Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,439
Hints and tips by Huntsman
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
After a miserable rainy start to the day it’s brightening up nicely here in Harpenden so a walk looking like a distinct possibility. No golf obviously but much improved & my MRI has at least dispelled concern about a suspected rotator cuff tear. Hoping to be able to drive a car before too long.
As this is the same grid as my last blog a fortnight ago I suspect it’s the work of our usualTuesday setter but I’m sure Senf will know whether or not the Quickie grid is one of his. I suspect most will find it pretty straightforward if a tad more difficult than yesterday. I found it an enjoyable guzzle with a nice mix of clue types.
I do hope someone will own up & keep me company by admitting to brain fog at 18a. It was my last in & took as long as the rest of the puzzle which is ironic as I’ve spent heaps of time listening to music while laid up.
In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual. Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle.
1a What holidaymaker needs? Foreign bar and gossip (8,4)
BOARDING PASS: an anagram (foreign) of BAR AND GOSSIP
9a Chimps with no bananas securing adult supporters (9)
CHAMPIONS: another anagram (bananas) of CHIMPS + NO + (securing) the single letter for Adult
10a What traps craft? Solid ground (5)
EARTH: place a two letter exclamation of surprise or inquiry around the usual synonym for craft
11a Expression of hesitation about very small insurrection (6)
MUTINY: reverse (about) a two letter expression of hesitation + another word for very small. A famous one took place in the South Pacific in 1789 which has been thrice filmed.
12a Harassed fools maybe returning (8)
STRESSED: reverse (returning) what fools may be an example of. Nowt to do with intelligence.
13a Flipping short rubbish bags female put up with (6)
SUFFER: reverse & truncate (flipping short) a synonym for rubbish & insert (bags) the single letter for Female.
15a Relates worries about old politician(8)
COMPARES: another word for worries into which you insert the single letter for Old & the usual abbreviation for a member of the House of Commons.
18a Singular thing axeman uses without large reach (8)
SPECTRUM: the letter for Singular + a thin piece of material (usually plastic) used by an axeman less the letter for Large. Context of axeman key here & discussed on the blog quite recently. Here’s a pic of a great one whose latest album Blues Deluxe Volume 2 is highly recommended to those who like that sort of thing.
19a Strip and run naked (6)
STREAK: double definition.
21a Bang on a clapped-out car with copper inside (8)
ACCURATE: insert the chemical symbol for copper into A from the clue + a rather old fashioned term for a clapped-out old banger.
23a Dogs scratching soft heaps (6)
OODLES: remove the piano abbreviation for soft from a dog breed.
26a On this we watched Kojak? (5)
TELLY: an &lit clue I assume – wrongly it would seem. Jose & Gazza say double def & I’m sure they’ll be correct. What you would have watched a popular American crime drama series shown in the seventies on & the first name of the actor who played the title character. Seem to remember he said Who loves ya baby?
27a One who demonstrates in favour of examiner (9)
PROTESTER: the usual preposition for in favour of + another word for an examiner.
28a I felt alarmed at sea? (5,7)
FLEET ADMIRAL: an anagram (at sea) of I FELT ALARMED. The whole clue serves as both definition & wordplay.
1d Arrive wearing almost finest suits (7)
BECOMES: place a synonym of finest less the final letter (almost) around (wearing) another word for arrive.
2d A bit cut off (5)
APART: A from the clue + a synonym for bit.
3d Hanging criminal tended to captivate writer (9)
DEPENDENT: an anagram (criminal) of TENDED & insert (to captivate) a writing implement.
4d Twelve working after union oddly ignored (4)
NOON: the alternate letters (oddly ignored) of uNiOn + the usual for working.
5d Burden? I’m leaving job (8)
POSITION: remove (leaving) I’m from a synonym for burden.
6d Son married East European (5)
SWEDE: the single letter for Son + a word for married + the letter for East.
7d Keep quiet about the first shot at Wimbledon (8)
PRESERVE: the letter indicating quiet + a preposition meaning about + the opening shot in tennis.
8d Sunglasses primarily suit very hot place(6)
SHADES: the first letter (primarily) of Suit + the toasty underground abode of the dead in Greek myth. Neat surface.
14d Passionately cry – I feel bad (8)
FIERCELY: an anagram (bad) of CRY I FEEL.
16d Let me pour out oil (9)
PETROLEUM: another anagram (out) of LET ME POUR
17d Many fish endlessly grabbing head (8)
MULTIPLE: insert (grabbing) a word for head or extremity into a fish less the final letter (endlessly)
18d Gets cracking pastry in ship (6)
STARTS: a type of pastry inside the usual two letter ship prefix.
20d Boat circling second tense river bird (7)
KESTREL: place the structural element of a watercraft around (circling) the single letters for Second, Tense & River for a bird Barry Hines wrote about & Ken Loach wonderfully filmed.
22d King Lear, perhaps, in play orchestrated upset(5)
ROYAL: a reverse lurker (in/upset) found in play orchestrated. Definition by example.
24d Student had a meal right afterwards (5)
LATER: single letter for student + a word for had a meal + the letter for Right.
25d Zoom half cut off the French novelist (4)
ZOLA: 50% of zoom (half cut off) + French for the when it’s a feminine object. Therese Raquin the only one I’ve ever read.
18a the hands down favourite for me today with ticks also for 10,26&28a along with 5,8&17d. Which ones ticked your boxes?
Today’s Quick Crossword pun: DAM+ BUS+ TERSE = DAM BUSTERS