Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30142
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Silvanus was ‘on duty’ last Friday, proXimal was on Toughie duty yesterday, so my five bob is saying that this a Zandio production.
Candidates for favourite – 11a, 21a, 4d, 20d.
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 Identify black bird of prey that’s seen on seafood bar? (10)
FINGERBOWL: A slang synonym of identify (a criminal perhaps), the single letter for Black, and a three letter bird of prey.
6a ‘In a jiffy, that’s when,’ Dad countered (4)
ASAP: A two letter synonym of when followed by the reversal (countered) of a two letter familiar synonym of dad.
10a Design provided following test (5)
MOTIF: Our favourite two letter synonym of provided placed after (following) the abbreviated form of the annual vehicle inspection/test – is it still called that?
11a Understand whisky perhaps could make one this (3,6)
SEE DOUBLE: A three letter synonym of understand and a descriptive term for a generous amount (perhaps) of the amber nectar.
12a Displaying this makes a van nationalistic, it’s plain (7)
SAVANNA: A lurker (displaying this) found in four words in the clue.
13a In retirement, adapt – discovered abbey retreat by the sea (3-4)
EBB-TIDE: The reversal (in retirement) of all of a synonym of adapt (when applied to a document?) and what remains when the ‘outer’ letters of aBBEy are removed (discovered).
14a Inflexible firm we had to house poorly (6-6)
STRONG-WILLED: A synonym of firm and the contracted form of we had containing (to house) a three letter synonym of poorly.
18a Agree visuals should be jazzed up for old-fashioned food? (5,7)
LIVER SAUSAGE: An anagram (should be jazzed up) of AGREE VISUALS.
21a Somewhere in Africa offering more spice (7)
TANGIER: A double definition – the second is a comparative term.
23a Punk style vandalism? Oh, I can’t take part (7)
MOHICAN: Another lurker (take part) found in four words in the clue.
24a Enlist pal to become corrupt juror (9)
PANELLIST: An anagram (to become corrupt) of ENLIST PAL.
25a Cup match overturned after minute — some players speechless (5)
MIMES: An abbreviated term for a cup match when there only four teams left in the competition reversed (overturned) and placed after the single letter for Minute.
26a Really very indifferent (2-2)
SO-SO: A synonym of really (as an interjection) and a synonym of very – and as you can see it is the same word used in two different senses joined by a hyphen.
27a Melancholy valley (10)
DEPRESSION: A double definition – do I need to say more.
1d Get hungry eels maybe to bite in the morning (6)
FAMISH: What eels are a type of (maybe) containing (to bite) the two letter Latin abbreviation that indicates in the morning.
2d Local time — simple to comprehend it (6)
NATIVE: The single letter for Time contained by (to comprehend it) a synonym of simple.
3d One badly behaved fan, ten, conceivably (6,8)
ENFANT TERRIBLE: Begin with an expression, ‘borrowed’ from the other side of the Channel, that means ‘one badly behaved’ (or one who behaved badly) and then use the second word of the expression as an anagram indicator to create (conceivably) ‘fan, ten’ from the letters of the first word – I think, some early morning inspiration for the PDM on this one.
4d Steps governor advanced with river rising (5,4)
BOSSA NOVA: A synonym of governor (as in head honcho), the single letter for Advanced, and (with) the reversal (rising) of a river (of which there are several with the same name in England and Scotland – perhaps the most well known is associated with Shakespeare’s birthplace) – I have no idea if Elvis and his team are actually performing the steps (from the film ‘Fun in Acapulco’).
5d That woman’s between partners — it’s a question of location (5)
WHERE: The possessive pronoun equivalent to that woman’s contained by (between) the letter designators for two partners in a card game.
7d Artful gripping sex that appears on screen (8)
SUBTITLE: A synonym of artful containing (gripping) the two letter term for sex (appeal).
8d Imagines correspondent’s tailpiece will be crushing about nurse (8)
PRETENDS: The two letter abbreviation for a ‘tailpiece’ that a correspondent will insert into a letter after her or his signature containing (will be crushing) all of the two letters that we know and love for about and a verbal synonym of nurse.
9d Excited about mod nights, this follower requested ‘Who are You?’ (8,6)
DOUBTING THOMAS: An anagram (excited) of ABOUT MOD NIGHTS.
15d Big tank‘s entry crushing several with Resistance (9)
GASOMETER: A type of entry (to a field or a garden?) containing (crushing – repetition radar blip) a synonym of several followed by (with) the single letter for (electrical) Resistance.
16d Salty pup, mixed-up creature (8)
PLATYPUS: An anagram (mixed up) of SALTY PUP – it could also be said that the creature itself is also mixed-up.
17d Daily stretches we get into earlier in the winter (8)
EVENINGS: Parts of days (daily stretches) that begin (we get into) earlier during the winter.
19d One’s turned up to eat pretentious pub grub? (6)
SCAMPI: The Roman numeral for one and the ‘S from the clue all reversed (turned up) containing (to eat) a synonym of pretentious (as in affected).
20d Complete agreement college needs boy to follow (6)
UNISON: The three letter informal abbreviation of college and a synonym of boy (as in male issue).
22d Cultivate organic seed, rejecting odd bits (5)
RAISE: What remains after the odd-numbered letters (odd bits) have been removed (rejecting) from oRgAnIc SeEd.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
WHIRLED + BETA = WORLD BEATER