Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30192
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a typical January morning – sunny but chilly. Hopefully things will warm up a bit as the day goes on.
Today’s puzzle is a typical Monday offering in that it’s very enjoyable and mostly quite benign, but it has a couple of stings in the tail and a bit of GK needed.
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.
5a Brave social worker following bitterness (7)
GALLANT: Another word for bitterness or rancour followed by the usual social worker.
7a Stock English witticism (5)
EQUIP: E(nglish) followed by a witticism or joke.
9a Daughter in Dorset resort gets dog (6)
POODLE: Insert (in) a D(aughter) into a seaside town in Dorset, the one with the large harbour. It also has some of the most expensive real estate in the country!
10a Perfect, a musical instrument enthralling bishop so (8)
ABSOLUTE: Start with the A from the clue and a musical instrument and insert (enthralling) the single letter for bishop and the SO from the clue.
11a In complete confusion, team losing after leading (6-4)
UPSIDE DOWN: If the first word of the answer was split (2,4) it would be a phrase describing the team that is winning or leading. The second word means losing or sad and the whole lot is a phrase meaning in complete confusion. Hope that made some sort of sense!
13a Part of speech some denounced (4)
NOUN: A lurker hiding in (some) the last word of the clue.
14a Facing a dilemma when Celtic fan’s kit is ruined (2,1,5,5)
IN A CLEFT STICK: Anagram (is ruined) of CELTIC FANS KIT.
16a Openers in Derbyshire’s innings set county record (4)
DISC: First letters of (openers in) the next four words of the clue.
17a Different guides then bless you! (10)
GESUNDHEIT: Anagram (different) of GUIDES THEN.
19a Student consuming last of lager and more stout (8)
STURDIER: A word which could describe a student with R (last of lageR) inserted (consuming).
20a Hardy, British during tours abroad (6)
ROBUST: B(ritish) inserted into (during) an anagram (abroad) of TOURS.
22a Deeply distressed, copper leading ram (3,2)
CUT UP: The chemical symbol for copper put in front of (leading) another word for a ram and the result split (3,2)
23a Squad also included in scheme (7)
PLATOON: A squad of soldiers is a word meaning also inserted into (included in) another word for a scheme or intention.
1d Happy clearing last away (4)
GLAD: A clearing in some woodland without its last letter (last away).
2d Manage ably for so long (8)
FAREWELL: So long as in goodbye. It’s a word meaning to manage or get on followed by a word meaning ably.
3d Part of Beatles song shows class (6)
LESSON: A lurker hiding in (part of) Beatles song. Any excuse for a bit of Beatles . . .
4d Published large article on satellite receiver, quite bizarre (10)
OUTLANDISH: A word meaning published followed by an L(arge), then an indefinite article and finally the thing on the wall which receives the Sky TV signal.
5d Team get promotion after bagging runs (5)
GROUP: Take a phrase (2,2) which could mean to get promotion or rise and insert (after bagging) an R(uns).
6d Quickly remove kit covering a carpet (4,3,1,5)
TEAR A STRIP OFF: This is carpet as in tell off. It’s a phrase which could mean to quickly remove ones football kit placed around (covering) the A from the clue.
8d Awful lot to be imbibed by Robin Goodfellow? Whatever’s available! (3,4)
POT LUCK: Here you need to know an alternative name for Robin Goodfellow. If you know or have Googled him then insert (to be imbibed by) an anagram (awful) of LOT and split the result (3,4). Here’s some great examples of this answer . . .
12d Cain reformed? Member of the clergy’s wrong (10)
INACCURATE: Anagram (reformed) of CAIN followed by a clergyman.
14d I do it badly, in charge, being foolish (7)
IDIOTIC: Anagram (badly) of I DO IT followed by the usual two letters for in charge.
15d Very funny situation involving a French lotion (3,5)
SUN CREAM: A word for a very funny situation or farce has inserted (involving) the French indefinite article and then split (3,5).
17d Complain about onset of pneumonia, or flu? (6)
GRIPPE: A word meaning to complain around (about) a P (onset of Pneumonia).
18d Children’s author briefly upset dramatist (5)
IBSEN: A children’s author, possibly best known for writing “The Railway Children”, without her last letter (briefly) and reversed (upset in a down clue) to give a Norwegian dramatist.
21d Show yellow card to reserve (4)
BOOK: Double definition. A word for what the referee is doing when he shows a yellow card is also a word meaning to reserve, a restaurant table perhaps.
Top three for me today were 11a, 16a and 1d with 16a on the top step of the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top Line: CELL + FIZZ = SELFIES
Bottom Line: WEAL + RITE = WHEELWRIGHT