Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27999
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Happy New Year from South Staffs with a reasonably clear start to the day.
Assuming it wasn’t just the effect of the Crémant de Bourgogne with which we saw in 2016, Giovanni has started off the year with quite a testing puzzle, well into *** time for me.
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1a A bit of fatty food, say, in B&B, given to everyone (10)
BUTTERBALL – A word meaning ‘say’ placed between two Bs, followed by ‘everyone’. A bit of fatty food, or someone who has eaten too many of them.
6a This person backed Irish ruler (4)
EMIR – Reverse (backed) a pronoun for ‘this person’, then add an abbreviation for Irish.
10a Revolutionary house name in French city (5)
NIMES – Reverse (revolutionary) a type of house followed by Name, to get a city in the South of France noted for Roman remains.
11a Sunday’s social event — small, with calories cut down (9)
DOMINICAL – One of the usual crossword social events followed by ‘small’ (as in skirts or cars) and a truncated version of ‘calories’.
12a Maybe Bangor’s act is in decline (8)
DOWNTURN – The Irish county where Bangor is to be found, followed by a stage act.
13a Give everything needed to English queen, one with limited power (5)
EQUIP – Put together an abbreviation for English, an abbreviation for Queen, the Roman numeral for one, and the initial letter of Power.
15a Bird seed by pile of hay (7)
PEACOCK – A leguminous seed, often sold frozen, followed by a small pile of hay.
17a Sixties teenager in dance showing style again (7)
REMODEL – a Scottish dance wrapped around one of the warring tribes of 60s youth.
19a Tense, with higher notes having to be sung? (5-2)
KEYED-UP – This expression for tense could also describe a piece of music being performed at a higher pitch.
21a Spooner’s worry, notice, is no longer confined (3,4)
SET FREE – The good doctor makes his first appearance of the year. Take words meaning ‘worry’ and ‘notice’, and transpose their initial consonantal sounds.
22a In the morning soldiers knocked over character in Athens (5)
SIGMA – Put together the letters indicating that a time is before noon and some American soldiers, then reverse the lot (knocked over) to get a Greek letter.
24a Care is arranged, old boy being kept inside for exercises (8)
AEROBICS – Anagram (arranged) of CARE IS with the abbreviation for Old Boy inserted.
27a At some stage a yellowish-brown bird will nibble worm’s head (2,3,4)
AS AND WHEN – Put together A (from the clue), a yellowish-brown substance or the colour named after it, and a female bird, then insert the first letter of Worm.
28a City weeps when leader is lost (5)
LEEDS – Remove the initial letter (leader is lost) from a word which, figuratively, can mean ‘weeps’ – as in ‘my heart —— for you’, to get a city in Yorkshire.
29a Lengths of cloth to dispose of, first to last (4)
ELLS – Take a word meaning ‘dispose of’ and move the first letter to the end, and you get these archaic measures of cloth, the actual length of which varied according to where you were.
30a Fruit from old garden creating lump in the throat (5,5)
ADAM’S APPLE – Cryptic definition of a feature more prominent in the male body, referring to the Garden of Eden, and the forbidden fruit reputed to have lodged in the throat of the first man.
1d Hairstyle that is a hit (4)
BANG – Double definition, the first being a female hairstyle with the fringe cut square across the brow.
2d Portray me being silly — here today, gone tomorrow (9)
TEMPORARY – Anagram (being silly) of PORTRAY ME.
3d German city being without Anglican church (5)
ESSEN – Remove the letters denoting the Church of England from the end of the core being of something.
4d Hard cheese naughty lad fed to male rabbit? (3,4)
BAD LUCK – A male rabbit wrapped around an anagram (naughty) of LAD.
5d Blow with awful rain as sheet upon sheet (7)
LAMINAR – A three-letter word for a blow followed by an anagram (awful) of RAIN.
7d Three leading characters from Cambridge set up a university somewhere in China (5)
MACAU – Reverse (set up, in a Down clue) the first three letters of CAMbridge, then add A (from the clue) and University.
8d Puddings making one poorly somehow? Stories! (4-6)
ROLY-POLIES – Anagram (somehow) of POORLY, followed by some untrue stories.
9d In school period it amounts to pause (8)
INTERMIT – Put together IN (from the clue), a period of the school year, and IT (from the clue).
14d Tool said to have succeeded getting in (10)
SPOKESHAVE – A word for ‘said’ and HAVE (from the clue), with an abbreviation for Succeeded between them.
16d Experienced folk — arthritic strugglers when pen has to be put to paper? (3,5)
OLD HANDS – A figurative expression for people who’ve been in the business a long time, or literally what someone with arthritis who struggles to write might have.
18d Hat priced ridiculously, attractive to potential buyer? (4,5)
DIRT CHEAP – Anagram (ridiculously) of HAT PRICED.
20d Like many an egg taken illegally (7)
POACHED – Refers to a type of theft which is also a method of cooking eggs (or salmon).
21d Tot crossing river in a South American country (7)
SURINAM – A word for ‘tot’ or ‘add up’ wrapped around River and IN A (from the clue).
23d Good alternative to roads is what some look for (5)
GRAIL – Good followed by a means of transport (when it’s not closed for engineering works), giving the object of Arthurian or Pythonesque quest.
25d A thin flat piece turned over in wood (5)
BALSA – Start with A (from the clue) and a thin flat piece of stone, then reverse the lot to get a soft, light hardwood used in model aircraft and the Kon-Tiki raft.
26d Fair one is in shipping bulletin I will broadcast (4)
ISLE – This sounds like (is broadcast) a contraction of ‘I will’. The Fair one comes between Bailey and Faeroes on the shipping forecast.
Now for the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.
The Quick Crossword pun PANNED + AURA = PANDORA