Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30081
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty** – Enjoyment****
Good morning from South Devon on the first day of the meteorological Autumn.
Today we have a quintessential Ray T puzzle containing many of the usual suspects, which I found to be as enjoyable as ever to solve.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Lie related by stupid on purpose (12)
DELIBERATELY: An nice easy anagram (stupid) of the preceding three words to get us underway.
9a Tease, at least in pants (9)
TANTALISE: Another anagram (pants) of the preceding three words.
10a Live ace? Not really for party (5)
BEANO: A three part charade. Start with a synonym of live in the sense of exist. Add the abbreviation for Ace and then a simple way of saying “not really”. Here’s the Finnish PM having one.
11a Top of black bug (6)
BLOUSE: The abbreviation for Black is followed by a parasitic insect. For some reason my last one in, I suppose there’s got to be one!
12a Mass said first for Puritan (8)
MORALIST: The abbreviation for Mass is followed by a synonym of said or spoken and three letters that look like an abbreviated form of “first”.
13a English jobs losing right for responses (6)
ECHOES: Remove the abbreviation for Right from some routine tasks and append the result to the abbreviation for English.
15a Male digger’s first tool for plant (8)
MANDRAKE: String together an adult male, the initial letter of Digger and a garden tool.
18a Butcher regarding famous horse being rejected (8)
MURDERER: Start with the usual preposition meaning regarding. Add a famous racehorse (I only know two, luckily this was one!) and reverse (being rejected) the result. What a super clue.
19a Queen formerly admitting former attachment (6)
ANNEXE: A former queen goes around (admitting) the usual 2-letter preposition denoting former.
21a Some edifice, not a pharaoh’s tomb (8)
CENOTAPH: A lurker (Mr T usually gives us two) hiding in the clue as indicated by “some”.
23a Sold stolen goods getting confined (6)
FENCED: Double definition
26a Extorted perhaps, seeing wife called (5)
WRUNG: The abbreviation for Wife and a synonym of called (on the phone perhaps)
27a Standard used by many European states (9)
TRICOLOUR: A cryptic definition, the standard here being a flag.
28a Remote cabin with less ice around (12)
INACCESSIBLE: Anagram (around) of CABIN plus LESS ICE.
1d Attractive daughter on a diet (7)
DATABLE: The abbreviation for Daughter, A from the clue and a formal synonym of diet or food.
2d Fast time over, then slow (5)
LENTO: The setter wants us to think that fast is an adjective but it’s a period of fast (fast time). Append the abbreviation for Over to give a musical direction to play slowly.
Here’s a fine example
3d Money namely consumes Queen supporter (9)
BRASSIERE: An informal and old fashioned word for money is followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is” or namely, which is placed around the royal cypher of our current monarch, giving this setter’s favourite supporter.
4d Initially rush around in dawn attack (4)
RAID: The first letters (initially) of the following four words.
5d Abstinent support nearly everybody downing dram (8)
TEETOTAL: Start with one of crosswordland’s favourite supports, one seen on a golf course. Add a synonym of everybody minus (nearly) its last letter and insert into the result (downing, as in consuming) a dram or small drink.
6d Sign of artist supporting party member (5)
LIBRA: The usual 2-letter abbreviation for an artist goes below (supporting in a down clue) an abbreviated member of a political party
7d Terrible time to swallow popular banter(8)
BADINAGE: Place a synonym of terrible and a period of time around (to swallow) a simple synonym of popular or fashionable. I quite like this word.
8d Person that is offensive (6)
SORTIE: The Latin abbreviation for “that is” follows a crafty synonym of a person as in “he/she is a good ****”. Good clue.
14d Hear a gun shot broadside (8)
HARANGUE: Anagram (shot) of the preceding three words.
16d Insecure party, American, accepting outrage (9)
DANGEROUS: Insert a synonym of outrage into the usual 2-letter party or social event and add an abbreviation for American.
17d Autocratic of French position in charge (8)
DESPOTIC: Start with the French word for “of”. Add a position or location and the abbreviation for In Charge.
18d Parrots make half cut bird sounds (6)
MACAWS: Start with the first two letters of MAke (half cut). Add some sounds made by birds such as rooks.
20d Bend or seizure grips back (7)
ENDORSE: Our second lurker, this time indicated by “grips”.
22d Stray got in making cat cross? (5)
TIGON: A very clever anagram (stray) of the following two words. Another super clue with a nice surface read.
24d Search round old valley (5)
COOMB: Place a synonym of search in great detail around the abbreviation for Old.
25d Mature split with sweetheart (4)
RIPE: Append this setter’s usual swEetheart to a synonym of split or tear.
Quickie Pun: TONGUE + STUN = TUNGSTEN.
In a strong field my winner was 18a with 8&22d making up the podium. Which clues did you like?