Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30178
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg where, not unexpectedly, we are in the deep freeze while British Columbia is ‘closed’ as a result of ice and snow for which it does not have enough equipment or the expertise to use what it does have and Ontario and all points East are experiencing a Weather Bomb, also known as an ‘Explosive Cyclogenesis,’ which, presumably, might continue its Eastern journey and be ‘across the pond’ just in time for New Year.
Silvanus was ‘on duty’ last Friday and ‘on Toughie duty’ yesterday so is very unlikely to make an appearance today. That leaves the two other members of the Friday triumvirate 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 Zandio production or perhaps it is by A. N. Other.
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 Apt, possibly, to present Fred and Ginger’s speciality (3-7)
TAP-DANCING: APT from the clue used as anagram material (possibly) combined with a word that could be an anagram indicator to create (present) the answer.
6a Tiny mite that delivers half the letters (4)
ATOM: Written as (1-2-1) half of the letters (in the alphabet).
9a 14, wearing this?! (5)
ROUGE: A type of cosmetic that, when applied, will create the effect in 14a.
10a Seasonal event with sadly miscast entertaining personnel (9)
CHRISTMAS: An anagram (sadly) of MISCAST containing (entertaining) the two letter abbreviation of (personnel) department.
12a Page with scripture passage: Our Lady’s clothed in blue maybe (7,6)
PRIMARY COLOUR: Guess a lady inserted into (clothed in) the single letter for Page, and (with) one of the sets of letters for scripture (lessons), a synonym of passage, and OUR from the clue.
14a Embarrassed being 12 and overlooked (3-5)
RED-FACED: An example of the answer to 12a and a synonym of overlooked.
15a Oscar cuts tubas for broadcast — they’ll be hidden under the surface (1-5)
U-BOATS: The letter represented phonetically by Oscar inserted into (cuts) an anagram (for broadcast) of TUBAS.
17a Heart shown by popular bank (6)
INSIDE: A two letter synonym of popular and a synonym of bank.
19a Sue flipped price tag — it illustrates trousers (8)
LITIGATE: A reversed lurker (flipped . . . trousers) found in four words in the clue.
21a Country briefly capturing the heart of its ruler’s father and son (6,7)
UNITED KINGDOM: the father and both sons of this country’s current ruler had/have a 4-letter title where the central two letters are the country’s usual abbreviation.
24a What often follows Yuletide games? Unfortunately, anger must! (9)
ARGUMENTS: An anagram (unfortunately) of ANGER MUST.
25a In retirement, occasionally encountered piquant Noel lassitude (5)
ENNUI: Word of the week? Alternate letters (occasionally encountered) selected from the reversal (in retirement) of pIqUaNt NoEl.
26a Stops tips (4)
ENDS: A double definition – need I say more.
27a Synthetic tree decoration with timer at first going too quickly (5,5)
FALSE START: A synonym of synthetic and a (Christmas) tree decoration with (and) the first letter of Timer.
1d Eurasian offering Sunday’s roast with 33 per cent off (4)
TURK: What will most likely be the roast on this coming Sunday (the last) 33 per cent removed (off).
2d Opted to get round my boss! (7)
PLUMPED: A single word for to get round (as in to swell) and the two letter abbreviated form of this, or any, setter’s boss.
3d For instance, James Stewart fantasy ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (8,5)
AMERICAN DREAM: What the described film could be an example of in terms of hopes and aspirations in the USA.
4d Bike to bridge in the morning going down to new plant (8)
CYCLAMEN: A synonym of bike containing (to bridge) the two letter Latin based abbreviation for in the morning and followed by (going down to) the single letter for New.
5d Wound up in big city catching Queen on Five (5)
NERVY: The two letter abbreviated form of a big (USA) city containing (catching) the regnal cypher of one of two Queens placed before (on) the roman numeral for five.
7d Upcoming Test pitch needs rolling before a fair game (7)
TOMBOLA: The reversal (upcoming) of the abbreviated form of a (vehicle inspection) test and a three letter synonym of pitch reversed (needs rolling) placed before A from the clue.
8d Lovers seeing film, ‘Hair’, sharing time (10)
MISTRESSES: The single letter for Time is shared between a synonym of film (ending in T) and a synonym of hair (beginning with T) .
11d Lack of sense caused by a fall? (4,9)
SNOW BLINDNESS: A type of precipitation (the white fluffy stuff) can cause a temporary deleterious effect on one of our five senses.
13d Perhaps drawing used by copper delayed arresting the writer, say (10)
ARTICULATE: What drawing may be considered to be (perhaps) placed before (used by) the chemical symbol for copper and a synonym of delayed containing (arresting) the perpendicular pronoun representing the writer (say).
16d Admires northbound lasses in oilskin coats (8)
LIONISES: A reversed lurker (northbound . . . coats) found in three words in the clue.
18d Knocked back seconds with syrup on top (7)
SWIGGED: The single letter for Seconds and (with) the ‘translation’ of the abbreviated Cockney expression of syrup on top.
20d Bullets turned in, plus a chemical used in explosives (7)
AMMONIA: A familiar contraction of a collective noun for bullets, IN from the clue, and (plus) A from the clue
22d Clue: ‘A welcoming northern country‘ (5)
KENYA: A synonym of clue and A from the clue containing (welcoming) the single letter for Northern.
23d Facility that’s furnished for 10 (4)
GIFT: A double definition – the first relates to a talent.
Quick Crossword Pun:
RAPT + PRESENCE = WRAPPED PRESENTS
I don’t usually include a music selection on a Friday but it’s (almost) Christmas and if you were in Hawaii this is how you would offer Season’s Greetings to those around you (although I think that the video might have been ‘borrowed’ from somewhere else):