Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30084
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment *****
Hola from a cooler Vega Baja. The temperature is still topping 30°C every afternoon but it’s cooling down in the early hours. When I got up this morning it was only 24°C!
As to the crossword I think our setter has outclassed himself today and given us the best crossword for quite some time. Great surfaces throughout and a nice mix of clue types. I wonder how many will agree.
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.
7a Bail out a mostly wicked pantomime character (3,4)
ALI BABA: You need an anagram (out) of BAIL followed by the A from the clue and a word for wicked without its last letter (mostly). Split that lot (3,4) to get the chap with the forty thieves.
9a Magnificent article about a Spanish city (7)
GRANADA: A word meaning magnificent and an indefinite article are placed around (about) the A from the clue to get the city which is the site of this magnificent palace. Pommette and I visited the place for the second time earlier this summer and truly magnificent it is . . .
10a Belonging to Gurkha, kitbag and military material (5)
KHAKI: A lurker hidden in (belonging to) the next two words of the clue.
11a Insect in Spooner’s large jug, empty (9)
DRAGONFLY: You need a large jug or bottle used for beer or wine and a word meaning empty, of water perhaps. Make a Spoonerism of them to get an insect. I can do without Spoonerisms in crosswords but I do know many people like them.
12a Might one help one see painting in a different light? (7,8)
PICTURE RESTORER: Cryptic definition of someone who makes old paintings or damaged ones more like new. Never have got this without the checkers! It didn’t help that I had one of them wrong for a while!
13a Income level in Parisian’s street (7)
REVENUE: Start with the French word for street and insert (in) a word for level.
16a Strange code, strange etiquette (7)
DEORUM: Anagram (strange) of CODE followed by crosswordland’s favourite word for strange or odd.
19a Back home, give orders to deputy (6-2-7)
SECOND IN COMMAND: A word meaning to back or support, a boxer perhaps, followed by the usual word for home or at home and then a word meaning to give orders.
24a Extremely small, I leave Irish port (5)
SLIGO: SL (extremely SmalL) followed by the I from the clue and a word meaning to leave.
25a Very behindhand after electric current cut off (7)
ISOLATE: Start with the letter denoting electric current in physics and after it you need a word which can mean very and a word for behindhand.
26a Occasionally employed by rival newspaper? (2,5)
AT TIMES: Double definition. This phrase meaning occasionally could be read to mean that someone is employed by one the DT’s main rival newspapers.
1d Birds turned up on roof of reprocessing plant (8)
LARKSPUR: You need some birds associated with the early morning and then the UP from the clue but reversed (turned). After that (on in a down clue) you need and R (roof of Reprocessing).
2d Act indecently? I become tight-lipped (8)
TACITURN: Anagram (indecently) of ACT followed by the I from the clue and then a word for become, especially if it’s followed by INTO.
3d Name of composer heard (6)
HANDLE: A slang term for your name sounds like a composer of the early 18th century. For some unknown reason I put in the name of the composer which rather made a mess of 12a, d’oh! Anyway here’s a bit of his music along with some other good stuff . . .
4d Richly seasoned stew shown in red-top abroad (6)
RAGOUT: A slang term for a red-top newspaper such as the Sun or Mirror followed by a word meaning abroad as in not in.
5d Traveller‘s passage — cost of passage ending in Dover (8)
WAYFARER: A word for a passage or road followed by what you pay for passage on a bus or ferry and finally an R (ending in doveR).
6d Brief film entertaining wife (6)
LAWYER: A film, as in a film of paint perhaps, with a W(ife) inserted (entertaining). Took a while for the penny to drop on the meaning of brief!
8d Boy‘s from Pisa, actually (5)
ISAAC: This boys name is hidden in (from) the last two words.
9d Progressive Indian state leader (2-5)
GO AHEAD: Take an Indian state and a leader, of a school perhaps, and split the result (2,5).
14d Leave shortly, heading for India on holiday (8)
VACATION: A word meaning to leave without its last letter is followed by I (heading for India) and the ON from the clue.
15d Perfect example in eastern religious book (7)
EPITOME: E(astern) followed by two letters for religious and then a large book.
17d Where there may be lots of holidaymakers affected by it in south-east (8)
CAMPSITE: Take a word meaning affected, as in affected behaviour perhaps, and follow with the IT from the clue inserted into (in) SE (south east).
18d Rodent had got loose inside, causing scene of utter confusion (8)
MADHOUSE: Start with a small rodent and insert (inside) put an anagram (got loose) of HAD.
19d Top two maidens in action (6)
SUMMIT: Two M(aidens)s are placed inside (in) a legal action.
20d Most certainly not involving king and country (6)
NORWAY: A phrase (2,3) meaning most certainly not has inserted (involving) and R for king to get a Scandinavian country.
21d About time to get down for short sleep (6)
CATNAP: Two letters for about or approximately followed by T(ime) and then some down, on a snooker table perhaps.
22d Established rule in Isle of Man following a vote (5)
AXIOM: The abbreviation of Isle of Man after the A from the clue and the letter you use to vote.
Just about every one of these clues deserves to be in blue but for my podium three I’ve gone for 23a, 1d and 8d in that order.
As far as I can see there are three puns in the Quickie today. I’m sure someone will say if I’ve missed one. I tried for a while to include the R and the I in the middle pun as the I and DEAR give you IDEA but I can’t see anything to do with the R. So here’s my take on them.
Top line: WHEY + TAN + SEA = WAIT AND SEE
Middle line: READ + DEAR = RED DEER
Bottom line: LAY + SAY + FARE = LAISSEZ FAIRE