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DT 30161 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30161

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 3rd Dec 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A very fairly gentle and friendly Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.

People have their own goals and so do I. And there is nothing wrong in it. But own goals, the answer to the clue of 28a, vociferate of something else. And there is nothing right in it. An own goal or a self goal in a game of football due to a sudden but unintentional mistake on the part of a player could be a matter of high concern and indeed a sad and troubled moment for members of his team who were left dumbstruck. The player even though accidentally scoring a goal on themselves might feel ashamed of his act, at least from within, all the more if they were finally unable to beat the rival team and if it turned out that it was due to his ‘own goal’ that a point had been awarded by the referee to the rival team. Such a player ran the risk of being sanctioned or banned from further play. Nevertheless, I was inquisitive to also know whether an ‘own goal’ carried other meanings, too. And so I made a trip to the net. I discovered that in some parts of the world, the term has become a metaphor for any action that backfires on the person or group undertaking it and sometimes it even carries a sense of ‘poetic justice’. For instance, during ‘The Troubles’, an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted about thirty years from the late 1960s to 1998, it acquired a specific metaphorical meaning in Belfast, referring it to an IED or improvised explosive device that detonated prematurely, killing the person making or handling the bomb with the intent to harm others.

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8a    Youngster reported party facing variable resistance (8)
BUOYANCY: BOY (youngster) as generally a young man serving as a homophone heard by the audience (reported) is followed by ANC (party) as the abbreviation for African National Congress, a social democratic political party in South Africa that is having beside (facing) Y (variable) as a variable, unknown or yet to be ascertained quantity or factor as used in mathematics, especially in algebra, arriving at the definition of a noun meaning resilience or resistance or the ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement

9a    Thus on the way back, mother carries one heavy metal (6)
OSMIUM: SO (thus) as in the way described or demonstrated that is coming from the opposite direction (on the way back) as a reversal in the across clue, followed by MUM (mother) as the colloquial term for a mother, used especially by a child to address or refer to its mother that has inside (carries) I (one) as the Roman numeral for one, arriving at the definition of a heavy, hard, brittle, bluish-white transition metallic element in the platinum group that is having the symbol Os and atomic number 76

10a    Two I will leave in state of equality (3)
PAR: PA[I]R (two) as a set of two equal, matching or similar things from which I will come out (leave), taking to the definition of a level or state of equality in value or standing

11a    From ESE, a gale confused flighty creature (3,5)
SEA EAGLE: An anagram (confused) from ESE, A GALE guides to the definition of any of several fish-eating eagles that live near the sea, such as Haliaeetus albicilla the white-tailed eagle

12a    Three times heretic turns, losing direction (6)
THRICE: The definition of an adverb meaning three times or three times as much is arrived at from H[E]RETIC that is subject to an anagram (turns) while being deprived of (losing) E (direction) as the abbreviation for East, a direction

13a    Become angry, leave part of pool (2,3,3,4,3)
GO OFF THE DEEP END: A charade of GO OFF (leave) as to leave, especially suddenly and THE DEEP END (part of pool) as the end of a swimming pool where the water is deepest, leading to the definition of an adjective meaning unexpectedly become very angry

15a    Dissolute character away with their share? (4-3)
RAKE-OFF: A charade of RAKE (dissolute character) as a debauched or dissolute person, especially a man of fashion and OFF (away) as away from the place in question, taking to the definition of monetary share, especially unearned or dishonest

18a    Shake badly-behaved child held by rival (7)
VIBRATE: BRAT (badly-behaved child) as an ill-mannered annoying child is taken inside (held) by VIE (rival) as to compete or contend in rivalry, leading to the definition of a verb meaning to shake or tremble

21a    Flat-topped cool? (5-10)
LEVEL-HEADEDNESS: The definition of the characteristic of being calm and stable and not overly swayed by passion is cryptically arrived at from LEVEL (flat) as calm and steady, HEADED (topped) as having a top part of a specified kind and composure or calmNESS (cool) as partly a suffix denoting an instance of a state or condition; with ‘calm’ already replaced earlier by ‘level’

24a    Money’s right for naval officer (6)
PURSER: PURSE (money) as the money possessed by or available to a person or country that’s followed by R (right) as the abbreviation for right, providing the definition of an officer on a ship who keeps the accounts, especially the head steward on a passenger vessel

25a    I had existence and personality (8)
IDENTITY: A charade of I’D (I had) as a contracted form of I and ENTITY (existence) as being or existence guides to the definition of the characteristics determining who or what a person or thing is

26a    Cannot be considered back in the pavilion (3)
OUT: The definition of an adjective meaning not possible or worth considering is cryptically arrived at from the situation of a batsman walking back to the pavilion after being dismissed or declared out

27a    Way a New Zealander initially has with a few lines (6)
STANZA: A combo of ST (way) as the abbreviation for street that is a public way especially in a city, town or village usually including sidewalks and being wider than an alley or lane, A from the clue and NZ (New Zealander) as each of thefirst or initial letters N and Z (initially) from New and Zealander respectively has in addition (with) yet another A from the clue, arriving at the definition of a verse or a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem

