Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30030
Hints and tips by pommers
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Hola from the Vega Baja where July has arrived with a bang. As I write this it’s only 0900 and the temperature is already 28°C with a top of 32°C forecast for this afternoon.
Today we have a typical Monday puzzle which is mostly fairly easy but with a handful of head scratchers. There are seven anagrams and some of them are quite long so if you can crack them you’ll get a load of checkers to get you going. I don’t think many of you will be needing these hints.
As usual the ones I liked most 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 Where one may see drinks dispensers in prison? (6,4)
BEHIND BARS: Double definition.
10a Working on ruin close to Heidelberg (5)
DOING: A phrase (2,2) meaning to ruin or kill followed by G (close to HeidelberG).
11a Is impressed by better jam (9)
IMPROVISE: IS from the clue is inserted into (impressed by) a word meaning to make better. Spent too long thinking of the strawberry type of jam.
12a Disinclination to act in time to catch it on the way back (7)
INERTIA: Start with the IN from the clue and a long period of time and put it all around (to catch) the IT from the clue but it’s reversed (on the way back).
13a Gathered action involves French duke (7)
DEDUCED: Take a word for an action or act and insert (involves) the French word for duke.
14a As every other represented through time? (4,3,5)
OVER THE YEARS: Anagram (represented) of AS EVERY OTHER.
18a Scale of money spent may represent this? (5,7)
FALSE ECONOMY: Anagram (spent) of SCALE OF MONEY.
21a Top four leaving administration (7)
EXECUTE: Top as in kill. Remove IV (four leaving) from a word for an administration.
23a Get back about allegation (7)
RECLAIM: Two letters for about and then an allegation.
24a French actor gripping whip hard in sporting contest (9)
DECATHLON: A French actor placed around (gripping) another word for a whip and an H will get you the sporting contest that Daley Thompson was very good at. Never heard of the actor but apparently he’s quite famous in France.
25a Aims of some inside a seminary (5)
IDEAS: A lurker hiding in (some) the last three words.
26a Reportedly lawful ceremony (4)
RITE: The ceremony sounds like (reportedly) a word meaning lawful or correct.
27a See below platform (10)
UNDERSTAND: See as in get or twig. A word for below followed by a platform.
1d Needle person supported by family (6)
BODKIN: A slang term for a person followed by the usual family.
3d Uncooperative union may cause a financial problem (8,6)
NEGATIVE EQUITY: A word for uncooperative or against followed by the actor’s union.
4d Old curiosities in remarkably barbaric boxing clubs (4-1-4)
BRIC A BRAC: Anagram (remarkably) of BARBARIC around (boxing) a C(lubs).
5d Quick attack seizing power (5)
RAPID: Take a word for an attack, perhaps a quick one, and put it around (seizing) a P(ower).
7d Croatian’s battered mac (8)
RAINCOAT: Anagram (battered) of CROATIAN. I’m a little surprised that I’ve never come across this anagram before! This is perhaps TV’s most famous example of one of these battered macs.
8d Swimmers must secure one object — that’s very difficult (8)
FIENDISH: Take some animals that swim and put them around (must secure) an I (one) and a word for an object or aim.
15d Hotel diner with can staggering in bar (9)
HINDRANCE: H(otel) followed by an anagram (staggering) of DINER CAN.
16d Culprit given fine having split old electric guitar (8)
OFFENDER: Start with O(ld) and a famous brand of electric guitar and insert (having split) an F(ine).
17d Stray may produce a howl climbing about on a tavern’s roof (8)
ALLEYCAT: A from the clue and a reversal (climbing in a down clue) of another word for a howl. After that you need two letters for about or approximately and a T (Tavern’s roof).
19d Arrived with artist’s photographic device (6)
CAMERA: A word meaning arrived followed by the usual artist.
20d Entertained, in the morning, American editor (6)
AMUSED: Two letter for in the morning followed by two letters for American and then the usual editor.
22d Girl in lifestyle magazine, ultimate in fashion (5)
ELLEN: A girl’s name is made up of a lifestyle magazine followed by N (ultimate in fashioN).
As usual there’s a lot of good stuff but my favs were 18a, 21a and 3d with top spot going to 18a.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: KNOT + RUDD + ARM = NOTRE DAME
Bottom line: HOW + SPAR + TEES = HOUSE PARTIES