Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,411
Hints and tips by Shabbo
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning, fellow cruciverbalists. I really enjoyed this and I hope you did as well. I had ticks all over the place, but my favourites are probably 1a, 13a, 27a, 28a, 3d, 7d, 14d and 16d, with 1a winning my vote for COTD. A great way to start the puzzle, which I thought was perfect for a Thursday. Thank you setter!
In my blog below, the definition element of each clue has been underlined and anagrams are CAPITALISED. The answers are concealed under the “Click Here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Friend in capital daughter is visiting, Hannah perhaps? (10)
PALINDROME: Short word meaning friend, + IN + a capital city + abbreviation for daughter – put that lot together and you get your solution, which is a “definition by example”, hence the “perhaps” and the “?”.
6a Piece of meat, heart from butcher, gets bound (4)
CHOP: Middle letter (heart) of butcher + a verb or a noun meaning bound.
10a Appoints Charlie to defend Leo, for instance (7)
ASSIGNS: A synonym for Charlie (as in fool) outside (to defend) a generic term for a zodiacal constellation, of which Leo is one (for instance).
11a Discomfort of certain Asians, we hear (7)
MALAISE: Homophone (we hear) of people from an Asian country.
12a Without cups at first, processes ground coffee (8)
ESPRESSO: Anagram (ground) of PROCESSES without the C (cups at first)
13a Release one out of place in trade union (5)
UNTIE: My last one in. The answer is fairly obvious once you have all the checkers, but the parsing took me a while. We are looking for the name of one of the two largest trade unions in Britain and Ireland and we then need to move the “I” within it (one out of place).
15a Tackle from defender initially getting out of difficulty (7)
HARNESS: A synonym for difficulty without the D (defender initially getting out).
17a Ghastly looking house I’d condemned (7)
HIDEOUS: Anagram (condemned) of HOUSE ID.
19a Author having argument over novel’s ending (7)
ROWLING: A synonym for having an argument outside (over) the last letter (ending) in novel.
21a Furore surrounds rapper oddly producing weapon (7)
TORPEDO: Two short hyphenated words meaning furore outside (surrounds) every other letter (oddly) of rapper.
22a Discovered tiny apartment is not suitable (5)
INAPT: Take the middle two letters of tiny (discovered) and add them to an abbreviation for apartment.
24a Event following match that’s packed? (8)
SUITCASE: A synonym for event (as in occurrence) after (following) a synonym for match (as in complement).
27a Some agree nervously to be more environmentally conscious (7)
GREENER: Hidden word (some) in “agree nervously”.
28a Large sum in gold university’s transferred to Italy (7)
BILLION: A bit of a bear trap, perhaps, if you don’t read the instructions in the clue carefully. Take a word meaning gold and swap the U (university) for an I (Italy)
29a Regrets hoax that’s broadcast (4)
RUES: Homophone (broadcast) of another word for hoax.
30a Film script of Lean’s Percy developed (10)
SCREENPLAY: Anagram (developed) of LEANS PERCY.
1d Advertisement includes each type of fruit (4)
PEAR: A two-letter abbreviation for advertisement outside (includes) a two-letter abbreviation for each.
2d Stalwart’s sacked as final indignity (4,5)
LAST STRAW: Anagram (sacked) of STALWARTS
3d Country lifting control that restricts poaching ultimately (5)
NIGER: A word for control upside down (lifting) outside (restricts) the final letter (ultimately) of poaching.
4d Refuses being inspired by breakfasts I served up (7)
RESISTS: Hidden word (inspired by) in “breakfasts I served” upside down (up).
5d Gigantic male insect old lady found on top? (7)
MAMMOTH: An abbreviation for male + an insect go after a two-letter abbreviation for old lady.
7d Theft, one attending church possibly removing lead (5)
HEIST: Another clue which was easy enough to get, but slightly trickier to parse. I kept looking for CE or CH for church, but I was barking up the wrong tree. One attending church is someone who believes in God and then take away the first letter (removing lead). Clever.
8d Claim it’s about time to cut state allowance (10)
PRETENSION: Abbreviation for “about” + abbreviation for “time” inside (to cut) a “state allowance” for those of a certain age.
9d Be confused with swimmer (8)
FLOUNDER: Double definition. The swimmer is a fish.
14d Quay owner, one moaning about American craft regularly (10)
WHARFINGER: Someone who moans outside (about) A for American and every other letter of “craft”.
16d Going out to purchase son present (8)
EXISTING: Another word for going out surrounds (to purchase) an abbreviation for son.
18d Love escaping Liverpool’s unfortunately displaced population (9)
OVERSPILL: Anagram (unfortunately) of LIVERPOOLS without one of the Os (love escaping).
20d Cast girl briefly performing in kind of band (7)
GASTRIC: Another anagram with a letter missing. This time rearrange CAST + GIRL without the final letter (briefly).
21d Cover needed for sewer? (7)
THIMBLE: No need to look for the wordplay here – there isn’t any. This is a neat cryptic definition, relying on the assumption that most of us will be looking for something to do with drains rather than needlecraft.
23d Singer from Australian city rejecting help (5)
ADELE: The city here is the capital of South Australia. Remove a three letter word for “help” to find a contemporary crooner from Tottenham.
25d Firm line over mark in text (5)
COLON: An abbreviation for a firm or company + an abbreviation for line + a synonym for over – assemble that lot to find a punctuation mark.
26d Just unique (4)
ONLY: Double definition.
Quickie Pun: FARM + ASSIST = PHARMACIST