Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30082
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment *****
A good Friday morning from Winnipeg – Deep Threat has decided to step back from blogging, so I have taken over as the Friday blogger while staying in the Sunday slot.
BD and all the blogging team would like to thank Peter (Deep Threat) for all the sterling work he’s done in the past and all the blogs he’s written.
Yesterday, I commented that ‘This is turning out to be a ***** week of back pagering’ so who of the Friday triumvirate should be the one to ’round out this ***** week’? Well it appears that the honour for today’s puzzle has gone to the smoothest of the smooth.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 17a, 18d, and 20d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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8a Top-ranked player inspiring great admiration? Laver, perhaps (7)
SEAWEED: The term for a top-ranked player, in SW19(?), containing (inspiring) a three letter term for great admiration – and, if you were trying to combine top-ranked player and (Rod) Laver somehow you were going in the completely wrong direction.
10a Reportedly make too much of having binged (7)
OVERATE: A homophone (reportedly) of an 8 letter term for make too much of.
11a Strengthens international force entering area of North Sea (9)
FORTIFIES: The single letter for International and the single letter symbol for Force inserted into (entering) an area, East of Scotland, of the North Sea used, for example, in the Shipping Forecast.
12a Astonished to forget when building top of cement mixer (5)
TONIC: What remains after a synonym for when and a type of building have been deleted (to forget) from asTONIshed followed by the first letter (top) of Cement.
13a Admit couple regularly will get upset, it’s clear (5)
LUCID: Alternate letters (regularly) selected from ADMIT COUPLE which are then reversed (will get upset).
14a Italian dairy product with slice of apricot tart (7)
RICOTTA: A lurker (with slice of) found in two words in the clue.
17a Might it create a no-fly zone? (6,9)
INSECT REPELLENT: What one may use to discourage annoying flying creatures – Tipcat should be happy with this one.
19a English student tucks into cabbage and spicy sausage (7)
SAVELOY: The single letter for English and the popular letter used to indicate a student inserted (tucks) into a type of cabbage.
21a Uncovered name of television pioneer, we hear (5)
BARED: A homophone (we hear) of the surname of the British TV pioneer.
24a Hoard, what Bill would keep undisclosed essentially in retirement (5)
CACHE: The reversal (in retirement) of all of a two letter synonym of what when used as an interjection and a two letter abbreviation of bill (requiring payment) containing (would keep) the middle letter (essentially) of undisClosed.
26a Knowledge obtained from cautioned suspect (9)
EDUCATION: An anagram (suspect) of CAUTIONED.
27a Comparatively wet ruler of principality (7)
RAINIER: A comparative term for extra wetness generated by precipitation – I have to say that I prefer Dada’s clue for the same word in Tuesday’s Toughie, especially as the last ruler with this name died 17 years ago.
28a Panic about electronic charge for transporting goods (7)
FREIGHT: A synonym of panic containing (about) the single letter for Electronic.
1d Consume energy, wasting resource ultimately that’s valuable (6)
USEFUL: A (3,4) synonymic phrase for consume energy with the deletion (wasting) of one of its letters which is the last letter (ultimately) of resourcE.
2d Boos from Republican interrupting Obama speech at first (8)
BARRACKS: The single letter for Republican inserted into (interrupting) the first name of the former president with the first letter (at first) of Speech at the end.
3d Police raid is disastrous for magazine (10)
PERIODICAL: An anagram (is disastrous) of POLICE RAID
4d American drafted piece of writing following study (9)
CONSCRIPT: A term for a piece of writing (used by actors?) placed after a three letter synonym of study.
5d What could prevent snooker player extending break? (4)
REST: A double definition(?) – the first refers to the item of equipment that a snooker player can use to avoid stretching (extending) to play a shot, the second definition is just the last word of the clue.
6d Artist captures Germany’s capital, it is very attractive (6)
MAGNET: a French modernist painter (artist) contains (captures) the first (capital) letter of Germany.
7d Write song that shows bias (8)
PENCHANT: Our favourite three letter synonym for write and a type of song in which prose is sung.
9d Stage made-up story dismissed by newspapers (4)
DAIS: A collective noun for Monday to Saturday newspapers with the term for a made-up story removed (dismissed).
15d Famous Conservative delighted to ring oddly absent member (10)
CELEBRATED: The single letter for Conservative (politically) and a synonym of delighted containing (to ring) what remains when the ‘odd’ letters are removed (oddly absent) from mEmBeR.
16d Old man in Derby gear, getting dressed up (9)
GREYBEARD: An anagram (getting dressed up) of DERBY GEAR.
17d Island needs new rescue arranged for vulnerable (8)
INSECURE: The single letter for island followed by (needs) the single letter for New and an anagram (arranged of RESCUE.
18d Each service at home has extremely generous pay (8)
EARNINGS: Lego at the ready! The two letter abbreviated form of each, the two letters for the service that could not get one of its big boats away from Portsmouth this week, our favourite two letters for (at) home, and the outer letters (extremely) of GenerouS.
20d Rising male with technology résumé securing one target (6))
VICTIM: More Lego! The reversal (rising) of all of the single letter for Male, the two letters for one part of (modern) technology, and the two letter abbreviation for an alternative term for résumé containing the Roman numeral for one.
22d Mean attitude not endearing to host (6)
DENOTE: A lurker (to host) found in three words in the clue.
23d Boiled pudding is no good (4)
DUFF: A double definition – the first almost certainly contains some sort of fruit.
25d Release when prison sentence is over (4))
EMIT: A single word term for prison sentence reversed (when . . . is over).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
MEW + SICK + HAUL = MUSIC HALL
Thanks to Silvanus for a very enjoyable solve.