Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29025
Hints and tips by Indiana Jones
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. What a difference a week makes.
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue.
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1a Get rid of fine example that’s a banger (11)
FIRECRACKER: Dontcha just love it when one across falls in immediately. Not so here where it was joined by one down as the last pair to be solved. A verb meaning to get rid of by termination of employment is followed by an adjective meaning (in my online dictionary) a fine example of. It’s what I thought when I first saw Saint Sharon
9a Pantomime character cross about old boy in hospital (5,4)
ROBIN HOOD: Not my first thought as a pantomime character but here we go. Place a cross or crucifix around the abbreviation for old boy, the word in from the clue and the abbreviation for hospital.
10a Swell coming from vessel circling lake (5)
BLOAT: Place a vessel that floats on water around the abbreviation for lake
11a Stupid lapse at work in A&E (7)
ASININE: Begin with a lapse of morals or a transgression together with a two-lettered word meaning at one’s work then place these within the letters A and E.
12a Free, generally (2,5)
AT LARGE: A double definition
13a Work required on old jacket? Thrower may need it for the game (6,3)
DOUBLE TOP: Our regular two-letter word for work sits after a man’s short close-fitting padded jacket, commonly worn from the 14th to the 17th century. The thrower here is a dart player who needs to score forty to win. This is what he will be aiming for
16a Ready for publication? Some expedition wanted (4)
EDIT: The answer is hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word some. The word ready in the clue is a verb
18a Done in since halving physical training? (4)
PAST: A two-lettered word meaning since sits nicely between the abbreviations for Physical Training
19a Knight quits Mastermind, unexpectedly, halfway through (9)
MIDSTREAM: Anagram (unexpectedly) of MASTERMInD. The letter N (knight in chess notation) is not included as indicated by the words Knight quits
22a Passage in broadcast Mike overlooked (7)
TRANSIT: A word meaning to broadcast has the letter M removed (overlooked) Mike stands for the letter M in the phonetic alphabet
23a Spectacularly good performance in tie involving student, I hesitate to say (7)
BLINDER: The letter L (student or learner) sits inside a word meaning to tie tightly with ropes or cord. This is followed by the sound we make when hesitating to speak
25a Minister to deal (5)
SERVE: A double definition the second being to deal out food perhaps
26a Spouse quite possibly in prison (9)
BRIDEWELL: The female spouse is followed by a word meaning very likely or in all probability together they form the name of an old prison
27a Here members salute (7,4)
PRESENT ARMS: A word meaning here or in this place is followed by some members. These members are limbs
1d Attacker moving ahead (7)
FORWARD: This attacker will have a ball at his feet and a goalpost in front of him.
2d Religious person, bishop, in island pub, upset (5)
RABBI: Begin with the abbreviations Bishop. Put it between the abbreviation for Island and a word meaning a pub and reverse what you have.
3d Chant from choir, originally in Latin, modified in church (8)
CANTICLE: Place the initial letter of the word choir inside an anagram (modified) of LATIN. Now place what you have inside the abbreviation for the Church of England
4d Make amends an hour after midnight? (5)
ATONE: Split 2,3 when is the hour after midnight?
5d Dropped off cases and returned book (9)
KIDNAPPED: This book by Robert Louis Stevenson can be found by reversing the word AND from the clue and placing it inside an informal way of saying one had dropped off or slept
6d Bawdy drunken laird holding back, at first (6)
RIBALD: An anagram (drunken) of LAIRD contains the initial letter of back
7d Breakfast dish in Périgord, unusually (8)
PORRIDGE: Anagram (unusually) of PERIGORD
8d Watching international show? (6)
ATTEST: A two letter word meaning attending (watching) is followed by a word used to describe a sporting competition between two countries
14d Rap suits comic mentally (8)
UPSTAIRS: A delightful anagram and definition The fodder is RAP SUITS. The indicator is comic
15d Programme I came across in list (9)
TIMETABLE: Place the I from the clue and a word meaning to have come across somebody inside a list of numbers.
17d Vociferous, head of sub-committee over ballistic missile (8)
STRIDENT: Place the name of Britain’s nuclear missile system after the initial (head of) letter of the word sub
18d Fertiliser in jardinière perhaps has worked (6)
POTASH: A three-lettered common word for a jardinière is followed by an anagram (worked) of HAS
20d You’ll be mad if you lose them in a game (7)
MARBLES: The game is played with glass alleys. People losing their minds are said to have lost these
21d Out when shelter promised initially (6)
ASLEEP: A two- lettered word meaning when is followed by a three-letter word meaning shelter. This is then followed by the initial letter of the word promised
23d Yellowish-brown insect biting one on end of leg (5)
BEIGE: A honey producing insect has the letter that looks like the number one inserted together with the last letter of the word leg. I before E except after C. Not in this case
24d Gloomy doctor on organ (5)
DREAR: An abbreviation for one’s doctor is followed by the organ of hearing
Quickie Pun: Blew+Genes=Blue Jeans. I rarely wear anything else