of sheep, and an abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
18d Some elements of orchestra may be nervous, almost taking pot (7)
TIMPANI – Another word for ‘nervous’ or ‘frightened’, minus its last letter (almost), wrapped round another word for a pot.
19d Curb criminal element that’s gripping area (7)
CONTAIN – One of the usual crossword criminals, followed by a metallic element wrapped round an abbreviation for Area.
20d Willowy Kate Moss illustration partly printed upside-down (7)
LISSOME – Hidden in reverse (partly printed upside-down) in the clue.
22d Defence revealed in tabloid — bail oddly rejected (5)
ALIBI – Alternate letters (oddly rejected) of two words in the clue.
24d Enthusiastic in punt, but starting in the opposite direction (5)
EAGER – Start with a word for ‘punt’ as in ‘bet’, then replace the initial letter with one that signifies the opposite direction.
Back next week if I haven’t been carted off to the crossword gulag.
The Quick Crossword pun THYME + STABLES = TIMES TABLES