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Glasgow Herald Cryptic Crossword, Thursday 23rd July

Posted by HelenEdith on July 24, 2009

I generally do the cryptic crossword in the Glasgow Herald on weekdays. I usually get most of the way through it, although I have occasional days when I don’t even do well enough for it to be worth comparing notes with Buff in Australia.

However Thursday July 23rd was one of those days when I got the crossword right out! Yes, I answered every last clue, and I think I can even give you the explanation for all of them.

I’ll just add some spoiler space in case you’re still working on the crossword and you don’t want to see the answers just yet, and then I’m going to explain the whole thing… 😀

I won’t do this every day, as the Herald might take a dim view, but an occasional foray into how to solve their crossword seems like an interesting side-trip for my blog to make.

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Across

1 Research establishment for political party speech-making [10]

LABORATORY

political party = LAB
speech-making = ORATORY
I was also entertained that this reads as LAB OR A TORY

6 Break off for a photograph [4]

SNAP

double meaning

10 Went out with Father Ted [5]

DATED

father = DA

11 Vile attack [9]

OFFENSIVE

double meaning

12 Creates chaos about a source of garbled communications [8]

MESSAGES

chaos = MESSES
a = A
source of garbled = G
I originally thought that this might be an anagram of “creates” plus a G (source of garbled) as seeing “chaos” in the clue made me think that there was an anagram present. However, chaos was used rather more literally here!

13 Frenchman chasing single girl [5]

IRENE

single = I
Frenchman = RENE

15 Jumper who’s hardly sporting when not in front [7]

CRICKET

hardly sporting = “that’s not cricket”

17 Fearsome editor following key study [7]

DREADED

key = D (musical)
study = READ
editor = ED

19 Swarming bees can generate a lack of presence [7]

ABSENCE

anagram of “bees can”

21 One in charge warning worker [7]

FOREMAN

warning = FORE (golf)
worker = MAN
Worker is more commonly ANT, but not on this occasion.

22 Sign firm master after end of term [5]

COMMA

firm = CO
end of term = M
master = MA

24 Soldiers hurting, but getting there [8]

REACHING

soldiers = RE (Royal Engineers)
hurting = aching

27 One member rambling and getting better [9]

IMPROVING

one = I
member = MP (Member of Parliament)
rambling = ROVING

28 Pilot’s ordeal [5]

TRIAL

double meaning
This isn’t “pilot” in the sense of one who guides a ship or an aircraft, but “pilot” in the sense of a project undertaken to assess feasibility.

29 Delight at finding good shelter [4]

GLEE

good = G
shelter = LEE

30 Rulers’ gifts accepted one day [10]

PRESIDENTS

gifts = PRESENTS
one = I
day = D

Down

1 Woman or boy with ponytail? [4]

LADY

boy = LAD
ponytail = Y (last letter of pony)

2 Power sources that are best, it develops [9]

BATTERIES

anagram of “are best it” – “develops” is a clue that it’s an anagram
I tried hard to make BATTERSEA fit this, and it wasn’t until I wrote out the vowels in alphabetical order and then the consonants in alphabetical order that I “got it”.

3 Journeys in Kalahari desert [5]

RIDES

KalahaRI DESest

4 Time to support, however considered [7]

THOUGHT

time = T
however = THOUGH

5 Rejected by official [not new] [7]

REFUSED

official = REF (referee)
not new = USED

7 Inquire about individual racket [5]

NOISE

inquire = NOSE
individual = I

8 Acting quiet, get dinner ready [10]

PRETENDING

quiet = P (piano, Italian – used in music)
+anagram of “get dinner”

9 Manoeuvre royal train to front [8]

ENGINEER

train = ENGINE
royal = ER (Elizabeth Regina)

14 Withdrawing: result of itch! [10]

SCRATCHING

double meaning

16 One jumps court without legal authority [8]

KANGAROO

double meaning

18 First for length, and fourth for time, perhaps [9]

DIMENSION

“time is the fourth dimension”

20 Real change – one monarch from a previous time [7]

EARLIER

anagram of “real”
one = I
monarch from a previous time = ER (Elizabeth Regina, in this case meaning Elizabeth I)

21 Edges that project, initially from different angles [7]

FLANGES

initially from = F (first letter of “from”)
+anagram of “angles”

23 Man hiding quietly in tree [5]

MAPLE

man = MALE
quietly = P

25 Disliked heat setting and finished [5]

HATED

anagram of “heat”
and finished = D (last letter of “and”)

26 Regrettably said to be a girl [4]

ALAS

pun

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There! We’ve just been through a lot of mental byways together! 🙂

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