Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30426
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from Almoradí where today we have a public holiday. It’s “Dia de la Comunitat Valenciana” or Valencia Day which commemorates the liberation of Valencia from Muslim rule back in 1238 and the founding of the Kingdom of Valencia under the Crown of Aragon.
It may be a historic day but this wasn’t a historic crossword. I toyed with giving it only * for difficulty but a couple of clues held me up for a minute or two. Otherwise it was pretty straightforward.
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.
1a Husband even more good-looking (8)
HANDSOME: H(usband) followed by a phrase (3,4) meaning even more.
5a Sort of drink that’s good for the soul? (6)
SPIRIT: Cryptic definition.
10a Cad after wife? Revolver wanted! (5)
WHEEL: Another word for a cad after a W(ife).
11a Figure reportedly shattered by approach (9)
RECTANGLE: Figure as in a geometric shape. It’s four letters which aren’t a word but when pronounced sound like (reportedly) a word meaning shattered or ruined. After that you need a word for an approach or stance.
12a Striking effect of story involving 100 sent back (5)
ECLAT: Take a word for a story and put it around (involving) the Roman numeral for 100 and then reverse the lot (sent back).
13a Henry left auditorium (4)
HALL: A diminutive of Henry followed by L(eft).
14a Said of country life, past not present (4)
ORAL: A word for country life without (not present) the PAST.
16a Unaided, one passed (6-6)
SINGLE HANDED: A word for one or solo followed by a word for passed as in given.
21a First journey, and servant and diplomat get on (6,6)
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Take a female servant, a diplomat or attache and a word meaning to get on as in get older and split it (6,6) to get a first journey, of a new ship perhaps.
24a Information about large valley (4)
GLEN: A slang term for information around an L(arge) gives a valley in Scotland.
25a Bench in favour of mercy from the start (4)
FORM: A word meaning in favour of, not pro but the other one, followed by M (Mercy from the start).
27a Somewhat unorthodox previous PM (5)
NORTH: A chap who was PM from 1770 to 1782 is hiding in (somewhat) the word unorthodox.
29a Unwise being disrespectful when ringing king (9)
IMPRUDENT: A word meaning disrespectful or cheeky around (when ringing) an R for Rex or King.
30a Crazy getting rid of spades — senseless (5)
INANE: Take the S(pades) out of (getting rid of) a word meaning crazy.
31a Extremely severe imprisoning paper’s first foreign correspondent? (3,3)
PEN PAL: A word meaning extremely severe placed around (imprisoning) a P (Paper’s first). I spent too long thinking extremely severe was cluing the letters SE, d’oh!
32a Editor upset, tense and hurt, disconnected (8)
DETACHED: The usual editor is reversed (upset) and followed by a T(ense). Then a word meaning hurt is added.
1d Big mistake made by that woman caging bird of prey (6)
HOWLER: A word for “that woman” around (caging) a nocturnal bird of prey.
2d Require extremely large arrow (6)
NEEDLE: A word meaning require followed by LE (extremely LargE)
3d Game played by one Bond girl (9)
SOLITAIRE: A card game played by one person is also the name of the girl played by Jane Seymour in the Bond film “Live and Let Die”.
4d Spoil church procession (5)
MARCH: A word meaning to spoil followed by the abbreviation of church.
6d Scale drawing of factory incomplete (4)
PLAN: Another word for a factory without its last letter (incomplete).
7d Fury surrounding traditional fashion industry (3,5)
RAG TRADE: A word for fury placed around the abbreviation of traditional. How many of you remember this sit-com from the early sixties?
8d Secure floor right away (3)
TIE: A word for a floor or level without its R (R(ight) away).
9d Room given by rower close to quay (8)
SCULLERY: A type of rower using two oars followed by a Y (close to quaY) gives a small room found next to the kitchen where the washing up is done.
15d Cover round open-air pool (4)
LIDO: A cover, of a tin can perhaps, followed by the round letter.
17d Stop transfer (4,4)
GIVE OVER: Double definition.
18d English conductor blowing top in a South American country (9)
ARGENTINA: An English conductor and composer without his first letter (blowing top) followed by the IN and A from the clue. My favourite version of this song . . .
19d Complacent son, sucker (4)
SMUG: S(on) followed by another word for a sucker or fool.
20d Uncertain as to outcome, ordinary writer after extra (4,4)
WIDE OPEN: Start with O(rdinary) and the a word for a writer or something you write with and put it after an extra in cricket.
22d Quietly come to deliver a sermon (6)
PREACH: The letter for quietly in music followed by a word meaning the come to or get to.
23d Astute women stopping scrap (6)
SHREWD: W(omen) inserted into (stopping) a word for a scrap or very small piece.
26d Joint initially twisted in boggy ground (5)
MITRE: A sort of joint used by carpenters is also the name of a Bishop’s hat. It’s a T (initially Twisted) inserted into (in) some boggy ground or swamp.
28d A fanatic over fish (4)
TUNA: A from the clue and a fanatic are reversed (over).
29d Mischievous child occupying him perpetually (3)
IMP: Crosswordland’s favourite mischievous child is hiding in the last two words of the clue (occupying).
Podium today is 3d, 9d and 26d with 9d on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: OWE + VERVE + YEW = OVERVIEW
Middle line: WELD + REST = WELL DRESSED
Bottom line: TEX + PANDA + SAD = ???
I can’t see the bottom line pun at all but I guess someone will enlighten me!