Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30172
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Zandio was ‘on duty’ last Friday and today there are no signs of multiple Xs or a pangram except for an X so my five bob is on this being a Silvanus production.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 20a, 22a, 1d, and 5d.
Getting in some practice for next weekend, completion of all blog activities assisted by a wee dram of Glenlivet and some Walker’s Shortbread.
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 Caught that woman pinching fine necklace (6)
CHOKER: Crickety Caught and a pronoun for that woman containing (pinching) the two letters that can indicate fine.
4a Figure golf outside broadcast has fifty working up front (6)
OBLONG: The abbreviation for Outside Broadcast followed by (has) the Roman numeral for fifty and the two letter synonym of working all placed before (up front) of the letter represented phonetically by Golf.
8a Liberal at home initially beset by stomach pain (8)
CATHOLIC: AT from the clue and the first letter (initially) of Home contained (beset) by a stomach pain (mostly experienced by infants) – another one of those where the definition and answer ‘matching’ surprised me.
10a Jail locally from which associate escapes (6)
INTERN: A synonym of locally with part, that is a synonym of associate, deleted (escapes).
11a Guy ousting leader is clever (4)
ABLE: A synonym of guy (as in something used to steady) with its first letter deleted (ousting leader).
12a Drug for each receiving a tattoo, feeling queasy (10)
PAINKILLER: The Latin based preposition equivalent to for each containing (receiving) all of A from the clue, an informal three letter synonym for tattoo, and a three letter term for feeling queasy.
13a Commendable way report is prepared defending hospital (12)
PRAISEWORTHY: An anagram (prepared) WAY REPORT IS containing (defending) the single letter for Hospital.
16a Branch of medicine Oscar practised moving around house (12)
ORTHOPAEDICS: The letter represented phonetically by Oscar and an anagram (moving) of PRACTISED containing (around) the two letter abbreviation for HOuse.
20a Drunk person disheartened Scotsman and EU citizen (10)
LITHUANIAN: A three letter synonym of drunk, a synonym of person (often associated with being) with the middle letter deleted (disheartened), and our favourite three letter Scotsman.
21a Pro inspires university rowing crew (4)
FOUR: A synonym of pro (as in in favour of) contains (inspires) the single letter for University.
22a Avoids chores as mum is annoying (6)
SHIRKS: A synonym of mum (as in keep mum) and a single word term for is annoying.
23a Chap occupies excellent day going round island (8)
TASMANIA: A synonym of chap inserted into (occupies) the reversal (going round) of all of the alpha-numeric two character equivalent of excellent and the abbreviated form of a day of the week (one known for its Prize Puzzle).
24a Rather attractive (6)
PRETTY: A double definition – I don’t think I can say any more without giving it away.
25a Heard on TV Torquay hotelier is bust (6)
FAULTY: A homophone (heard) of the surname of a fictional (on TV) Torquay hotelier.
1d Where a judge may consult dictionary? (8)
CHAMBERS: I dithered about how to ‘classify’ this one; in the end, I decided on a cryptic definition of where a judge may be found when not in court.
2d Colour of coach-horses seen every so often (5)
OCHRE: A selection of alternate letters (seen every so often) from the clue.
3d Darkness resulting from cuts in essentially indispensable energy (7)
ECLIPSE: A verbal synonym of cuts inserted into (in) the middle letter (essentially) of indispEnsable and the single letter for energy.
5d Animated film that gets roasted? (7)
BRISKET: A synonym of animated (nothing to do with films) and our favourite two letter film.
6d Beaten pair upset about dubious penalty opposition ultimately missed (9)
OUTPLAYED: A three letter synonym of pair (singers or musicians?) reversed (upset) containing (about) an anagram (dubious) of PEnALTY with the last letter (ultimately) of oppositioN deleted (missed).
7d Raised section of uncovered rigid beam (6)
GIRDER: A reversed lurker (raised section) found in two words in the clue.
9d Suspect hip doctor is one offering sole treatment? (11)
CHIROPODIST: An anagram (suspect) of HIP DOCTOR IS.
14d Press hack finds old railway engine (4,5)
IRON HORSE: A synonym of press (clothes) and a synonym of hack (in a sorry condition).
15d Reportedly twist beer can for inspection (8)
SCRUTINY: A ‘double’ homophone (reportedly), which Silvanus seems to like, of a synonym of twist and a ‘down under’ beer can.
17d Characteristic to conceal occasionally one’s route (7)
TRANSIT: A synonym of characteristic containing (to conceal) alternate letters (occasionally) from oNe’S.
18d Memory loss means I misplaced article (7)
AMNESIA: An anagram (misplaced) of MEANS I followed by one of the indefinite articles.
19d Cleric rabbi’s hoping to welcome (6)
BISHOP: A lurker (to welcome) found in two words in the clue.
21d Weak-looking female bird (5)
FRAIL: The single letter for female and guess a ground living bird that can be found in marshland or dense forest (so says Wikipedia).
A Seasonal Quick Crossword Pun:
MISS + CELL + TOW= MISTLETOE