Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30150
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from Vega Baja on a slightly chilly morning. However we’re forecast to get 23°C this afternoon which will be nice if it happens.
Today’s crossword needs a bit of general knowledge but it’s mostly OK. There’s a few anagrams dotted about the grid so I think most of you will be fine. The third difficulty star is because of the GK required.
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.
8a Brief conversation after case in Tanzania for example (11,4)
PORTMANTEAU WORD: The second part of the answer is a term for a short conversation and the first part is a large case. I didn’t realize that the name Tanzania was one of these but it is. It comes from Tanganyika and Zanzibar which merged to form what is now Tanzania.
10a MC met at Astors’ spread (11)
TOASTMASTER: Anagram (spread) of MET AT ASTORS.
11a Almost heading off too soon (5)
EARLY: A word for almost without its first letter (heading off).
12a Wayward lady I see, about 50, is weak-willed (6,3)
EASILY LED: Anagram (wayward) of LADY I SEE around (about) the Roman numeral for 50.
15a Large building, partly buried if ice-station? (7)
EDIFICE: Another lurker (partly) hiding in the last three words.
17a Poison: nasty scare involving half of Nice (7)
ARSENIC: Anagram (nasty) of SCARE around (involving) the first half of the word NICE.
19a Emerge carrying dram left for philosopher (9)
ARISTOTLE: Another word for a dram of whisky and an L(eft) are inserted into (carrying) a word meaning to emerge.
20a Danger of pier collapsing by lake (5)
PERIL: Anagram (collapsing) of PIER followed by an L(ake).
21a Cowboy film character, in audition, shows jumping technique (7,4)
WESTERN ROLL: This technique for high jumping, which pre-dates the Fosbury flop, sounds like (in audition) it might be a part in a cowboy film.
24a Have feathers duck initially shed (3)
OWN: A word for feathers without the D (Duck initially shed).
25a Shaw play? I’m not sure (3,5,3,4)
YOU NEVER CAN TELL: Double definition. I’d not heard of this GBS play but the answer became obvious from the checkers and a bit of investigoogling confirmed it.
1d Parched? Then swallow one drink (3,7)
DRY MARTINI: A word for parched followed by a bird of the swallow family and then the letter which looks like a number one. Split that lot (3,7) to get James Bond’s favourite tipple.
2d Retiring outside with German forger? (6)
SMITHY: A word meaning retiring or coy placed around (outside) the German word for with.
3d Promise action (10)
ENGAGEMENT: Double definition. A promise to wed and a military action.
4d Gamble about son being first (4)
BEST: A word for to gamble around (about) an S(on).
5d Absurd broadcast covering the French goods that are hard-wearing (8)
DURABLES: Anagram (broadcast) of ABSURD around (covering) the French definite article.
6d Adult feeding toddler perfectly (2,1,1)
TO A T: Insert A(dult) into (feeding) a small child and split it (2,1,1).
7d Fuss about daughter, much loved (6)
ADORED: Some fuss, about nothing according to Shakespeare, followed by two letters meaning about and then a D(aughter).
8d Lead pipes originally over sink (7)
PRECEDE: Start with a P (Pipes originally) and follow with a word meaning to sink or go back.
13d Drama teacher’s diligence (10)
STAGECOACH: If the answer were split (5,5) you would get a teacher of drama or acting but it’s actually an old form of transport also known as a diligence. I must have come across this in a previous crossword because I can’t think of any other reason I’d know what a diligence was.
14d Ship heeds information (5,5)
LINER NOTES: This is an American term for the information printed on a record sleeve. The first word is a passenger ship and the second word means heeds or notices. I’ve never heard this term before.
16d Elected at that place, Democrat owing money (2,3,3)
IN THE RED: Start with a short word (2) describing someone who’s been elected, then a word meaning in that place and finally a D(emocrat). Split that lot (2,3,3) to get a phrase meaning overdrawn at the bank.
18d Army officer — pass one beginning to limp (7)
COLONEL: A charade of a mountain pass, the ONE from the clue and an L (beginning to Limp).
19d Means to support a Liberal every time (6)
ALWAYS: Another word for means, as in “???? and means”, is placed after (to support in a down clue) the A from the clue and an L(iberal).
20d Fence built by mate in front of gazebo (6)
PALING: One of the usual mates followed by the IN from the clue and a G (front of Gazebo).
22d Small cabin, closed (4)
SHUT: S(mall) followed by a small cabin or shed.
23d Want work on radio (4)
NEED: This word sounds like (on the radio) a word for to work the dough when making bread.
My podium three today are 21a, 13d and 19d with 13d on the top step just because I’d heard of it.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: STAY + TUSK + WOE = STATUS QUO
Bottom line: PAW + LEAN + HAUL = PAULINE HALL