Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29029
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good Friday morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny day.
As with many Giovanni puzzles, if the General Knowledge aspect falls into your comfort zone today’s puzzle is straightforward. If not, you’ll need to tease the answers out of the wordplay.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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5a Thames travellers in straw hats? (7)
BOATERS – The sort of straw hat that might have been worn by the Three Men in a Boat.
7a Some surreal fiend in film (5)
ALFIE – Hidden in the clue.
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9a After heavy blow the fellow gets bandage (6)
SWATHE – The sort of heavy blow which might be used to kill a fly, followed by the pronoun for ‘the fellow’.
10a Remaining series of deliveries deposited at the front (4,4)
LEFT OVER – A series of deliveries on the cricket field, with ‘deposited’ placed before it.
11a Police officer crossing river to get round mysterious country area (4,6)
CROP CIRCLE – A familiar word for a police officer , wrapped around an abbreviation for River, followed by something round.
13a Tap supplies daughter with drink (4)
DRUM – Daughter followed by some strong drink.
14a Girl’s neat bed’s moved — and something else in same room? (8,5)
DRESSING TABLE – Anagram (moved) of GIRL’S NEAT BED, producing something else found in a girl’s bedroom.
16a Pirate has me enthralled to some extent (4)
SMEE – This member of Captain Hook’s crew is hidden in the clue.
17a What could be easily done with saw (4,4,2)
LAID EYES ON – Anagram (what could be) of EASILY DONE.
19a Easter working — about to be introduced, one’s suspected? (8)
ARRESTEE – Anagram (working) of EASTER, wrapped around the Latin word for about or concerning.
20a Most of the cheats making pounds (6)
THROBS – TH(e) (from the clue) minus its final letter, followed by another word for ‘cheats’. The pounds are the sound your heart makes.
22a Regret about church offering frilly stuff (5)
RUCHE – Another word for ‘regret’ wrapped around an abbreviation for CHurch.
23a Insect described as ‘short’ — it gets trapped (7)
TERMITE – Remove the final letter (short) from a word meaning ‘described as’, then insert IT (from the clue).
1d Load being reported — hang about (4)
WAIT – This sounds like (being reported) a heavy load.
2d Torments produced by wickedness in small county (8)
BEDEVILS – The definition is a verb. The short form of the name of one of the Home Counties is wrapped around another word for wickedness.
3d Talk that you may have at breakfast, say (6)
WAFFLE – Idle and pointless talk is also a variety of breakfast food, often served with syrup.
4d A myth about maker of black cars costing reasonable amount (10)
AFFORDABLE – A (from the clue) and a myth that might have been written by Aesop, wrapped around the maker of cars which you could have in any colour so long as it was black.
5d Show respect meeting top lady in sanctuary (5)
BOWER – A gesture of respect followed by the regnal cipher of our top lady.
6d Son has sadly felt confined, needing to become assured (4-9)
SELF-CONFIDENT – Son followed by an anagram (sadly) of FELT CONFINED.
8d Perform in Devon river, darling (7)
EXECUTE – A river in Devon which flows into the Channel, followed by ‘darling’ or ‘attractive’.
12d Liking to have page introducing information book? (10)
PREFERENCE – Page followed by the generic term for books like dictionaries or encyclopaedias.
14d Lodge a protest with hesitation, being more modest (7)
DEMURER – A word meaning ‘lodge a protest’ or ‘decline to follow a suggestion’ followed by an expression of hesitation.
15d Speakers being sentimental, then almost brusque? (8)
TWEETERS – These are part of your hi-fi system, complementing the woofers. Another word for ‘sentimental’ or ‘cloying’ followed by another word for ‘brusque’ with its final letter removed.
17d Rubbish that you may see in pigsty? (6)
LITTER – Double definition, the second being what a sow produces.
18d Card game is serious with trumps finally spent (5)
OMBRE – Remove the final letter of trumpS from a word for serious or solemn, producing a card game popular in the 17th century.
21d Bird‘s mode of transport (4)
RAIL – Double definition.
The Quick Crossword pun WHOLLY + DAZE = HOLIDAYS (or HOLY DAYS)