Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30130
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
As he was on Toughie duty yesterday this is unlikely to be a Silvanus production; it can happen, we did have him for Thursday Toughie/Friday back pager 6 weeks ago but, according to the myth, lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Neither of proXimal’s ‘trademarks’ are present. So, my five bob is going on this being a real head scratcher of a Zandio production which, for me, is probably an escapee from the Sunday Toughie envelope.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 18a, 27a, 1d, and 16d.
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1a Second toady produces pen, hastily (6)
SCRAWL: The single letter for Second and a verbal synonym of toady.
4a One’s tied with Chelsea — managed to let in nil (8)
SHOELACE: An anagram (managed) of CHELSEA containing (to let in) the letter that can represent nil in the score in the round or oval ball games.
10a Drink using mint tea-strainer, emptying out French water (9)
COINTREAU: A verbal synonym of mint (associated with money), Tea-straineR with the interior letters removed (emptying out), and the French word for water.
11a Stop by six and rest (5)
VISIT: The Roman numeral for six and a synonym of rest.
12a Groups once more seen in Ibiza and Magaluf? (7)
RESORTS: A verbal synonym of groups with a two letter prefix added to indicate that it is a repeat operation (once more).
13a Nature scene’s composed to show east/west of Spain (7)
ESSENCE: An anagram (composed) of SCENE’S placed before or after (east/west) of E the IVR code for Spain (thanks to StephenL).
14a Commander conceals socialist beliefs (5)
CREDO: A two letter abbreviation for Commander contains (conceals) a colourful three letter term for socialist – the abbreviation for Commander is more correctly an abbreviation for two words that can be considered equivalent to Commander.
15a Scheming to cuddle sweetheart, nude and dishevelled (8)
SLOVENLY: A three letter synonym of scheming containing (to cuddle) all of a synonym of sweetheart with N from aNd with the first and last letters deleted (nude) (thanks to Jezza).
18a Made a satire about knight being treated like a child (5-3)
SPOON-FED: A single word for made a satire containing (about) the chess notation for knight.
20a Guard won’t open door (5)
ENTRY: A synonym of guard with the first letter removed (won’t open).
23a Something big crashes into microcar I bought (7)
CARIBOU: A lurker (crashes into) found in three words in the clue.
25a Delicate creature resides in college — no men allowed over (7)
ANEMONE: The 23a lurker is followed by a reversed lurker (resides in . . . over) found in the words sandwiched by the indicator.
26a Beast oddly dropped down his horn when retreating (5)
RHINO: Remove the odd-numbered letters (oddly dropped) from dOwN hIs HoRn and reverse what remains (when retreating) – actually, it looks as though the reversal could be done first, then the deletion and the correct answer would still be obtained.
27a Different doctors, one from the East in lesser sleeveless uniform (5,4)
DRESS CODE: A two letter abbreviation and a three letter abbreviation for doctor (different doctors), reverse the three letter abbreviation (one from the East) and insert it into (in) lESSEr with the outer letters removed (sleeveless).
28a Infectious, with a higher temperature initially causing brooding (8)
HATCHING: A synonym of Infectious which starts with a letter one might see on a tap for low temperature; replace said letter with one that might be seen on a tap to indicate a higher temperature (with . . . initially).
29a Advantages some may see in cliques (6)
ASSETS: A (2,4) term which could be a descriptive term for how cliques are organised.
1d Contest in which every competitor’s bagged first (4,4)
SACK RACE: The illustration should help – a contest in which all the competitors step into a large ‘bag’ before the start (bagged first).
2d Charge following on one’s second release? (7)
REISSUE: A three letter synonym of charge (legally, in a civil court) placed after (following) all of the two letters equivalent to on (as in with reference to), the Roman numeral for one and S from the clue.
3d Game with pool players having a ball (5,4)
WATER POLO: A game played in a (swimming) pool with a ball being passed between the players.
5d Royal family maybe have means to develop as public figures (9,5)
HOUSEHOLD NAMES: A term for a Royal Family (in line of descent, maybe), a synonym of have, and an anagram (to develop) of MEANS.
6d Short seasonal workers who pack up before Christmas? (5)
ELVES: Father Christmas’s little helpers.
7d Ace learns after transfer they could face Chelsea (7)
ARSENAL: The single letter for Ace (that appears on a playing card) and an anagram (after transfer) of LEARNS.
8d Encounter’s upsetting after Everton’s opener brings prize (6)
ESTEEM: A synonym of encounter reversed (upsetting) and placed after the first letter (opener) of Everton.
9d Transport workers whose motion is carried by four members (6,2,6)
BEASTS OF BURDEN: A descriptive term for animals (with four members for their ‘personal’ motion) that carry loads.
16d Chelsea and Everton, say, opponents at Bridge getting half-time break? (9)
ELEVENSES: The plural term for the number of players from two teams such as Chelsea and Everton (say) on the pitch at any one time and two of the (directional) opponents playing Bridge.
17d Composes for Telegraph, perhaps taking class positions (8)
TYPESETS: Synonyms of class and positions – the clock would have to be turned back decades to find this process in use at the Telegraph or any other newspaper.
19d Behind in group, relative cycled repeatedly, last (7)
PERSIST: The last letter (behind in) of grouP followed by a (sibling) relative with the last letter moved to the front twice (cycled repeatedly) – i.e. the ‘original’ last letter is moved to the front and then the ‘new’ last letter is moved to the front.
21d Couple married in Soweto separated (7)
TWOSOME: The single letter for Married inserted into (in) an anagram (separated) of SOWETO.
22d Get too hot having drink — time to go for run (6)
SCORCH: A type of drink, that I should probably have had while solving and blogging, that is the amber nectar from North of the border with its letter for Time replaced by the single letter for a crickety Run.
24d Starter one signed up to order without hesitation (5)
BROTH: A member (one signed up to) of a religious order with the two letters that can indicate hesitation deleted (without).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
SINGER + POUR = SINGAPORE