Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30108
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
Hola from a rather noisy Vega Baja! Our electricity went off at 1830 this evening and at about 2300 a lorry came and parked a massive generator outside our bedroom window (our house is next to the village sub-station). The generator is now wired in and providing electricity but I really don’t need the noise so I’m doing the blog in the small hours in the hope of getting a bit of a kip later on. On a lighter note today has been a perfect autumn day in Spain, 27°C with just a hint of a breeze and not a cloud in the sky.
You might say today’s crossword is perfect too. It’s not very hard but there are a couple of head-scratchers and nearly every clue is worthy of the blue treatment. I’ll be finding it hard to pick a podium three.
As usual the three 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.
5a Head of state against appearing in parade (7)
MONARCH: You need a word that can mean against, as in you are leaning against the wall, inserted into (appearing in) another word for a parade or demo. And here’s our new one of these . . .
7a Area local authority district, gets grant (5)
AWARD: A(rea) followed by a local authority electoral district.
9a Fly into a rage and go off (4,2)
BLOW UP: Double definition.
10a Before start of event, tries again to practise (8)
REHEARSE: Start with an E (start of Event) and before it put something that could mean tries again in a court of law.
11a Snug in unexpected uproar about student behind counter (3-7)
BAR PARLOUR: This is another name for the part of a pub referred to as the snug. You need an anagram (unexpected) of UPROAR placed around (about) an L for student and all that placed after (behind) another word for a counter, in the pub perhaps. Do pubs still have snugs?
13a Trainee pocketing pounds in nightspot (4)
CLUB: A trainee reporter around (pocketing) the abbreviation of a pound Sterling.
14a Family shows concern describing Miller’s last play (5,8)
BLOOD BROTHERS: A word which can mean family or line followed by a word for shows concern or care around (describing) an R (MilleR’s last). This isn’t exactly the answer but it’s a good enough excuse for one of my favourite bits of Dire Straits . . .
16a Conservative down in the dumps? (4)
BLUE: Double definition. The colour associated with the conservatives also means down in the dumps. Surely not a reference to Mrs Truss?
17a Impasse involving British person managed by the same company? (10)
STABLEMATE: An impasse, in a game of chess perhaps, with a B(ritish) inserted (involving).
19a Staff officer‘s supporters were seated round hospital (5,3)
BRASS HAT: Start with some supporters of a lady’s chest and then a word meaning seated placed around (round) an H(ospital) and split the result (5,3).
20a Bemused cast (6)
THROWN: Double definition.
22a Short tale by Bond’s boss causes rage (5)
STORM: A tale without its last letter (short) followed by the letter by which James Bond’s boss is known.
23a Bird, duck, in list (7)
ROOSTER: Put a O (duck in cricket) into (in) a word for a list or rota.
1d Wintry weather in south, at present (4)
SNOW: S(outh) followed by a word for at the present time.
2d New paper socialist got ready (8)
PREPARED: Anagram (new) of PAPER followed by the usual socialist.
3d Some gather at hers more willingly (6)
RATHER: A lurker hiding in (some) gather at hers.
4d Shriek catching a young man dressing (5,5)
SALAD CREAM: A shriek goes around (catching) the A from the clue and a word for a young man or boy. Personally I can’t stand this stuff!
6d Entertain original port official (7,6)
HARBOUR MASTER: A word which can mean entertain, as in to entertain an idea, followed by an original, of a key perhaps.
12d For court sitting, reportedly in March? (10)
PROCESSION: Three letters meaning for or in favour of followed by some letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like (reportedly) a court sitting.
14d The Spanish in pub with us in eastern European country (7)
BELARUS: The Spanish definite article is inserted into (in) another word for a pub and the the US from the clue.
15d Figure around hotel rearranged fund-raiser (8)
TELETHON: A number (figure) placed around an anagram (rearranged) of HOTEL.
17d Start to see me about revolutionary action plan (6)
SCHEME: An S (start to See) and the ME from the clue are placed around (about) crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary.
21d Respect judge (4)
RATE: Double definition.
After some thought I’ve gone for 19a and 4d on the podium but on the top step is 6d for its elegant simplicity.
Quick crossword pun:
Top line: STALK + HEAPING = STOREKEEPING
Bottom line: OVERRUN + DOUBT = OVER AND OUT