Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30136
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
So, we seem to have a trend developing where one of the Friday triumvirate is the setter for a non-Ray T Thursday – Silvanus two weeks ago and proXimal yesterday. So, I can confidently say, with fingers crossed, and especially because neither of his trademark features are present that proXimal is not responsible for today’s puzzle. So, which of the other two members of the triumvirate is it? Well, we had a Zandio production last week so I am very confidently going to ‘double up’ and put ten bob on this being by Silvanus.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 11a, 23a, 4d, and 8d.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the Click here! buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Tailor swallows last piece of pork kebab (6)
SKEWER: A nounal synonym of tailor contains (swallows) the last letter (last piece) of porK.
5a Extraordinary individual (8)
SINGULAR: A double definition – the second relates to ‘one-ness.’
9a Soldier arranged plan, I hear, to obtain equipment (13)
PARAPHERNALIA: Don’t be fooled by ‘I hear,’ not a homophone! Our favourite soldier who has a penchant for jumping out of a properly functioning aircraft followed by an anagram (arranged) of PLAN, I HEAR.
10a Miniaturised secret info from Military Intelligence doctor translated (8)
MICRODOT: The two letter abbreviated form of (the oxymoronic) Military Intelligence followed by an anagram (translated) of DOCTOR.
11a Sound quality of woodsman’s call having delayed echo (6)
TIMBRE: The warning call of a woodsman with the letter phonetically represented by echo moved to the end (delayed).
12a American ideas oddly ignored gathering information for programme (6)
AGENDA: The single letter for American and iDeAs with the ‘odd’ letters deleted (ignored) containing (gathering) the three letter term for information.
14a Sad Herb announced period when all working stops (8)
DOWNTIME: A homophone (announced) of the combination of synonyms for sad and the illustrated herb.
16a Increasing concern primarily about going to Cologne (8)
CRESCENT: The first letter (primarily) of Concern, the two letter Latin based term for about followed by (going to) what (Eau de) Cologne is a type of.
19a Frame piece of legislation introduced by socialist (6))
REDACT: A piece of legislation when it has HM’s signature on it preceded (introduced) by the colourful term for a socialist – and, yes, frame is in the BRB entry for the answer.
21a City in revolt claiming this writer’s flipping abrasive (6)
PUMICE: The two letters that are part of a postcode for the City of London and a two letter term for in revolt containing a two letter contraction equivalent to this writer’s all reversed (flipping).
23a Amid disorder Tory departs for tea, perhaps (8)
INFUSION: An abbreviated synonymic term for Tory deleted from (departs) a (2,9) phrase equivalent to amid disorder.
25a Where thin gun possibly is produced? (7-6)
HUNTING-GROUND: A reverse anagram – a location (where) in which the first word is used as anagram material and the second word is used as the anagram indicator and the result (possibly is produced) is THIN GUN – probably the first reverse anagram I have had to hint and I am not sure that I have done it very well, perhaps Silvanus will be kind enough to ‘grade’ my attempt or tell me that I have made a complete mess of it – thanks to StephenL for his help.
26a Those disbelieving stats broadcast about Italy by ambassador (8)
ATHEISTS: An anagram (broadcast) of STATS containing (about) all of the IVR code for Italy placed after (by) the abbreviation of the honorific for an ambassador.
27a Blackmail of former partner wrong? (6)
EXTORT: The usual two letters for former partner and a type of (legal) wrong.
2d Writer, man describing Indian cricket tournament (7)
KIPLING: A (regal) man on a chess board containing (describing) the three letter abbreviated form of an Indian cricket tournament – apparently he also makes exceedingly good cakes.
3d Swore regularly, harbouring anger for snarer of animals (5)
WIRER: Odd or even letters (regularly), you have to decide, from swore containing (harbouring) a three letter synonym of anger – not a term I had heard before, but easy enough to derive from the wordplay.
4d Deny resistance over English dessert one consumed (9)
REPUDIATE: The single letter for (electrical) resistance placed before (over) all of the single letter for English, an abbreviated form of a generic synonym of dessert, the Roman numeral for one, and a three letter synonym of consumed (a dessert, for example).
5d Democrat ousting Republican in Jersey is worried (7)
SWEATED: A synonym of jersey (as an item of clothing) with its letter for Republican replaced by the letter for Democrat (ousting).
6d Musical composition, revolutionary concept Eno notably has penned (5)
NONET: A reversed lurker (revolutionary . . . has penned) found in the words contained by the indicator.
7d Football club accepts member virtually without any checks (9)
UNLIMITED: The six letter second part of several football club names that follows the city/town of ‘residence’ contains (accepts) a generic term for part of the body with the last letter deleted (virtually).
8d Serve alcohol liberally to school-leaver, for instance (7)
ANAGRAM: A cruciverbal operation, indicated by liberally, which converts SERVE ALCOHOL into SCHOOL-LEAVER.
13d Lack of knowledge in school subject undermining Geordie? (9)
NESCIENCE: A school subject, not from the arts, placed after (undermining) the two letter abbreviation of where a Geordie originates from.
15d Employees run into crook few suspect (9)
WORKFORCE: A crickety Run inserted into an anagram (suspect) of CROOK FEW.
17d Live without normal comforts and basic technology (5,2)
ROUGH IT: A synonym of basic and the two letters for technology.
18d Wife wearing shades gets sudden pains (7)
TWINGES: The single letter for Wife inserted into (wearing) a synonym of shades.
20d Stew dog starts to devour, eating rapidly (7)
CHOWDER: A breed of dog (the one with the blue tongue) and the first letters (starts) of Devour, Eating Rapidly – some sources, including the BRB, consider that the preferred spelling of the dog is (4-4) where the first part of the answer is repeated.
22d Sins of wicked people daughter overlooked (5)
EVILS: A single word term for wicked people with the singled letter for Daughter deleted (overlooked).
24d Stocky Greek character’s around to protect queen (5)
SQUAT: The letter equivalent to ‘T’ in the Greek alphabet and the ‘S from the clue reversed (around) containing (to protect) the chess notation for queen.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
FILL + LATTERLY = PHILATELY