Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30110
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi doing the blogging today.
Our weather continues with its craziness. Just as we were getting used to Spring conditions another monstrous system arrives from Antarctica with strong winds and snow to low levels predicted for quite a lot of the country. Grrr!
Anyway, an enjoyable crossword as a diversion.
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1a Nick may be up to this if good enough (7)
SCRATCH: ‘Up to’ from the clue and the answer can give a phrase meaning ‘good enough’.
9a Well-known demon or spirit (8)
FAMILIAR: Double definition. The demon or spirit is usually a witch.
10a Withdraw from race, disheartened with deal (7)
RETREAT: Remove the two inside letters (dishearten) from R(ac)E and then deal or care for.
11a Doctor bears out subversive (8)
SABOTEUR: An anagram (DOCTOR) of BEARS OUT.
15a Excitement about piece of news (4)
ITEM: A lurker, indicated by ‘about’, that is hiding in the clue.
21a Lift projection (4)
HUMP: Double definition. The projection is usually a rounded one.
22a Fancy — possibly late Norman (10)
ORNAMENTAL: An anagram (fancy) of LATE NORMAN.
24a Such messages mostly mislead criminal (6)
EMAILS: An anagram (criminal) of the first six letters of MISLEA(d).
27a Poor American showing effect of working in the sun? (7)
REDNECK: A derogatory US expression. The wordplay is actually the true origin of the expression.
28a Worked out commitment daily at first (8)
RESOLVED: Commitment or determination and the first letter of daily.
29a Set apart from one’s love, in arrears (7)
ISOLATE: One’s written as Roman numeral with ‘S, tennis score love and ‘in arrears’ on not on time.
3d A friend on manuscript for POTUS, etc? (8)
ACRONYMS: A from the clue and a friend or colleague plus the abbreviation for manuscript.
5d Story of silver buried in South America (4)
SAGA: Chemical symbol for silver is enclosed by S(outh) A(merica).
6d Rumour of underground workers and those unable to vote (6)
MINORS: A homophone (rumour) of a word for underground workers.
7d Independent check kept by socialist, fascinated (7)
RIVETED: Socialist, identified by colour contains I(ndependent) and check as an animal doctor might.
8d Moving apart to keep four oddly in proportion (3,4)
PRO RATA: An anagram (moving) of APART contains alternate letters (oddly) of fOuR which are paradoxically, the even letters in this instance.
11d What fat could be dripping? (9)
SATURATED: Double definition. Dripping could be soaking wet.
14d Bus lanes redesigned across east and south generating capability (10)
USABLENESS: An anagram (redesigned) of BUS LANES contains E(ast) and S(outh).
18d Understood inexperience must lack boundaries (8)
IMPLICIT: Remove the first and last letters from a word meaning inexperience or naivety.
20d Men working on rough seas as a group (2,5)
EN MASSE: An anagram (working) of MEN followed by another anagram (rough) of SEAS.
23d Able to move having discovered files supporting disorderly crowd (6)
MOBILE: The central letters (discovered) of ‘files’ follow a disorderly crowd.
26d Prevention keeps up at any time (4)
EVER: A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
The clever use of ‘rails’ in 2d puts it in gold medal spot for me.
Quickie pun melon + collie = melancholy