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DT 30092

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30092

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Life is at last getting back to normal. No medical appointments of any kind today so all clear to return to our regular blogging duties. Thanks so much Pommers for filling in for us on the last two Wednesdays.

We thought we were heading for a pangram or even a double one but that did not eventuate.

A few tricky bits and good fun all the way for us.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.

Across

1a     One against endless search for period pieces (8)
ANTIQUES : A word used for someone opposed, then a search that a medieval knight might have undertaken loses its last letter.

5a     Direction of leading attraction from the east? (6)
UPWARD : A two letter word meaning leading and then the reversal (from the east) of attraction or pull.

9a     Subversive type to use bar, drunk (8)
SABOTEUR : An anagram (drunk) of TO USE BAR.

10a     Extract energy within the law (6)
ELICIT : The physics symbol for energy and within the law or legal.

12a     Permission to proceed — there’s headroom enough (9)
CLEARANCE : A double definition.

13a     Greek credit mainly applied to arts, oddly (5)
ATTIC : The first and third letters of ‘arts’ and a slang word for credit without its last letter.

14a     Team sent back to capture live goat (4)
IBEX : The reversal of the Roman numeral for a football or cricket team surrounds a word meaning live or exist.

16a     One’s heart a prisoner in this? (7)
RIBCAGE : A cryptic definition for the part of the body where the heart is located.

19a     Anxious father confronting a violent thug (7)
FRAUGHT : The religious abbreviation for father, then ‘A’ from the clue and an anagram (violent) of THUG.

21a     Foreign Office axes cunning (4)
FOXY : F(oreign) O(ffice) and then the letters usually used in maths to denote the vertical and horizontal components (axes) of a graph.

24a     Vote in the French, welcomed by European court (5)
ELECT : E(uropean) and the abbreviation for court contain the French definite article.

25a     Cheap wicket taken by Bradman after criticism? (5-4)
KNOCK-DOWN : Another word for a criticism or slating, then cricketer Bradman’s first name contains the cricket abbreviation for wicket.

27a     Seeing posh car from Yorkshire, these people cause controversy (6)
TROLLS : The northern dialect abbreviation for the definite article and then the poshest of posh cars.

28a     Wild parties gatecrashed by a freeloader (8)
PARASITE : An anagram (wild) of PARTIES contains ‘A’ from the clue.

29a     Cleaner shifting detritus without it? (6)
DUSTER : An anagram (shifting ) of DETR(it)US with ‘it’ removed.

30a     Wake-up call about mask and life on the outside (8)
REVEILLE : The two letter ‘about’ then a mask or screen followed by the first and last letters of ‘life’.

Down

1d     Salsa celebrated across this region of France (6)
ALSACE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.

2d     Propose this without the man’s medicine (6)
TABLET : Remove the personal possessive pronoun meaning ‘the man’s’ from the word ‘this’ and place what’s left after propose or lay down for consideration.

3d     Question a sailor’s country (5)
QATAR : The single letter abbreviation for question, then ‘A’ from the clue plus a sailor.

4d     Time of year seeing one of five bison, perhaps suppressed by Spain (7)
EQUINOX : Start with the IVR code for Spain, then a word for one of five born together, and finally what a bison can be a type of.

6d     What posters need may be a right to wear hat (6,3)
PILLAR BOX : A type of hat, typically worn by Jackie Kennedy contains ‘A’ from the clue and R(ight).

7d     A student fad mainly about a time in prison once (8)
ALCATRAZ : ‘A’ from the clue and the student driver letter, then a fad or obsession without its last letter (mainly) contains another ‘A’ from the clue and T(ime).

8d     Edward, moving up, longed for such a house (8)
DETACHED : The three letter short form of Edward is reversed and then longed for or pined.

11d     Boo joker, losing way (4)
JEER : Remove the abbreviation for street from a joker who might have been at a medieval court.

15d     Pretty girl holding a gun must be game (9)
BAGATELLE : A word from French for a pretty girl contains ‘A’ from the clue and a slang word for a handgun.

17d     Pretentious editor subject to influence (8)
AFFECTED : Influence or cause change and then ED(itor).

18d     Party with common sense exhibiting hunger (8)
RAVENOUS : A wild party and a synonym for commonsense.

20d     Cheeky young lad involved in raising cheeky theory (4)
TYKE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.

21d     Pay for mature clip from film (7)
FOOTAGE : A word meaning pay for usually involving a treat, then mature or grow older.

