Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29992
Hints and tips by Sloop John Bee
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good Morning from North Yorkshire. Deep Threat is having a well earned holiday, so Miffypops, Stephen L and myself will be rotating Friday blogging duties until he returns refreshed,
I have no real idea of gauging ratings so I will leave those alone for others to assess.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them. Better minds than mine are working on the uncovered spoilers that some people have been suffering from, please be patient it is apparently a complicated issue. in order to help in the meantime, I have put the spoilers below the hints, so if they are exposed on your browser careful scrolling won’t reveal them too soon.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Grandfather taking sides — that hurts, one complains (6)
Taking the sides of GrandfatheR an instruction to take the outer letters of, add an interjection expressing pain when hurt for a complainer.
4a Projected suffering after boozing in different places (8)
If you were suffering after boozing you may feel a bit like Oscar Split 4,4 and put the two words in different places and you are projected, rather like The Shambles in York. Never seen that quiet since the Harry Potter mob moved in.
9a One should sit in bed to work, in the main (6)
A nice little “all in one” I think that is what is known as an “&lit”, in itself shorthand for “and literally so”. In order for this device to work, it should sit on the sea bed (in the main), when deployed correctly the flukes dig into the sea bed and secure the ship to which it is attached.
10a Cavil at Tube-rail returns showing invalidation (8)
A nice little lurker, and it is reversed too (returns in an across clue) hidden in the first four words of the clue.
Schoolboy humour compelled me to overemphasise the middle syllable in debates, which probably accounts for the fact that my motions (snigger) were rarely carried.
12a Queen perhaps given male gender? (8)
We are in the world of board games rather than palaces, a generic term for the pieces used to play the game misgenders the most active and powerful of them.
13a Father cycled — managed to get confused (6)
One’s Father or Dad “cycles” the first letter to the end, and adds a synonym of managed, to become muddle-headed or confused.
15a Remedies to host failing to accept Russian money (13)
Start with an anagram of to host, and insert the Russian currency unit (plural as we need another S) To expertly detect and remedy any problem mechanical or other.
18a Dragon’s den by the sea? (8,5)
Another all in one, The cheap B&B’s we used to visit in seaside resorts such as Scarborough or Blackpool were often run by very strict harridans who had many caveats about how and when one entered the establishment, ate meals or ran bathwater. They were often known as the Dragon and the answer we seek is another name for the B&B they run.
20a I say, Cadillac should be parked by American high-flier (6)
I from the clue and what a Cadillac is by example parked next to one of the usual Americans, A high flier who went too close to the Sun.
22a Rubbish set alight by crowd (8)
Set alight from a ship or plane perhaps, by to crowd an object to its capacity, a place where ones rubbish is disposed of. (Thanks RD)
24a Moaned, beginning to get annoyed about signs of doziness (8)
Start with the first letter (beginning) of Get, add a synonym of annoyed, containing the two letters cartoonists use to indicate doziness.
25a Book Sartre edited (6)
An anagram of the middle word. that leaves the first as the definition.
Think of Jack Lord in Hawaii 5 0 ” **** ’em Danno”
26a Implies knight is joking for the listeners (8)
A pair of homophones (for the listeners) that may cause some consternation, The title that a knight of the realm uses and some jokes or jests. I am not sure that it works for my ears but it’ll do.
27a Calculates 50 per cent of 13 — drink needed! (4,2)
The first 50% of the answer to 13a and a drink, is how we calculate the answer.
1d Gander caught in golf course (6)
G for golf, C for caught and a course , path or lane come together for a quick gander at something.
2d Possibly 50 musicians or 100 — that guy’s creative work is revolutionary (9)
I did like this, many moons ago When Mama Bee was introducing me to crosswords she had a list of common anagrams, CARTHORSE being one of them. Start with OR from the clue add the Roman numeral for 100 a contraction of he has, and a reversal (revolutionary) of a piece of creative work, create a group of musicians who may or may not be 50 in number (possibly)
3d This poser is after snappy conversation (9,6)
A poser follows (if you split the first word 5,4) a harsh conversation. You are doing this NOW! or at least checking on how your solve went.
5d Swerve stag maybe when do’s start is changed to five (4)
You don’t know the angst this clue caused me yesterday, but I basically failed to swap the start of Do from a Stag or Deer and replace it with the Roman numeral for Five. I didn’t see the critter and failed to swerve. I would show the pics but I dont think even those with Muntjac problems would like them.
6d Drinks held up, bowed to both sides (5-10)
Several drinks when bought together and a burden borne on one’s back may make one bowed to both sides.
7d Prior to Quins trials, dropped now and then (5)
Alternate letters (dropped now and then) of qUiNs TrIaLs,
8d Something we say is elusive or remains? (4,4)
OR is a heraldic term for a precious metal, add what remains when we have crumbled away for a phrase that we say for something very elusive.
11d Decoration sported by a boater? (7)
A barely cryptic definition of the decoration around a boater.
14d Seven ingredients put in simmered — he added ginger? (7)
Another lurker. We want seven letters(ingredients) put in the next three words that satisfy the last word as the definition.
16d Funny things, boats, if a person stands on top (3-6)
Large passenger boats with the personal pronoun of one such as the Queen may use for short pithy jokes.
17d Concentrates while taking in game (8)
While is crosswordese for AS it takes in a popular card game and concentrates or shortens a piece of work.
19d Buzzer to get service in dump (3-3)
A thing that buzzes and the bonus you may give a waiter for not allowing the buzzer to alight on your soup perhaps.
21d A kiss in middle of night causes cancelling (5)
The clue gives us a lot of what we seek here, A from the clue, the letter that we use to represent a kiss, in from the clue, and the middle letter of niGht, cause the cancelling of one’s favourite show perhaps.
23d Hide in shower (4)
A Double def to finish, Hide as in the preserved skin of an animal and a rather fast shower of rain perhaps.
You may have noticed I stopped garnishing the blog with pictures as we are approaching the time I need to hit publish. Please feel free to add music and images as you like while I arrange to have my car repaired!
The Quick Crossword pun PEAT + SIR + REAR = PIZZERIA
Today’s Music is in honour of the late great Vangelis.