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DT 30407 (Full Review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30407

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This puzzle was published on 16th September 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

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1a    Point during speech about America (10)
INDICATION – IN (during) DICTION (speech) ‘about’ A (America)

6a    Replacements for buttons? Nothing succeeded (4)
ZIPS – Originally American slang for nothing followed by the abbreviation for Succeeded

10a    Old rag changed name, becoming newspaper? (5)
ORGAN – O (old), an anagram (changed) of RAG, N (name)

11a    Completely remove strange alien mite (9)
ELIMINATE – An anagram (strange) of ALIEN MITE

12a    Most foolish, getting sick during brief nap (8)
SILLIEST – ILL (sick) inserted into a ‘brief’ SIESTa (nap)

13a    Warning of change with time moving on (5)
ALERT – Move the T for Time in ALTER (change) further along the word

15a    Without fuss, leave to welcome English lady on vacation (7)
QUIETLY – QUIT (leave) to ‘welcome’ E (English) followed by the outside (on vacation) letters of LadY

17a    Most sinister day biblical ship set out (7)
DARKEST – D (day) ARK (biblical ship) and an anagram (out) of SET

19a    Donor is dealt with at home (7)
INDOORS – An anagram (dealt with) of DONOR IS

21a    Relatively paltry young bird heard (7)
CHEAPER – A homophone (heard) of a CHEEPER (young bird)

22a    Tar easily covers such spaces (5)
AREAS – Hidden in tAR EASily

24a    Admitting right to bias in scholarship (8)
LEARNING – R (right) admitted into LEANING (bias)

27a    Getting bigger, former lover needs looking after (9)
EXTENDING – EX (former lover) TENDING (looking after)

28a    Period to pass in a leisurely way (5)
WHILE – A period of time or to pass in a leisurely way

29a    Gin, say, some sent back (4)
TRAP – A reversal (sent back) of PART (some)

30a    Informer turns up in prairies, perhaps (10)
GRASSLANDS – GRASS (informer) LANDS (turns up)


1d    Smooth club (4)
IRON – A verb meaning to smooth or a type of golf club

2d    Worthy of esteem if gin potentially passed around (9)
DIGNIFIED – DIED (passed) goes around an anagram (potentially) of IF GIN

3d    Planetary feature discovered in astronomic analysis (5)
CANAL – Hidden (discovered) in astronomiC ANALysis

4d    In consequence of that article concerning Times … (7)
THEREBY – THE (definite article) RE (concerning) BY (times)

5d    … old hand editor excluded (7)
OMITTED – O (old) MITT (hand) ED (editor)

7d    One male with time for spin doctor’s concern (5)
IMAGE – I (one) M (male) AGE (time)

8d    Close observers of exceptional top actress (10)
SPECTATORS – An anagram (exceptional) of TOP ACTRESS

9d    Refuse to concede some aphid is a greenfly (8)
DISAGREE – Found in some aphiD IS A GREEnfly

14d    In a stew, even quail initially tastes the same (10)
EQUIVALENT – An anagram (in a stew) of EVEN QUAIL followed by the initial letter of Tastes

16d    Grand handouts negotiated (8)
THOUSAND – An anagram (negotiated) of HANDOUTS

18d    European, cross, criticises India on growth (9)
EXPANSION – E (European) X (cross) PANS (criticises) I (India in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet) ON (from the clue)

20d    Diligent worker to patch up round centre of machinery (7)
SOLDIER – SOLDER (patch up) goes around the ‘centre’ of machInery

21d    Gives task to king, good for first of leaders (7)
CHARGES – Change the L in CHARLES (King) to a G for good

23d    Run more than expected (5)
EXTRA – An ‘old friend’ of a double definition, the run being of the crickety variety

25d    Latest deals oddly missing in column (5)
NEWEL – NEW (latest) and the even (oddly missing) letters of dEaLs

26d    Black Sabbath’s opening for gang in West Side Story (4)
JETS – JET (back) S (the opening of Sabbath)

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