22d     Cheerful Jamaican’s first international in cricket ground (6)
JOVIAL : The first letter of Jamaican, then a famous London cricket ground contains I(nternational).

23d     Could this produce a tissue, we hear? (6)
SNEEZE : A cryptic definition. ‘A tissue’ can sound like this episode of sternutation.

26d     Villain travelling north in luggage van knew (5)
KNAVE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.

4d is our favourite this week.

Quickie pun    salve    +    adore    +    Ali    =    Salvador Dali

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  1. Great fun with some very cleverly constructed wordplay, really enjoyable. My only slight problem was seeing how the clever 2d worked but it came to me after a pause for thought.
    Ticks all over the shop including 25&27a plus 7d.
    Many thanks to the setter and the 2Ks, good to see you back.

    Ps…there are a couple of real LOL moments in the not overly difficult Django Toughie.

  2. 2*/4.5*. Assuming this is a Jay puzzle, what is Mr Mutch up to today, producing a double “pangra” with 25 letters at least twice but no Ms!

    It was great fun although my repetition radar did bleep with the use of “mainly” twice as an instruction to remove the last letter.

    Many thanks to the three birds. Good to see the 2Ks up and running again.

  3. Must admit when the Q and X went I assumed pangram and all the “unusual” suspects seemed to be present, I wonder what I missed. Anyway fell nicely, NE last to succumb. Also completed an unaided Toughie, amazing what a few days by the sea will do

  4. Top-drawer as usual from our Wednesday maestro, really quite enjoyable. I especially liked the four 4-letter clues, but 19a, 25a, and 30a make it to the podium. Thanks to the Kiwis–so good to see you back!–and to Jay. ** / *****

    I agree with SL about the Django Toughie today–the first of his I have finished altogether on my own–and “Hooray for Hollywood!”

  5. Wrongly assumed it was a double pangram having been on early alert & only noticed the absent M in a post completion count up. Like Taking 5 NE last to yield in an otherwise brisk & enjoyable solve. Didn’t feel like a Jay puzzle to me but am probably wrong.
    Thanks to the setter & 2Ks – good to have you back.
    Ps – second Stephen’s recommendation of the terrific Django Toughie which is every bit as accessible as this one.

  6. Took a while to get started today, completed the lower half first, excellent diverse cluing throughout.
    Favourite was 25a followed by 6d. 27a elicited a smile!-thanks to our setter.
    Agree with 2K’s ***/****

  7. I’m glad things are returning to normal for the Kiwis.it’s nice to relax when all the follow-up appointments and check-ups are done. Although I expect, like me, you have a shed-load of new medication. A fairly traditional, straightforward puzzle today with a good variety of clues and a few head-scratchers in the NE. I liked the cryptic/double definition in6d, the 1a lego clue and the 25a charade with a GK element together with The game at 15d. Thanks to the Kiwis for the hints and Welcome Back. Tha ks also to Jay for an enjoyable crossword.

  8. Really thought I needed to bung an ‘M’ into the last few clues, but try as I might it wouldn’t fit!
    Tougher than normal I thought today, my favourites were 4 and 6d

  9. Slow start then gradual unravelling with no serious holdups. NE stickiest corner. 13a dialect new to me as was the gun in 15d but able to bung in both. 27a amusing if perhaps not for overseas bloggers but 25a takes my biscuit. Thank you Mysteron and 2Kiwis to whom welcome back and keep well.

  10. So neatly constructed.
    And no dubious anagram indicators.
    A joy to complete.
    Special mention 16, 21 and 25a and 21 and 23d.
    So, ***/5*
    Many thanks, Jay and the 2Kiwis

  11. Mr Wednesday teasing us with a ‘maybe’ pangram this morning in which most of the tricky bits were to be found in the NE.
    Prizes here awarded to the intersecting 16a & 6d which gave me most pauses for thought.

    Thanks to Jay and to our 2Ks – so good to see you back in the chair this week.

  12. Many thanks to Jay for the excellent pangra and welcome back to the 2Ks and thanks for the hints.
    From many contenders I selected 16a, 25a and 6d for my podium.

  13. Pangram alarms definitely going off very early on and all over the place. In the end, I think it’s the first pangra I have seen where the ‘M’ was the missing letter. What a splendid offering from our Wednesday maestro without, it seems, any assistance from his Toughie alter ego – 2.5*/4.5*.

