Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,447
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
I found this quite tricky. A paucity of anagrams perhaps didn’t help, but it was slow and steady for me and I ended up jumping around the grid a bit in search of a decent foothold. Four double definitions helped keep the average word count down to about 6.5 words per clue.
Wet today here in Hertfordshire, but at least we have been spared the gale force winds forecast for other parts of the country today. My sympathy if you are afflicted by these. A day for log fires, crosswords and avoiding DIY.
In my blog below, the definition element of each clue has been underlined and anagrams are CAPITALISED. The answers are concealed under the “Click Here” buttons. Please leave a comment telling us how you got on and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Do some embroidery? (10)
EXAGGERATE: a cryptic definition to start off with. Some lateral thinking required.
6a Turning around, stagger out to lunch (4)
NUTS: a synonym for stagger (as in surprise) reversed (turning around).
9a Still sweltering in post office (5)
PHOTO: a word meaning sweltering inside (in) abbreviation for Post Office.
10a One looking after currency: Darling, second to Brown (9)
TREASURER: Another word meaning darling + the second letter of bRown. The setter is perfectly entitled to put in spurious capitals to help deceive the poor solver, but omitting capitals that should be there is strictly taboo.
12a Agreeing panto resolves rift between young and old? (10,3)
GENERATION GAP: a rare anagram indicated by “resolves”. Jumble up the letters of AGREEING PANTO.
14a Objects when rice is cooked with salt (8)
ARTICLES: a bit like London buses…here is another one. “Cooked” is the indicator and you need to rearrange the letters of RICE and SALT.
15a Hang on to some eggs (6)
CLUTCH: a double definition.
17a Withholding punishment (6)
HIDING: another double definition.
19a What could be made with Apple Store’s income? (8)
TURNOVER: …and another! I really like this clue. Another example of potentially misleading capitals and a prime example of why the solver should always read each word individually and on its own merits. I’m sure most of us will read Apple and Store as one. Clever.
22a Rebuke for soldiers tense about revolutionary reunion (13)
RAPPROCHEMENT: a lego clue: synonym for rebuke + synonym for “for” + synonym for soldiers + abbreviation for tense outside (about) crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary from Cuba/Argentina.
24a Crustacean found in forest, lake and river (9)
WOODLOUSE: another lego clue: assemble synonym for forest (albeit smaller) + abbreviation for lake + the river that flows through York.
25a Redo Medici shields like Florence Cathedral (5)
DOMED: the answer is hidden (shields) within the first two words.
26a Gardens on small slant (4)
SKEW: famous gardens in West London after (on) abbreviation for small.
27a Corporation trip, something enticing in Egypt? (5,5)
BELLY DANCE: a synonym for corporation (think tummy) + a synonym for trip (think light fantastic).
1d Notice unusual power given Yard
ESPY: three letter abbreviation for form of telepathy + abbreviation for yard
2d Surrounded by mangos, possibly tons (7)
AMONGST: anagram (possibly) of MANGOS + abbreviation for tons.
3d Train key personnel at airport? (6,7)
GROUND CONTROL: synonym for train (as in “instruct in first principles”) + a key on your keyboard. I would associate the definition more with space travel than airports, but Chambers says it is fine. Think Bowie’s Major Tom.
4d Came back to roll in grass (8)
RETURNED: another word for roll inside (in) another word for grass.
5d Sends internet message and calls for a chat? (6)
TWEETS: another double definition. I think the second part relates to communication amongst birds, but I am prepared to be corrected.
7d Piano in rear of chateau exactly like this? (7)
UPRIGHT: I contemplated underlining the whole clue as the definition. Perhaps I should have done. Either way, take the abbreviation for piano and put it inside (in) the last letter of chateau and a synonym for exactly.
8d Right inside stores to rent, somewhere in the Midlands (10)
SHROPSHIRE: I was searching for a town in the Midlands, but it is a county that we are after here. Abbreviation for right within (inside) synonym for stores + synonym for rent.
11d Conceited and shallow, needed kicking! (7-6)
SWOLLEN-HEADED: an anagram (kicking – it’s on the list!) of SHALLOW NEEDED
13d Breakfast items hot when husband and son are grabbing toast (4,6)
HASH BROWNS: another lego clue: abbreviation for hot + synonym for when + abbreviation for husband + abbreviation for son outside (grabbing) synonym for toast (a verb). Phew!
16d Play Spain team in Madrid – woeful (8)
FUNEREAL: a synonym for play (a noun) + single letter abbreviation for Spain + the usual Madrid football team.
18d Rue Johnny and Sophia perhaps disowning their latest characters (7)
DEPLORE: take the surnames of two famous actors, remove their final letters and add what’s left together.
20d Supplement? A possibly very appealing quality in the morning at home (7)
VITAMIN: Again, I could, and probably should, have underlined the whole clue as the definition. Take the abbreviation for very + somewhat dated expression meaning “appealing quality” + abbreviation for “in the morning” + synonym for “at home”. Assemble.
21d Short of time, looks for Echo from Liverpool (6)
SCOUSE: a synonym for “looks for”, remove the abbreviation for “time” and add at the end the letter represented by Echo in the phonetic alphabet.
23d Starts to enjoy drama gripping Edinburgh Fringe (4)
EDGE: initial letters (starts to) of words 3 to 6 in the clue.
Quickie Pun: ERR + LIMB + PIGS = OLYMPICS