Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30088
Hints and tips by Senf
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Good morning from Winnipeg where we also mourn the passing of HM the Queen as the Queen of Canada for her 70 years and 7 months on the throne which actually means as our sixth monarch she served for more than 70 of the 155 years that Canada has been in existence.
Silvanus last week, Zandio two weeks ago, so is today’s challenge from proXimal? X is missing as are are two other letters, so not an X-less pangram, which leads me to conclude that this is a Zandio production with at least two clues that could receive negative comments from some quarters.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 10a, 1d, 7d, 16d, and 23d.
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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1a Cut tours to record company (6)
MOTOWN: A verbal synonym of a past participle of cut (applied to one’s lawn) ‘surrounds’ (tours) TO from the clue.
4a Incorporating one act, ‘Play That Goes Wrong’ is unusual (8)
ATYPICAL: An anagram (That Goes Wrong) of the combination (incorporating) of the Roman Numeral for one, ACT and PLAY.
9a Dashing to have brief smooch in Royal Albert Hall (6)
RAKISH: A synonym of smooch with the last letter removed (brief) inserted into in an abbreviated form of Royal Albert Hall.
10a Lines in river catching shellfish? On the contrary (8)
WRINKLES: Not river catching shellfish but (on the contrary) a type of shellfish, in the plural, containing (catching) the single letter for River.
12a Missing clothes apparently mismatched (8)
UNSUITED: A double definition – the first might refer to a ‘top’ layer of clothing.
13a Pet butterfly? (6)
STROKE: A double definition – the second is not an insect but athleticism in a swimming pool.
15a Admit a glacier could be transformed by this snapper (7,6)
DIGITAL CAMERA: An anagram (could be transformed) of ADMIT A GLACIER.
18a Sad, cancelling recruitment? (13)
DISAPPOINTING: Written as (3-10) a term that is equivalent to cancelling recruitment?
20a Call for dog to follow directions (6)
ENTAIL: A synonym of dog (as in follow) placed after (to follow) to cardinal compass directions – I had some trouble justifying the answer with the definition but I did eventually find it in an on-line thesaurus.
22a Animal pelt expensive, we hear (8)
REINDEER: Homophones (we hear) of both of a synonym of pelt (when associated with precipitation) and a synonym of expensive.
24a Mrs Peron refurbished a cute retreat (8)
EVACUATE: Mrs Peron’s first name and a not much of an anagram (refurbished) of A CUTE.
25a Display of arms? (6)
TATTOO: A military display or as illustrated perhaps.
26a Tornado raging round France, first one way then the other (2,3,3)
TO AND FRO: An anagram (raging) of TORNADO containing (round) the IVR letter for France.
27a Avoids satires about Republican (6)
SKIRTS: A synonym of satires containing (about) the single letter for Republican.
1d Quietly, say, raised drink twice (6)
MURMUR: An alcoholic drink repeated and reversed (raised . . . twice).
2d With receipts, banks show favouritism (4,5)
TAKE SIDES: A synonym of receipts (as in income from selling?) and a synonym of banks.
3d It should sanitise Wuhan pigs, conceivably (7-2,6)
WASHING-UP LIQUID: Well, bless my soul, the new Puzzles Web Site proved it does have a use! The old Puzzles Web Site, which gives the better print-out, had an enumeration of (10,6) which is not possible but the new site has the correct enumeration as shown above.
I believe this is a reverse anagram, I have not had to hint one before. The answer is anagram material (7-2) and an anagram indicator (6) that will give you (conceivably) WUHAN PIGS. Just look at the illustration!
5d Spell focus for ‘Mastermind’ (4)
TERM: Four letters at the centre (focus) of Mastermind.
6d Little dash, perhaps, that could give spice to man eating fish (11,4)
PUNCTUATION MARK: The generic term (perhaps) for a little dash which when added between ‘man’ and ‘eating’ could, as the BRB says, ‘add an interesting quality to’ (give spice to/spice up) the phrase at the end of the clue, so that it changes from a man eating fish for lunch, say, to, oh I don’t know, a great white shark?
7d After prison, Oscar will be part of orchestra (5)
CELLO: The letter represented by Oscar in the phonetic alphabet placed after a prison for one.
8d Take a chance here — slice of sausage v salami rolls (3,5)
LAS VEGAS: A reversed lurker (slice of . . . rolls) found in the rest of the clue.
11d Guys with no sex appeal turning intimate (7)
MENTION: This all depends on the pronunciation of the definition – a synonym of guys followed by (with) NO from the clue and the two letters for sex appeal reversed (turning).
14d Steal album to look up articles in French and German (7)
PLUNDER: The two letters for a vinyl album reversed (to look up) followed by a French indefinite article a German definite article.
16d One mixes ingredients, for instance, less than UK consumer (3,6)
EGG BEATER: The two letter abbreviated form of the Latin equivalent of for instance, two letters for part (less than) of the UK, and a synonym of consumer (of food).
17d Coming from abroad, her enthusiastic follower (8)
ADHERENT: A lurker (coming from) found in three words in the clue.
19d Marches in street to keep needy uplifted (6)
TROOPS: The reversal (uplifted) of all of the two letter abbreviated form of street containing (to keep) a synonym of needy.
21d What makes a woman sparkle and occasionally strip abroad? (5)
TIARA: Alternate letters (occasionally) from STRIP ABROAD.
23d Some who might squeal over celebrity (4)
STAR: A single word for some (plural) who might squeal (as in tell tales) reversed (over).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
BEAU + BELLES = BOW BELLS
Please enjoy this fine example of HM’s famous sense of humour with an ‘off the cuff’ response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a dinner for Commonwealth Heads of Government held in Malta some seven years ago: