Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30190
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg for what will be my last ‘regular’ Friday back page blog. When I stepped into the breach four months ago it was on the understanding that I would occupy the ‘chair’ until a permanent occupant could be found. That has now happened and there will be a new Friday blogger from next Friday but you will have to wait until then to find out who it is. I wish her or him every success and hope that, based on next Friday’s date, she or he is not friggatriskaidekaphobic.
But, I will continue to be here on Sundays.
proXimal was ‘on duty’ last Friday so that means ‘half’ of the remaining members of the triumvirate is ‘on duty’ today and I am going to put my five bob on this being a Zandio production.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 17a, 16d, and 22d.
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1a Striking about Ford car that’s put in posh flooring (10)
REMARKABLE: Our favourite two letters for about, and a two letter Ford car inserted into (put in) a type of ‘posh’ flooring.
6a Number 11? (4)
MASS: What the answer to 11d could be a type of?
9a ‘Mighty Mouse’ — is Mickey taking part? (7)
SEISMIC: A lurker (taking part) found in three words in the clue.
10a Costume has bible class in shock (7)
APPAREL: One of the abbreviations for bible class inserted into (in) a synonym of shock (as in offend?).
12a Toughened blade retracts for transporting (6-7)
BATTLE-SCARRED: An anagram (for transporting) of BLADE RETRACTS.
14a One’s wasted a sovereign (8)
REGICIDE: A single word term for a particular type of killer (one’s wasted) – and the BRB says the answer can refer to the ‘doer’ of the deed as well as the deed itself.
15a Aristocrat bags very soft pelt (6)
PEPPER: A four letter generic term for an aristocrat contains (bags) the musical notation for very soft(ly).
17a Bring charges over brooch in flat (6)
four three letter term for bring (civil?) charges containing (over) a synonym of brooch – thanks to Andrew Powell, I must have been confused by the ‘S’ on the end of charges.
19a Little South American hurt by flash mob (8)
MARMOSET: A three letter synonym of hurt followed by a two letter synonym of flash and a synonym of mob.
21a Instead of taking turns, eating four (13)
ALTERNATIVELY: A single word adverb for taking turns containing (eating) the Roman numerals for four.
24a One’s originally put in an organ on either side (7)
EARPLUG: The first letter (originally) of Put inserted into the combination of one of our (otic) organs and an informal synonym of the same thing.
25a Construction is permitted if I certify missing sections (7)
EDIFICE: A lurker (is . . . missing sections) found in four words in the clue.
26a Scruff using pot rejected Ecstasy (4)
NAPE: A synonym of pot (as in cooking vessel) reversed (rejected) and the single letter for Ecstasy (the drug).
27a One visiting source of holy river, supposed to be announced (5,5)
HOUSE GUEST: The first letter (source) of Holy, the name shared by four rivers in England, and a homophone (to be announced) of a synonym of supposed.
1d Others sleep (4)
REST: A double definition – I don’t think any more is required.
2d Rumoured fellow graduate, Girton’s top one will retain post (7)
MAILBAG: A homophone (rumoured) of a synonym of fellow, the two letters for one type of graduate, and the first letter (top) of Girton.
3d For cutting off ‘Strictly’, perhaps one should be taken in hand (6,7)
REMOTE CONTROL: A hand-held device for ‘cutting off’ what ‘Strictly’ is the short form of on the idiot box.
4d ‘Pop’ presented by daughter in first-class tribute (8)
ACCOLADE: A synonym of pop (as in soft drink) placed before (presented by) the single letter Daughter all inserted into a three letter term for first class.
5d Youngster’s getting to grips with electronic clues (5)
LEADS: A synonym of youngster’s (including the possessive S) containing (getting to grips with) the single letter for Electronic.
7d Make fresh cricketing clanger — high delivery (7)
AIRDROP: A three letter term for make fresh (clothing or linens) and a four letter cricketing clanger.
8d Team spirit dissolved in daily riots (10)
SOLIDARITY: An anagram (dissolved in) of DAILY RIOTS.
11d Beam, coming in for each date — will this session be heard upstairs? (6,7)
PRAYER MEETING: A three letter synonym of beam contained by (coming in) the three letter term equivalent to for each and a synonym of date.
13d Canned tuna, scarce sea-dweller? (10)
CRUSTACEAN: An anagram (canned) of TUNA SCARCE.
16d Conflict over one point causes mistrust (8)
WARINESS: A synonym of conflict placed before (over) the Roman numeral for one and a synonym of (geographical) point.
18d One holds up underground service, overturning publicity operation (7)
PITPROP: A payment for service (by restaurant staff) reversed (overturning), the two letters for publicity, and an abbreviated form of operation.
20d Company broadcasting series, ‘Horizon‘ (7)
SKYLINE: A (satellite) broadcasting company and a synonym of series.
22d Goods coated in rolled gold — a hassle (5)
AGGRO: The single letter for Good repeated and contained by (coated in) heraldic gold and A from the clue all reversed (rolled).
23d Ace doubling up on wings for his home town, bypassing midfield (4)
BEST: A football ace from a city in Northern Ireland – from which the first two and last two letters are kept (doubling up on wings) and the centre letters are ignored (bypassing midfield).
Quick Crossword Pun:
FARMER + SUIT + TICKLE = PHARMACEUTICAL