Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30096
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a rather sad day. The UK may be at a standstill but the crossword must go on and this one is a pretty good tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and I think 7d and 9d might count as a Nina. Maybe I’m having an off day but it seemed a tad trickier than normal so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.
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 Former leading lady? (9,2)
ELIZABETH II: Cryptic definition of the leading lady whose state funeral is today.
7a Reportedly studied cherished animal in forest (3,4)
RED DEER: A sounds like clue (reportedly). The first word sounds like one meaning studied at university and the second word sounds like one meaning cherished.
8a Stay around after clamour, it’s said, for royal family (7)
DYNASTY: Start with three letters which aren’t a word but when pronounced sound like (it’s said) a word for clamour or loud noise. After that you need an anagram (around) of STAY.
10a One’s great at spelling (8)
SORCERER: Cryptic definition of someone good at casting spells.
11a Foreign Office? (6)
BUREAU: Another cryptic definition. This time it’s the French (foreign) word for office.
13a Feeling of nationwide anguish (4)
IDEA: A lurker hiding in (of) the last two words of the clue.
14a Note brief tribute with sign of hesitation (10)
MEMORANDUM: A word which can mean tribute or recollection without its last letter (brief) followed by a word meaning with and then one of the usual signs of hesitation.
16a For exam, American books believer (10)
PROTESTANT: Three letters meaning for or in favour of followed by an exam, A(merican) and then some books of the bible.
18a Experienced start of journey, sacred journey (4)
HADJ: A word meaning experienced or underwent followed by a J (start of Journey).
21a Creator‘s part is taxing to some extent (6)
ARTIST: Another lurker. This time it’s hiding in (to some extent) part is taxing.
22a Once again searches for prayers? (8)
REQUESTS: You need a word meaning searches and put RE in front of it so it looks like you are searching again.
24a Prudence shown by business splashing money around (7)
ECONOMY: Start with the usual two letters for a business and around it put an anagram (splashing) of MONEY.
25a Cross, if taken inside to give evidence (7)
TESTIFY: Start with a word meaning cross or irritable and insert (taken inside) the IF from the clue.
26a Family, regal, travelling to embrace companion and son as new leading man (4,7)
KING CHARLES: Start with the usual three letter word for family and then an anagram (travelling) of REGAL. Put that lot around (to embrace) the two letters for Companion of Honour and finally add an S(on) to get our new monarch.
1d Confirm result with Burmese, perhaps, losing head (7)
ENDORSE: A word for a result followed by what the Queen’s Burmese was an example of but without his first letter (losing head). I spent far too long thinking Burmese perhaps was a cat, d’oh!
2d Reserve side cut short refresher? (3,3)
ICE TEA: A word for reserve followed by a side without its last letter (cut short).
3d Pieces in article welcome singular treaties (10)
AGREEMENTS: Start with A (article) and a word meaning to welcome or say hello. Insert (in) a word for some chess pieces and finally add an S(ingular).
4d Boy in a whirl (4)
EDDY: This boy’s name is also a whirl, in some water perhaps.
5d Our hands reshaped country (8)
HONDURAS: Anagram (reshaped) of OUR HANDS.
6d Rather upset, sit with dean (7)
INSTEAD: Anagram (upset) of SIT with DEAN.
7d Extraordinary respect in a people’s final farewell words (4,2,5)
REST IN PEACE: Anagram (extraordinary) of RESPECT IN A followed by an E (peoplE’s final).
9d Royal address? (4,7)
YOUR MAJESTY: Nothing to do with where a Royal lives. It’s the form of address for either 1a or 26a.
12d Petitions about a floral decoration (10)
POINSETTIA: Anagram (about) of PETITIONS followed by the A from the clue.
15d Stirring part of a service (8)
TEASPOON: Cryptic definition of the part of a service you would use to stir something.
17d View of love until now regularly getting approval (7)
OUTLOOK: O (love) followed by the alternate letters (regularly) from UnTiL nOw and the two letters meaning approval or all right.
19d Like describing issue possibly for Victorians? (7)
AUSSIES: These are Victorians because they come from the state of Victoria. They are a word meaning like placed around (describing) an anagram (possibly) of ISSUE.
20d Shellfish turned up whole — advertise briefly (6)
MUSSEL: A word for whole or all of reversed (turned up in a down clue) followed by a word for to advertise or market without its last letter.
23d Come together regularly, say, in act (4)
SYNC: Alternate letters (regularly) from the last three words.
My favourites today are 7d and 9d followed by 1d.
Quick crossword pun:
LATE + ARREST = LAY TO REST