Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30118
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
The ‘smoothness’ of the clues suggests to me that Silvanus is the red hot odds-on favourite to be today’s setter so I don’t think that Huntsman is going to get much of a return on the five bob that he was prepared to risk yesterday.
Candidates for favourite – 8a, 12a, 21a, 7d, 15d, and 18d.
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 Small number approach, right to enter country (6)
NORWAY: The single letter for Right Inserted into (to enter) an abbreviated form of number and a synonym of approach (as in method?).
4a Timely reminder (6)
PROMPT: A double definition – the second might be a reminder given to an actor forgetting his or her lines.
8a Doubts prison officer holds back reportedly (8)
SCRUPLES: A homophone (reportedly) of the combination of a slang synonym for prison officer and a single word term equivalent to holds back.
10a Cork licensee gutted finding gross mismanagement (6)
BUNGLE: A synonym of cork (as in stopper) and LicenseE with the interior letters deleted (gutted).
11a Desire of charming woman to go topless (4)
ITCH: A charming woman, who is celebrated later this month, with her first letter removed (to go topless).
12a Sweetheart having wild fling with rider (10)
GIRLFRIEND: Not Ray T’s sweetheart! An anagram (wild) of FLING and (with) RIDER.
13a Relative dunce is soon struggling over calculus primarily (6,6)
SECOND COUSIN: An anagram (struggling) of DUNCE IS SOON containing (over) the first letter (primarily) of Calculus.
16a Impetuous writer in car lacking a vehicle safety feature? (5,7)
CRASH BARRIER: A synonym of impetuous and a Scottish writer (of Peter Pan fame) inserted into CaR from the clue with the A deleted (lacking).
20a Unattached princess’s telephone line is busy? (10)
DISENGAGED: The people’s princess, with the possessive S and a single word term for telephone line is busy.
21a Boozy type of party animal (4)
STAG: A double definition – the second is illustrated.
22a Weapon, prototype initially, one many rejected (6)
PISTOL: The first letter (initially) of Prototype, the Roman numeral for one, and a synonym of many reversed (rejected).
23a Doctor hasty to claim unknown politician shows compassion (8)
SYMPATHY: An anagram (doctor) of HASTY containing (to claim) an (algebraic) unknown and the two letters for a politician who sits in the House of Commons.
24a Today’s setter, awfully angry about having poor definition? (6)
GRAINY: An anagram (awfully) of ANGRY containing today’s setter represented by the perpendicular pronoun.
25a Time to interrupt college education in Leeds perhaps (6)
UNITED: The single letter for Time inserted into (to interrupt) the abbreviated form of a synonym of college and an abbreviated form of education.
1d Subtle points of detail in good clothing (8)
NICETIES: A synonym of good and some clothing (accessories?).
2d Crude sketch of bird, we’re told (5)
ROUGH: A homophone (we’re told) of a medium-sized Eurasian wading bird which is a type of sandpiper.
3d Aluminium key, not new it’s claimed (7)
ALLEGED: The chemical symbol for aluminium and a synonym of key (as in on a map?) with its ‘N’ removed (not new).
5d Snubs fans supporting Forest essentially (7)
REBUFFS: A synonym of fans (as in followers) placed after (supporting) the middle two letters (essentially) of foREst.
6d Revolutionary, somewhat headstrong, is nominated as cleric (9)
MONSIGNOR: A reversed lurker (revolutionary, somewhat) found in three words in the clue.
7d Kind of scout to give money in the past (6)
TALENT: A double definition – the second was the subject of a NT parable.
9d Tomb of Argos chap surprisingly just discovered (11)
SARCOPHAGUS: An anagram (surprisingly) of ARGOS CHAP followed by the inner letters of jUSt (discovered).
14d Group of musicians love star, Cher, performing (9)
ORCHESTRA: The letter that represents love in the score in a racquet game and an anagram (performing) of (STAR, CHER).
15d Daughter, extremely embarrassed, welcomes facial hair being removed (8)
DETACHED: The single letter for Daughter and the outer letters (extremely) of EmbarrasseD contains (welcomes) the abbreviated informal form of some facial hair growing under one’s nose.
17d African diary grandmother keeps up (7)
ANGOLAN: The reversal (up) of all of a four letter pet name for a grandmother containing (keeps) a type of diary (as maintained by Captain Kirk?).
18d Warning after mad bid’s oddly abandoned for corporation (7)
ABDOMEN: A synonym of warning is placed after what remains after the odd letters of mAd BiD’s have been removed (oddly abandoned).
19d Refusing to reveal heavy defeat (6)
HIDING: A double definition – the first is what the Orange One was (allegedly) doing with classified documents.
21d Fashionable sorts of electric vehicles on the rise (5)
SMART: The reversal (on the rise) of sorts of electric vehicles (that run on rails).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
PALLY + ARCHIE = PAGLIACCI – an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo, first performed in 1892 (according to e-help pronunciation guides the ‘G’ is silent).