Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30086
Hints and tips by pommers
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¡Hola a todos! Bet you weren’t expecting me again so soon! The 2Kiwis are otherwise engaged today so I’m afraid you’ll just have to put up with me again as stand-in. Sorry and all that but I’m pretty sure the Kiwis will be back next week.
A pretty good puzzle today from the Wednesday Wizard. A tad tricky in places but overall not a brain bender. Not many anagrams so I’m afraid you’ll have to do it the hard way.
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 Food concepts that go beyond the amateur? (10)
PROVISIONS: If the answer were split (3,7) you would have a phrase meaning professional concepts or views.
6a Pack abandoning wife for quiet break (4)
STOP: Take a word for to pack, on a boat perhaps, and remove the W and replace with a P (abandoning Wife for quiet).
10a Flower cult essentially adopted by crown (5)
TULIP: The middle two letters (essentially) from cULt are inserted into (adopted by) a word meaning crown as in top.
11a Cutting business for profit (9)
TAILORING: Cryptic definition of a business that relies on cutting cloth to make a profit.
12a Nurse must stock them occasionally for supplier (7)
CATERER: Start with another word for a nurse and insert (must stock) TE (ThEm occasionally).
13a Offspring must eat lean dairy product (7)
STILTON: Take your male offspring and insert (must eat) a word meaning lean or incline.
14a Compensating factors of money set aside during thanksgiving? The other way round! (6,6)
SAVING GRACES: “The other way round” means that these compensating factors are not what the clue actually says but thanksgiving inserted into (during) some money set aside. So insert some thanksgiving, before a meal perhaps, into some money set aside or nest-egg.
18a Cold call English luminary — how embarrassing! (12)
CRINGEWORTHY: C(old) followed by a word for call, by telephone perhaps, then an E(nglish) and finally a word for a luminary.
21a Hints about line crossed during exercise drinks (7)
TIPPLES: Put an L(ine) into two letters for exercise and around it (about) put another word for hints or clues. Not sure what the word crossed brings to this clue.
23a Blessing meat after change of starter (7)
BENISON: Take some meat, from a deer, and change the first letter (change of starter). Trouble with this sort of clue is that it gives no hint as to what the meat is or what the letter must be changed to so if you don’t know the answer you have to guess a meat and then go through all twenty five possibilities to get one that works.
24a No idea about boy returning with voice so affected (9)
ADENOIDAL: Anagram (about) of NO IDEA and then another word for a boy reversed (returning).
26a Touch and run (4)
DASH: Double definition. Touch as in a small amount.
27a Drama created by inspector in new exposure (7,3)
OEDIPUS REX: This drama was written by Sophocles in 430BC. It’s an anagram (new) of EXPOSURE with the two letters for detective inspector inserted (in).
1d Revolutionary outbreak sees school place taking precedence (6)
PUTSCH: Take an abbreviation of school and before it (taking precedence) put a word meaning to place or position.
2d Young fliers terribly slow to welcome jets without wings (6)
OWLETS: Make an anagram (terribly) of SLOW and insert (to welcome) ET (jETs without wings).
3d Rancour working in support of royal capacity (8,6)
IMPERIAL GALLON: Take another word for rancour and a word meaning working, as in not turned off, and put them after (in support of in a down clue) a synonym of royal.
4d Question one aspect under adjustment of rent (9)
INTERVIEW: Listen very carefully . . . Start with the letter that looks like number one. After that you need an anagram (adjustment of) of RENT and after that (under in a down clue) you need another word for an aspect. Phew!
5d Trouble in the outskirts of Nantes resulting in arrests (5)
NAILS: The outskirts of Nantes are NS so into that you need to put a word for trouble.
7d Work of art needing expedition on credit reportedly? (8)
TRIPTYCH: Start with an expedition or journey and then some letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like (reportedly) some credit or hire purchase.
8d New Age Spain convert? (8)
PAGANISE: Anagram (new) of AGE SPAIN.
9d How sanctimonious setter might be compared to you! (6-4-4)
HOLIER THAN THOU: Cryptic definition of a phrase meaning sanctimonious or self-righteous.
15d US conscript must pack a coarse biscuit (9)
GARIBALDI: Take two letters for a US conscript and insert the A from the clue and a word meaning coarse or bawdy to get a squashed fly biscuit.
16d Nation may be secure after cost is worked out (8)
SCOTLAND: Anagram (is worked out) of COST followed by (after) a word meaning to secure or obtain.
17d Lack of vitality is not so much about one elected member (northern) (8)
LIMPNESS: A word meaning not so much is placed around (about) an I (one), two letters for an elected member of parliament and an N(orthern).
19d You’re texting about certain person of interest? (6)
USURER: This is a person of interest because he charges extortionate rates of interest. Take two letters you might use for “you are” in a text message and put them around (about) a word meaning certain.
20d Places of learning once available to all (6)
UNISEX: Abbreviation of some places of learning, don’t forget it’s plural, and then two letters for once or in the past which usually represent a spouse once.
22d Team covering left edge (5)
SIDLE: Edge as in move slowly. Take another word for a team and place around (covering) an L(eft).
On my podium today are 1a and 4d but on the top step is 19d for its slightly off-the-wall definition.
Quick crossword pun:
FORCE + HEIGHT = FORESIGHT