Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30100
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Somewhat of a topsy-turvy week for setters with the CL ‘special’ on Monday, and Jay and Ray T ‘absent’ from the back page as they were in their Toughie alter egos. So, who do we have for today, a member of the Friday triumvirate or someone else? Well, Silvanus entertained us last Friday, today’s puzzle has neither of proXimal’s ‘trademarks’, so my five bob is on this being quite a challenging Zandio production (which I think SJB would be happy did not appear as a Sunday Toughie).
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 21a, 4d, 15d, 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.
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1a Large vessel in sound, seamen maybe getting transfer (6,4)
CRUISE SHIP: A homophone (in sound) of multiple groups of seamen perhaps (maybe) followed by (getting) a synonym of transfer (a package?).
6a Hurt — shouldn’t one be in hospital? On the contrary (4)
ACHE: Not one in hospital (on the contrary) but the single letter for Hospital inside a synonym of one (in a pack of cards?).
10a Saw motorway to points west and east (5)
MOTTO: Not a cutting device but the other type of saw that we see quite often – the single letter for Motorway and TO from the clue reversed (points west) and the right way round (points east).
11a Radical mix setter’s deployed (9)
EXTREMIST: An anagram (deployed) of MIX SETTER without the ‘s.
12a Ill fortune in battle over English Channel town (3,4)
RAW DEAL: A synonym of battle reversed (over) and an English Channel town (that’s a new one to guess, but I will try and help by saying it is in Kent between Dover and Ramsgate).
13a Quit chorus (7)
REFRAIN: A double definition – the first relates to quit doing something (rather than leaving).
14a City element going to USA casually, and south of it (5,7)
LATIN AMERICA: the two letter abbreviated form of a USA city and a metallic element followed by (going to) a single word for referring casually to the USA.
18a Get away from those people — rough and common (3-2-3-4)
RUN-OF-THE-MILL: A three letter word for get away (fast), a (2,4) phrase for from those people, and a three letter synonym of rough (as in not well).
21a Salad item that’s bigger than it looks (7)
ICEBERG: A salad item named after an object in the sea that is bigger than it looks.
23a In Paris, one never winds alarm (7)
UNNERVE: The French (in Paris) for the masculine of one and an anagram (winds – move one letter!) of NEVER.
24a In big top, say, one has to be alert (9)
ATTENTIVE: A (2,4) phrase equivalent to in big top where the second part is a generic term for what a big top is a type of (say) and a (1’2) term that is equivalent to one has.
25a Give therapy centre a thumbs-up for accommodation (5)
TREAT: A lurker (for accommodation) found in three words in the clue.
26a Journalist with ’24 Hours’ editing out article’s spin (4)
EDDY: Our favourite abbreviated journalist and (with) the single word for 24 Hours with an article removed (editing out).
27a Agent backing boy band together and individually (10)
PERSONALLY: No knowledge of Boy Bands required – An abbreviated synonym of agent reversed (backing), a synonym of boy (in a family), and a single word term for band together.
For those of you who are disappointed that knowledge of Boy Bands was not required:
1d One takes pictures of adult covered with whipped cream (6)
CAMERA: The single letter for adult contained by (covered with) and anagram (whipped) of CREAM.
2d Area of city as far as Wimbledon vacated (6)
UPTOWN: A (2,2) phrase equivalent to as far as and what remains when the interior letters of WimbledoN are removed (vacated) – the BRB seems to believe that the answer is only ‘half’ an Americanism.
3d Game in south Sussex town, semi with Lancaster? (5-9)
SHOVE-HALFPENNY: Lego time – the single letter for South, the Sussex town that is ‘connected’ to Brighton but doesn’t think it should be, a synonym of semi, and (with) the first name of someone with the surname of Lancaster (but probably not related to our esteemed editor) who can also call herself Lady Stewart.
4d Drunk’s hogging oysters? (9)
SHELLFISH: A clever homophone (I think) of how a drunken person might say a synonym of hogging.
5d Regularly avoided flipping priest until reaching Bury? (5)
INTER: Firstly, I would suggest reversing (flipping) priest until and then delete alternate letters (regularly avoided) thus arriving (reaching) the answer.
7d Crossing Pacific, Lima ticket-holders depending on the weather (8)
CLIMATIC: A lurker (crossing) found in three words in the clue.
8d European student at old college where son’s admitted (8)
ESTONIAN: A student at an old college (that is still in existence), of which the Prince of Wales is an alumnus, containing (where . . . admitted) the single letter for son.
9d Complaint springing up over weight used in meat dish (4,10)
BEEF WELLINGTON: An informal synonym of complaint, a single word synonym of springing up placed before (over) a (large imperial) weight.
15d They sort out mail and iron garments (9)
ARMOURERS: Tradesmen who produce and maintain (sort out) (chain) mail and other metal ‘garments.’
16d Doctor advanced through time channels (8)
DRAINAGE: More Lego – the abbreviation for doctor (the person), the single letter for Advanced, and a (2,3) synonymic phrase for through time.
17d Slaughtered fiend etc and passed on (8)
INFECTED: An anagram (slaughtered) of FIEND ETC.
19d Suffering or understanding (6)
ORDEAL: OR from the clue and a synonym of understanding.
20d First to stop access? (6)
SENTRY: The first letter of Stop and a synonym of access.
22d Announcement of seamen maybe making appearance (5)
GUISE: This one gets a Hmm – a homophone (announcement of) a synonym of seamen perhaps (maybe).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
WEIGHT + KING + KNIGHT + MAYORS = WAKING NIGHTMARES