Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30433
Hints and tips by Senf
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BD Rating – Difficulty 2.5* – Enjoyment 4.5*
No – you haven’t overslept by several days. It seems that Huntsman’s bursitis has put him ‘under the weather’ and I am sure that you will join with me in wishing him well and hoping that he finds some relief soon. So a very good Tuesday morning from Winnipeg and, once again, I have had to remember to solve and hint all the clues and provide hidden answers instead of just solving and hinting half of the clues as I do on a Sunday
For me, and I stress for me (I have to put that in for Terence), not Typically Tuesdayish and the indications are that this is not an Anthony Plumb production – grids used for this back pager and the Quickie and double unches. I have no idea who the setter is but I do vaguely recognise the style. So, thanks to her or him for an enjoyable challenge and please claim ownership.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 16a, 7d, 12d, and 14d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Paper that comes out after the match? (8)
CONFETTI: Paper that becomes litter when a happy couple emerges into a churchyard?
9a Being able to take everything in? (8)
OMNIVORE: A person or animal that has no ‘hang ups’ about what they eat.
10a List of options in June, maybe travelling west (4)
MENU: A reversed lurker (in . . . travelling west) found in the words ‘sandwiched’ by the indicator.
11a Regret returning after training a true star as chef, perhaps (12)
RESTAURATEUR: The reversal (returning) of a three letter synonym of regret placed after an anagram (training) of A TRUE STAR.
13a Male pride and the speed of sound upset some briefly (8)
MACHISMO: The speed of sound (including a number) and an anagram (upset) of SOMe with last letter removed (briefly).
15a Good knock dad! That’s the spirit (6)
GRAPPA: Three pieces of Lego in six letters – the single letter for Good, a three letter synonym of knock (on a door?), and a childish or familiar synonym of dad.
16a Charges time lost by carnivals (4)
FEES: The plural of a type of carnival (usually held in a village?) with the single letter for Time removed (time lost).
17a Praise the French, occupying Brussels after evacuation (5)
BLESS: One of the variations of THE in French inserted into (occupying) BrusselS with the interior letters removed (after evacuation).
18a Only painful if changing sides (4)
SOLE: a synonym of painful with its letter indicating a side changed to the other side.
20a Poor delivery from posh type — a couple of lines (2-4)
NO-BALL: An informal synonym for a posh type (of person), A from the clue, and the single letter for Line repeated (a couple of).
21a Poets needing English, for example in schedules (8
ELEGISTS: The single letter for English, followed by the Latin abbreviation of for example inserted into (in) a synonym of schedules.
23a Republican always criticises and produces repercussions (12)
REVERBERATES: The single letter for Republican, a synonym of always, and a synonym of criticises.
26a Unprotected firm with a question for nation (4)
IRAQ: fIRm with the outer letters removed (unprotected) and (with) A from the clue and a single letter for Question.
27a Height of talent with student in place of power (8)
ALTITUDE: A synonym of talent with the letter that indicate a student (driver for instance) replacing the single letter for Power (in place of).
28a Daughter had dinner after school and set off (8)
DETONATE: The single letter for Daughter followed by a three letter term for had dinner placed after that school across the Thames from Windsor.
2d Exposed lovers steal pass (8)
OVERTAKE: lOVERs with the outer letters removed (exposed) and a synonym for steal.
3d Newspapers, on behalf of the nation, will take on university (6,6)
FOURTH ESTATE: A (3,3,5) phrase equivalent to on behalf of the nation contains (will take on) the single letter for University.
4d Seethes, essentially stifling proposals (6)
THESES: A lurker (stifling) found in two words in the clue.
5d Area to the south of Channel Island state (4)
IOWA: The single letter for Area placed after (to the south of) the abbreviated form of an Island in the English Channel (which is approximately 45 minutes away from Portsmouth by ferry).
6d Neon, perhaps, damaged granite top of structure (5,3)
INERT GAS: An anagram (damaged) of GRANITE and the first letter (top) of Structure.
7d Most of jurors perhaps sleep (4)
DOZE: A term that can be used for the number of jurors in a court room with the last letter removed (most of) – repetition radar – third use of ‘perhaps’ (second in successive clues) indicating definition by example.
8d Reduction of French credit facility (8)
DECREASE: The French for OF, the two letter abbreviation for CRedit, and a synonym of facility.
12d Broadcast from coaches with no international assignment (12)
TRANSMISSION: A verbal synonym of coaches with the single letter for International removed and a type of assignment (which Mr Cruise always finds impossible).
14d Neat look at wild flower (2-3)
OX-EYE: A synonym of neat (in farm animals) and a three letter term for look at.
16d Slow and enjoyable breakfast dish (not cold) (8)
FUNEREAL: A three letter synonym of enjoyable and a type of breakfast dish with the single letter for Cold deleted.
17d British European party argue excessively (8)
BELABOUR: The single letters for British and European and a political party.
19d One puts one’s suit in a case (8)
LITIGANT: A single word term for the plaintiff in a civil law suit?
22d Film about Times worker still living (6)
EXTANT: Our favourite two letter film containing (about) all of the letter used for Times arithmetically and a type of worker (insect).
24d Rule out Doctor Who at last (4)
VETO: The three letter abbreviated form of a type of doctor and the last letter of whO.
25d Ruminants may go north for grass (4)
REED: The reversal (may go north) of a class of ruminants.
Quick Crossword Pun:
SQUIRM + AISLE = SQUARE MILE