Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30444
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from Almoradí where autumn is slowly arriving. I had to get my long trousers out last Saturday but yesterday was back to shorts. Today’s looking like shorts as well!
I think this puzzle must be a Campbell production, because of the two puns in the quickie, but I thought it was definitely at the tricky end of his spectrum. Perhaps that’s just me having an off day but I did enjoy the tussle. I’ll be interested to see who agrees and who doesn’t.
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 Don’t eat quickly (4)
FAST: A word meaning quickly also means to not eat, as in Lent or Ramadan.
3a Her co-stars playing in big bands (10)
ORCHESTRAS: Anagram (playing) of HER CO-STARS.
9a Feline of course, heard (4)
LYNX: This cat sounds like (heard) a golf course by the sea.
10a Go back inside realtor’s abroad, expert on houses? (10)
ASTROLOGER: GO from the clue is reversed (back) and placed inside an anagram (abroad) of REALTORS to get an expert on houses of the zodiac.
11a Criminal charge concealed by people in authority responsible for treatment (7)
THERAPY: A generic term for people in authority around a slang term for a criminal charge.
13a Greek character working after piles damaged (7)
EPSILON: A word meaning working or in operation after an anagram (damaged) of PILES.
14a Comic strip character of little importance (6,5)
MICKEY MOUSE: The name of a character that has appeared in comic strips and cartoon films has become a term meaning of little importance or shoddy.
18a Met team‘s brief by small courtyard (6,5)
FLYING SQUAD: A team from the Metropolitan Police (Met team) is a word for brief, as in a brief visit perhaps, followed by S(mall) and then an abbreviation of another word for a courtyard.
21a Decent chalet I built (7)
ETHICAL: Anagram (built) of CHALET I.
22a What could be alight on sixth of November! (7)
BONFIRE: Start with a B (sixth of NovemBer) and after it you need a phrase (2,4) meaning alight or burning.
23a Writer from county town recalled breaking record (4,6)
ANNA SEWELL: The county town of East Sussex is reversed (recalled) and placed in (breaking) a word for a record, literally of events in one year. Split that lot (4,6) and you get the author of Black Beauty.
24a Starts to jump in very energetic dance (4)
JIVE: First letters (starts to) the next four words.
25a Very angry missing start of exciting sporting event (10)
RALLYCROSS: A phrase (6,5) meaning very angry has its E (start of Exiting) removed (missing) and then is put together as one word for a motor sport event.
26a Enthusiasm shown by some in maze — students (4)
ZEST: A lurker hiding in (some in) the last two words.
1d Complete issue to be raised when game is over (4,4)
FULL TIME: The first word of the answer can mean complete and the second is a word meaning to issue but it’s reversed (raised in a down clue).
2d Condemn feeling that’s heartless (8)
SENTENCE: A word for feeling or awareness has the central letter I removed (heartless) to leave a word meaning to condemn, to time in prison or a fine perhaps.
4d Out of practice, dependable opener’s dismissed (5)
RUSTY: A word meaning dependable without its first letter (opener’s dismoissed).
5d Pantomime character‘s spotted dog (9)
HARLEQUIN: A pantomime character is also a word used to describe a dog with a light coat and dark patches, a ????? great dane perhaps.
6d Rep‘s odd sprees inside parlour (11)
SALESPERSON: Anagram (odd) of SPREES inside the sort of parlour where you might get a hairdo.
7d Splendid English feast (6)
REGALE: A word for splendid or royal followed by an E(nglish).
8d Get out of prison early in the year (6)
SPRING: A slang term meaning to get someone out of prison is also an early part of the year.
12d Foremost of authors completes extremely praiseworthy novel (1,7,3)
A PERFECT SPY: Start with an A (foremost of Authors) and after that you need a word meaning completes or polishes and then a PY (extremely PraisworthY). I fyou split that lot (1,7,3) you get a novel by John le Carré.
15d Hawthorn, say, is not certain to blossom (9)
MAYFLOWER: Another name for hawthorn or other plants which bloom in spring. If you split it (3,6) you get a phrase which means “might blossom”.
16d Number holding one aboard tug at sea, one on the run? (8)
FUGITIVE: Insert I (aboard) into an anagram (at sea) of TUG then put that into (holding) a small number.
17d Supporter of that woman through a depression (8)
ADHERENT: Start with the A from the clue and a depression, there’s one in the rear wing of my car, and insert (through) a word meaning that woman.
19d Put right about couple (6)
REPAIR: Two letter for about or regarding and the a couple.
20d In Munich, an elegant fashion house (6)
CHANEL: A lurker hiding in (in) Munich an elegant.
22d Bishop is enclosing doubly large invoices (5)
BILLS: The letter for bishop in chess notation and the IS from the clue go around (enclosing) two L(arge).
My podium today is 1a, 22a and 12d with 22a on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: SLOE + MOW + SHUN = SLOW MOTION
Bottom line: CREW + SEE + BULL = CRUCIBLE