Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30160
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Zandio was ‘on duty’ last Friday and Silvanus was on Toughie Duty yesterday, so my five bob and four ‘Xs’, one in each quadrant, something we haven’t seen for a while, should safely support this being a proXimal production.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 11a, 27a, 2d, 8d, 22d, and the Pun.
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 Loose cover across middle of deck (8)
INSECURE: A verbal synonym of cover (against risk) containing (across) the middle letters of dECk.
5a Officer carrying bladed tools is most careless (6)
LAXEST: The two letter abbreviated form of an army or navy junior officer containing (carrying) bladed tools (used by lumberjacks?).
10a Fell on taxpayers to sort out — that’s obvious (4-11)
SELF-EXPLANATORY: An anagram (to sort out) of FELL ON TAXPAYERS.
11a Stop drug that tackles nothing (7)
STATION: A drug designed to reduce cholesterol contains (tackles) the letter that can represent nothing.
12a Forgiving fast about a German turning (7)
LENIENT: the forty days of Christian fasting containing the German word for A (or one) reversed (turning).
13a Succeeded opposing work on area for capital city (8)
SANTIAGO: The single letter for Succeeded, a four letter term for opposing, and a two letter synonym for work placed after (on) the single letter for Area.
15a Show disapproval with introduction to alternative teacher (5)
TUTOR: A three letter term used to show disapproval and (with) a two letter term that might be the ‘introduction’ to an alternative (as in ** we could do this?).
18a Head off from tunnels carrying waste containers (5)
EWERS: The (underground) ‘tunnels’ that carry waste with the first letter removed.
20a Natural responses about ego, accepting ex back (8)
REFLEXES: One of the familiar two letters for about followed by the reversal (back) of a synonym of ego containing EX from the clue.
23a Some heretic niggles revolutionary agitator (7)
INCITER: A reversed lurker (some . . . revolutionary) found in two words in the clue.
25a A winding path’s blocked by large surface material (7)
ASPHALT: A from the clue and the single letter for Large inserted into (blocked by) an anagram (winding) of PATH’S.
26a Delighted coping with society (2,3,2,3,5)
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: A double definition – the first is a very ‘elevated’ feeling of delight.
27a Noticing outline of prey hidden in grass (6)
SPYING: The first and last letters (outline) of PreY inserted into (hidden in) a verbal synonym of grass (as in inform on).
28a Male entering nicks parts for furniture (8)
ARMRESTS: The single letter for Male inserted into (entering) a synonym of nicks (a criminal).
1d Thoroughly maintain home with sibling I’m hesitant to leave (6)
INSIST: The two letter synonym for home and (with) a sibling with the two letters equivalent to saying ‘I’m hesitant’ removed (to leave.
2d Dried fruit starts to top exports for Brunei, perhaps (9)
SULTANATE: A single piece of dried fruit and the first letters (starts) of Top and Exports.
3d Scientist injecting half of mice in upper body (7)
CHEMIST: Half of MICE, I will leave it to you to decide which half, inserted into (injecting in) a term for the upper part of the body.
4d Mature Brie open and denied all outsiders (5)
RIPEN: What remains after the ‘outside’ letters (all outsiders) have been removed (denied) from bRIe oPEn aNd.
6d Resisting touching (7)
AGAINST: A double definition – the first might be resisting a course of action
7d Run off from band with upcoming record (5)
ELOPE: The abbreviated form of the name of an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 (so says Wikipedia) and (with) the two letter abbreviation of a type of (vinyl) record reversed (upcoming).
8d Animation from Conservative’s disheartened another (3,5)
TOY STORY: A synonym of (political) Conservative’s (including the possessive ‘S) with the middle letter removed (disheartened) followed by another of the same Conservative (without the possessive ‘S).
9d Really not on being deprived (5,3)
BADLY OFF: A double definition (I think).
14d Flier bearing bow mounted on paper (8)
AIRCRAFT: A synonym of bearing (as in demeanour), and a geometric bow reversed (mounted) on the abbreviation of the name of the ‘pink paper’.
16d Reference book has uterus misspelled (9)
THESAURUS: An anagram (misspelled) of HAS UTERUS.
17d Eccentric in close possesses ten dictionaries (8)
LEXICONS: An anagram (eccentric) of IN CLOSE contains (possesses) the Roman numeral for ten.
19d Attack from south-east with no place to retreat (3,4)
SET UPON: The two letter abbreviation for South-East and the reversal (to retreat) of all of NO from the clue and a synonym of place.
21d Permit European quietly aboard cutter (7)
EMPOWER: The single letter for European followed by the musical letter for quietly inserted into (aboard) a (grass) cutter.
22d A pie-filling supplier’s in dispute (2,4)
AT ODDS: This one needed some e-verification – A from the clue and the murderous fictional Victorian barber who provided the corpses to a friend who made meat pies from the flesh (pie-filling supplier’s) and the ‘S is required for the answer.
24d Talkative with hour spent backbiting (5)
CATTY: A synonym of talkative with its single letter for Hour deleted (spent).
25d Hate Barbara regularly coming round house (5)
ABHOR: Alternate letters (regularly) selected from Barbara containing (coming round) the two letter abbreviated form of HOuse.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
FLIGHT + WRAP = FLY TRAP