Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30148
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
Zandio was ‘on duty’ last Friday, Silvanus was on back page duty yesterday, so my five bob was on this being a proXimal production even before, on completion, I saw that we have an X-less pangram. I don’t think we have seen one of his 4-X variations for a while.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 12a, 24a, 4d, 9d, and 18d.
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1a Relatives around Peruvian city drink by old mountain (11)
KILIMANJARO: Lego required – a three letter term for relatives containing (around) a Peruvian city (which is its capital), followed by an informal term for a drink (especially a glass of beer) and the single letter for Old.
7a Figure trapped by discontented gangster is ill-fated person (5)
GONER: The word form of a figure (as in number) contained (trapped) by GangsteR with its interior letters deleted (discontented).
8a Topical forum of different pug owners (9)
NEWSGROUP: An anagram (different) of PUG OWNERS.
10a Gaze exposed a meadow’s flowers (7)
AZALEAS: What remains when the outer letters of gAZe are deleted (exposed), A from the clue, and a three letter term for meadow plus the possessive ‘S.
11a Spend lots after place is overwhelmed by sudden increase (7)
SPLURGE: A two letter abbreviation for PLace inserted into (is overwhelmed by) a single word term for sudden increase.
12a Plant imbued with gold colour (5)
IVORY: An evergreen plant that attaches itself to trees and buildings containing (imbued with) Heraldic Gold.
13a Temperature within an office adjusted for warmth (9)
AFFECTION: The single letter for Temperature inserted into (within) an anagram (adjusted) of AN OFFICE.
16a Chat with rest in Ritz regularly about complaint (9)
GASTRITIS: An informal synonym of chat followed the reversal (about) of all of a synonym of rest and alternate letters (regularly) of In RiTz.
18a Proportion of mud that’s fine for lake (5)
FIFTH: A five letter synonym of mud with the single letter for Lake replaced by (that’s . . . for) the single letter for Fine.
19a Long-winded poem about retired old boy (7)
VERBOSE: A synonym for poem containing (about) the abbreviation for Old Boy reversed (retired).
22a Signs a record returning with mission incomplete (7)
PLAQUES: A from the clue and the abbreviated form of a (vinyl) record that rotated/rotates at 33⅓ rpm all reversed (returning) and (with) a synonym of mission with the last letter deleted (incomplete).
23a Official protecting first-rate companies testifies again (9)
REAFFIRMS: The abbreviated form of the illustrated official containing (protecting) the single letter that can indicate first rate followed by a (plural) synonym of companies.
24a Sweet American characters either side of celebrity (5)
CANDY: A (1,3,1) descriptive phrase for the characters (letters) at each end (either side) of CelebritY.
25a Lose apples diverted by European vendors (11)
SALESPEOPLE: An anagram (diverted) of LOSE APPLES placed before (by) the single letter for European.
1d Jumpers and anoraks go tatty (9)
KANGAROOS: An anagram (tatty) of ANORAKS GO.
2d The French bank with good interior generally (7)
LARGELY: One of the French forms of the and a synonym of bank (as in depend on) containing (with . . . interior) the single letter for good.
3d Explosives on lid covering opening of first access tunnel (9)
MINESHAFT: Types of (marine?) explosive devices placed before (on) what lid is an informal synonym for containing (covering) the first (opening) letter of First.
4d Small creatures not before seen climbing stone (5)
NEWTS: A single three letter word for not before seen and the abbreviation for stone (as in weight) reversed (climbing) – Ken Livingstone’s favourite.
5d An upright member in charge is virtuous (7)
ANGELIC: AN from the clue, a member (as in limb) reversed (upright), and the abbreviated form of In Charge.
6d To do urgently — masking smell (5)
ODOUR: A lurker (masking) found in three words in the clue.
7d Becoming unfocused and idling in 50% of government (7,4)
GLAZING OVER: a synonym of idling inserted into (in) half (50%) of the letters of government – I will leave it to you to decide which half.
9d Something delusional like high turnover? (3,2,3,3)
PIE IN THE SKY: What an edible turnover is a type of which has been lifted to a great height – Hmm!
14d Designed shapes fit for soft foodstuff (4,5)
FISH PASTE: An anagram (designed) of SHAPES FIT.
15d Uncle travelling with fine guide (9)
INFLUENCE: An anagram (travelling) of UNCLE and (with) FINE.
17d Cover sheltering mass inside of aula, as much as chamber holds (7)
ROOMFUL: The cover of a house(?) containing (sheltering) the single letter for Mass followed by the interior letters (inside) of aULa.
18d Fluster receiving bill raised for headwear (4,3)
FLAT CAP: A synonym of fluster containing (receiving) a synonym of (a legal) bill – strictly speaking not a synonym – Parliament passes a bill which becomes the word required when granted Royal Assent.
20d Routes heading off from East Anglian waterways (5)
ROADS: The waterways that East Anglia, particularly Norfolk, is noted for with the first letter removed (heading off).
22d We heard you advanced money for foreigners (5)
EUROS: A combination of homophones (we heard) of you and a synonym of advanced.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
CAP + TIN + SLOG = CAPTAIN’S LOG