Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30124
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Amazingly, after yesterday’s loss I did find another five bob in loose change by looking down the side of chair cushions, so, as we have a Pangra where the missing letter is the 24th of the alphabet, I am confident in saying that this is a proXimal production.
Candidates for favourite – 15a, 22a, 28a, and 10d.
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1a King having coronation (8)
CROWNING: Something we will probably have to get used to, the regnal cypher of our new King and a synonym of having.
5a Decline accompanying soldiers in retreat (6)
WITHER: A four letter synonym of accompanying followed by the abbreviated form of some familiar soldiers reversed (in retreat).
9a Reports of earnings regularly carrying little weight (9)
ANNOUNCES: Alternate letters (regularly) selected from eArNiNgS containing (carrying) a small (little) imperial unit of weight.
11a Superhuman removing leader of ancient people (5)
IONIC: A term used to describe someone who might be considered superhuman with the first letter deleted (removing leader).
12a Simple game with short cue (6)
RUSTIC: The two letter abbreviation of the name of one version of the oval ball game and (with) a synonym of cue with the last letter deleted (short).
13a Neighbourhood against chains being put on little space (8)
ENVIRONS: The single letter, based on a Latin term, used to indicate against and a synonym of chains (as in clapped in) all placed after (being put on) the small (little) version of a printer’s space.
15a Country inn seen in artefact after analysis, we hear (5,8)
CZECH REPUBLIC: A synonym of inn inserted into (seen in) a synonym of artefact and placed after a homophone (we hear) of a synonym of analysis.
18a Exceptional bus plan’s sure a hit (13)
UNSURPASSABLE: An anagram (hit) of BUS PLAN’S SURE A.
22a Perhaps Poirot’s man given many tasks (8)
HERCULES: What could be (perhaps) an indication of possession by Monsieur Poirot using his first name (ignoring the possessive apostrophe).
23a Directive backing dock strike (6)
WALLOP: A three letter directive reversed (backing) and a synonym of dock (as in reduce in size).
26a Bung kid stuck in empty bottle (5)
BRIBE: A verbal synonym of kid (as in hoax) inserted into (stuck in) the first and last letters of (empty) BottlE.
27a Fellow nurses worn-out continued at length (7,2)
DRAGGED ON: Our usual three letter fellow contains (nurses) a synonym of worn-out.
28a Overindulge in Greek island group (6)
COSSET: The Greek island that starts with a C or a K, just make sure you guess the correct one, and a synonym of group.
29a Good man eyed new moon (8)
GANYMEDE: The single letter for Good and an anagram (new) of MAN EYED.
1d One holds garment firm on a dog (8)
COATRACK: The abbreviated form of a synonym of firm (as in business) placed before (on) A from the clue and a verbal synonym of dog (as in follow).
2d Old fluids in pens which pigs emit (5)
OINKS: The single letter for Old and fluids which go in pens.
3d Further broadcast in hours (7)
NOURISH: An anagram (broadcast) of IN HOURS.
4d Condition institution for cons (4)
NICK: A double definition – the second is an informal term.
6d First, put up plait in individual clasps (7)
INITIAL: A reversed lurker (put up . . . clasps) found in three words in the clue.
7d Awful moans stifled by composer mounting carriage (6-3)
HANSOM-CAB: An anagram (awful) of MOANS contained (stifled) by the illustrated composer reversed (mounting).
8d Foolhardy, heartless and hollow (6)
RECESS: An eight letter synonym of foolhardy with the two ‘centre’ letters removed (heartless).
10d One wrong handle lifted leads to alarm ringing (8)
SINGULAR: A three letter wrong, a synonym of handle reversed (lifted), and the initial letters (leads to) of Alarm Ringing.
14d Make pals with beer find rum (8)
BEFRIEND: An anagram (rum) of BEER FIND.
16d Attendants of European Republican deluged by questions … (9)
EQUERRIES: The single letter for European and the single letter for Republican contained (deluged) by a synonym of questions.
17d … wrongly press one for answer (8)
RESPONSE: An anagram (wrongly) of PRESS ONE.
19d That girl embracing university still rejected sleep (4-3)
SHUT-EYE: That girl represented by the feminine form of the third person singular pronoun containing (embracing) the single letter for University and a synonym of still reversed (rejected).
20d Glittering bridge above lake filling sides of gully (7)
SPANGLY: A verbal(?) synonym of bridge placed before (above) the single letter for Lake inserted into the first and last letters (filling sides) of GullY.
21d Fearing supernatural creature in picture (6)
PHOBIC: BRB verified – a three letter supernatural creature, such as Robin Goodfellow, inserted into (in) an abbreviated form of picture.
24d Erected for one party, large shelter (5)
LODGE: The reversal (erected) of all of a two letter abbreviated form of a Latin term equivalent to for one, a two letter party, and the single letter for Large.
25d Drink Rioja, not port, and case of Valpolicella (4)
JAVA: What remains after the abbreviated form of a South American port is deleted from rioJA and the first and last letters (case) of ValpolicellA.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
WEAL + METRE + GAIN = WE’LL MEET AGAIN