Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30138
Hints and tips by pommers
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Hola from Vega Baja where the warm autumn seems to be coming to an end. I had to dig out some long trousers on Saturday evening, which is something I haven’t done since the middle of May, but it’s still pleasantly warm in the afternoons.
Maybe it’s just me but I thought today’s puzzle was a tad trickier than the usual Monday fare but looking at the clock I see it didn’t actually take me very long. Four anagrams and three double definitions give plenty of ways in so I don’t think many of you will need these hints.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Fellow pilot — look out for their place? (7)
COCKPIT: You need an informal term for a fellow or mate and then the PILOT from the clue but without the two letters which mean look (look out) to get the place where you might find said pilot.
5a Several books in one large vehicle (7)
OMNIBUS: Double definition.
9a Plain in part of Cornwall an observatory (5)
LLANO: A lurker hiding in (part of) the last three words of the clue.
10a I cried aloud being stared at (9)
EYEBALLED: If the answer is split (3,6) you would get two words which sound like (aloud) two words for I CRIED.
11a Strange hound — tail’s wagging (10)
OUTLANDISH: Anagram (wagging) of HOUND TAILS. One of those clues where both the first and last words could be anagram indicators or the definition and you have no way of knowing which is which.
12a Greek god shown in maze, usually (4)
ZEUS: Another lurker hiding in (shown in) the last two words.
14a Watch a big bee, cuckoo, and butterfly (7-5)
CABBAGE WHITE: Anagram (cuckoo) of WATCH A BIG BEE.
18a Exciting experience after agent returned by chance (12)
PERADVENTURE: An agent or salesman is reversed (returned) and followed by a word for an exciting experience.
21a Japanese drama about a biblical character (4)
NOAH: A form of Japanese drama is placed around (about) the A from the clue.
22a Ring a teacher at university, and name a drug (10)
BELLADONNA: A slang term for to ring by phone and the A from the clue are followed by a word for a university lecturer and then N(ame) and lastly the other A from the clue.
25a Attempted to deceive comic in Detroit (5,2,2)
TRIED IT ON: Anagram (comic) of IN DETROIT.
26a Relative in Riviera resort, reportedly (5)
NIECE: This relative sounds like (reportedly) a place on the French Riviera.
27a Ordinary uniform (7)
REGULAR: Double definition.
28a Large in poster, and slim (7)
SLENDER: This is a poster as in someone who posts a letter. Think of another word for him and insert (in) an L(arge).
1d Green, everything devoured by female elephant (6)
CALLOW: Green as in inexperienced. It’s the usual word for everything inserted into (devoured by) the term for a female hephalump.
2d Modest order hotel put in (6)
CHASTE: An order of society has an H inserted (H(otel) put in).
3d For heathen, US lawyer causes publicity (10)
PROPAGANDA: Three letter meaning for or in favour of followed by a heathen and then the usual American lawyer.
4d Time to remove unwanted plants in river (5)
TWEED: T(ime) followed by a word meaning to remove unwanted plants or even the unwanted plant itself give a river in southern Scotland.
5d Innocent mistake concerning vision (9)
OVERSIGHT: A word meaning concerning or about followed by another word for vision.
6d Elegant American in final (4)
NEAT: A(merican) inserted into (in) a word meaning final as in your final pay after deductions.
7d Report of patient’s progress round home (8)
BULLETIN: A round of ammunition followed by the usual two letters for home or at home.
8d Avoid team that has upset favourites (8)
SIDESTEP: Another word for a team followed by some teacher’s favourites but they are reversed (upset in a down clue).
13d Dean’s crowd reviewed steps taken by Highlanders, say (5,5)
SWORD DANCE: Anagram (reviewed) of DEANS CROWD.
15d Warder, female, feeding bird (9)
BEEFEATER: A warder at the Tower of London is an F(emale) inserted into (feeding) a bird.
16d Short trip with short authoritarian old maid (8)
SPINSTER: A word for a short trip in a car followed by a word meaning authoritarian but without its last letter (short).
17d Really not looking forward to day studying (8)
DREADING: D(ay) followed by a word for studying at university.
19d Mean, new cardinal featured in papers (6)
INTEND: N(ew) and a cardinal number inserted into (featured in) the usual two letters for identity papers.
20d Rush job (6)
CAREER: Double definition.
23d Rising star I left, Lucy’s brother (5)
LINUS: Our nearest star and the I from the clue and then L(eft) are all reversed (rising in a down clue) to get Lucy’s brother in the comic strip Peanuts. We had a picture of this chap in my last blog so here he is again . . .
24d Heart-throb may be lazy, we hear (4)
IDOL: A word for a heart-throb sounds like (we hear) a word meaning lazy.
My top three today are 1a, 22a and 7d with 1a on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: GAIT + KEY + PURR = GATEKEEPER
Bottom line: TOOL + EFT + FEAT = TWO LEFT FEET