Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30180
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja. You may remember I said last Monday that I was off to Benidorm for Christmas and that’s where I am. Chris Lancaster sent me an advance copy of today’s puzzle so I actually wrote this blog last Thursday! He sent me the puzzle from today’s paper but I’d rather he’d sent me the football results!!!
A fairly benign puzzle today from Campbell but 19a nearly had me beat. Never heard of it and it took about ten minutes of Googling to get an answer! There’s eight clues involving anagrams and two lurkers so you should get off to a good start. I’ll be interested to see what you all make of 19a.
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.
7a Small milliner greatly upset (7)
SHATTER: S(mall) followed by another word for a milliner, there was a mad one in Alice in Wonderland.
9 a Couple in book holding pig back (7)
TWOSOME: A large book with a female pig inserted (holding) but she’s reversed (back).
10a Early invader’s point of view (5)
ANGLE: Double definition. An early invader from around the time of the Saxons is also a point of view.
11a A bishop housed in a villa, in resort close to diocese, for free (9)
AVAILABLE: You need the A from the clue and a B(ishop) inserted into (housed in) an anagram (in resort) of A VILLA and finally an E (close to diocesE).
12a Starter of bran flakes a caterer put out in a dish first thing? (9,6)
BREAKFAST CEREAL: B (starter of Bran) followed by an anagram (put out) of FLAKES A CATERER.
13a Sucker beat target! (7)
LAMPREY: A word meaning beat followed by the target of a predator gives a fish which sucks.
16a Kid attending party left large plaything (3,4)
RAG DOLL: A word meaning to kid or josh is the first word. The second is the usual party followed by L(eft) and L(arge).
19a Labour in vain in one’s stocking feet? (1,8,6)
A BOOTLESS ERRAND: This phrase for a labour in vain or hopeless task sounds as though you’ve done it without shoes. Honestly never heard of this phrase and it took some finding. Was about to ask the other bloggers for help when suddenly Google came up trumps!
23a Poet could be godlier, somehow, in church (9)
COLERIDGE: Anagram (could be) of GODLIER in the abbreviation of the Church of England.
24a Writer retired by a lake in a Himalayan country (5)
NEPAL: Something you write with is reversed (retired) and followed by the A from the clue and an L(ake).
26a Yearbook hidden by naval man, a commodore (7)
ALMANAC: A lurker hiding in (hidden by) the last four words.
1d Built, as ordered, around new city in Turkey (8)
ISTANBUL: Anagram (ordered) of BUILT AS placed around an N(ew).
2d One may be running starkers, briefly, around middle of field (8)
STREAKER: Take the word starkers from the clue but remove the last letter (briefly) to leave STARKER and put it around an E (middle of fiEld) to get someone who may be running and, indeed, may be starkers too!
3d Fleet, American – not all there captured by artist (6)
ARMADA: Start with an A(merican) and the usual artist. Into the artist (captured by) put a word meaning not all there or crazy.
4d Miner clipped dog (6)
COLLIE: A coal miner without his last letter (clipped).
5d Gloomy beggar at the end with nothing in hat (8)
SOMBRERO: A word meaning gloomy or grave followed by an R (beggaR at the end) and then an O (nothing).
6d Live it up, taking in a show (6)
REVEAL: Take a word for live it up or party and insert (taking in) the A from the clue.
8d A wild urge to quarrel (5)
ARGUE: A from the clue followed by an anagram (wild) of URGE.
9d Path, mostly to right, will find tower? (7)
TRACTOR: A word for a path without its last letter (mostly) followed by the TO from the clue and an R(ight) to get something which tows.
14d Austen heroine crossing over heath (8)
MOORLAND: Take the heroine from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and put her around (crossing) an O(ver). This would have been much easier to parse if I’d ever read Northanger Abbey!
15d Surrendered and brought in (7)
YIELDED: Double definition.
17d Apache chief in rocky region north of Missouri (8)
GERONIMO: Anagram (rocky) of REGION followed by (north of in a down clue) the abbreviation of Missouri.
18d Fortune duly affected during shortage (4,4)
LADY LUCK: Anagram (affected) of DULY inserted into (during) a word for a shortage.
19d Woman who wrote about four sisters inhabiting rural cottage (6)
ALCOTT: A lurker. The author of a book about four sisters is hiding in (inhabiting) the last two words of the clue.
20d Last to comment on old Pope’s headdress (6)
TURBAN: Start with a T (last to commenT) and follow with the name of a Pope, of which there have been eight. The last of them reigned from 1623 to 1644 so I guess “old Pope” is a fair description.
21d Watch cutter swing (6)
SEESAW: A word meaning to watch followed by a type of cutter with teeth.
Top three today for me are 2d, 11a and 8d in that order.
Quick crossword puns:
Top: CHATTER + NOUGAT = CHATTANOOGA
Bottom: PROPER + GAITERS = PROPAGATORS