    Candidates for favourite – 12a, 14a, 30a, 22d, and 23d – and the winner is 23d.

    Thanks to Jay and to the 2Kiwis, pleased to hear that life is getting back to normal.

  14. Fun whilst it lasted. 16a, 21a and 23d made my podium. The toughie is also very approachable today.

    Thanks to today’s setter and the 2Ks.

  15. That’s more like it, a few difficulties in the NE makes it ***/**** for me 😃 Many favourites but 6d, 7d and 19a take the podium. Thanks to the 2x Ks, nice to see you back to normal 👍 and thanks to Jay

  16. It was all going so well, until I hit the NE corner. Thanks to the 2kiwis for the hints which at least meant I finished, and to the excellent setter. 27a made me laugh!

  17. That all fell into place nicely, like others I was on pangram alert. Made a mess of 6d by not reading the clue properly and bunging in ‘letter’. But I did get the crickety one. T-rolls in our house usually go in the bathroom, that was quite a clever clue and many a game of 15d we played with Grandad Angus who had a beautiful board – I wonder what happened to that? Many thanks to the three birds, good to see the Kiwis back in harness. Keep taking the tablets.

  18. An excellent workout from the Wednesday wizard.

    Being a cricket nut, 25a gets my nod, especially with the irony of him getting a wicket with his occasional leg breaks.

    He only bagged two test wickets, one of them bowling for 84 the legend that is Hammond in the Bodyline series who must have felt a bit of a wally.

  19. Thanks to (Jay) ? And to the 2 Kiwis for the review and hints. A cracking puzzle, quite tricky in places. Favourite was 21a. Was 3* / 4* for me.

  20. Super, super puzzle while it lasted. Delayed by making an allowance for the headroom in 12a, error corrected when 2d “could only be”. In a field of diamonds it seems churlish to pick one for special mention, but 27a (a wondeful ISIHAC clue) had me laughing out loud, so that has to be COTD.

    2* / 4*

    Many thanks to Jay & to the 2Ks

      1. As Gazza says, Pah – the (brilliant) BBC Radio 4 comedy “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”. One of the rounds is often the “Uxbridge English Dictionary”, and there are frequently new “definitions” for words based on the short Yorkshire T.

        For example, Tram: what a Yorkshire Farmer puts in with t’ ewes.

  21. Much more like a normal Wednesday puzzle this week from Jay.
    2.5*/3* for me

    Favourites today include 12a, 14a, 27a, 22d & 23d with winner 27a

    Thanks to the three birds

  22. Late coming to this today but we’ll worth the wait. Very neatly clued as always by this setter, and a real pleasure to solve. I also loved 27a for the laugh that it produced, so thanks very much to Jay and the 2Ks.

  23. A very enjoyable puzzle completed at a steady pace. SW last fall. Loved the Yorkshire posh car.
    I shall now be on the lookout for a angram, or maybe an angra?

    May thanks to our Wednesday maestro and thanks to the Kiwis – so glad to see you back in fine form. Keep taking the 2 downs Colin!

  24. Morning all.
    Just taken my first fistful of 2 downs for the day. Seems like an inevitable consequence of a cardiac misadventure.
    Good to see that Jay has managed to keep all his fans happy once again and a wide range of clues picked as favourite too.
    Cheers.

  25. At my first sitting I managed to solve less than a quarter before taking a break. Second sitting I was on a roll and completed without help.

    Last one in was 25d as I haven’t heard of the cricket bloke.

    Very enjoyable solve.

    Thanks to all.

  26. Perfectly straightforward until it wasn’t, I couldn’t believe this wasn’t going to be a pangram and this slowed me down as I was desperately trying find a place for the ‘M’. I was convinced that 16a was going to be embrace, which would have sorted it. I was led up the garden path good and proper. Favourite was 27a. Thanks to 2K’s and Jay. I hope you continue to improve Colin.

  27. The only one I didn’t fully parse was 25a. Last two in were 7d and 5a. Took me a while to fathom. Favourites 4 6 8 11 and 21d. Thanks Jay and 2 Ks. Hope you are doing well with the medication Colin. You are probably on the same four as me! Takes some time to getting used to when you’ve never been a pill taker.

  28. Hello. My first time on the excellent BD blog.

    I believe this does qualify as a double pangram, as pangraM-pangraM contains precisely the two Ms needed !

    Perhaps the setter (Jay, opinion has it) took that for granted ?

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