Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30122
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another Logman Toughie day so “Guess the Setter” is the game you’re all invited to play.
Plenty here to keep us amused during what we found to be quite a challenging solve, particularly 13d which we pondered over for ages.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Believer a bit wet? Not the fellow being imprisoned (10)
MONOTHEIST : A word meaning a bit wet or dampish encloses ‘not’ from the clue and a masculine personal pronoun.
10a Some trouble afoot? Maybe one’s fallen in the wood (4)
LEAF : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
13a Violent expression of sorrow before swilling gin (7)
TEARING : What may be expressed from one’s eye in a time of sorrow, then an anagram (swilling) of GIN.
16a A gee-gee pinned by the German weapon (6)
DAGGER : ‘A’ from the clue and gee-gee written as letters are inside one version of the German definite article.
17a I’ll be hanged if I do? Not so! (5,3,7)
CHEAT THE GALLOWS : An expression meaning get off more lightly than deserved. We’re not sure if there is more to the wordplay than this. Any thoughts?
18a Portrayed wise man with hidden identity? Quite the opposite (6)
IMAGED : An old word for a wise man is inside two letters for identifying papers.
20a Country almost liberated with introduction of political party? (6)
FRANCE : A South African political party is inside a word meaning ‘liberated’ without its last letter.
21a Wise person collecting bill is about to get refunds (7)
REBATES : A wise person who might predict the future contains a mainly N. American bill. All of this is reversed (is about).
22a Woman — one is more than a little breezy, we hear (4)
GAIL : A homophone of a significant wind.
25a Attendant in skimpy attire meeting with street protest? (10)
MINISTRANT : Skimpy attire from the 1960’s, then ST(reet) and a protest or diatribe.
27a Effect of wind and rain could make one white with anger (10)
WEATHERING : An anagram (could make) of WHITE and ANGER.
2d Heads? Crazy people (4)
NUTS : A double definition.
4d One using brain is engaged by boffin who works in the lab? (15)
EXPERIMENTALIST : Roman numeral one and a word meaning using brain and ‘IS’ from the clue are all inside a word for a boffin or buff.
5d Money buried under street or seashore? (6)
STRAND : ST(reet) then South African money.
7d Like mode of transport traversing sporting venue? (10)
OVERGROUND : A preposition meaning traversing and a general word for a sporting venue.
8d Mix of red trees — when wild land has been this? (10)
REFORESTED : An anagram (mix) of OF RED TREES.
12d What could make a Rev. intone in worship? (10)
VENERATION : An anagram (what could make) of A REV INTONE.
13d Sailor imbibes champagne substitute — fifth-rate or more flavoursome? (7)
TASTIER : A three letter word for a sailor contains a sparkling wine from Italy and the letter denoting fifth-rate. This wordplay gives us one extra letter which we don’t know what to do with. Changing the first word of the clue to Turkey would fix it. Any other thoughts?
Amended on-line clue.
13d Short period imbibing champagne substitute that’s more flavoursome? (7
A period of time that could be part of a school year loses its last letter and contains a sparkling wine from Italy.
14d Guards so large doing turns (7)
GAOLERS : An anagram (doing turns) of SO LARGE.
19d Dirty line of soldiers (6)
DEFILE : A double definition. Dirty here is a verb.
20d Repair fine kitchen vessel without its lid (6)
FETTLE : F(ine) and a kitchen vessel used for heating water without its first letter.
23d Garment is taken up for a queen to wear (4)
SARI : ‘IS’ from the clue is reversed and contains ‘A’ from the clue and the designation for a monarch.
Quickie pun inner + scents = innocence