Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30094
Hints and tips by Senf
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****/*****
A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Somewhat surprisingly, since we had a very enjoyable Toughie from Silvanus yesterday, my five bob is on today’s back pager being a repeat performance from the master of smooth.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 12a, 11d, 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.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Chance of work having left college totally discontented (11)
OPPORTUNITY: Straight in with Lego – the two letter abbreviated form of, inter alia, a musical work, followed by (having) nautical left, a three letter abbreviated form of a synonym of college, and TotallY with its interior letters removed (discontented).
9a Gold object found by female in desert (7)
FORSAKE: Heraldic gold and a synonym of, appropriately pronounced, object (as in goal) placed after (found by) the single letter for Female.
10a Comment, on record (6)
REMARK: The two letters that we know and love that are equivalent to on and a synonym of record.
12a Reportedly sank golf putt last (4,3))
HOLD OUT: A homophone of a two word term, familiar to golfers and golf fans, that means sank golf putt.
13a Hairstyle from which queen rarely departs? (7)
BEEHIVE: A residence for a ‘stay at home’ regal insect.
14a Small number, around nine, meeting new US president (5)
NIXON: An abbreviated form of number containing (around) the Roman numeral for nine followed by (meeting) a single letter for New.
15a No sign of hesitation chopping up supermarket beef (4,5)
RUMP STEAK: An anagram (chopping up), after the two letters that can represent hesitation are removed (no sign of), of SUPerMARKET.
17a Good-for-nothing caught by friend wearing stolen goods (9)
SCALLYWAG: The single letter for crickety Caught and a synonym of friend contained by (wearing) a slang single word for stolen goods.
20a Many times moderate leader is ignored (5)
OFTEN: A synonym of moderate with the first letter removed (leader is ignored).
22a Criminal not many go to stop, perhaps (7)
ANTONYM: An anagram (criminal) of NOT MANY.
24a From Hanoi to Mekong, travelling west, there’s excitement (7)
EMOTION: A reversed lurker (from . . . travelling west) found in the words ‘sandwiched’ by the indicator.
25a Vet observed tackling case of canker (6)
SCREEN: A synonym of observed containing (tackling) the first and last letters (case) of CankeR.
26a Papers I notice left uncovered, that’s foolish (7)
IDIOTIC: Our increasingly popular two letters for papers, I from the clue, and the interior letters (left uncovered) of nOTICe.
27a Survey of certain males in Turkey, say (11)
MEASUREMENT: A synonym of certain and a synonym of males (it’s plural notice) contained by what turkey (notice the lower case t) is an example of (say) after it has been in the oven.
2d Group of soldiers playing polo at battalion’s base (7)
PLATOON: An anagram (playing) of POLO AT and the last letter of (‘s base) battalioN.
3d Upset about argument involving brothers essentially (9)
OVERTHROW: Synonyms of about and argument containing (involving) the middle two letters (essentially) of broTHers .
4d Pulse broth to be stirred (5)
THROB: An anagram (to be stirred) of BROTH
5d Old Testament book characters (7)
NUMBERS: A double definition – the first is the fourth book of The Pentateuch.
6d Oddly unseen, Brummie punches head of Parisian six-footer (7)
TERMITE: The odd-numbered letters deleted (oddly unseen) from bRuMmIe and what remains is inserted into (punches) French (Parisian) for head.
7d State gift Anna has ordered (11)
AFGHANISTAN: An anagram (ordered) of GIFT ANNA HAS.
8d Verbose master, cross about student interrupting originally (6)
PROLIX: A three letter, perhaps abbreviated form, of a nounal synonym of master and the letter which can indicate a cross containing (about) all of the usual letter for student and the first letter of Interrupting (originally).
11d Keep on kissing amorously side by side (4,3,4)
NECK AND NECK: A single word, so says the BRB, for kiss amorously repeated with a conjunction in between (keep on).
Nothing to do with the clue other than the title of the album, from which this track comes, is the same as the answer. Two of the finest ‘axe’ pickers in harmony – enjoy!
16d Element amusing me getting drunk (9)
MAGNESIUM: An anagram (getting drunk) of AMUSING ME.
18d American stylist ultimately cuts facial hair for diplomat (7)
ATTACHE: More Lego – the single letter used to indicate American and the last letter (ultimately) of stylist inserted into (cuts) an informal term for facial hair between one’s upper lip and nose – Thanks Gazza.
19d They tweet seconds after upsetting football result? (7)
LINNETS: The single letter for Seconds placed after a football result, such as that of the Lady Lions last World Cup qualifier played last week, reversed (upsetting).
20d Even more Lego – love times working with Scotsman, Magdalen graduate possibly (7)
OXONIAN: The letter used for the score in a racquet game represented by the term love, the single letter for times to indicate multiplication in an arithmetic expression, the two letter synonym for working, and our favourite three letter Scotsman – N.B. The college in the ‘other’ university with a similar name has an extra ‘E’ at the end.
21d Age when son abandons craving privacy at last (6)
THIRTY: A synonym of craving (for fluids) with the single letter for Son removed (when . . . abandons) and the last letter of privacY.
23d Major’s 22 and popular amongst male soldiers (5)
MINOR: Did you get the correct answer for 22a? The two letter synonym of popular inserted into (amongst) the single letter for Male and two letter abbreviation commonly used for soldiers.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
HOLLY + DAZE = HOLIDAYS