Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30166
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment **/***
A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
proXimal was ‘on duty’ last Friday and based on my solving experience of this potentially being in the wrong envelope my five bob says that this is a Zandio production rather than a Silvanus production.
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 Fly-by-night ivory trader? (5,5)
TOOTH FAIRY: Who children expect will visit while they are asleep after a baby tooth has fallen out.
6a And what have you that’s overdue for return? (2,2)
ET AL: A synonym of overdue reversed (for return) and ‘divided’ per the enumeration.
9a Cockney maybe scoffed about university causing stress (10)
ACCENTUATE: What Cockney may be a regional example of and a politer three letter synonym of scoffed containing the single letter for University.
10a Sonny and Cher maybe producing quiet tune (4)
PAIR: The single letter for musically quiet and a type of tune.
12a Retract net opinion that’s differing (6)
UNLIKE: A double definition (I think) – the first is the action taken to change one’s opinion of something on the (inter)net.
13a Cher’s music, fancy stuff entertaining posh society (8)
POPULACE: The genre of music that Cher is described as being the goddess of (so says Wikipedia) and fancy stuff in terms of fabric or material containing the letter that indicates posh(ness).
15a Military carriers from US roam at sea round Yorkshire resort (8,4)
ARMOURED CARS: An anagram (at sea) of US ROAM containing (around) a (North) Yorkshire resort perhaps better known for its now closed steelworks.
18a Semi redeveloped, shadily covering over breaks (4-8)
HALF-HOLIDAYS: A synonym of semi (as in fractional amount) and an anagram (redeveloped) of SHADILY containing (covering) the single letter for a crickety Over.
21a European authority replacing oxygen in spirits and sweet drinks (8)
LIQUEURS: The two letter abbreviation for the Euorpean authority replacing the single letter for Oxygen in a synonym of (alcoholic) spirits.
22a Son beginning to correct his and my pronouns — it’s a project (6)
SCHEME: The single letter for Son, the first letter (beginning) of Correct and pronouns of which his and my are the genitive case.
24a Italy is next to be facing vote for Alpine native (4)
IBEX: The IVR code for Italy placed before (next to) BE from the clue followed by (facing) the letter used to indicate ones voting intention on a paper ballot.
25a Theatre review — nothing unusual about this writer (10)
AUDITORIUM: A synonym of (financial) review, the letter that can represent nothing, and a three letter synonym of unusual containing (about) the perpendicular pronoun representing this writer.
26a Opening style of moving broadcast (4)
GATE: A homophone (broadcast) of a single term for style of moving (as a person).
27a Dismantle flimsy bathroom fixture? (5,5)
STRIP LIGHT: Synonyms of dismantle and flimsy.
1d Put ace brews here? (6)
TEACUP: An anagram (brews) of PUT ACE.
2d Black arts of old Conservative party (6)
OCCULT: The single letters for Old and (political) Conservative and a synonym of party.
3d Worker and boss protecting king and queen — one receives a blow (12)
HANDKERCHIEF: A synonym of (human) worker and a synonym of boss (as a person) containing all of the chess notation for King and the regnal cypher of two of our Queens.
4d Horn carried over border (4)
ABUT: A musical ‘horn’ reversed (carried over).
5d Order great changes, making things worse (10)
RETROGRADE: An anagram (changes) of ORDER GREAT
7d Rent out one with a wild outlook (8)
TEARAWAY: A synonym of rent (as in torn) and a synonym of out (of the office?).
8d Generosity from capital of Slovenia, reportedly? (8)
LARGESSE: A homophone (reportedly) of a (5,1) description of the capital (first letter) of Slovenia – I don’t think that Ljubljana can be worked into the answer.
11d Tabloid Times smart to include hotel’s weekend youth gathering (6,6)
SUNDAY SCHOOL: A three letter tabloid, a synonym of times (as in periods of 24 hours), and a four letter synonym of smart containing the letter represented phonetically by Hotel.
14d Worker’s outside clothes (6,4)
BOILER SUIT: What a (human) worker may wear over (outside) the rest of his or her clothes.
16d Price in old days to come from Acropolis Hill in Greece? (8)
SHILLING: A lurker (to come from) the rest of the clue.
17d Expressive European mass interrupted by heartless queen (8)
ELOQUENT: The single letter for European and a synonym of mass (in terms of quantity?) containing (interrupted by) QUeEN with the middle letter deleted (heartless).
19d Considering dating (6)
SEEING: A double definition – the second relates to being in a (romantic?) relationship.
20d Client I’m representing for raising boxing licence (6)
PERMIT: A reversed lurker (for raising boxing) found in three words in the clue.
23d Comic apt to repeatedly miss time for wireless broadcast (2-2)
WI-FI: Synonyms of comic (as a person) and apt both having the single letter for Time deleted (repeatedly miss).
The Quick Crossword Pun:
SUNG + KNEE + ANNE + SHARE = SONNY AND CHER
Our setter seems to ‘have a thing’ for Cher – she also appears in the Quickie (including the pun). So here she is: