Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29041
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Good morning from South Staffs where we have a damp, grey start to the Bank Holiday weekend.
A little General Knowledge required this morning, but no particularly obscure words from Giovanni, so a reasonably straightforward puzzle.
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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1a Supporting what’s proposed in meeting for sales campaign (9)
PROMOTION – A prefix meaning ‘supporting’ or ‘in favour of’, followed by something put forward for debate in a formal meeting.
9a Draw back from sports ground with slimy liquid (6)
RECOIL – A short term for a park or recreation ground, followed by a slimy liquid often used as a lubricant.
10a Report of European friend in position of defeat (9)
CHECKMATE – The final position in a game of chess could also sound like a friend from an Eastern European country.
11a Queen beset by an ordeal departed (2,4)
AT REST – Insert the Latin abbreviation for queen into a phrase (1,4) for an ordeal, to get another euphemism for ‘dead’.
12a Find out what upsets sectarian (9)
ASCERTAIN – Anagram (what upsets) of SECTARIAN.
13a Bill with minimal amount of money creates stress (6)
ACCENT – An abbreviation for a bill or account, followed by a small coin in the US or Euro currencies.
17a Stone Margaret’s turned over (3)
GEM – Reverse (turned over) one of the short forms of ‘Margaret’ to get a precious stone.
19a Old city ceremony starts to excite individuals immensely (7)
POMPEII – Another word for ‘ceremony’, often twinned with ‘circumstance’, followed by the initial letters (starts) of Excite, Individuals and Immensely, giving us a Roman city destroyed by Mount Vesuvius.
20a Stuffy girl I embarrassed (7)
UNAIRED – Put together a girl’s name (Ms Stubbs, perhaps), I (from the clue), and the colour associated with embarrassment.
21a Gesture of acceptance or refusal received finally (3)
NOD – A short word of refusal followed by the last letter (finally) of receiveD.
23a Come to an end, being dismissed by umpire (3,3)
RUN OUT – A phrase used when supplies come to an end or are exhausted is also a method of dismissal at cricket.
27a Remarkable bird tweeting initially having been caught (9)
STARTLING – Insert the first letter (initially) of Tweeting into a common bird which may form large flocks called ‘murmurations’.
28a Old rocker back in Paris is generating hate (6)
DETEST – Reverse (back) a 1950s rock fan, then add the French word for ‘is’.
29a Speed of soldiers maybe, intelligent when confronting the enemy (5,4)
QUICK TIME – Another word for ‘intelligent’ or ‘lively’ followed by the concept sometimes referred to as ‘the enemy’.
30a Number getting cross twice in ancient Rome (6)
TWENTY – A number which in Roman numerals consists of two cross-shaped symbols.
31a Not forced to have floral decoration, as it would seem (9)
LEISURELY – A Hawaiian floral decoration followed by ‘as it would seem’.
2d The girl’s climbing tree? That’s nothing really new (6)
REHASH – Reverse (climbing) a possessive pronoun for ‘the girl’s’, then add a woodland tree.
3d Doctored drink for mouse (6)
MICKEY – Double definition, the second being the foundation of Walt Disney’s empire.
4d Little kid grabs mum having nothing that’s suitable to eat (6)
TOMATO – Start with a small child wrapped around a short word for ‘mum’, then add the letter which looks like a zero.
5d Unfashionable team having emerged from the tunnel? (7)
OUTSIDE – Split the answer (3,4) and you have ‘unfashionable’ and another word for a sports team.
6d Attic poet looking silly in undergarment (9)
PETTICOAT – anagram (looking silly) of ATTIC POET.
7d What patient may do before subsequent transplant is despair (4,5)
LOSE HEART – A figurative expression for ‘despair’ is also a literal description of the effect of the first stage of a transplant operation.
8d People primarily wanting freedom? We’ve heard that before (9)
PLATITUDE – The first letter of People followed by a word for ‘freedom’ or ‘room to manoeuvre’.
14d Goddess of love could make OAP dither (9)
APHRODITE – Anagram (could make) of OAP DITHER.
15d Being awfully mean, one restricts useful services (9)
AMENITIES – Put together an anagram (awfully) of MEAN, the Roman numeral for one, and a verb meaning ‘restricts’ or ‘binds’.
16d Soldiers completely capturing small island, as is necessary (9)
REQUISITE – The initials of one of the usual crossword regiments of Engineers, followed by an adverb which can mean both ‘completely’ and ‘fairly’ or ‘somewhat’, wrapped around Small and Island.
17d Some begging for a drink (3)
GIN – Hidden in the clue.
18d Female invited into garden not wanting a soft soil (3)
MUD – Remove the A (not wanting a) from the name of the girl summoned into the garden in song.
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22d Push out old boy over time getting ill-mannered (7)
OBTRUDE – Put together an abbreviation for the Old Boys of a school, Time, and ‘ill-mannered’.
24d Sketchy summary that’s not entirely accurate (6)
PRECIS – Remove the final letter (not entirely) from a word for ‘accurate’ to get this summary of a longer document.
25d High-up person to abuse king (6)
SLATER – This person is high-up because he or she works on your roof. Another word for ‘abuse’ or ‘criticise’ followed by the Latin abbreviation for king.
26d Fellow getting into shelter turned up in coat (6)
ENAMEL – Start by wrapping a word for shelter from the wind around a word for a fellow. Then reverse (turned up) the result to get a coat of paint.
The Quick Crossword pun BEACH + EARFUL = BE CHEERFUL