Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30199
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****/*****
Good morning. Fantastic fun, a puzzle with some lovely anagrams and clever cryptic definitions and a selection of other clue types executed with wit and panache. So enjoyable.
It reminded me of a puzzle by Wurm that I did recently elsewhere, so I’ll take a tentative punt on this being an NY Doorknob production and prepare my face for egg.
Many thanks to the setter.
In the following hints, definitions are underlined, indicators are mostly in parentheses, and answers are revealed by clicking where shown as usual.
Please leave a comment below on how you got on with the puzzle and which aspects you liked etc.
1a Horrible cold undies worn by son kept under wraps (11)
UNDISCLOSED: The letter for son is contained (worn by) an anagram (horrible) of COLD UNDIES
7a Help to dig where a flier drinks? (7)
CROWBAR: A quirky description of a watering hole for certain corvids
8a Plant rot (7)
RHUBARB: A double definition, one of which means nonsense
11a Slowly all undressing, made magic hot (6)
ADAGIO: Three words from the clue are undressed – stripped of their outer parts
13a Possibly major row (4)
RANK: Two definitions, one of which has a military meaning
14a Concerned one new setter upset editor (10)
INTERESTED: The Roman numeral for one and the letter that represents new are followed by an anagram (upset) of SETTER, and then a shortened editor
16a Firm writes to stop colleague’s refund (10)
COMPENSATE: A two-letter abbreviation of a firm or business is followed by an insertion (to stop) of a synonym of writes put into a word meaning colleague or partner
18a Fair chance, reportedly (4)
FETE: A homophone (reportedly) of a word for chance or fortune
21a Showing sign of stress? (6)
ITALIC: A cryptic definition of an indication of emphasis in type
22a Go to fight hairy members (4,4)
BEAR ARMS: A whimsical description of a right that is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution
24a Unpleasant row about retired medic (7)
NOISOME: A word for row or racket containing (about) one of the handful of two-letter representations of a doctor in reverse (retired)
25a Barman impressed with good cleaner (4,3)
HAND GEL: The quirky ‘barman’, or composer, has the letter that stands for good inside it (impressed with)
26a Sensationalists, say, seen in good crowd (6,5)
GUTTER PRESS: Another word for say or speak goes into (seen in) the letter for good (again!) and a synonym for crowd as a verb
1d Spinner caught by posh Scotsman? Ideal! (7)
UTOPIAN: A spinner, as a child’s toy, is inserted into (caught by) the letter for posh or upper-class, and a three-letter Scotsman’s name
2d Item that makes an impression in bed? (6)
DIBBER: A cryptic definition where bed means a garden plot
3d Inspect unit struggling with crises (10)
SCRUTINISE: An anagram (struggling) of UNIT [with] CRISES
4d Fat playwright has left for Belgium (4)
LARD: A popular term for Shakespeare, usually preceded by ‘The’, has the one-letter vehicle registration code for Belgium changed to the letter for left.
Perhaps the setter had Stephen Fry’s notorious decamping to Belgium in mind. Fry is a playwright, having written ‘Latin’ in 1979, although it was a Simon Gray play that he was appearing in at the time of his disappearance.
5d More robust battling nameless intruders (8)
STURDIER: An anagram (battling) of I[N]TRUDERS (nameless)
6d Current piece on board (7)
DRAUGHT: A double definition, one of which refers to a current of air
7d Isn’t for one prisoner drawing (11)
CONTRACTION: A definition-by-example (for one): a diminutive term for a prisoner precedes a word for drawing as eg a medical treatment where parts of the body are gently stretched
9d A way to one’s heart? (5,6)
BLOOD VESSEL: Another clever cryptic definition that misleadingly evokes a romantic gesture
12d Buy particular joint and be sacked (3,3,4)
GET THE CHOP: Whimsical wordplay of a trip to the butcher’s for some pork perhaps
15d Pilot and her new place to land? (8)
HELIPORT: This one was probably my favourite anagram, nicely disguised: PILOT [and] HER (new)
17d Import of poor gin condemned (7)
MEANING: Another deceptive anagram clue where the definition appears to mean something else: the anagram is GIN (condemned), which follows a word for poor or shabby
19d Free range eggs with nothing inside makes one cross (7)
ENRAGES: That’s three anagrams in a row: (free) RANGE precedes the outer letters of eggs (with nothing inside)
20d Margin call accepted by loud European (6)
FRINGE: A word for call or phone goes inside (accepted by) the letters that represent loud, or forte, and European
23d At this point, in the red! (4)
HERE: The solution is hidden
My particular favourites were 10a, 11a, 14a, 16a, 21a, 25a, 2d, 4d, 7d, 15d and 17d. What were yours?
Today’s Quick Crossword pun: HEIFER + LOOT + INN = HIFALUTIN