Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30162
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Hola from the Vega Baja. Another chilly morning but at least it’s sunny with no wind.
Campbell appears to have taken a leaf out of RayT’s book this week and stretched a few of his synonyms a bit. Still, it was the usual Monday elegance and not too difficult. Seven clues involving anagrams should give you a good start if you don’t have the general knowledge required in 24a the answer is easily guessable from the checkers.
As usual my podium three 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.
3a Tree died after onset of blight — wood rot (10)
BALDERDASH: Start with a B (onset of Blight) and after it you need a tree, a D(ied) and then another tree (wood).
8a Tense time to come (6)
FUTURE: A not very cryptic double definition.
9a Gift — no charge — be my guest (4,4)
FEEL FREE: The first word of the answer can just about mean gift. If you are said to have a gift for something you could be said to have this for it. The second word means no charge or gratis.
10a Snail races curiously received (8)
ESCARGOT: Anagram (curiously) of RACES followed by a word meaning received or obtained.
11a Bully husband, clergyman heading off (6)
HECTOR: H(usband) followed by a clergyman but without his first letter (heading off).
12a I recalled novel about knight in rags-to-riches story (10)
CINDERELLA: Anagram (novel) of I RECALLED around an N for knight in chess notation.
14a Understood he’d one line in play from start to finish (2,3,8)
GO THE DISTANCE: A word meaning understood or twigged is followed by the HE’D from the clue. After that it’s the letter that looks like number one and lastly a word meaning your line or viewpoint. Put that lot together and split (2,3,8) to get the answer.
20a Small beer following fish, or gammon (10)
CODSWALLOP: This is gammon with its meaning of 3 across. Start with a fish commonly sold in fish and chip shops follow with an S(mall) and then a slang term for beer.
22a Case is located in valley (6)
VALISE: Start with a word for a valley and insert (located in) the IS from the clue.
23a Girl I courted, originally in Italian city (8)
VERONICA: This girl’s name is obtained by inserting (in) the I from the clue and a C (Courted originally) into an Italian city. Shakespeare wrote a play about two gentlemen from the place.
24a Bill Sikes’s dog’s sweet (5-3)
BULLS EYE: Bit of general knowledge required here. This sweet is also the name of Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver Twist.
25a Divisible by two, therefore all the same? (4,2)
EVEN SO: A word describing a number which can be divided by two followed by a word for therefore.
26a Common sense of former PM facing question (4,6)
GREY MATTER: A Prime Minister from the 1830’s followed by a word for the question or topic. I know the answer can mean brains or intellect but I’ve not come across it being used for common sense before.
1d Short interrogation, then hang traitor (8)
QUISLING: A word for an interrogation without its last letter (short) and then a word for to hang gets you a Norwegian traitor.
2d Tutor playing around with opera (8)
TURANDOT: Anagram (playing) of TUTOR placed around a word meaning with. You didn’t think I could resist this did you . . .
3d Down-and-out given something for breakfast perhaps in pub (6)
BEGGAR: Place something you might eat for breakfast inside (in) on of the usual pubs.
4d Pulled out the French newspaper (4)
LEFT: Pulled out as in went away. It’s a French definite article followed by a two letter newspaper, the pink one.
5d Large animal confused the panel (8)
ELEPHANT: Anagram (confused) of THE PANEL.
6d Desert bug (6)
DEFECT: Double definition. Bug with its meaning of fault.
7d Ouse winding across English county, lastly, is so long (3,3)
SEE YOU: Anagram (winding) of OUSE placed around (across) and E(nglish) and a Y (countY lastly).
13d One landed in Scotland from Bel Air, delayed (5)
LAIRD: This Scottish landowner is hiding in (from) Bel Air delayed.
15d Greek character describing labyrinthine Crete, and the like (2,6)
ET CETERA: Start with an anagram (labyrinthine) of CRETE and around it (describing) put a Greek letter.
16d Name lake in Oregon, sadly not now as it was in the past (2,6)
NO LONGER: Start with N(ame) and then an anagram (sadly) of OREGON with L(ake) inserted (in) and split the result (2,6)..
17d One used to lift one’s spirits? (8)
EXORCIST: Cryptic definition of someone you might call upon to drive out evil spirits from someone or something.
18d Quarrel involving silver upper-class car (6)
JAGUAR: A word which can mean to quarrel has inserted (involving) the chemical symbol for silver and a letter meaning upper-class. Never come across this word meaning quarrel before but it’s in Collins as American. Here’s one for Kath if she’s watching . . .
19d Lose minutes approaching Hebridean island (6)
MISLAY: M(inutes) followed by a Hebridean island famous for its malt whisky.
21d Conflict with the German prison officer (6)
WARDER: A word for a conflict, there’s one going on in Ukraine at the moment, followed by the German word for the.
23d Transvestite’s undergarment? (4)
VEST: Cryptic definition. The undergarment is hiding in transvestite.
My podium three today are 3a, 1d and 13d for its quirky definition. 13d on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: MILL + TUN + ESK = MILTONESQUE
Middle row: OFFA + TREE = OFFERTORY
Bottom Line: BAY + BIN + ALMS = BABE IN ARMS