Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30320
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Several clues in this one had us having to do some head-scratching so not a particularly speedy solve for us and still not sure we have got 1d parsed correctly.
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11a Produced Crazy, latest from Cline (4)
MADE : Crazy or insane and the final letter of Cline.
12a Check mare with foal? (3)
DAM : The word for a mother in horse-racing parlance.
13a Getting going, Carol drinks bitter at university (8,2)
STARTING UP : Carol or vocalise tunefully contains bitter or sharp-tasting and then the two letter ‘at university’.
17a Fake drama in front of a court (4-3)
PLAY-ACT : A dramatic production, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for court. Fake here is a verb.
18a Fancy hat, something tossed at wedding (7)
CAPRICE : A peaked hat and then the cereal sometimes tossed at weddings.
21a Collie’s paw muddied bed linen (10)
PILLOWCASE : An anagram (muddied) of COLLIE’S PAW.
23a Runner turning pinkish occasionally (3)
SKI : The reversal of three letters found alternately in ‘pinkish’.
24a Out to lunch, daughter behind (4)
DAFT : D(aughter) and then behind, possibly on a ship.
25a Where winners of the Postcode Lottery live? (4,6)
EASY STREET : A cryptic definition of what could be a comfortable address.
28a Hear Cats critic panned feature (14)
CHARACTERISTIC : An anagram (panned) of HEAR CATS CRITIC.
1d Send a coded message from PM’s home before my employer? (14)
Not sure about the wordplay here. Our best guess is a three letter acronym for a coded message (new to us), then the two letters that when read as numbers give the PM’s official London address, The medium where a particular BBC programme can be heard (new to us) and the newspaper that engages our compiler.
2d Reserve goalkeeper must do it (4)
SAVE : A double definition.
3d Not that tense greeting head of state (4)
THIS : The abbreviation for tense, an informal greeting, and the first letter of state.
4d Loosely agree with article on Clarkson’s first tract of farmland? (7)
ACREAGE : An anagram (loosely) of AGREE contains an indefinite article and the first letter of Clarkson.
8d Reported words of usher, filling in address (8,6)
INDIRECT SPEECH : ‘In’ from the clue and a verbal address contain usher or guide.
10d Catch half of score looking up (3)
NET : The reversal of the number that is half a score.
14d Welshman checking offbeat metres for inferior poets (10)
RHYMESTERS : An architypical Welsh name surrounds an anagram (offbeat) of METRES.
15d Beginning windblown picnic in Spain, grabbing plate at last (10)
INCIPIENCE : An anagram (windblown) of PICNIC IN contains the last letter of plate and, finally, the IVR code for Spain.
22d Note Warrington’s debut in Rising Damp (3)
WET : The reversal (rising) of a note from the sol fah scale and the first letter of Warrington.
26d In need of clothing, asking for coat (4)
SKIN : Start with the word asking and remove its ‘clothing’ letters.
27d Unopened non-fiction book (4)
RUTH : Non-fiction or veracity without its first letter.
Quickie pun finesse + whaler = Venezuela