Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,319
Hints and tips by Huntsman
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
A dull & slightly chilly start to the day here in Harpenden that looks like it threatens a drop of rain, much needed by the golf courses, but there is none in the forecast . I’m off to a Chris ‘Kingfish’ Ingram gig tonight which I’ve really been looking forward to. He is a young man from Clarksdale, Mississippi with a couple of albums under his (very large) belt & who plays a mean guitar & sings the blues. Worth a listen to for any who like that sort of thing. I was going to post a clip of him but still haven’t figured out how to do it but at least you’ve a couple of pics this week so that’s progress.
Today’s guzzle is a fairly typical Tuesday offering which I assume is the work of our usual setter. I can’t say I solved it particularly quickly but that may well have been because it was early doors & I was still half asleep. I suspect most will find it pretty straightforward though there are a couple of head-scratchers that require a bit of thought. I enjoyed it & thought it well clued throughout.
In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual. Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle.
1a Appropriate clothing qualities (10)
PROPERTIES: Append articles of CLOTHING to a synonym of APPROPRIATE
6a Purchase bag (4)
GRIP: A double definition – the first relates to a means of hold.
10a Flipping poor effort, to an extent for volunteer (5)
OFFER: A reverse lurker (flipping/to an extent)
11a Deviation put reader off (9)
DEPARTURE: A straightforward anagram (off) of the two words following the definition
12a Titanic no more at sea – guy’s oddly forgotten (8)
ENORMOUS: Start with an anagram (at sea) of NO MORE then append the alternate letters (oddly forgotten) of GUYS
13a Jog with no clothes on, entertaining girl (5)
NUDGE: Insert the single letter abbreviation for girl into a word for having no clothes on
15a Reserved archbishop has a change of heart (7)
PRIVATE: Alter the central letter (change of heart) of a rank bestowed on some archbishops
17a Weather-beaten, perhaps after a day on a trip? (7)
DRUGGED: Start with the single letter for DAY then add (after) a synonym for WEATHER-BEATEN
19a Established faith embracing a cult, finally (7)
CREATED: Place a synonym of FAITH around (embracing) the A from the clue & the last letter (finally) of CULT
21a Is district attorney in uproar showing contempt? (7)
DISDAIN: Place the first word in the clue plus the usual abbreviation for DISTRICT ATTORNEY into (in) a synonym of uproar
22a Quarrel about river fish (5)
SPRAT: Insert the single letter (about) for RIVER into a type of QUARREL
24a Second insignificant international match is the most pleasant (8)
SWEETEST: Begin with the single letter for SECOND then add a word for INSIGNIFICANT or small & finish with what an INTERNATIONAL MATCH is called in rugby & cricket.
27a Near this writer is umpire (9)
IMMEDIATE: Start with a contraction meaning THIS WRITER then append a synonym of UMPIRE as a verb
28a Sculptor’s low energy after runs (5)
MOORE: Begin with a synonym for LOW in the context of cattle then append the single letter for RUNS (cricket) & (after) ENERGY. Here’s one of his pieces called Oval with Points.
29a Go crazy on the way back (4)
STAB: A reversal (on the way back) of a word for CRAZY
30a Paper perhaps still delivered (10)
STATIONERY: a homophone (delivered) of a synonym for STILL
1d Kitty wrapping large parcel (4)
PLOT: Place a word for KITTY around (wrapping) the single letter for LARGE
2d Nasty old couple of females pondering leaving Portugal (9)
OFFENSIVE: Start with the single letter abbreviations for OLD & FEMALES (note plural) then add a synonym for pondering less the IVR for PORTUGAL
3d Dismay having head cut off bloomer (5)
ERROR: Remove the initial letter (head cut off) of a another word for dismay – not the first synonym that sprang to my mind.
4d Staff supporting little swimmer in pool (7)
TADPOLE: Place a synonym of staff below (supporting in a down clue) a word for little
5d Former lover sat bare (7)
EXPOSED: The usual FORMER LOVER followed by a synonym of SAT
7d Plump dog with new lead (5)
ROUND: Change the first letter (new lead) on a classification of man’s best friend
8d Falsely claiming Macron’s ready with resolution (10)
PRETENDING: The French word for READY is followed by (with) a synonym for RESOLUTION
9d You and I perhaps harass poor nuns (8)
PRONOUNS: An anagram (harass) of the last two words in the clue. Perhaps indicates a definition by example.
14d Engineer spies chap’s heavenly transport (10)
SPACESHIPS: An anagram (engineer) of SPIES CHAP’S.
16d New tap due – it’s bent (8)
APTITUDE: An anagram (new) of the three words preceding the definition ignoring the S. I rather liked this one as it wasn’t immediately obvious whether the indicator was front or back.
18d PM’s satisfied southern accent (9)
GLADSTONE: Start with a synonym for SATISFIED then add a single letter for SOUTHERN & finish with a word for ACCENT. You’ll have to go back a wee bit for this fella who led four administrations.
20d Volume lost from TV and it’s faulty remote (7)
DISTANT: A anagram (faulty) of the three words preceding the indicator less (lost) the single letter abbreviation for VOLUME
21d Most profound flower problem (7)
DEEPEST: Think of a FLOWER running through both Wales & England & append a synonym of PROBLEM
23d Strange first half of barn dance (5)
RUMBA: Begin with a synonym for STRANGE & append the initial two letters (first half) of BARN
25d Empty the motorway and work up speed (5)
TEMPO: Take the outer letters (empty) of THE then add the single letter for MOTORWAY & finish with a reversal (up) of the usual two letter term for WORK
26d Cover your sandwiches well (4)
VERY: A lurker (sandwiches) found in the first two words in the clue
No specific favourite but there were a number of ticks on my page – 12&17a plus 4,8,16&20d. Which ones hit the spot for you?
Today’s Quick Crossword pun: ASS + HID + REIGN = ACID RAIN