Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30134
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Now that your clocks have gone back an hour we have the new solving time of 1pm for our summer months. This till gives us plenty of time to get everything sorted and scheduled for publication while we are fast asleep.
We were racing through this one until we came to the SE quadrant and then slowed down considerably.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Responsibility of old star from the east (4)
ONUS : O(ld) and the reversal of the star around which we orbit.
10a Obsession of crew needing first class to return (5)
MANIA : Crew as a verb and the reversal of the letter and number used for first class.
11a Person who challenges paid examiner? (9)
PROTESTER : The three letter abbreviation for somebody paid for what they do, then another word for an examiner.
12a The guy’s Italian worker must be uncertain (8)
HESITANT : The guy’s written as a personal pronoun with the ‘S, then IT(alian) and a worker insect.
13a Assault at filming location (5)
ONSET : The answer split 2,3 can mean ‘at filming location’.
15a Family type looking embarrassed (7)
KINDRED : A type or variety and the colour associated with looking embarrassed.
21a Illusions of motorway madness beginning to surface (7)
MIRAGES : UK’s main motorway, then madness or anger is followed by the first letter of surface.
22a Move like a snake casting skin, being slim and flexible (5)
LITHE : Start with a word meaning move like a snake and remove the first and last letters (casting skin).
24a Daring dean occasionally seen in a university town (8)
AUDACITY : String together ‘A’ from the clue, U(niversity), the first and third letters of dean and a large town.
27a Almost time, following everybody in fading light (9)
NIGHTFALL : Almost or imminent, then T(ime), F(ollowing) and a word for everybody.
28a Steer clear of a space that’s empty (5)
AVOID : ‘A’ from the clue and an empty space.
29a Lively spot across river (4)
SPRY : Spot or observe contains R(iver).
30a Thinking back, caught stopping 11 in trouble (10)
RETROSPECT : An anagram (in trouble) of the answer to 11a contains the cricket abbreviation for caught.
1d Company doctor’s search (4)
COMB : The abbreviation for company and a doctor’s qualification.
2d Potassium found in bread loaf and pulse (6,3)
MONKEY NUT : What bread is a slang word for contains the chemical symbol for potassium, and then an alternative slang word for what is sometimes called a loaf.
3d A measure of rum — a mild sort of taste (5)
UMAMI : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
5d Christian heretic may be good with no detailed criticism (7)
GNOSTIC : G(ood) then ‘NO’ from the clue and a term for criticism with the last letter removed (detailed).
7d Observes attack from the South (5)
NOTES : The answer when reversed and split 3,2 could be attack.
8d Examine rise in cuts planned (10)
SCRUTINISE : An anagram (planned) of RISE IN CUTS.
9d Not feeling good at a discount (5,3)
BELOW PAR : A double definition.
14d Mean people hide strikers once (10)
SKINFLINTS : Hide as an animal’s covering and an old means of creating sparks.
20d Gentleman at expecting to take issue (7)
EMANATE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
21d Mould spreading after dropping contents in sections (7)
MODULAR : An anagram (spreading) of MOULD and then the first and last letters of after (dropping contents).
25d Men could be hot wearing hats (5)
CHAPS : A common type of hats contains H(ot).
26d Make changes, having turned up link across Germany (4)
EDIT : The IVR code for Germany is inside the reversal of a link or something that joins.
24a is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun wry + tie + dear = right idea