28a    Personal aspirations that are mistakes (3,5)
OWN GOALS: A charade of OWN (personal) as something that belongs to the person or thing mentioned and GOALS (aspirations) as the aims, objects or desired results of a person’s ambition or effort leads to the definition of goals scored by mistake against one’s own team, as in football etc


1d    Tex with duo performing in evening wear (6)
TUXEDO: An anagram (performing) of TEX and (with) DUO guides to the definition of a man’s jacket for semiformal evening dress, traditionally of black or dark-blue colour and characteristically having satin or grosgrain facing on the lapels or the complete semiformal outfit, including this jacket, dark trousers, often with silk stripes down the sides, a bow tie and sometimes a cummerbund, top hat and gloves

2d    Me in person entering academy self-consciously (6)
MYSELF: Part of or hidden inside (entering) acadeMY SELF-consciously takes to the definition of the pronoun I or me in person that is used reflexively, for emphasis or in absolute constructions

3d    Highwayman upset and he took fright (6,2,3,4)
KNIGHT OF THE ROAD: An anagram (upset) of AND HE TOOK FRIGHT leads to the definition of a man who frequents the roads, for example a travelling sales representative, tramp or formerly a highwayman

4d    Sort prepared and ready for printing (7)
TYPESET: A charade of TYPE (sort) as something distinguishable as a variety and SET (prepared and ready) as ready, prepared or likely to do something, arriving at the definition of an adjective meaning of written or composed matter set for printing either by hand or by the use of a computer

5d    Giving support to sentence existing now (3,3,4,5)
FOR THE TIME BEING: A charade of FOR (giving support to) as approving or supporting something very much, THE TIME (sentence) as the prison time ordered after conviction and BEING (existing) as the state or fact of existing or living, coming to the definition of a phrase meaning for the present or for the moment

6d    I am conforming strictly to convention although unfit (8)
IMPROPER: A charade of I’M (I am) as a contraction of ‘I am’ and PROPER (conforming strictly to convention) conforming to an accepted standard or to good usage, despite (although) leading to the definition of an adjective meaning not suited to circumstances or not in accordance with accepted standards, especially of morality

7d    Brief us, up before County Council in court (8)
SUCCINCT: US from the clue taken upwards (up) as a reversal in the down clue is placed before (before) CC (County Council) as the abbreviation for County Council, followed by IN from the clue and CT (court) as the abbreviation for court as used in addresses etc, taking to the definition of an adjective meaning concise or brief and precise

14d    Acceptable to include American tall plant (3)
OAK: OK (acceptable) as the colloquial adjective meaning satisfactory, adequate or acceptable to have inside (include) A (American) as the abbreviation for American, arriving at the definition of a large, tall tree belonging to the genus Quercus, of the beech family, bearing the acorn as fruit and its hard, durable wood used in making furniture, in construction and in shipbuilding

16d    Only just enough now to represent as comparable (8)
ADEQUATE: A charade of AD (now) as the abbreviation for the Latin phrase Anno Domini meaning ‘in the Year of the Lord’ used after mentioning any year of our present calendar era that is itself based on the traditionally reckoned year of the birth of Jesus Christ and to EQUATE (represent as comparable) as to consider one thing to be the same as or equivalent to another, taking to the definition of an adjective meaning ​enough in quantity, or good enough in quality, for a particular purpose or need

17d    Regular air service (8)
EVENSONG: A charade of EVEN (regular) as being level, straight or regular and SONG (air) as a short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung takes to the definition of a service of evening prayers, psalms and canticles, conducted according to a set form, especially that of the Anglican Church

19d    Drink, light without head (3)
ALE: [P]ALE (light) as light in colour or shade that is devoid of (without) P (head) as its head or leading letter, arriving at the definition of an alcoholic drink or a type of beer that has been fermented in an open vessel using yeasts that rise to the top of the brew

20d    Train Jo to work as attendant (7)
JANITOR: An anagram (to work) of TRAIN JO guides to the definition of an attendant, doorkeeper or caretaker of a building

22d    Off about one? That’s the idea (6)
NOTION: NOT ON (off) as of an electrical appliance or power supply not functioning placed around (about) I (one) as the Roman numeral for one, taking to the definition of a vague or imperfect idea or a general understanding of something

23d    Seat almost fixed (6)
SETTLE: Just about or pretty much or taking most of the letters (almost) of SETTLE[D] (fixed) as resolved or reached an agreement about an argument or problem, leading to the definition of a long seat or bench, usually wooden, with arms and a high back

There were several clues that I liked in this puzzle such as 8a, 9a, 12a, 13a, 18a, 27a, 28a, 5d, 7d, 17d and 22d; 22d being the best of the lot. Thanks again to BD for the encouragement, to Cephas for the entertainment and to Gazza for the assistance. Would love to be here again. Have a nice day.

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