Daily Telegraph Cryptic No. 30202
Hints and tips by Gazza
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LetterBoxRoy has had problems publishing his review this morning so I’ve produced some hasty hints (no time for pictures I’m afraid as I have to take my car in for a service and MOT).
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1a They report pot, aluminium, is found between beams (11)
JOURNALISTS: a pot or vase and the chemical symbol for aluminium go between a synonym of beams or rafters.
7a Equestrian bathed in Olympic adoration (7)
8a Before circuit, regularly cleared mould off bike part (7)
MUDFLAP: a circuit (of a running track, say) preceded by regular letters from ‘mould off’.
10a Son of Parisian visibly embarrassed having runs (8)
LADDERED: string together a son or young man, the French ‘of’ and visibly embarrassed.
11a Without leader, window-fitter becomes less diligent (6)
LAZIER: a window-fitter without his/her first letter.
13a Professor coming round with drink (4)
DOWN: a professor containing the abbreviation for ‘with’. Drink here is a verb.
14a Tactful cop with mass in Capitol running riot (10)
DIPLOMATIC: a senior detective followed by an anagram (running riot) of CAPITOL containing the abbreviation for mass.
16a Accompanying cool revolutionary in charge of chopper (10)
INCIDENTAL: an informal word for cool, the reversal of the abbreviation for ‘in charge’ and an adjective relating to a chopper (one in your mouth).
18a Hollow animal home, sett abandoned by group (4)
DENT: an animal home and what’s left of ‘sett’ after we’ve removed the group.
21a Obtain licence finally authorised (6)
ELICIT: the final letter of licence and an adjective meaning authorised or legal.
22a Metal bird overturned in a dump uncovered (8)
TITANIUM: a songbird, the reversal of ‘in a’ and the inner letters of dump.
24a Quiet voice that provides cover (7)
SHUTTER: an instruction to be quiet and a verb to voice.
25a Minor test involving hospital equipment (7)
TRIVIAL: a test containing the 2-letter abbreviation for a hospital drip.
26a Money for ill people if neck bites degenerated (4,7)
SICK BENEFIT: an anagram (degenerated) of IF NECK BITES.
1d Crow picked up roll beneath sailor (7)
JACKDAW: reverse a roll (of banknotes?) after an informal word for a sailor.
2d Not coloured at all edges — uneven dainty emerald (6)
UNDYED: the letters at the edges of the last three words.
3d Scandinavians assembled gear in snow (10)
NORWEGIANS: an anagram (assembled) of GEAR IN SNOW.
4d Branch from ascent leaving summit (4)
LIMB: drop the top letter (summit) from an ascent.
5d Fancy room aboard ship for weapons (8)
SIDEARMS: insert a fancy or notion and the abbreviation for room into our usual abbreviated steamship.
6d Unique player really is welcomed by crowd (7)
SOLOIST: start with a word used to emphasise (really) then inset IS into a word for a crowd or large number.
7d Heavy machines Greek character guided over waterways (4-7)
PILE-DRIVERS: string together a Greek letter, a verb meaning guided and inland waterways.
9d Metacarpal remedied with injection of ordinary drug (11)
PARACETAMOL: insert the abbreviation for ordinary into an anagram (remedied) of METACARPAL.
12d We’re told, escape little figure that’s shabby (4-6)
FLEA-BITTEN: assemble a homophone of a verb to escape or run away, a word for a little or small amount and a 2-digit number.
15d Sea raid, act deployed to gain island (8)
ADRIATIC: an anagram (deployed) of RAID ACT containing an abbreviation for island.
17d Groups providing tips about upcoming panel show (7)
CLIQUES: a word for tips or hints contains the reversal of a panel show (currently hosted, I believe, by Sandi Toksvig).
19d Raising hat, is head of theatre snobbish? (7)
ELITIST: reverse a dated slang word for a hat and append IS and the first letter of theatre.
20d Charge fine car up keeping close to motor (6)
TARIFF: reverse (up) the pencil abbreviation for fine and an Italian make of car containing the last letter of motor.
23d Beat back in frenzied massage (4)
DRUB: the last letter of frenzied and a verb to massage.
Quickie Pun: KNOW + WORSE + SARK = NOAH’S ARK