Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30154
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Friday morning from Winnipeg.
proXimal was ‘on duty’ last Friday, so if today’s setter is indeed one of the Friday triumvirate my five bob is on this being a Zandio production; if it is not him then I am clueless.
Candidates for favourite – 24a, 26a, 7d, and 23d.
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1a Bang on and vow to support wife or daughter (4,3,4)
WORD FOR WORD: A synonym of vow (as in a promise), a three letter term equivalent to support, the single letter for Wife, OR from the clue, and the single letter for Daughter.
7a Mark to introduce the Spanish officer (7)
COLONEL: A (punctuation) mark preceding (to introduce) the in Spanish.
8a Director gets Oscar after broadcast stream (7)
MAESTRO: The letter represented by Oscar in the phonetic alphabet placed after an anagram (broadcast) of STREAM.
10a Old man seen around English court, Democrat, is one for the axe (4,4)
DEAD WOOD: A childish or informal term for one’s parental old man containing (around) the single letter for English, followed by a three letter synonym of court (as in forming a relationship) with the single letter for Democrat.
11a Earth maybe from track used in exercise (6)
PLANET: A type of track that can be travelled along inserted into (used in) one of the two letter abbreviations for programmed exercise.
13a Shops for lads with uniform for nothing (4)
BUYS: A synonym of lads with the letter that can represent nothing replaced (with . . . for) by the letter represented by uniform in the phonetic alphabet.
14a Opponents criticise items used in chess gambit’s ending as bluff (10)
ESCARPMENT: Two of the opponents, from a well known card game (you will have to decide which ones), a four letter synonym of criticise, the collective noun for items used in chess (even though at least two of them are female), and the last letter (ending) of gambiT.
16a Elvis Expo’s dished out portions of ‘jelly’? (10)
EXPLOSIVES: An anagram (dished out) of ELVIS EXPO’S.
18a Unprofitable bank (4)
LEAN: A double definition – the second might relate to an aircraft manoeuvre.
21a Snatching forty winks after getting wind up (6)
KIDNAP: A three letter term for forty winks placed after a single word term for getting wind up (as in joke?).
22a Fare taken aboard from a car on island (8)
MACARONI: A lurker (taken aboard) found in the rest of the clue.
24a Natural nursery food preparation – right to replace cold starter (7)
ROOKERY: A single word term for food preparation with its first letter (starter) of the single letter for Cold replaced by the single letter for Right.
25a Clue to make rum link with gin (7)
INKLING: An anagram (to make rum) of LINK and (with) GIN.
26a Slim cuisine? (11)
KITCHENETTE: A slimmed down space (slim?) for the art of cuisine (in a small flat, say?).
1d Spinning some googly ball, a wily Australian character (7)
WALLABY: A reverse lurker (spinning some) found in four words in the clue.
2d Celebrity should be about at this time, either side of noon (6)
RENOWN: One of the sets of two letters that we know and love that are used for about, a three letter term for at this time, and the first OR last latter (either side) of NooN.
3d Order collapsed — that hurt transport (10)
FELLOWSHIP: A four letter synonym of collapsed, a two letter interjection for that hurt, and a type of (water borne) transport.
4d City stroll announced (4)
ROME: A homophone (announced) of a synonym of stroll.
5d Bit of cricket leads to some running clashes (8)
OVERLAPS: The ‘bit’ of cricket completed in turn by each bowler followed by (leads to) a term for some running (repetitively around a track?)
6d Netted in a flurry with Spain’s improved international combination (7)
DETENTE: An anagram (in a flurry) of NETTED followed by (with) the IVR code for Spain.
7d You, for instance, getting deco? (4-7)
CODE-BREAKER: What you might be (for instance) if you can resolve DECO into another word.
9d On strike, rising up and striking (11)
OUTSTANDING: The three letter word that can mean on strike and a single word for rising up.
12d Slash quota of curtain material? (10)
LACERATION: A type of curtain material and a synonym of quota.
15d Most trustworthy US college breaks off course (8)
LOYALEST: A US Ivy League University (College) inserted into (breaks) a single word term for off course.
17d Stockade‘s security measure ten times stronger in the middle (7)
PADDOCK: A type of (key operated) security measure with the middle letter when used as a Roman numeral multiplied by ten (ten times stronger) becomes a different Roman numeral.
19d Triggering literary work upset one’s following (7)
EMOTIVE: A four letter term for a (large or weighty?) literary work reversed (upset) followed by the contracted form of a (1’2) term equivalent to one’s (in terms of indicating possession).
20d Inquire in Hungarian time one should be at funeral (6)
CASKET: A synonym of inquire inserted into (in) the three letter abbreviation of the time zone that Hungary is in gives an esp N Am answer.
23d Violet Elizabeth’s title for fairy story (4)
MYTH: A homophone, I suppose for is the indicator – first of all you have to remember that Violet Elizabeth was, or still is perhaps, a character in the Just William stories and that she had a speech impediment so that when she spoke her honorific title would sound like a term for a fairy story.
The Quick Crossword Pun:
TERROR + DUCK + TILL = PTERODACTYL