Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30,453
Hints and tips by Shabbo
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Good morning. A fairly gentle offering from our sweetheart setter this morning. What did you think?
A former US President comes in for a bit of stick at 20a and for once, it’s not Trump!
An early start for me today, as I am off to see my dear mother in Suffolk and, by sheer coincidence, it is also “trade day” at the annual Beccles Beer Festival run by my brother. As I write a themed cryptic crossword for the event programme every year, I am invited to attend the opening day which is reserved for the brewers. If you are in the area and enjoy proper, local beer, I would recommend that you drop into the Beccles Public Hall sometime over the weekend.
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 This compiler’s rank keeping style excessive (10)
IMMODERATE: two letters representing “this compiler’s” (as in this compiler is) + synonym for rank after (keeping) synonym for style.
6a Dairy product from European cow, say (4)
EDAM: abbreviation for European + the mother of cattle.
9a Luxury car plant (5)
LOTUS: double definition.
10a A nice, pure spread supplying gourmet (9)
EPICUREAN: anagram (spread) of ANICEPURE. The definition looks like a noun, but it is in fact an adjective.
12a Pastries following joint for flower children (7)
HIPPIES: a joint in one’s body + a synonym for pastries.
13a Extra seconds showing manners (5)
MORES: a word meaning extra + abbreviation for seconds.
15a Queen energy new in record soon (7)
ERELONG: regnal abbreviation of our dear late Queen + abbreviation for energy + abbreviation for new inside a synonym for record.
16a Comparatively spicy foreign port (7)
TANGIER: double definition.
18a German city Cologne cleared for perfume (7)
ESSENCE: crosswordland’s favourite German city + the first and last letters (cleared) of Cologne.
20a Fluff admitted by criminal American president (7)
CLINTON: a synonym for fluff inside (admitted by) synonym for criminal.
21a Tedium encapsulated by outspoken nuisance (5)
ENNUI: the answer is a hidden word (encapsulated by) concealed in the last two words of the clue.
23a Organiser oddly paler welcoming Queen (7)
PLANNER: every other letter (oddly) of PaLeR outside (welcoming) the name of a former Queen.
25a Condescending, possessing small cunning (9)
DESIGNING: a word meaning condescending outside (possessing) abbreviation for small.
26a Good in nude displaying craft (5)
BARGE: put the abbreviation for good inside a word meaning nude.
27a Can, perhaps, with old sauce (4)
MAYO: synonym for can + abbreviation for old.
28a Sort copper out? One possibly does (10)
PROSPECTOR: anagram (out) of SORTCOPPER.
1d Occasionally indulged unemployed (4)
IDLE: an alternate letter clue. Take the odd letters (occasionally) of the middle word and there’s your answer.
2d Unrivalled learner in dull board game (9)
MATCHLESS: take words meaning dull and board game, join them together and pop in the usual abbreviation for learner.
3d Sad deranged idiot, snapping (13)
DISAPPOINTING: anagram (deranged) of IDIOTSNAPPING. Hands up everyone who tried to make an anagram out of “deranged idiot”!
4d Swimming round catching fish (7)
REELING: a word meaning round outside (catching) a three-lettered wriggling fish. The definition relates to dizziness, I think.
5d Outfit conquers sweetheart in double time (7)
TWINSET: a word meaning conquers + the heart of swEet inside the abbreviation for time twice.
7d Dark end of dead end (5)
DREAR: take the last letter of dead and add a synonym for end.
8d Stock’s quality about right for soup (10)
MINESTRONE: a synonym for stocks (think “rich source”) + a word meaning quality outside (about) the abbreviation for right.
11d Man on tube line turning indecent (13)
UNMENTIONABLE: anagram (turning) of MANONTUBELINE.
14d Strangely rum end with free vote (10)
REFERENDUM: another anagram (strangely) – this time of RUM END and FREE.
17d Painter pretending to cover render (9)
INTERPRET: “to cover” here invites to look for a hidden word. It is there in plain sight, concealed in the first two words of the clue. The definition is a verb masquerading as a noun.
19d More futile English politician leading bank (7)
EMPTIER: abbreviations for English and politician ahead of (leading) a word meaning bank or slope.
20d Drop in church saint conversions (7)
CHANGES: a synonym for drop (think curtains?) inside (in) abbreviation for church + the shorter abbreviation for saint.
22d Denial admitting good person is obscene (5)
NASTY: a three-letter word meaning denial (it’s in Chambers, I checked!) outside (admitting) the longer abbreviation for saint.
24d Feel extreme anxiety rising, initially (4)
FEAR: “initially” is asking us to take the first letters of the first four words of the clue to reveal the definition.
Quickie Pun: REIGN + BEAU = RAINBOW