Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30181
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good morning from Winnipeg – like turkey leftovers, another serving of me while Twmbarlwm is enjoying leftovers elsewhere – enjoy!
I have no idea who today’s setter might be so my five bob is staying in my pocket; coincidentally it is the same grid as last Friday’s back pager.
Candidates for favourite – 21a, 27a, 18d, and 22d.
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 Briefly petition British cities to move referendum (10)
PLEBISCITE: A four letter synonym of petition with the last letter removed (briefly), the single letter for British, and an anagram (to move) of CITIES.
6a Shy boy I’ve met all undressed in seaside resort (4)
HOVE: What’s left after the outer letters are removed from the first four words of the clue (all undressed).
9a Horrible pasta snacks (5)
TAPAS: An anagram (horrible) of PASTA.
10a Dance with three short men? (3-3-3)
CHA-CHA-CHA: A synonym of man with the last letter deleted (short) repeated three times (or is that repeated twice?).
12a Free barring latest show of aggression (5-8)
SABRE-RATTLING: An anagram (free) of BARRING LATEST.
14a Sanctions target men with sheds, oddly (8)
ENDORSES: A synonym of target (as in objective), the two letters for (enlisted) men, and (with) the odd letters of ShEdS.
15a Person going after drink (6)
CHASER: A double definition – the second is a combination of a short drink and a long drink.
17a Possible ingredient of game pie, endlessly cooked (6)
MAGPIE: An anagram (cooked) of GAME PIe with the last letter deleted (endlessly).
19a Powerful and not-so-clever group (8)
THICKSET: A synonym of not-so-clever and a synonym of group.
21a Issue with European ceremony (4,3,6)
SPIT AND POLISH: A synonym of issue (as in expectorate), a synonym of with, and a resident of a European country.
24a Carry out tool (9)
IMPLEMENT: A double definition – I don’t think I need to add anything.
25a Loafer found in bridle-road (5)
IDLER: A lurker (found in) found in two words in the clue.
26a Miss niece occasionally meeting daughter (4)
NEED: Alternate letters (occasionally) from niece (I’ll leave you to decide which ones) followed by (meeting) the single latter for daughter.
27a Heartlessly welcome a boast about love for actress (5,5)
GRETA GARBO: A five letter synonym of welcome with the middle letter removed (heartlessly), A from the clue, a synonym of boast reversed (about), and the letter used to indicate love in a racquet game score.
1d Importance of mine host, initially (4)
PITH: A synonym of mine (e.g. colliery) and the first letter (initially) of Host.
2d Former partner modelled on show (7)
EXPOSED: The two letters we know and love for former partner and a synonym of modelled.
3d Travelling underwater? Rum rationed, making one unruly (13)
INSUBORDINATE: A (2,3) phrase that could be equivalent to travelling underwater(?) and an anagram (rum) of RATIONED.
4d Morning caller before stopping cuckoo clock (8)
COCKEREL: A literary synonym of before inserted into (stopping) an anagram (cuckoo) of CLOCK.
5d Temple decoration? (5)
TIARA : An item of jewellry a lady might wear on her head (temple).
7d Plants: gold little ones, we hear (7)
ORCHIDS: Heraldic gold and a homophone (we hear) of a term for little ones (as in offspring).
8d Put too much into an account (10)
EXAGGERATE: more simply put – a synonym of overstate.
11d Bump one’s head and lose one’s rag (3,3,7)
HIT THE CEILING: A double definition – the first is how one might bump one’s head by coming into contact with a (inner) roof.
13d Authorisation for each task (10)
PERMISSION: The Latin based synonym of for each and a synonym of task.
16d Resistance to change — with this? (8)
RHEOSTAT: A device for varying resistance in an electrical circuit.
18d Spy affecting limp searches houses (7)
GLIMPSE: A lurker (houses) found in three words in the clue.
20d Student‘s particular form of energy enveloping church (7)
SCHOLAR: Photovoltaic generated energy containing (enveloping) one of the abbreviations for church.
22d Gloomy doctor on organ (5)
DREAR: the abbreviated form of an honorific for doctor placed before (on) one of our bodily organs.
23d Group from choir turned up (4)
TRIO: A reversed lurker (from . . . up) found in the words ‘sandwiched’ by the indicator.
Quick Crossword Pun:
TRANCE + LATER = TRANSLATOR